Max Payne was the first game to have a bullet-time mechanic and boy was it good. As if shooting baddies wasn’t badass enough already. The story and gameplay in Max Payne were ok if a little bit uninspired. The main thing the game had going for itself was the dark atmosphere and the gunplay (with the already mentioned bullet-time mechanic). The game could’ve been a really mediocre push in a sea of mediocre shooters but it managed to do something special and it’s still remembered for it today.