Max Payne 3

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Max Payne 3
Max Payne 3 cover
Rockstar Vancouver
Rockstar Games
Release dates
Windows June 1, 2012
OS X June 20, 2013
Max Payne
Max Payne 2001
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne 2003
Max Payne 3 2012

Key points

The ambient occlusion setting should be set to SSAO, due to the way it performs.[1][2]
The PC version features high resolution textures, high quality shadows, tessellation and more PC-specific features while also being fairly well optimized.
The OS X version also suffers from multiple issues, one being the complete lack of multiplayer, due to the GameSpy services being shut down.[3]
Unnecessarily forced, long loading times during most cutscenes.

General information

GeForce Tweak Guide
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series


Steam and Rockstar Games Social Club online key verification on launch.
Steam and Rockstar Games Social Club online key verification on launch.
Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Requires online activation Does not unlock a digital download.[4] Requires online activation
Direct2Drive Requires online activation
GamersGate Requires online activation
Green Man Gaming Requires online activation
Humble Store Requires online activation
Mac App Store Requires online activation
Steam Requires online activation DLC is loaded through the Rockstar Games Social Club account.
All versions require Rockstar Games Social Club for activation and online features.
All versions use GameShield IronWrap DRM.[5] Rockstar have not disclosed details of how many machine activations are allowed nor any other restrictions.[6]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Cemetery Map
Classic Max Payne Character
Deadly Force Burst
Deathmatch Made In Heaven Pack
Hostage Negotiation Pack
Local Justice Pack
Painful Memories Pack
Pill Bottle Item
Rockstar Pass
Silent Killer Loadout Pack
Special Edition Pack

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\Max Payne 3

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\Max Payne 3\Profiles

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Rockstar's Social Club supports save game cloud syncing.

Video settings[edit]

Advanced graphics settings.
Advanced graphics settings.
Letterboxed behavior example (16:10 resolution used).
Letterboxed behavior example (16:10 resolution used).
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
other aspect ratios than 16:9 are letterboxed in non-engine cutscenes
Cutscenes don't display correctly. Use jackfuste's fix.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Can also use the -windowed parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Windowed Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Low to Very High FXAA and 2x, 4x or 8x MSAA options.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[7]
Max Payne 3 supports 3D on Nvidia cards.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Default FOV is set to 45° vertical.
FOV Calculator can help convert horizontal to vertical FOV.
Change FOV with Cheat Engine
  1. Download and install Cheat Engine.
  2. Start the game and Alt+Tab out.
  3. Download the cheat table and double-click on it.
  4. In the window that opens, click the flashing button in the top left corner.
  5. Select MaxPayne3.exe and click Open, then click Yes.
  6. At the bottom part of the window, check the boxes beside FOV and value.
  7. Under the Value column, double-click on 70 and change it to the desired vertical FOV.


Cutscenes won't be able to modify the FOV, which means they'll not look as intended.
Zooming in with the sniper rifle won't be possible. Deactivate the script temporarily.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output[8]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
An Ukrainian fan patch is available here
Most languages can be forced by using -language Language. For Brazilian Portuguese use -language Portuguese. See Command line arguments.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
Versus, Co-op
Co-op included in Deathmatch Made In Heaven DLC. OS X multiplayer no longer works.[3]

Connection types

Type Native Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Nothing happens at "Initializing" screen[edit]

The game must be installed under C:/ProgramFilesx86/Steam/Steamapps/Common/Max Payne 3 in order for Social Club to load, which is required to play the game. If the game was installed to a custom steam folder, copy (not move) it to the default ProgramFilesx86 folder, then have Steam uninstall the game, then reinstall it to the default location. Steam will detect the existing files and fix the installation, and the game will proceed properly. If the problem is not solved:

  • Ensure the MaxPayne3.exe does NOT have compatibility or Admin rights settings applied.
  • Use the -scdetectproxy steam launch option.
  • Delete the Social Club install folder. (Do not use the uninstaller.) Install an earlier version of Rockstar Games Social Club such as v1.0.9.7. Run the game and it will tell you to update the Social Club program. Run the installer from Max Payne 3's MP3Installers folder.

Unable to sign into Rockstar Games Social Club[edit]

Delete files[9]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete maxpayne3_steam.ini, steam_api.dll and steam_appid.txt
  3. Verify integrity of game cache.

Game will not launch[edit]

The game will not launch for many users.[10]
Change to DirectX 9

This can be fixed by going into safe mode, and changing the game to DirectX 9.[11]

  1. Install game.
  2. Update GPU drivers.
  3. Restart PC.
  4. Use the -safemode -windowed command line arguments.
  5. Game settings > set to DirectX 9, with choice of screen resolution and fullscreen.
  6. Remove the command line arguments.

Negative mouse acceleration and frame dependent mouse sensitivity[edit]

Even after the patch which introduced a mouse acceleration toggle, some players experience negative mouse acceleration as well as frame rate dependent sensitivities.
There are currently no true fixes for the negative mouse acceleration.
Reduce graphics settings

Turning off FXAA, MSAA, and vsync may help to make negative mouse acceleration tolerable.

Game goes to pause menu randomly[edit]

This error is usually caused by having an Xbox 360 Wireless Network Adapter plugged into USB.

Remove Xbox 360 Wireless Network Adapter

Error code 1641 on launch[edit]

This error is related to .Net 3.5.
  • Restarting the computer should fix the error, but if not try reinstalling .Net 3.5 and restarting.

Game crashes with StackHash_XXX Error[edit]

Administrator privileges

Run maxpayne3.exe as an administrator.

Fix Data Execution Prevention setting

Ensure Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is set to the default (Windows programs and services only).


This error message can be caused on the Steam version of the game when Steam is forced by the OS into compatibility mode.
Follow these steps to stop Windows Vista/7 from forcing Steam into compatibility mode:[12]
  1. Hit start->run->regedit
  2. Go to key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers
  3. Look for an entry with your path to steam.exe
  4. Delete that entry
  5. If you don't find it there try HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers

Graphics settings not saving[edit]

Game may report that video memory is 0/0. This may be caused by older graphics drivers which need updating.
Edit graphics.xml[13]

One fix is to edit %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\Max Payne 3\graphics.xml

Steam version product key activation error[edit]

Move installation folder

For the error message "no activations remaining for this activation key" or "cannot contact activation server [14] when trying to activate the game over socialclub.

  1. The issue can be remedied by moving your max payne 3 installation from <Steam-folder>\steamapps\common to <Steam-folder>\steamapps\<user-id>
  2. Right click on maxpayne3.exe
  3. Run it as an administrator.[15] Once this is done, the game will activate properly.

Requires Service Pack 1[edit]

The game may show the error message 'Requires Service Pack 1 or superior'.
Requires Service Pack 1
  1. This can be fixed by finding the maxpayne3.exe file.
  2. Right clicking and setting the compatibility mode to "Windows XP (Service Pack 3)".[16]
  3. Running maxpayne3.exe as an administrator may also fix the problem.

Asus software[edit]

Asus software 'Smart Doctor' or 'Asus Gamer' may cause crashing.
Uninstall Asus software

Game freeze during startup[edit]

Can be fixed by reinstalling Rockstar Games Social Club before launching. This have to be done every time before launching the game

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 10, 10.1, 11
64-bit executable

Command line arguments[edit]

Add parameters to a commandline.txt file in the installation folder, or see command line arguments for other methods.
Parameter Description
-adapter Force specific DirectX adapter starting from 0.
-aspectratio Force aspect ratio [width:height].
-availablevidmem Force Video RAM limit to the amount specified (MB).
-cpucount Force CPU count if query is not successful.
-d3dmt Force multi-threaded DirectX runtime.
-dx10 Force DirectX 10 if available.
-dx10_1 Force DirectX 10.1 if available.
-dx11 Force DirectX 11 if available.
-dx9 Force DirectX 9.
-frameLimit Force VSync [0, 1, 2]
-fullscreen Force Fullscreen mode.
-fxaa Force FXAA quality [0..3].
-gpucount Force GPU count if query is not successful.
-height Force vertical resolution.
-language english Force English language.
-language french Force French language.
-language italian Force Italian language.
-language german Force German language.
-language spanish Force Spanish language.
-language russian Force Russian language.
-language portuguese Force Portuguese language.
-language polish Force Polish language.
-MSAA Force MSAA [0..5].
-MSAAQuality Force MSAA quality level.
-nomouseaccel Disable mouse acceleration.
-outputMonitor Force specific monitor starting from 0.
-reflectionquality Force reflection quality [0..3].
-refreshrate Force refresh rate.
-safemode Force game to load with safest settings.
-shadowquality Force shadow quality [0..3].
-ssao Force SSAO [0..1].
-stereo Force 3D stereo support [0..1] (1 is on)
-tessellation Force tessellation quality [0..3].
-texturefilterquality Force the Anisotropic texture filter quality [0..4].
-texturequality Force the texture quality [0..2].
-useHighQualityShaders Force usage of high quality shaders [0..1].
-waterquality Force water quality [0..2].
-width Force horizontal resolution
-windowed Force windowed mode.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista SP2, 7 SP1
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual Core 2.4 GHz
AMD Dual Core 2.6 GHz
Intel i7 3930K 6 Core 3.06 GHz
AMD FX8150 8 Core 3.6 GHZ
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 16 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 35 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
AMD Radeon HD 3400
512 MB of VRAM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
AMD Radeon HD 7970
3 GB (AMD) of VRAM
Sound (audio device) 100% Direct X 9.0 compatible Direct X 9.0 compatible supporting Dolby Digital Live
Operating system (OS) 10.7.5 Lion
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual Core Xeon 2.4 GHZ or greater
Intel Core i Series 2.4 GHz or greater
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 32 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA 8800 GT
AMD Radeon HD 4870
512 MB of VRAM


  1. Max Payne 3 Performance Thread - Page 3 - Forums
  2. Max Payne 3 Tweak Guide | GeForce
  3. 3.0 3.1 Effect of GameSpy Closure on Past Rockstar Titles – Rockstar Support
  4. Information about the Steam version of Max Payne 3 – Rockstar Support
  5. [ProjectRYG v2.0 & v3.0] RYG Evaluation- Max Payne 3
  6. Rockstar Support on Twitter: "@PalZer0 We don't announce max activations, reset timers, etc. but we can make sure that you can play the game on computers you own. :)"
  7. New 120Hz Games Report
  8. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  9. Steam Users' Forums - View Single Post - Unable to sign into rockstar social club
  10. Game will not launch... >.< - Steam Users' Forums
  11. Steam Users' Forums - View Single Post - Game will not launch... >.<
  12. Fix: Steam thinks its running in compatibility mode
  13. Changing graphic settings - Steam Users' Forums
  14. Freezing, "in use," or "no activations remaining" when clicking OK to link Steam with Social Club – Rockstar Support
  15. Can't Activate Max Payne 3, Error Contacting Activation Server? - Page 4 - Steam Users' Forums
  16. Fixed Service Pack 1 Issue. - Steam Users' Forums