Spoilers Max Payne in my Alan Wake

#1 Posted by Freefall1025 (18 posts) -

Has anyone else noticed the references (homage?) to Max Payne during the very beginning of the second episode in the apartment in New York?
 The second manuscript reading includes "Late Goodbye" which was the dramatic end/credit song by Poets of the Fall in Max Payne 2.  The manuscript is read by Max himself in that noir, over-the-top deadpan, gruff voice that is different from Alan wake's voice.  There is a blizzard outside, and the radio makes reference to the storm which is a nod toward Max Payne 1.  And finally, there is a bottle of pills in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom of the apartment which looks exactly like the bottle of pills that were health kits in both Max games.  The pills are directly referenced in the manuscript reading too.  As a Max fan I just thought that was cool, since Remedy made the first two games.  It made me smile.

#2 Posted by wipu (48 posts) -

You forgot/missed the dual beretta display case and the protagonist in Wake's books seems kinda familiar too, renamed of course due to fact that Remedy sold the rights. And I wouldn't call them spoilers though, easter eggs maybe. 
 
I found few other references too, keep looking ;)

#3 Posted by DrPockets000 (2859 posts) -

I noticed and recognized what you both mentioned.  It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside :)

#4 Posted by Equal_Opportunity_Destroyer497 (560 posts) -

The coolest easter egg that I noticed was toward the end of the game. I actually don't know if you'd call it an easter egg per se, but it's by far the funniest Max Payne reference in the game. You should definitely run across it as it's virtually impossible to miss.

#5 Posted by Titl (539 posts) -

The best Max Payne reference is: 
 


 
Is the in-game font, not the one used in the Max Payne games?
#6 Posted by The_A_Drain (3973 posts) -

Yes the in-game font is the same as in Max Payne although slightly tweaked. 
 
I fail to see how nobody has pointed this out yet though (but everybody should know anyway, because if you don't... well) Remedy made Max Payne. The only reason these references aren't directly referencing "Max Payne" (instead they use Alex Casey) is because they don't hold the rights to Max Payne. I believe Rockstar does. 
 
Basically, in this world at least, Alan Wake wrote Max Payne. You can learn more about it in the developer commentary/documentaries on the LCE disc.

#7 Posted by Rhaknar (5939 posts) -

Do the face

#8 Posted by Origina1Penguin (3503 posts) -

Isn't Barry basically Vinnie from Max Payne 2? I think it's even the same voice actor.

#9 Posted by TheKidNixon (1564 posts) -

Mullet Time speech is the best.

#10 Posted by CockBlock (1 posts) -

What you have all failed to notice as well is the actor playing Alan Wake is the actor for Max Payne 2 and in the interview for the book the guy who "does the face" is MAx Payne 1. Also there are a million metaphors  in all of Wake's manuscripts( Max Payne in every speech)

#11 Posted by Rhaknar (5939 posts) -
@CockBlock said:
" What you have all failed to notice as well is the actor playing Alan Wake is the actor for Max Payne 2 and in the interview for the book the guy who "does the face" is MAx Payne 1. Also there are a million metaphors  in all of Wake's manuscripts( Max Payne in every speech) "
all failed to notice? I said "do the face" 1 week ago.
#12 Edited by AndrewB (7686 posts) -

This seems pretty obvious to me, but I haven't seen too many people talking about it... Anybody else take the manuscript to be a Remedy canon ending to the Max Payne franchise? Sounds like Mona (or some other "femme fatale") betrays and kills Max, and he finally gets to see his wife and kid in heaven.
 
The whole talk about killing off Alex Casey is a parallel to the situation Remedy must have faced with Max Payne.

#13 Posted by Genkkaku (738 posts) -

One of the Alex Casey books is called Return to Sender.. The Return to Sender 'Address Unknown' marathon in Max Payne 2 
 
and theres the references to Norse mythology that were part of Max Payne

#14 Posted by SkullcrusherMountain (959 posts) -

I've noticed subtler stuff.  The "locked door, can't go in there" sound in the game is the same from the Max Payne series.  So is the shotgun reload sound.  
 
I must have missed the Casey = Payne stuff, I'm guessing it's just because he was a detective in New York?  Or did I miss some other stuff as well?

#15 Posted by unclejohnny79 (685 posts) -
@SkullcrusherMountain said:
" I've noticed subtler stuff.  The "locked door, can't go in there" sound in the game is the same from the Max Payne series.  So is the shotgun reload sound.    I must have missed the Casey = Payne stuff, I'm guessing it's just because he was a detective in New York?  Or did I miss some other stuff as well? "
in the book store there was a book called the fall of alex casey
#16 Posted by iAmJohn (6133 posts) -
@SkullcrusherMountain said:
" I must have missed the Casey = Payne stuff, I'm guessing it's just because he was a detective in New York?  Or did I miss some other stuff as well? "
Read the two manuscript pages you find for Wake's most recent book--The Sudden Stop--at the beginning of Episode 2.  They make it pretty clear that Alex Casey is supposed to be Max Payne.
#17 Posted by ThatFrood (3376 posts) -

When Sam Lake "does the face". That was amazing. I almost died.

#18 Posted by RichardLOlson (1852 posts) -

Max Payne should have made a guest spot in Alan Wake

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