Max Payne has got to be the best RPG ever. When the original one was released, my entire CS class in high school went crazy. All of us played during the same week, trying to outdo each other. Malyaj managed to finish it first, while I placed 2nd, finishing it a whole day after him.
Now, 2 years after Max Payne 2 has been released, I decided to try it out too. Right now in Part III Chapter 7.
EDIT: I finished it today.. wow, what an end to the story. Mona does die, though. But Max manages to kill Vladimir Lem, and that too in quite a dramatic way. Also, the end theme, "Late Goodbye" by a Finnish rock band is really nice.. this whole thing is a freakin movie, nothing less.
The graphics are TOP NOTCH, and gameplay is awesome as before. There are some new weapons like "The Striker" and MP4 Carbine and MP5, AK-47 Kalashnikov etc. in addition to the usual ones like Desert Eagle, 9mm Pistol, Ingram. Colt Kommando was missing! So was Barretta but Desert Eagle makes up for it. Molotov Cocktails and Grenades are the only two secondary weapons, apart from good old (useless) melee. Bullet time is also enhanced and is much more stylish.
This time Max also has a love interest - Mona Sax, a murder suspect. Although there are no candle-lights or bird-songs. The bad thing is that I heard Mona dies in the end... which is tragic, considering the original began with the death of Max's wife and child.
In some parts of the game, you are even required to control Mona instead of Max. At one point, Mona is covering for Max, while he tries to find a way in. There is also a great addition - playing the same chapter twice, once from Max's point of view and again from Mona's.
And the "nightmare" chapters are no longer as 'nightmarish' as before - it is actually quite easy to get past them. Although you might want to wander a bit just to admire the awesome graphics (everything seems to float and twist as if under water).
It's a great game. Ich liebe.