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The Max Payne series had all the makings of a classic from the beginning.
What further set the game apart from others of the time was the graphic novel style cinematics, and the inclusion of the bullet time feature.
And game’s modding scene is a testament to how much fans love this specific title, having some of the most creative and polished work as far as mods are concerned.
So whether you’re looking to enhance your experience of the game, make things a bit more challenging, or even just have some fun with a game you love, I’m sure you’ll find something here to keep you busy.
20. Payne Evolution
Payne Evolution is one of the more popular Max Payne 2 mods, aiming to enhance the game without straying too far from what it was originally intended to be.
Unlike most other mods, most things aer untouched here such as the story, characters, and base gameplay mechanics.
Instead, the mod introduces some quality of life improvements and visual enhancements with the goal of bringing some of the Max Payne 3 improvements to Max Payne 2.
Some of the changes included in the mod are automatic ammo collection, new weapon sounds, and bullet time cancelling, among other fixes.
19. Payne Effects 3
This next one takes a different approach, as modder The_Silver adds in a few of his original ideas to improve the gameplay instead of taking from the game’s sequel.
Payne Effects 3 has some interesting mechanics thrown in with the goal of making the game more realistic and tactical, while making gunfights more cinematic.
The mod introduces a Rage Effect which can be triggered during bullet time.
Max unleashes a short adrenaline burst, leaving shots to cause more damage and giving him unlimited ammo for the duration of the effect.
Other features include many new death animations, visual effects, and even new textures.
Modder TerminX’s introduction to his mod Cinema is more than enough to get me interested in giving it a try for myself.
“What would happen if you took the emphasis on realistic damage from F.E.A.R., the ludicrous arsenal of the Terminator and a Hollywood-style movie soundtrack and applied it to Max Payne 2?”
The mod throws out realism where bullet time is concerned, putting focus on making combat feel much more like it would in an epic action film.
You’ll be churning out insane amounts of damage with each bullet time trigger as if you were the ultimate action hero.
To balance things out, enemy bullet damage has been tweaked as well, making them much more powerful. You’re going to have to take full advantage of the bullet time buff to stay alive.
17. Vampire Slayer 2.0
This is where things start to get really interesting.
You might have noticed from that first three mods that there’s no shortage of enhancement mods for Max Payne 2.
All they are really are different people’s takes on how to make the game play better, and it’s really just a matter of trying them all and finding which feels best to you.
There are tons of more original mod concepts though, that either reimagine the game completely or follow entirely new storylines.
Vampire Slayer is the first of those mods, introducing magic into the world of Max Payne 2.
As the name suggests, you’ll be fighting vampires of course.
You’ll be able to do so either as a Vampire Slayer, Steel Samurai, Blade, or Dark Wizard – each with their own unique weapon or skill.
16. The Punisher-WarZone: CaseBox 01
If you’re at all familiar with the Max Payne story, it’s hard not to see similarities it has to The Punisher.
Wife and child are killed turning the main protagonist into a cold-blooded killer, you know how the story goes.
As you’ve probably guessed, the mod has you play as Frank Castle through its own campaign.
While the mod isn’t one of the best gameplay-wise, the fact that someone took the effort to create a Punisher overhaul for Max Payne 2 makes it deserve a spot on the list.
Other than Frank Castle, you’ll be able to play as Nick Fury, Deadpool, or Black Widow as well.
15. Kung Fu Evolution.
Kung Fu Evolution recreates the wildly popular Kung Fu mod for Max Payne within the sequel, and is currently the best iteration you can get for Max Payne 2.
It’s crazy to think that modding would take the game to this point – where Max Payne involves absolutely zero guns.
While it’s crazy to think, Kung Fu Evolution succeeds at transforming the game into a melee brawler, with iconic martial arts characters such as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li as playable characters.
A lot has been changed in terms of the movement systems as well, making combat much more focused on parries, dodges, and sidesteps to move around your enemies.
The mod doesn’t take itself too seriously either, throwing in a few special characters like Neo and Wolverine, which just adds to the fun.
14. Elements Of Style (EOS)
While Elements Of Style might not be quite as original as the previous few mods, it’s crazy how long the feature list on this one goes.
In trying to enhance Max Payne 2’s gameplay, Elements Of Style seems to just throw in everything it has from gameplay mechanics, visual effects, weapons, and much more.
Among the more interesting features are bullet effects like light and smoke trails, and whizz sounds to make gunfights more exciting.
The mod changes a couple of the base game’s weapons as well, replacing the Berettas with Colt 1911’s, the mp5 with the UMP-45.
There’s loads more to discover here. Stuff like new ragdoll and camera effects and even AI enhancements.
13. Hall of Mirrors
We’ve featured a mod that takes from a popular comic book series, but this next one takes from film instead.
Hall of Mirrors takes inspiration from the 2002 science fiction film Equilibrium, to be exact, as you play through a completely new campaign as government agent John Preston.
The mod’s biggest feature is its attempt at introducing Gun Kata to Max Payne 2, taking full advantage of the new dual wield function of the base game.
Gun Kata will allow you to shoot at multiple enemies at the same time, making for some cinematic action sequences within the game.
12. Absent Grave
Absent Grave veers much farther away from Max Payne’s original concept, transforming the game into a zombie survival horror experience.
The first thing you’ll notice is that the environments are completely different, trading in the dark cityscape for a much brighter suburban setting.
The mod isn’t quite as large as some of the overhauls. But you’re getting four new levels to play through, new weapons, and tons of original gameplay tweaks in the pack to make for a unique Max Payne experience.
If you thought Max Payne 2 as a zombie survival horror title was way out there, wait ‘til you see this next mod.
StreetFighter, as the name so obviously implies, transforms Max Payne 2 into an actual Street Fighter fighting game.
You’ll be able to play through a completely new story based on Ryu, featuring many of the other characters from the Street Fighter universe.
This mod also includes new sound effects and music, new maps, and even an overhauled melee-focused combat system that allows for blocking and counter attacks.
Not sure why you won’t just pick up an actual Street Fighter game, but the idea of playing this on Max Payne 2 seems interesting enough to give it a shot.
10. Mona: The Assassin
Max Payne 2 brings back Mona as Max’s love interest in the sequel, but while she has a much bigger role here than in the previous game, much of her story is still left unexplored.
Mona: The Assassin builds on that, giving her a separate campaign of her own.
Here Mona Sax is a killer for hire and has found that the mafia has just sent some of their most dangerous killers after her.
It doesn’t dare to go too far from the original, but it’s a great expansion if more Max Payne is what you’re after.
9. Max Payne 2: Old School Mod
The Max Payne 2: Old School Mod is one of the most recent mods on the list, as it was released just last year for the game’s 18th anniversary.
Instead of taking from game’s last installment, Old School looks to the past to bring back some of the elements that made fans love the first one so much.
Some features include characters from the original like Sam Lake making appearances in Max Payne 2’s storyline, as well as readjusted gameplay mechanics to better resemble the first game.
8. Max Payne Chronicles
So far we’ve covered mods that aim to take certain elements either from the previous or more recent titles, but Max Payne Chronicles places itself somewhere in between.
The modder himself labels it as Max Payne 1.5, as the events of the story take place between the timelines of the first and second games.
You’ll find yourself playing as Max just as he joins the NYPD, grinding it out as a new detective in the force.
The mod includes 4 playable chapters, new weapons, skins, sounds, and even voice acting.
7. Dante (DMC)
Let’s throw a fun one into the mix just to take a break from all the seriousness.
We all like goofing around in videos games every once in a while. And most of the time what we end up doing doesn’t exactly make sense.
Very much like how Dante from Devil May Cry in Max Payne 2 doesn’t quite make sense, but here we have a mod that let’s you do exactly that.
It’s not just a reskin either, as you have a choice between three different fighting styles – gunslinger, trickster, and sword master, which will affect your movement and combat capabilities.
The mod includes new enemies, animations, and gameplay features as well.
6. Battle Tactics 2
Up next we have another of the more unique Max Payne 2 mods, completely changing how the game plays – and this one couldn’t be further from the original.
One might actually argue that Battle Tactics 2 actually takes a completely opposite approach from how the game was originally meant to play, trading in the fast-paced action for a turn-based combat system.
Imagine XCOM mixed into Max Payne and you’ve got Battle Tactics 2 – which is intriguing enough for me to want to try it.
5. 7th Serpent: Crossfire
Instead of making tons of changes to the game, the series chooses to play on the game’s strengths – simply adding more of what the game already does well.
Crossfire introduces a new protagonist, Damon Pryce, as you’re thrown into a completely new storyline to experience.
4. 7th Serpent: Genesis
7th Serpent: Genesis is getting its own spot on the list because while it might be the second installment in the 7th Serpent series, it doesn’t act as a sequel to Crossfire.
The second mission takes you on yet another completely fresh story where you play as Vince Petero.
You eventually find that you’ve been subjected to experimental testing related to nanotechnology and advanced biotechnological enhancement in the governments attempt to create the ultimate soldier.
Made just as well if not better than the first, this is definitely something you’re not going to want to miss.
Marathon//Max is another of the less serious mods.
But that of course doesn’t mean it’s any less fun.
The mod takes inspiration from Bungie’s 90’s FPS Marathon, transforming the game into a team-based deathmatch.
The mod lets you play with bots, keeping in line with the fast-paced action of Max Payne as you shoot your way across the original levels it includes.
The modder mentions himself that his aim was to stay as close to the original Marathon as possible, and managed to achieve exactly that in terms of everything including weapons, sounds, and gameplay.
It might not be the biggest or best mod on the list but still makes for loads of light-hearted fun.
2. M:I – New Dawn
M:I – New Dawn brings the world of Mission Impossible to Max Payne 2, providing yet another exciting new storyline.
You play as agent Ethan Hunt as you uncover the deepest government secrets after the death of Major Sean Dickens.
It works well within the Max Payne theme as Ethan Hunt is another iconic character known to be highly effective on his own, making for another epic solo adventure.
1. Enter The Matrix
Come on, it just isn’t possible to mention bullet time without The Matrix.
Enter The Matrix is another total conversion mod, bringing the characters, story, and visuals from the film series into Max Payne 2.
You’ll encounter familiar characters like Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus, along with locations from the films like the building lobby, and dojo.
Let’s face it: not even Max Payne can dodge bullets like Neo does.