Max Payne

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Max Payne
Max Payne cover
Remedy Entertainment
Mac OS Feral Interactive
Rockstar Games
Windows Gathering of Developers
Mac OS MacSoft
Release dates
Windows July 23, 2001
Mac OS July 16, 2002
OS X July 16, 2002
Max Payne
Max Payne 2001
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne 2003
Max Payne 3 2012

Key points

Requires an unofficial patch to fix a missing audio issue in Windows Vista and later.

General information

Remedy's Forums for game
Max Payne Wiki
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail DRM: SafeDisc 2 disc check.
Green Man Gaming
Humble Store

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.05 is the latest official patch for the game.
Not compatible with the Steam version.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Launch the game with the -skipstartup parameter

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Remedy Entertainment\Max Payne\
Mac OS

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Max Payne Savegames\
Mac OS
ThirteenAG's fix includes an .asi file, which forces the game to use save games from <path-to-game>\savegames\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Launcher general settings.
Launcher general settings.
Launcher advanced settings.
Launcher advanced settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Can only be changed in the launcher.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use ThirteenAG's fix.
Field of view (FOV)
Use ThirteenAG's fix.
Toggle with Alt+ Enter or use the -window parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Forcing it causes glitches.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be improved by forcing 16x in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Always enabled. Can be forced off through video driver control panel
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Can be adjusted in Widescreen fix .ini[1]


Language UI Audio CC Notes
A Turkish fan patch is available here.
Other audio languages can be downloaded from here.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Corrupted files in the French version[edit]

The French Steam version of Max Payne has corrupted files, with the error message Invalid Data Read from R_memory File("part1_level1b"). Reports indicate issues with the files x_level1.ras, x_level2.ras, and x_level3.ras.[2][3]

Issues fixed[edit]

Missing audio[edit]

Use an unofficial patch[4]
  1. Download the unofficial patch.
  2. Extract the contents to the installation folder.
  3. Run MaxBatch.bat
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.

The launcher does not start[edit]

Run the game in compatibility mode for Windows 98 / Me

Game crashes or videos fail to load[edit]

Run the game in compatibility mode for Windows XP

Error: setFullscreen - creating the device failed: E_FAIL[edit]

Exception in engineInit: Unable to load save game "Files"[edit]

Reinstall the game on the C:\ drive

Exception in startupInit: Directory \data not found[edit]

Move the game to a folder without spaces

Reinstall the game to a folder without spaces in the folder path (e.g. C:\Games\MaxPayne).

(Steam) Move the game to a folder without spaces
  1. Set anti-aliasing to 0, if doing this does not work, please follow the following steps:
  2. If using Steam, set up a new Steam library folder without spaces in the folder path (e.g. C:\Steam).
  3. Remove the game and install it to the new Steam library folder.
  4. Go to that folder and go into SteamApps\common.
  5. Rename the Max Payne folder to MaxPayne.
  6. Go back to the SteamApps folder and open appmanifest_12140.acf with a text editor.
    • If Windows Notepad can't read it, use another text editor like Notepad++.
  7. Change the line "installdir" "Max Payne" to "installdir" "MaxPayne"
  8. Restart Steam.
  9. If needed, run the game in compatibility mode for Windows 98 / Me.

Game won't launch on AMD graphics cards, still shows up in task manager[edit]

Run the game in compatibility mode for Windows 98 / Me[citation needed]
Roll back CCC drivers to 12.6 from here[citation needed]
See Force CPU affinity to run the game on one core[citation needed]
Force CPU affinity by creating a batch file inside the Max Payne 1 folder.
  1. Create a text document for Max Payne 1
  2. Paste this For Max Payne1
  3. Start /affinity 1 MaxPayne.exe
  4. Save this as "Max Payne 1.bat" inside the Max Payne 1 folder.
  5. Now start the game by double clicking the file. After a few seconds, the launcher will start.[citation needed]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7, 8 Direct3D 7 in cutscenes only. Everything else is in Direct3D 8.
OpenGL Unknown Mac OS only.
Shader Model support 1.1
64-bit executable

Command line arguments[edit]

Parameter Description
-screenshot Enables F10 for taking screen shots. Screen shots are saved to the "screenshots" folder in the Max Payne installation folder.
-nodialog Skips the Max Payne startup dialog when loading the game (uses options previously set).
-skipstartup Skips the startup video.
-disable3dpreloads If the system runs out of texture memory while loading a level, this option may prevent the game from crashing due to a driver error.
-window Runs the game in a windowed mode, in the resolution selected from the Max Payne launch dialog. Not all 3d accelerators support running in a windowed mode.
-novidmemcheck Disables the video memory check at the start of the game.
-developer Enables "developer mode", including console (toggled with F12).
-developerkeys Enables special developer keys. Requires developer mode. Using developer keys can break the game flow.
-showprogress Shows extended loading information. Requires developer mode.
-profile Enables in-game profiler. Toggle profile with F11, and see console aliases for profiling options.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 OSR2 98, ME, 2000
Processor (CPU) 450 MHz 700 MHz
System memory (RAM) 96 MB 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 530 MB 830 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.0 compatible
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.0 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectSound compatible
Mac OS
Operating system (OS) 9.1, 10.2
Processor (CPU) PowerPC G3 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 900 MB
Video card (GPU) OpenGL compatible
16 MB of VRAM


  1. [GTA|NFS|MP|OTHER] Widescreen Fixes Pack - GTAForums
  2. Need some files - Steam Users' Forums
  3. Crash du jeu au niveau 1 sur PC steam - Max Payne sur - 20/12/2011 - 14:10:34
  4. -Ultimate Max Payne(1) Vista/Win7 Sound Fix- - Steam Users' Forums