26 Games Like Max Payne

Games Like Max Payne Our assortment of games like Max Payne covers third person shooters where you’ll play complex characters and find yourself in mysterious storylines.

The Max Payne franchise is a collection of third person video games where players step into the role of Max Payne, a New York City officer who turns into a vigilante. Just like Max Payne’s personal progression through the series, the game mechanics have also evolved to bring the game series additional depth, extra variety, new settings, different characters, more weapons and even multiplayer elements.

The foundation of the series is third person shooter gameplay mixed with a special bullet time feature which can slow down the incoming bullets to give players a serious tactical advantage. The later additions to the franchise also introduced cover systems for players to help them fight off multiple enemies as well as a more varied number of weapons to provide more flexibility and options in combat.

The games similar to Max Payne found here also offer third person action with cover systems, special abilities, strong storylines and even multiplayer gameplay. These options cover a range of platforms including PC, Xbox and PlayStation titles to ensure all gamers have a suitable option based on their preferred platform.
7.5 mafia

Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven

Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven is the first game of the Mafia series. It features third person shooter gameplay with some free roam elements similar to that of the GTA series. The game was originally released in 2002 for Windows and eventually made its way to Xbox and PlayStation 2 with console game ports. As the name suggests the game puts players inside the Mafia as they attempt to rise through the ranks and become the head boss of the Salieri family. The game is set in a fictional city in the...[Read Review]

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8.5 the-saboteur

The Saboteur

The Saboteur mixes up the standard setting that most open world action adventures flock to by using a World War II theme instead. It’s a setting that the genre hasn’t touched before and for the most part it pulls off an impressive and unique experience. The game is available on Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game focuses on Paris during its Nazi occupation with players taking on the role of Searn Devlin as he attempts to sabotage the Nazi’s from within (as part of the French Resistance...[Read Review]

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8.9 User Avg (44 votes)
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Watch Dogs

Watch Dogs puts you in the driving seat with a rich open world adventure where you decide on the direction that the story, your character and the world around through your actions and interactions. Set in a modern day era this futuristic title uses a fictional Chicago as the foundation of an adventure of technology hacking to achieve your objectives alongside plenty of side activities. Playing as a hacker named Aiden Pearce you’ll enter into a story of revenge after an electronic bank heis...[Read Review]

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8.7 User Avg (53 votes)
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Watch Dogs 2

Building on the elements of the original Watch Dogs 2 continues the Ubisoft action-adventure franchise across PS4, Xbox One and PC. Explore the fictionalised Bay Area through the eyes of Marcus Holloway, a hacker who joins the ranks of the group DedSec who aim to fight against the advanced surveillance system of the city known as ctOS. With this theme in mind players are directed in Watch Dogs 2 to use stealth to overcome objectives which usually have several means of achieving success. Many of ...[Read Review]

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8.7 User Avg (17 votes)
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Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines

Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines is an action orientated role playing game that lets you play as a vampire from a number of different clans. Since its release in 2004 and re-release on Steam in 2009 the game has gained an almost cult like following. It is important to note that the game version for this review was using the Unofficial Patch as recommended by fans. Before playing I strongly recommend installing the current Unofficial Patch version to remove a lot of the bugs and issues of the o...[Read Review]

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Spec Ops: The Line

Spec Ops: The Line combines third person shooting with a war like setting as players get a taste of the psychological impact that drawn out engagements have on those in them. The story follows the battles of Captain Martin Walker who explores a Dubai in ruin with his team of elite Delta Force. The game is set several months after the catastrophic dust storms that have left Dubai in a state of ruin which has left many civilians in dire circumstances. Upon your reconnaissance mission players uncov...[Read Review]

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The Godfather II

The Godfather II continues with the Godfather series of video games with another Mafia based open world experience for players. In this sequel you’ll have to make more strategic decisions about how to undermine the other Mafia families. The second game in the series takes place between the 1950-1960s and doesn’t just focus on a single city. Players can except to travel to Cuba, New York City and Miami as Dominic while he attempts to claim control over several crime families and their busin...[Read Review]

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8.5 User Avg (24 votes)
8.5 sleeping-dogs

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs was released in August 2012 and was developed by Square Enix, the game was originally going to be published as True Crime: Hong Kong but was renamed before release. Sleeping Dogs takes place in the city of Hong Kong with players taking on the role of an undercover cop on a mission to infiltrate the Triads. The game offers a free roam and open world adventure that is similar to the Grand Theft Auto series of video games. For the majority of the game players are free to explore Hong ...[Read Review]

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8.5 User Avg (52 votes)
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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is a PlayStation 3 exclusive (later brought to PlayStation 4 as a remaster) that takes you across the globe in an impressive action adventure with a sprinkle of environmental puzzles. With the second release in the Uncharted franchise improving on the original you’ll find a wealth of enhancements in the areas of story telling, character development and voice acting. Like the original Uncharted the game follows the adventure of Nathan Drake across a range of envir...[Read Review]

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State of Decay

State of Decay combines the open world genre with a zombie outbreak to create one of the largest and most impressive games in the genre to date. The game started out as a title on the Xbox Marketplace and eventually made its way to Windows. The game plays out in an open world environment with players taking control of their survivors in a third person perspective. State of Decay is packed full of unique elements with a crazy amount of depth for players to explore. While the game has zombies with...[Read Review]

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8.4 User Avg (44 votes)
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Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception continues the Uncharted series with action, adventure and third person shooting that the series is known for. Just like previous games the title is a PlayStation 3 exclusive developed by Naughty Dog. This time around players will join Nathan Drake as he adventures through the desert in search of the lost location, Iram of the Pillars. The game has a large variety of environments that players have the opportunity to explore though with jungle sequences, a sink...[Read Review]

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8.5 mafia-2

Mafia II

Mafia II offers a third person action packed experience that puts players inside the mob. The game was released for multiple platforms in 2010, with a Mac release in 2011. Mafia II takes place in the 1940s within a fictional game world that is based on a number of US locations including Boston, Chicago and New York. Players can use (or steal) over 40 different vehicles to explore this world and use a variety of weapons that are based on the era. The game has many improvements over the original M...[Read Review]

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8 User Avg (36 votes)
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L.A. Noire

L.A. Noire takes the open world genre into a more serious and slow paced direction compared to other games in the genre but there is still plenty to love if you give it the time and respect that it deserves. The game takes place in the city of Los Angeles during the 1940s and has players assuming the role of police officer and his attempts to solve a series of cases. The game draws heavy inspiration from the crime films of the era and even includes the option for players to experience the game e...[Read Review]

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Scarface: The World Is Yours

Scarface: The World Is Yours is heavily based on the popular Scarface film and offers a great adventure for fans of crime based video games. Gamers who have seen the film will definitely get most from the experience though. The plot for the video game picks up right after the film ends and has Tony Montana barely making it out alive from his mansion. After having your entire empire brought to the ground you decide to quit your habit and make a move for revenge on Sosa. This plot for revenge will...[Read Review]

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7.8 User Avg (19 votes)
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Alan Wake

If you are looking for your next scare then Alan Wake promises an interesting adventure filled with horror. The game is available for the Xbox 360 console and Windows. Alan Wake follows the story of a thriller novelist Alan Wake as he goes on a vacation to the quiet town of Bright Falls in a hope to cure his writer’s block. Just like a book or television series the game is split into episodes that each contain a cliff hanger. Things take a dramatic turn for the worse when his wife goes missing a...[Read Review]

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7.7 User Avg (19 votes)
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Mafia III

Mafia III builds on the fundamentals of the previous games with a story of a darker time in history. Explore the fictional New Bordeaux as you play Vietnam War veteran Lincoln Clay across both console and PC. Set in 1968 the story revolves around the biracial orphan and veteran Lincoln. With a history of working for mobsters and special forces training you’ve got a deadly mix. When you return to your home town based on New Orleans and caught up with the wrong crowd you’re left for de...[Read Review]

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Quantum Break

Based around the idea of time travel and control of time, Quantum Break employs a unique story telling landscape aiming to combine a TV like show design with a video game experience. The result is a dramatic science fiction story filled with action and adventure while players command Jack Joyce through an array of gunfights and story plot points in third person view. In addition Jack Joyce grants players the ability to manipulate time right from the start of your adventure after a failed experim...[Read Review]

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Taking the popular Metal Gear Solid franchise and combining it with open world elements is Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, a first for the franchise. For those confused how Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes fits into this game it acts simple as the prologue to the more complete game, The Phantom Pain. Set after the Ground Zeroes game events the Militaires Sans Frontieres has been destroyed with Big Boss falling into a deep coma. Waking up 9 years later (1984) to a Cipher assassin attemptin...[Read Review]

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7.5 User Avg (21 votes)
7.5 stranglehold

Stranglehold

Stranglehold is a high octane action packed third person shooter that lets you do all sorts of crazy stunts on your PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Designed as a sequel to John Woo’s 1992 action film, Hard Boiled the game features a number of call backs and movie style design choices for the keen eyed film fan, although those unfamiliar with the 1992 film won’t be missing out either. In Stranglehold players play as the tough cop inspector Tequila Yuen over a roughly 6-8hr campaign of action that tak...[Read Review]

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The Godfather: The Game

The Godfather: The Game is based in the Godfather universe and is available across a several platforms making it the perfect Mafia based action adventure game to meet your needs. Fans of the movies will instantly recognise many of the characters from the movie and the game even includes voice acting from a number of the cast to create an authentic Godfather experience. The game is essentially split into two separate storylines for the player to follow; one closely mimics the main plot events fro...[Read Review]

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7 User Avg (13 votes)
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Deadly Premonition

Deadly Premonition rolls open world gameplay, horror and even comedy into a single ball of interesting to create an adventure that is borderline insane. The game originally released on Xbox 360 in 2010 and saw a Director’s Cut for the PlayStation 3 and Windows released in 2013 after the game attracted a cult following online creating demand for the game to be delivered on alternative platforms. This same following was likely the reason behind the games port to Nintendo Switch in 2019. Part of th...[Read Review]

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7 User Avg (20 votes)
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True Crime: Streets of LA

True Crime: Streets of LA tells the story from the other side of the tracks with players playing the game as a police officer rather than the many crime based GTA clones out there. The game is the first in the True Crime series and released in November 2003. As you might expect Streets of LA is set in Los Angeles and features most of the same street names and landmarks as the real Los Angeles with only minor changes. Players will be able to visit many of the popular Los Angeles landmarks during ...[Read Review]

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WET

WET offers third person shooter gameplay with an insane level of action that feels right out of Kill Bill or similar action film with its distinct style of action. In your WET adventure you’ll use acrobatic moves, create combos, slow down time and other powerful abilities alongside more traditional shooting and slashing gameplay. The star protagonist for this over the top game is Rubi Malone, a bounty hunter, mercenary and general problem-solver who has built a reputation for getting the job don...[Read Review]

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True Crime: New York City

Released in 2005 True Crime: New York City is the second and last title of the True Crime franchise. Available across PlayStation 2, Xbox and Windows True Crime: New York City follows the story of an ex gang member turned into a police officer. Marcus Reed serves as your avatar for this transformation who starts off his plot by witnessing his mentor’s death only a day after finally achieving his promotion to the rank of detective within the Organised Crime Unit. From here your story of rev...[Read Review]

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6.5 total-overdose

Total Overdose

Total Overdose: A Gunslinger’s Tale in Mexico offers open world action adventure in a third person perspective which blends ideas from several of the genres top games to create its own mixture. Playing as Ramiro Cruz, the criminal brother of a high ranking DEA agent you are called upon by the agency to step in as an undercover agent for your brother after his death. Your job is to reclaim the information your brother had about your father and continue his work in bringing down one of the m...[Read Review]

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6.6 User Avg (14 votes)
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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Marking game number 4 for the Uncharted series and Nathan Drake Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End pulls him right out of retirement to reunite with this brother and Sully to search for clues and find Captain Henry Avery’s treasure. Serving as the final instalment in the franchise Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End delivers an impressive send off to the characters of the franchise both from a story and gameplay perspective while continuing the impressive and often extreme action adventure gameplay that the seri...[Read Review]

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