GBAtemp Recommends! Max Payne Advance

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by shaunj66, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. shaunj66
    OP

    shaunj66 Administrator

    Administrator
    10,024
    1,638
    Oct 24, 2002
    United Kingdom
    South England
    [​IMG] GBAtemp Recommends! Max Payne Advance
    G.R. Issue #13 (GBA)

    [​IMG]
    We hope you enjoyed last weeks Recommendation! Did you have a blast, or did you end up dozing off? Nevermind...

    Welcome to the thirteenth issue of GBAtemp Recommends! - a weekly magazine feature in which we share our favourite Game Boy Advance titles. The games we recommend may be top titles from the GBA library, a homebrew, or they may be sleeper hits that flew by the radar, but one thing's certain, they're all fantastic games that deserve your play time!

    GBAtemp Recommends!

    Max Payne Advance
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Swooooooooooooosh! Bullet time, baby! Forget the shitty movie, Max Payne the game was a *classic*! And Rockstar thought enough of this classic game to attempt to cram it all into a Game Boy Advance cartridge. But did they succeed?

    If you haven't played Max Payne before (and you're missing out), the game basically boils down to an action shooter. You're a NYC cop whose wife and daughter have been killed by a gang of druggies. You're framed for the murder, so you go undercover to get to the bottom of things.

    Presentation wise, Rockstar did an astounding job with the GBA conversion. The cut scenes are comic book style frames, with full spoken dialogue (compressed). The game has about 12 levels to run through and can be completed in approx. 5 hours or so. Rockstar chose to ditch the 3D perspective of the original game and opted for an isometric view for the GBA rendition. Due to obvious hardware limitations, this was probably for the best. The isometric viewpoint, once you've accustomed yourself to the buttons, and limited viewing area, works quite well. The controls are tight and graphically, the title gets the job done. It keeps the grey, dreary look of the original and the music fits the bill perfectly.

    The story, while cut down a little from it's PC counterpart, translates well here, and keeps you gripped throughout. The spoken dialogue is a great touch, and the comic book style pop-ups during gameplay keep you tied to the story.

    For the most part you'll be running through each level killing every moving object in sight with your gun, a wide range of which you can pick up as you progress. The levels are fairly linear with a few puzzles thrown in to slow you down. The big wow-factor though, is the games "bullet time", which allows Max to do a full-on Matrix style jump that slows down time and enemies to a crawl (for a few seconds), allowing you to spin around 360 degrees in mid-jump and waste some of the baddies! Your use of this is rationed though, so be careful! The levels are fairly interactive also, with an abundance of crates and objects to break open and shoot at, providing you with ammo and a means to complete puzzles.

    The only thing that may tick some people off though, as I've said, is the limited viewing area, restricted by the GBA's screen size. The game has a habit of hiding enemies just far enough off the visible viewing area for them to shoot at you, and leaving you with no idea where they are. Fortunately though, the game does make up for this a little bit, by having a somewhat automatic aiming mode, making firing at enemies while you flail around the screen in your black trenchcoat that little bit easier.

    If you're a sucker for a good action game then give Max Payne Advance a go if you haven't already. Keep in mind the limitations of the GBA hardware and you may be pleasantly surprised with what Rockstar managed to pack into 16 megabytes of cartridge.


     


  2. Issac

    Issac oh!

    Global Moderator
    GBAtemp Patron
    Issac is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    5,062
    1,837
    Apr 10, 2004
    Sweden
    I think this game was destroyed because of the camera!
    The enemies sees and shoots at you before you even see them, making you feel really helpless [​IMG]
    Others might think this is good, but I seriously don't! JUST because of the camera.
     
  3. cupajoe

    cupajoe Have a cup of joe!

    Member
    1,143
    0
    Aug 25, 2007
    United States
    Minnesota
    Whoah. A rated M gameboy advance title! I wasn't even aware there were any...
     
  4. DeMoN

    DeMoN GBAtemp Guru

    Member
    7,650
    100
    May 12, 2004
    United States
    Is the problem really that bad? Don't you at least see the bullets so you know which direction the enemies are firing at you from? If not, then I might just skip this one.
     
  5. Siegmund Fretzga

    Siegmund Fretzga Advanced Member

    Newcomer
    86
    1
    Jun 5, 2008
    Gambia, The
    Krannzburg
    I played this and the PC version, and the maps were often very similar.
     
  6. garet12

    garet12 Advanced Member

    Newcomer
    50
    0
    Mar 19, 2008
    Gambia, The
    i liked this game back then and it's still good imho
     
  7. jesterscourt

    jesterscourt Not Brad.

    Member
    2,179
    65
    Jan 3, 2007
    United States
    I was impressed with all the VA they were able to stuff in this cart. The isometric view + camera issues makes me not want to play this game all the way through, but it's definately worth a trial run for people interested.
     
  8. Evilmaster1985

    Evilmaster1985 GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    456
    0
    Nov 23, 2008
    United States
    Middle of nowhere
    I hate to say it but I really think there are better GBA games.
    It aint all about the GFX.
    I would rather do a round of Chu Chu Rocket than this.

    Greetz, Vistabuser.
     
  9. Raika

    Raika uguu

    Member
    4,866
    10
    Sep 15, 2008
    uguu
    The camera could have been better, i stopped playing it because of that and the fact that i can't control the guy properly...(maybe that's just me. [​IMG])
     
  10. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    16,978
    3,095
    Oct 12, 2004
    Yes there are better GBA games but those better games will be featured eventually. This was cosen because Shaun and some others like it, not because of the graphics and also its nice to have a none anime/cutesy game featured.

    When I first played this it was on a emulator and I didn't like it because of the controls, and then I played it on a GBA and its was much better so if you can try and play it on GBA.
     
  11. Toni Plutonij

    Toni Plutonij *has TrolleyDave & tiny p1ngy on moderating shelf!

    Former Staff
    8,153
    314
    Dec 22, 2007
    Croatia
    Depths of Nuclear powerplant
    I actually didn't know about this game either..

    It looks very nice, and I'll try it for sure, just like I did with ever GBAtemp recommended game!
    However, this isn't actually my type of games!
     
  12. Issac

    Issac oh!

    Global Moderator
    GBAtemp Patron
    Issac is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    5,062
    1,837
    Apr 10, 2004
    Sweden
    IIRC you can't see the bullets... and to me, the problem really is that bad! Though test it for yourself before skipping it [​IMG] many others like it [​IMG]
     
  13. Lumstar

    Lumstar Princess

    Member
    3,622
    87
    Mar 6, 2006
    United States
    Darling
    Should be worth a look. [​IMG]

    I'm sure by now most people here have a PC that can max out that version too.
     
  14. shaunj66
    OP

    shaunj66 Administrator

    Administrator
    10,024
    1,638
    Oct 24, 2002
    United Kingdom
    South England
    That's why this feature is called "GBAtemp Recommends!" and not "GBAtemp's List of the Absolute Best of the Best from the GBA Library".
     
  15. dice

    dice pansy-ass ex-staff member

    Former Staff
    9,552
    110
    Oct 26, 2002
    England
    I've played and finished the game so it must be good (IMO)! [​IMG]
     
  16. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    16,978
    3,095
    Oct 12, 2004
    While this version can't even start to compete with the PC one, its still a fine addition and worth playing if you're after some action. To be honest though it doesn't really get going until after the first few levels.
     
  17. Evilmaster1985

    Evilmaster1985 GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    456
    0
    Nov 23, 2008
    United States
    Middle of nowhere
    Point is I would not recommend this to anyone [​IMG]
    I never said it had to be top.

    Greetz, Vistabuser.
     
  18. moose3

    moose3 GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    223
    2
    Nov 30, 2006
    United States
    NC
    For those that played it, how would you compare Shadowrun from the SNES with this in terms of game play mechanics, disregarding that SR was a RPG? It was what I first thought of when I saw this, might have to try it out...
     
  19. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    16,978
    3,095
    Oct 12, 2004
    To be honest aside from view they are pretty different. This is a pure action title with a a few switches to flick.
     
  20. Issac

    Issac oh!

    Global Moderator
    GBAtemp Patron
    Issac is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    5,062
    1,837
    Apr 10, 2004
    Sweden
    Unfortunately it's like hadrian says... Only the view angle is similar... (and I'm shocked that there's no other games like shadowrun [​IMG] it was so perfect!)