So I entered the gymnasium and the fellow at the front table directed me to my designated table where I could get my voter’s card. He asked me to just show the lady my ID. I get there and show her my ID. She looks at it for a moment, then looks at me, then after a hesitant moment, finally speaks.
“What do you want?”
“I… I want to vote.”
Suddenly, she gets all chipper, crosses my name off the list and hands me my card.
I really want to know what else is part of her job description. I should’ve tried ordering burgers or something.
Meanwhile, back to what I was really going to blog about…
Developed by: Remedy Entertainment, 2001
“Max Payne” is one of my all-time favorite shoot ‘em up games, and this is coming from someone who generally hates the point-and-shoot, headache-inducing genre. With the movie coming out this weekend, I won’t spoil the story, but it’s basically something along the lines of “The Punisher” meets “The Maltese Falcon.” It’s a really gripping film-noire tale about revenge filled with twists and turns, shot in the style of a graphic novel (and doesn’t involve anything about Max fighting demons, no matter what the movie trailers suggest.)
What really hooked me about this game was the inclusion of bullet-time shortly after the release of “The Matrix.” At any given time, you can cause Max to enter “the zone” and run around in slow-motion in order to dodge bullets and focus your aim. What didn’t hook me so much was how insanely invincible every enemy seemed to be. In most games, a headshot can kill any opponent. In this one, there are some guys who can survive multiple shotgun blasts to the head, and even find time to shoot you right back between shots. Still, it’s pretty satisfying when you do manage to gun down an entire room full of drug lords while dodging machine gun fire from a helicopter at the same time.
I can only hope some of the key action sequences find their way into the movie. It’s one of those rare cinematic games that’s made for the big screen. Just as long as 20th Century Fox doesn’t butcher it.