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  • Hey, It's That Voice!: In the second game especially
  • The Other Darrin: Series writer Sam Lake modelled for Max in the first game but was replaced by the irreconcilably different-looking Timothy Gibbs in the second, owing to the project's bigger budget (see Progressively Prettier). Lampshaded in one of the second game's fourth-wall-breaking dream sequences, when one of Max's doubles looks at himself and says "I've been switched! I didn't used to look like this!" Additionally, James McCaffrey (as Max) was the only actor to reprise the role for the second game.
    • In addition, Max's likeness in the third game is now being modelled after Mc Caffery's likeness, himself looking noticeably different from Timothy Gibbs as well as having his voice again.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In the second game, a mobster sings the line, "for I'm a rain dog too" before stepping out into the rainy night.
    • The Captain BaseballBat Boy comic strips from the first game are an obvious style homage to Charles Schultz's Peanuts, though the second game's adaptation of the comics into a TV show moves farther away from the source material.
    • The fourth level has a blood splattered room, where if you follow outside to an adjacent room find a guy with a stake through his back. Before he died he managed to write in his blood Buff...
    • A news bulletin on a Television set at Asgard Building in the first game reports that some people are worried about Aesir Corporation being a greater monopoly than Mi- ... CRR ... -soft was.
      • This segment was, naturally, removed from the Xbox port of the game.
    • Max describes Rico Muerte as "a regular Keyser Soze".
    • The scene of Max tapping a water bottle of the muzzle of his Taurus PT 92 reeks of being an homage to Steven Seagal doing the same trick in On Deadly Ground.


  • The Cameo: James McCaffrey, who voiced Max in the games, appears as an FBI agent.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: R&B singer Nelly Furtado appears as Alex Balder's wife Christa.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Mila Kunis uses her Meg voice as Mona.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The trailer heavily implied the film to be a supernatural thriller, rather than a detective story with some Mind Screw elements. This ended up alienating both casual audiences and fans of the series; the former because it made the film look generic, and the latter because it looked as if the filmmakers had totally disregarded the game's storyline.
  • Unrated Edition
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