.If you woke up tomorrow completely ignorant of the Max Payne series
So I played it almost halfway through. I found that the game made me depressed. Maybe it was all the persistent night rain. Maybe the slow motion rag-doll effect as selected cleaners get blown away. Maybe the creepy, Pink Floyd-esque dream sections. I dunno, but the more I played, the less I liked it until I just had to remove it from my machine or go insane and visit a college campus with an armload of automatic weapons. This has never happened with Sonic the Hedgehog games.
Pirates! is indeed one of my favorites. There is a threshold of newness to the game however. After your fifteenth million broadside attack, your sixteenth million swordfight and your seventeenth million dance (of which I will NEVER be considered the Arthur Murray of swashbuckling) You tend to get jaded of the game. The quests are pretty cool though and the town attack is one of the highlights of the game. They managed to get a pretty simple but involving turn-based minigame included where it was really needed. In the past, town attack was kind of a free-for-all which you could never hope to succeed, no matter how many groups of angry pirates you had under your control.
I always keep my parties of freebooters too long and they desert me. Then I manage to kill off most of them so when the plunder is divided up everyone (except me) gets a huge share and my fame goes up. The first time I played the 2004 version I was up half the night and could not focus on work the next day as I was busily planning my strategy for when I arrived home that evening. Truly the mark of a good game.
GTA:SA = N/T
Still play Mafia, though. Just drive around and cause trouble. Loads of fun