30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 26

26 – Best voice acting?

I’m not sure about ‘best voice acting’ but the voice acting I always remember is Max Payne’s.

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Maybe there is more heartfelt, passionate voice acting in the world of video games but I will never forget the melodramatic, yet deadpan delivery of lines such as;

“They were all dead. The final gunshot was an exclamation mark to everything that had led to this point. I released my finger from the trigger. And then it was over. To make any kind of sense of it, I need to go back three years. Back to the night the pain started.”

“I don’t know about angels, but it’s fear that gives men wings.”

“He was trying to buy more sand for his hour glass. I wasn’t selling any.”

“Collecting evidence had gotten old a few hundred bullets back.”

To this day, if I need paracetamol I will take a breath and mumble “The pills would hold the pain back for a while.” That’s the deep impression Max Payne’s voice acting has made on me…


30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 7

Day 7: Favourite video game couple?

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I wasn’t sure if I should pick Max Payne and Mona Sax, but I couldn’t think of anyone better. If they weren’t together long enough to be classed as a couple, then they should have been. I’ve never played Max Payne 3, but think it’s odd that there is no Mona in the story.

I spent the summer of 2005 in a dark room after a bad break up, playing Max Payne 1 and 2. It was exactly what I needed – a chance to lose myself in an adventure and take my mind off things. I was drawn to Max and his quest…and had no problem gunning down the hundreds of goons who had wronged him.

The relationship between Max and Mona was a big factor, especially in the second game and I wanted them to make it. Alas, they didn’t…unless you play on the highest difficulty. Naturally, I didn’t play Max Payne 2 on the highest difficulty, so no happy ending for me. Still, two damaged souls joining forces to take on a dark and corrupt city was something I warmed to and still remember fondly to this day…

…unlike the film. Jackie from That 70’s Show as Mona Sax? No thanks….