Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne is a violent, film-noir love story. Dark, tragic and intense, the in-depth story is a thrill-ride of shocking twists and revelations. Love hurts.
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne delivers the most intense gameplay experience imaginable. The fierce, yet stylish action sequences and slow-motion gunplay that has become synonymous with Max Payne is back and better than ever. New and enhanced moves and options provide breathtaking cinematic game play. Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne raises the bar on action games all over again.
Max Payne 2 is set in New York City once again. The dirty gritty streets of Hoboken are also a part of the game. Throughout the story, you’ll go through different locations such as warehouses, flats, buildings, rooftops and streets.
Two years after the events of the first game, Max Payne is an NYPD detective. While investigating a series of murders by a group of hitmen known as The Cleaners, Max encounters Mona Sax, who was assumed dead at the end of the previous game. Because of Mona’s crimes, she is taken in to the police station, despite Max’s protests. While at the station, Max overhears his new partner, Valerie Winterson, talking on the phone about Mona. Suddenly, the station is attacked by hitmen looking for Mona.
Max breaks Mona out of her cell, and after fighting off the hitmen, Max and Mona begin hunting down the people responsible for the attack. Their search leads them to a construction site, where he and Mona defend themselves against the same hitmen. After their foes leave, Detective Winterson arrives and holds Mona at gunpoint. Mona claims that Winterson is there to kill her while Winterson claims that she is simply trying to arrest a fleeing fugitive. After several moments of consideration, Max shoots Winterson, allowing Mona to escape. Before she dies, Winterson shoots Max, leading to his hospitilization.
After Max leaves the hospital, he finds Mona, and together, they begin to look for answers. When Max is kidnapped by Vladimir Lem, head of the Russian mob, he learns that The Cleaners work for Lem, who used them to eliminate competition to his businesses. Max then learns that Lem is part of the secretive Inner Circle; Senator Alfred Woden, the leader of the Inner Circle, had ensured that the charges against Max were dropped at the end of the last game. Lem plans to kill Woden and gain control of the Inner Circle. Max also learns that Mona is a hired gun for Woden, with orders to kill Lem and Max. Finally, Max discovers that Detective Winterson was Lem’s mistress; to avenge her death, Lem shoots Max and leaves him for dead in a burning building. Mona rescues Max, and together, they go to Woden’s mansion to save him from Lem.
At the mansion, Mona knocks Max to the ground in an attempt to follow her orders to kill him, but discovers that her feelings for him keep her from doing so. Lem shoots Mona after realizing that she will not kill Max. Woden then appears in a wheelchair, and lunges at Lem; Woden is killed during the ensuing struggle. Max and Lem then fight while the mansion burns around them. Eventually, Lem is killed as the floor underneath him collapses. Max returns to Mona’s side as the police arrive, and she dies in his arms. If the game is completed at its highest difficulty level, Mona survives.
Some characters from the original Max Payne 1 are also in Max Payne 2. You can find the list of characters below.
Max Payne (Protagonist)
A few weapons from Max Payne 1 are also in Max Payne 2. The following are weapons which Max Payne can use:
- 9mm (Can be dual wielded)
- Desert Eagle (Can be dual wielded)
- Sawed-Off Shotgun
- Pump-Action Shotgun
- UZI (Can be dual wielded)
- Sniper Rifle
- Molotov Cocktail
Max Payne 2, just like Max Payne 1, is split up into 3 Parts again. There are a total of 24 Chapters in Max Payne 2:
Part I: The Darkness Inside
- Chapter One: Elevator Doors
- Chapter Two: A Criminal Mastermind
- Chapter Three: The Depths of My Brain
- Chapter Four: No ‘Us’ In This
- Chapter Five: A Sign of Her Passage
- Chapter Six: A Linear Sequence of Scares
- Chapter Seven: The Million Dollar Question
Part II: A Binary Choice
- Chapter One: The Things That I Want
- Chapter Two: In the Middle of Something
- Chapter Three: Blowing Up
- Chapter Four: Routing Her Synapses
- Chapter Five: Out of the Window
- Chapter Six: The Genius of the Hole
Part III: Waking Up from the American Dream
- Chapter One: Too Stubborn to Die
- Chapter Two: On a Crash Course
- Chapter Three: A Mob-War
- Chapter Four: Dearest of All My Friends
- Chapter Five: A Losing Game
- Chapter Six: There Are No Happy Endings
- Chapter Seven: Love Hurts
- Chapter Eight: That Old Familiar Feeling
Max Payne 2 is a third-person shooter video game developed Remedy Entertainment and published by Gathering of Developers on October 2003 for Microsoft Windows. Ports created later in the year for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox were published by Rockstar Games. The game is also available on XBL and Steam.