The game's intentionally cliched, the one liners and fairly steriotypical characters were all intentional
As for your comments about the game being too easy/unrealistic well I've found this to be quite untrue. Half-Life is an unrealistic game, Max Payne is (relatively) realistic, especially when it comes to Max's health.. 1 shot gun blast to the head and you're dead (or very close.) At least this has been my experience and I've played through the game thrice : \
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