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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Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.01 is the latest version.

Bonus chapters[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Launch the game with the -skipstartup parameter

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

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 Hackable False icon.svg Use ThirteenAG's fix.
Multi-monitor Impossible False icon.svg Stretched
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Native Toggle with Alt+ Enter or use the -window parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible Forcing it causes glitches.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native Can be improved by forcing 16x in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native Up to 8x. Not compatible with Fraps.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Impossible Always enabled.
High frame rate Native

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Fix Edit MP2_init.ras

  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open MP2_init.ras with a text editor.
  3. Use Ctrl+F to find DefaultFOV
  4. Beside it, change 70 to another value (maximum is 99).
  5. Save the file.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible
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 does not start[edit]

Fix 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 for Windows 98 / Me

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

Fix 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.

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

Fix 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).

Fix (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]

Fix Run the game in compatibility mode for Windows 98 / Me

Fix Roll back CCC drivers to Catalyst 12.6

Fix See Force CPU affinity to run the game on one core

Other information[edit]

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 games 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) 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


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