Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne

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Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne cover
Remedy Entertainment
Rockstar Games
Release dates
Windows October 14, 2003
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne guide at StrategyWiki
Max Payne
Max Payne 2001
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne 2003
Max Payne 3 2012

General information

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


Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.01 is the latest version.

Bonus chapters[edit]

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 <path-to-game>\MP2_Init.ras
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Remedy Entertainment\Max Payne 2\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Max Payne 2 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. Note that this fix results in artifacting on any reflective surface that is displayed outside of the original 4:3 area.
Use ThirteenAG's fix.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
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. Not compatible with Fraps.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Always enabled.Can be forced off through video driver.
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Use widescreen fix
  1. Install ThirteenAG's widescreen fix.
  2. Edit MaxPayne2.WidescreenFix.ini.
  3. Set FOVFactor to the desired value.


Changing FOV affects in-game cutscenes.
Edit MP2_init.ras
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Make a backup copy of MP2_init.ras.
  3. Open MP2_init.ras with a text editor.
  4. Use Ctrl+F to find DefaultFOV
  5. Beside it, change 70 to another value (maximum is 99).
  6. Save the file.


Some text editors (including Notepad) tend to convert all empty characters in file (hex: 0x00, displayed as space) to proper space ANSI code (hex: 0x20) while saving, which in case of Max Payne 2 leads to Visual C++ Runtime Error during game start. For changing the FOV, use some less intrusive editing tools, such as widely available free hex editors.

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
EAX support
EAX 2.0


Language UI Audio CC Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Application load error 5:0000065434[edit]

Set the Anti-aliasing to Off.

The launcher does not start[edit]

Laptops using Nvidia Optimus must set the preferred graphics processor for Max Payne 2 to "Intel Integrated Graphics"
Run the game in compatibility mode for Windows 98 / Me

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

Use ThirteenAG's fix
  1. Download ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Extract the contents to the installation folder.
  3. Disable anti-aliasing in the game's launcher.

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

Reinstall the game on the C:\ drive

Error: 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\MaxPayne2).

(Steam) Move the game to a folder without spaces
  1. If using Steam, set up a new Steam library folder without spaces in the folder path (e.g. C:\Steam).
  2. Remove the game and install it to the new Steam library folder.
  3. Go to that folder and go into SteamApps\common.
  4. Rename the Max Payne 2 The Fall of Max Payne folder to MaxPayne2.
  5. Go back to the SteamApps folder and open appmanifest_12150.acf with a text editor.
    • If Windows Notepad can't read it, use another text editor like Notepad++.
  6. Change the line "installdir" "Max Payne 2 The Fall of Max Payne" to "installdir" "MaxPayne2"
  7. Restart Steam.
  8. 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 Catalyst 12.6[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 2 folder.
  1. Create a text document for Max Payne 2
  2. Paste this into the document:
  3. Start /affinity 1 MaxPayne2.exe
  4. Save them as "Max Payne 2.bat" inside the Max Payne 2 folder.
  5. Now start the game by double clicking the file. After a few seconds, the launcher will start.[citation needed]

Launcher starts, but game won't launch on nVidia graphics cards, crashes and doesn't show up in task manager[edit]

Make sure that Options->Video Settings->Antialiasing is set to 'Off'

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
Shader Model support 1.1
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink Video

Command line arguments[edit]

Parameter Description
-screenshot Works with Developer Keys. Allows taking screenshots with F3.
-skipstartup Skips the intro for Max Payne 2 and goes straight to the loading screen.
-window Shows Max Payne 2 in a window rather than full screen.
-developer Activates Developer Mode, which allows seeing the game's core input and output. Also enables the console (toggled with ~).
-developerkeys Activates Developer Keys, which allows access to special functions that developer keys doesn't allow.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
Intel Celeron 1.2 GHz
AMD Athlon 1.0 GHz
AMD Duron 1.2 GHz
Intel Pentium IV 1.7 GHz
Intel Celeron 1.7 GHz
AMD Athlon 1.4 GHz
AMD Duron 1.7 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
64 MB of VRAM
Sound (audio device) DirectSound compatible sound card


  1. Joystick/Joypad support for Max Payne 2 on PC – Rockstar Support