Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne

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Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
Max Payne 2.jpg
Release dates
October 14, 2003
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 Max Payne 2: The Fall of 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 DRM: SecuROM.

Essential improvements[edit]


Patches for Max Payne 2 can be downloaded here


Two bonus chapters were released by the developer for the "Dead Man Walking" mode. They can be downloaded from Rockstar Games

Developer Mode[edit]

Max Payne 2 Developer is the special version of Max Payne 2 that can be accessed by using the -developer command line argument. The following parameters can be used:

Parameter Description
-developer Activates Developer Mode, which allows you see the games core input and output.
-developerkeys activates Developer Keys, which allows you access special functions that developerkeys doesn't allow. See Developer Key Functions below.
-screenshot Works with Developer Keys. Allows you to take screenshots with F3.
-window Shows Max Payne 2 in a window rather than full screen.
-skipstartup Skips the intro for Max Payne 2 and goes straight to the loading screen

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]


Save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Max Payne 2 Savegames

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Launcher general settings.
Launcher advanced settings.
Information Can only be changed in the launcher
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native False icon.svg Stretched, see Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor Impossible False icon.svg Stretched
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Hackable Using -window launch parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native Not compatible with Fraps.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Fix Widescreen stretch fix


Information Requires MaxPayne 2.exe v1.1.102.0
Information Attempt to fix stretching in Max Payne 2 on widescreen resolutions. Fix also contains a optional plugin, which forces the game to use savegames from <path-to-game>\savegames
  1. Download Max Payne 2 Widescreen fixer and extract the following content in your Max Payne 2 Root Directory: scripts/mp2_widescreen_fix.asi dsound.dll dsoundhooked.dll
  2. Start the game normally

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Fix Field of View

  1. Navigate to the installation folder, and open up the file "MP2_init.ras." Search for this line:
  2. Change DefaultFOV = 70; // degrees to DefaultFOV = 85; // degrees
  3. Now launch the game and select a widescreen resolution

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 [1]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Native
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native
EAX support Native


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native

Issues fixed[edit]

The launcher doesn't start[edit]

Information Laptops using Nvidia Optimus must set the preferred graphics processor for Max Payne 2 to "Intel Integrated Graphics".

Fix Run the game in compatibility mode

  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Right click on maxpayne2.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

  1. Download the fix from here.
  2. Extract the contents of the archive to <path-to-game>\Max Payne 2 The Fall of Max Payne
Information Disable anti-aliasing before starting the game

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\MaxPayne2).

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 2 The Fall of Max Payne folder and press F2 on a keyboard to change its name.
  5. Change the name of the folder to MaxPayne2.
  6. Go one folder back (to steamapps).
  7. Open appmanifest_12150.acf with text editor.
  8. Find a line "installdir" "Max Payne 2 The Fall of Max Payne"
  9. Change it to: "installdir" "MaxPayne2"
  10. Restart Steam.
  11. Set up the compatibility for maxpayne2.exe, if needed (see The launcher doesn't start).


Information Windows notepad may have problems reading appmanifest_12150.acf. If this is a case, use other - more advanced text editor, e.g. Notepad++.

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

Fix Solution 1 - Compatibility mode

  1. Navigate to the Max Payne 2 launcher (MaxPayne2.exe)
  2. Set it to run in Windows 98/Windows Me compatibility mode.

Fix Solution 2 - Catalyst Control Center drivers

Information Issue could be due to later versions of the Catalyst Control Center drivers for AMD cards.
  1. roll back CCC to 12.6.
  2. Download previous drivers from

Fix Solution 3 - CPU-0 Affinity

Create a file containing:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\Run with CPU-0 Affinity]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\Run with CPU-0 Affinity\Command]
@="cmd.exe /c start \"Run with CPU-0 Affinity\" /affinity 1 \"%1\""
  1. Save the file and change the extension from ".txt" to ".reg"
  2. Double click the file, hit "Yes".
  3. Right click the game executable and click "Run with CPU-0 Affinity".
  4. It sets the executable to just run on ONE core.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000, XP 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz PIII/Athlon or 1.2 GHz Celeron/Duron processor 1 GHz PIII/Athlon or 1.2 GHz Celeron/Duron processor
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) AGP graphics card with hardware transform & lighting support
32 MB of VRAM
AGP graphics card with hardware T&L support
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible