Darkness enveloped the room like the silken coat of some long forgotten black mage. Only the low whine of the computer and the gentle glow of the monitor as it scrolled the credits broke the serenity of the moment. I arose slowly, stretching my stiffened back and cracking my aching knuckles as I did. It was over. I had won.

That’s how my night might have been described had it been written by the staff at Remedy Entertainment, makers of Max Payne for the PC. Unfortunately, the whole game is full of this type of overwrought, pseudo-noir writing. Fortunately, the rest of the game represents one of the better one-player shooters I’ve seen on the PC.

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