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Celebrate Max Payne's 15th anniversary with this video

The brooding bullet-timer has certainly come a long way...

Simone de Rochefort has been producing & hosting YouTube videos for Polygon since 2016. She co-directed the upcoming documentary The Great Game: The Making of Spycraft.

You may be surprised to learn that the original Max Payne released on PC way back in 2001. Yes, he turns 15 this week and we decided to celebrate by taking a trip back in time to look at his origins. For example, did you know he was originally called Max Heat? And that the developers needed to hire former NYPD officers to guide them around the seediest parts of New York for research purposes? Get to know Max a little better in our retrospective video!

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