Max Payne has been in production for a very long time. It’s a gritty third-person shooter that’s clearly inspired by the stylish cinematography and choreography of the Hong Kong action movie genre, particularly the work of director John Woo. Like many of Woo’s films, Max Payne is rife with gunplay that’s almost indescribably beautiful to watch–and yet actually playing it is even better. Max Payne does have a few weaknesses, most notably in that it isn’t very long and lacks any multiplayer features–but these things are hardly detrimental. After all, it’s not often you get an outstanding and original action game that’s not just different from all other shooters to date, but also in many ways superior.