Please go away Max, showing off with your shiny awesome looking trailers that make me want to buy/play your game despite not having played any of the previous titles....
Max Payne is still one of the best 3rd person shooters of all time - the story is phenomenal, the gunplay is awesome and the atmosphere is thick with noir. It was the first game i played that required you to learn how to move with the left thumbstick and aim with the right thumbstick. There may well have been other games before it to do the same but that was the first i played.
Max Payne 2 however - pales in comparison. The gunplay is the same (although in that you could stay prine from a dive and shoot 360 degrees like ROckstar are hyping about Max Payne 3) but the story is no where near as good as 1.
I played 1 so many times on PS2 - i could probably draw the level layouts and enemy placements from memory if i tried.
I never gave 2 the same amount of attention - i bought it on GoD during one of ROckstars sales and it still holds up pretty well amazingly.
EIther is well worth the 1200 points to own - especially 1.
I just hope that they use the same theme music for 3.