Max Payne

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Max Payne
Mac OS
Release dates
July 23, 2001
Mac OS
July 16, 2002
Max Payne at WineHQ
Max Payne at Steam Charts
Max Payne at SteamDB
 Max Payne at Wikipedia
Max Payne
Max Payne 2001
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne 2003
Max Payne 3 2012

General information

More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series
More information Remedy's Forums for game


Source DRM Notes Keys
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Retail DRM details are not known

Essential improvements[edit]

Patch 1.05[edit]

Information This is the latest available version.

Gameplay Mods[edit]

Kung Fu Mod[edit]

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Max Payne Savegames

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Launcher general settings.
Launcher advanced settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native False icon.svg
Multi-monitor Impossible False icon.svg Stretched.
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV)
Windowed Hackable See Command line arguments. Use -window.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Fix Instructions[1]

  1. Download the fix from here.
  2. Extract the contents of the archive to <path-to-game>\Max Payne


Information It isn't necessary to select the mod from the Customized Game menu.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Fix Instructions

  1. After downloading the widescreen fix navigate to <path-to-game>\Max Payne\scripts.
  2. Open MP1_widescreen_fix.ini and set your desired fov value.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible There is auto-aim but that can be disabled.
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller support Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Impossible
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native
Information Other audio languages can be downloaded from here.


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
French Native Native Native
German Native Native Native
Italian Native Native Native
Polish Native Native Native
Portuguese Native Native Native
Russian Native Native Native
Spanish Native Native Native
Turkish Native Impossible Native A Turkish fan patch is available here.

Issues fixed[edit]

Windows Vista (and greater) sound fix[edit]

Fix Windows 7/Vista Sound Fix[2]

Information An issue exists for Windows Vista/7 users in which a large majority of voices in cutscenes and normal gameplay won't play.
  1. Download the latest version [1] here.
  2. Extract the fix to the installation folder.
  3. Run the fix's main file: MaxBatch.bat
  4. Wait a few minutes for it to finish.
  5. Start the game.

The launcher does not start[edit]

Fix Run the game in compatibility mode

  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Right click on Maxpayne.exe and click Properties.
  3. Go to compatibility tab.
  4. Set the compatibility mode to Windows 98 / Me and check Run this program as administrator.

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

Fix Install the Max Payne Widescreen Fix

Information See Widescreen resolution for details

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

Fix Move the game to a folder without spaces

  1. Reinstall the game to a folder, which won't have spaces in folder path. (e.g. C:\Games\MaxPayne).

Fix (Steam) Move the game to a folder without spaces

  1. If you're using Steam, set up a new Steam library folder, which won't have spaces in its path (e.g. C:\Steam)
  2. Remove the game and install it to a newly established Steam library folder.
  3. Navigate to that folder and go to steamapps\common.
  4. Click on Max Payne folder and press F2 on a keyboard to change its name.
  5. Change the name of the folder to MaxPayne.
  6. Go one folder back (to steamapps).
  7. Open appmanifest_12140.acf with text editor.
  8. Find a line "installdir" "Max Payne"
  9. Change it to: "installdir" "MaxPayne"
  10. Restart Steam.
  11. Set up the compatibility for Maxpayne.exe, if neeeded (see The launcher doesn't start).


Information Windows notepad may have problems reading appmanifest_12140.acf. If this is a case, use other - more advanced text editor, e.g. Notepad++.

Videos/game crashing[edit]

Crashes and failure to load videos for the game, for the Windows 7 64-bit operating system, the best way to fix this would be to go to where the executable is. That is, in your Steam folder, and then right clicking the executable and then going to "Compatibility" tab and then set it to run on Windows XP and running as administrator. If you are running an AMD card make sure it's not version 12.8 or it will not run. If the game won't start but shows up in task manager, run the game in compatibility mode windows 95/windows me, then make sure you run the game from steam.

Mouse lag[edit]

Fix Mouse Lag

Disadvantage This enables mouse acceleration.
  1. If when playing you get mouse lag issues go to the control panel.
  2. Click on "Hardware and Sound" then under the category "Devices and Printers" click on Mouse.
  3. Under the Pointer Options tab uncheck "Enhance Pointer Precision". This will fix the mouse lag problem.

Issues unresolved[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.[3]

No official patch has been released.

Other information[edit]

Developer Mode[edit]

Information Developer mode is required to use console commands.

To add a command line option for the game you need to create shortcut. Browse to the game's installation folder and right click on the MaxPayne.exe file. Choose 'Create Shortcut'. A shortcut icon should appear in the folder. Right click on the shortcut and choose properties. Select the shortcut tab. The command line parameters need to be entered at the end of the data in the 'Target' line. It should look like the line below:

"C:\Program Files\Rockstar Games\Max Payne 2\MaxPayne.exe" -developer

Punctuation and spacing is important. Move to the very end of the line and press Spacebar once then enter the desired command line parameter (including the hyphen)

Console commands[edit]

Parameter Description
-screenshot Enables F10 for taking screen shots. Screen shots are saved to the "screenshots" folder under your 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.

Advanced Command Line Options[edit]

Information These should only be used by advanced users while developing mods.
Parameter Description
-developer Enables "developer mode", including console. Mostly useful for mod developers.
-developerkeys Enables special developer keys (requires -developer as well). Note: you can break the game flow using developer keys.
-showprogress shows extended loading information. -developer is required.
-profile Enables in-game profiler. Toggle profile with F11, and see console aliases for profiling options.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
2000, XP
Processor (CPU)
450 MHz AMD / Intel Processor
System memory (RAM) 96 MB 128 MB or greater
Hard disk drive (HDD) 530 MB for minimal install 830 MB for full install
Video card (GPU)
Direct3D Compatible Graphics Card
16 MB of VRAM


  1. Widescreen Fixes Pack
  3. Reported on Steampowered forums and