Ok guys, I've gone through the first couple missions of Max 2 and have to same I'm pretty wowed.
First off, the setting and story is back to it's dark noir feel and incorporates the same cooky comic art from the first. The timeline is really disjointed and keeps you guessing, definitely digging it so far.
The visuals are pretty much amazing. The new physics engine is the BEST i've ever seen for an action game. Boxes fly everywhere, tons of objects that can be moved or shot and really cool explosion effects which knock everything around. The ragdoll stuff is also quite cool and with the new bullet time effect makes for some pretty cool kills. Textures, if you can believe it, are better than the last game. I really do think Remedy has the best texture artists in the biz, the world just feels real from the shine of max's leather jacket to the skinmaps on the chars.
The gameplay is the exact same, which to me is a great thing. There is a lot more NPC interaction so this one feels a little more like a movie and not so much a complete run and gun deal. The new bullet time is really cool with a sorty blurry effect and it just feels a lot more polished. One part I didn't like was that you can only begin on the easiest setting (the rest open after you beat it), so the game is a bit easy.
All in all i'm ridiculously impressed and like the last one will prolly finish it in a couple sittings. I'm a spoiled gamer though and im bitching cuz i have to practice my UT skills for my G4 Arena appereance tommorrow and won't get to play much more than a couple hours later tonight.
Anyways, hope that helps. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who can run it well. I've got a xp 2800 with a gfx 4600 and it runs smooth as silk with all detail settings at 1280x1024.
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