"The original Max Payne was one of those games that came out of nowhere, and yet it single-handedly generated an evolution in gaming: Bullet-time. While bullet-time has become overly saturated over the years, to the point of no longer being worth promoting in newer titles, it was still fresh by the time Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne released a few years after the first. However, it wasn’t just the bullet-time that captivated players’ intrigue into the series—it was the eye-opening story that focused the narration toward a mixture of comic-book and noir. Max Payne 2 was also a rarity, since it was one of those sequels that vastly surpassed the original in every sense of the word. The game-play and graphics were polished, while the story and soundtrack reeked of satisfaction to the eyes and ears. The ending was tragic, yet satisfying enough to end the franchise. So how do you follow up from Max Payne 2? You don’t, but Rockstar intends to, anyway."