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Max Payne 2’s ridiculous physics still make it a must-play

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This text was initially printed in November, 2018. We’re republishing it at present as a result of Max Payne 2’s goofy physics are nonetheless enjoyable to play with.

It took me a strong hour to recollect why I cherished Max Payne 2 once I booted it up the opposite week. I didn’t recollect it trying this bland, with gray field room after gray field room full of silver submitting cupboards and empty desks. My 9 mm barely scratched enemies, whereas Max’s trademark gradual movement dives felt heavy and awkward. After which I turned a nook and headshot a person so arduous he backflipped—and all of it got here flooding again.

The collection is greatest identified for its liberal use of bullet time (a mechanic Samuel R lamented the loss of when he replayed it) but for me, its physics were always the main draw. The Havok engine that powers it creates wild, over-the-top fights in which every enemy ragdolls comically when they die, and bullets have enough force to lift them eight feet into the air and throw them off the side of buildings.

It really was a technical marvel for its time, not because it’s realistic in any way, but because of how responsive it feels. Enemies won’t just randomly flop—they’ll react to individual bullets. If you shoot them in the left shoulder, they’ll corkscrew to one side. Blast them in the chest with a shotgun and they’ll fly backwards, and if you take out their legs they’ll tumble head over heels. They’ll change direction mid-air when you shoot them too, so you can launch them skywards, switch weapons, and then aim at their legs to send them spinning.

It’s that responsiveness that makes firefights a joy. The level design is showing its age—environments feel repetitive and often place enemies in ridiculous positions, like directly over your head looking down on you through a metal grate—but I can forgive all that when I spray a thug with my Kalashnikov at point blank range and they soar a full 10 metres back down a corridor before crunching into a stone pillar and falling at its base.

I waste so much ammo shooting enemies after they’re dead. Every mid-air twitch makes you want to fire for a moment longer, until you’ve emptied an entire clip on one enemy. I imagine if you had a co-op partner you could keep an enemy suspended in the air forever, batting them back and forth with your bullets in a morbid tennis match. 

Back in 2003, the violence might have seemed gratuitous (the graphics were hailed as realistic, after all), but now the dated graphics make enemies feel more like toys than humans. Your aim is not to ‘kill people,’ it’s to create the most ridiculous action movie you can, and if that means shotgunning an enemy six times after you’ve already dealt with them, so be it.

I’ve never enjoyed rounding corners so much. The trick is to wait for enemies to get as close as possible and then spring out, enter slow motion, and squeeze the trigger as hard as you can. If you time it right you can phase out of bullet time before their bodies hit the floor with a satisfying thump. 

Its headshots remain some of the most ridiculous you’ll find in a shooter. Spitting a round from your Deagle into an enemy’s skull will make their head snap back as if yanked by an invisible rope. If you can catch an enemy while they’re running, your reward is a scene reminiscent of a kids’ cartoon where their legs keep going one way and their head tries to go the other.  

Individual rooms amplify the chaos with plenty of weightless boxes, crates, and stools that will happily jump out a window if you so much as point your gun at them. When static, most levels are boring, but when it all kicks off you’ll see the environment rip itself apart and bullets ding off metal furniture—it all adds to the action movie feel. It’s most obvious when a grenade goes off, nearby glass smashing as bodies bounce around.

It leaves me wondering—where did all the silly shooters like this go? When did people decide that enemies flying eight feet off the ground when you shot them was a bad idea? When did players stop wanting enemies to do backflips after headshots?  You can find bits and pieces of it in other games—the F.E.A.R. series comes to mind, especially its stake gun—but just like bullet time, over-the-top physics have for some reason fallen out of fashion.

I don’t doubt Max Payne 2’s financial failure has something to do with it—it took Rockstar nine years to work up the courage for another game in the series, and it’s telling that Max Payne 3’s enemies felt heavier and more solid. It’s a real shame, but I can’t imagine players’ appetite for over-the-top kills has diminished since 2003.

Until another developer decides to feed that hunger, we still have Max Payne 2, and it is nonetheless price taking part in. It might be getting previous, however I am going to by no means get bored with its ragdoll acrobatics.

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How to find the Magnum in Resident Evil 3 Remake

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Capcom’s third remake simply would not be the identical with out the Resident Evil three Magnum. Popping .44 MAG rounds and listening to the chunky suggestions from this cannon of a weapon feels satisfying amid the fear of this savage, zombie-infested world. 

It is actually a terrific deal simpler than your handgun, which may deplete a superb chunk of a clip to clear your path. However swiftly exploding the heads of the ambling shufflers with the Resident Evil three Magnum makes navigating the imply streets of Raccoon Metropolis a lot safer, and far more enjoyable. Returning RE3 followers and new gamers alike will little doubt need to add the Magnum to their arsenal as shortly as attainable, so here is the place to search out the long-lasting weapon.

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The place to search out the Resident Evil three Remake Magnum

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Sea of Thieves is bound for Steam

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Sea of Thieves has been a Home windows Retailer unique since its launch in early 2018, however that is about to vary: the sport is coming to Steam. Uncommon made the announcement right this moment, and whereas there isn’t any launch date as but, there’s already a store page

Higher nonetheless, there will not be any drawback enjoying with individuals who have bought the sport on the Home windows Retailer, as full cross-play between Xbox One, Home windows 10 and Steam is supported. 

Sea of Thieves was first rate when it launched, but it surely’s solely gotten higher: it received our Best Ongoing Game award last year, with Fraser writing that “over the course of countless updates, it’s finally managed to live up to the imaginary pirate game I conjured up in my head when it was first announced.”

The game got its most recent update last month in the form of Hearts of Fire, but the most important feature in the game, at least for me, is that pets can throw up. It’s the small details that make modern games great.

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When does Resident Evil 3 Remake unlock in my time zone?

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Pack up your baggage, as a result of Resident Evil Three Remake is across the nook and Raccoon Metropolis is great this time of 12 months. It is received burning buildings, murderous contaminated, massive weapons, and one entire Jill Valentine. Resident Evil Three Remake seems to be like a trustworthy reimagining of the unique PlayStation sport, however when precisely are you able to begin enjoying it?

When Resident Evil Three Remake unlocks in your time zone

In a grateful little bit of consistency throughout unsure instances, Resident Evil Three Remake seems to be getting a fairly normal launch rollout. Sadly, Capcom hasn’t formally stated when the sport is unlocking for Steam, however we all know when it unlocks on consoles. Assuming the 2 instances will coincide, you can begin enjoying Resident Evil Three Remake April 2 at 9 PM PT or April Three at 12 AM ET. This is that point listed for just a few different areas.

  • Pacific Time (US) – 4/2 at 9:00 PM
  • Jap Time (US) – 4/Three at 12:00 AM
  • Greenwich Imply Time (UK) – 4/Three at 4:00 AM
  • British Summer time Time (UK) – 4/Three at 5:00 AM
  • Australian Jap Daylight Time – 4/Three at 3:00 PM
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