Max Payne 3

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Max Payne 3
MaxPayne3.jpg
Developers
Publishers
Engines
 
Release dates
Windows
June 1, 2012
OS X
June 20, 2013
Max Payne 3 at WineHQ
Max Payne 3 at Steam Charts
Max Payne 3 at SteamDB
 Max Payne 3 at Wikipedia
Max Payne
Max Payne 2001
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne 2003
Max Payne 3 2012

Key points

Information You should NOT use HDAO as ambient occlusion, because SSAO makes a bigger difference, does have bigger shadow casts and more objects seems to be affected, even causing a smaller performance loss.[1][2]
Advantage PC version features high resolution textures, tessellation, high quality shadows and more PC-specific features.
Advantage Game allows DirectX mode changing between DX9, 10, 10.1 or 11.
Disadvantage Game requires Rockstar Social Club for activation, and uses restrictive GameShield IronWrap DRM.[3]
Disadvantage OS X online multiplayer has stopped working due to GameSpy services being shut down.[4]

General information

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

Availability[edit]

Steam and Rockstar Social Club online key verification on launch.
Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail Requires online activation Does not unlock a digital download.[5]
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svgRequires online activation DLC is loaded through the Rockstar Social Club account.
GamersGate Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Information All versions require Rockstar Social Club for activation and online features.
Information All versions use GameShield IronWrap DRM.[3] Rockstar have not disclosed details of how many machine activations are allowed nor any other restrictions.[6]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\Max Payne 3
OS X

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

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

Video settings[edit]

Advanced graphics settings.
Anamorphic behavior example (16:10 resolution used).
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.svg Anamorphic 16:9; other aspect ratios are letterboxed.
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Gold.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable Use Windowed Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native Low to Very High FXAA and 2x, 4x or 8x MSAA options.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[7]
Information Max Payne 3 supports 3D on Nvidia cards.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Fix Change AspectRatio to 5:2[8]

Information Gallery comparison on forums.
Advantage Changes field of view from ~70 to ~90.
Disadvantage Causes distortion of everything including icons, HUD, movies.
  1. Edit %USERPROFILE%\Rockstar Games\Max Payne 3\graphics.xml using Notepad.
  2. Adding line or change value to <AspectRatio>5:2</AspectRatio>

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Native
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller
Controller support Native
Full controller support Unknown
Controller remapping Unknown
Controller Y-axis inversion Unknown

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Music, SFX
Surround sound Native Up to 5.1 output[9]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Unknown
Mute on focus lost Native

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
French Native Native Native
German Native Native Native
Italian Native Native Native
Japanese Native Impossible Native
Korean Native Impossible Native
Brazilian Portuguese Native Impossible Native
Polish Native Impossible Native
Russian Native Impossible Native
Spanish Native Native Native
Information Most languages can be forced by using -language Language. For Brazilian Portuguese use -language Portuguese. See Language.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play Unknown
Online play Native OS X multiplayer no longer works.[4]
Information Dropped online support for OS X on May 31, 2014 due to GameSpy services being shut down.[4]


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 Social Club[edit]

Fix Delete files[10]

  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]

Information The game will not launch for many users.[11]

Fix Change to DirectX 9

This can be fixed by going into safe mode, and changing the game to DirectX 9.[12]

  1. Install game.
  2. Update GPU drivers.
  3. Restart PC.
  4. Right click game > properties > set launch options.
  5. Type -safemode -windowed
  6. Game settings > set to DirectX 9, with choice of screen resolution and fullscreen.
  7. Exit game
  8. Right click game > properties > set launch options - remove all options.

Negative mouse acceleration and frame dependent mouse sensitivity[edit]

Information Even after the patch which introduced a mouse acceleration toggle, some players experience negative mouse acceleration as well as framerate dependent sensitivities.
Information There are currently no true fixes for the negative mouse acceleration.

Fix 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.

Fix Remove Xbox 360 Wireless Network Adapter

Error code 1641 on launch[edit]

Fix Restart

Information 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]

Information This error is caused by Data Execution Prevention in Windows Vista/7.

Fix Administrator privileges

Run maxpayne3.exe as an administrator.

Fix StackHash error fix

If the previous fix didn't fix it, attempt the following:

  1. Open your Start Menu > Control Panel
  2. Browse to “System Maintenance” > “System”
  3. In the left panel, select “Advanced System Settings”.
  4. You should now see the System Properties Window, which will have three sections. The top section is labeled “Performance” and has “Settings” button. Click this button.
  5. Select the “Data Execution Prevention” tab.
  6. Select the option which reads “Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select”
  7. Use the “Browse” button to navigate to the maxpayne3 executable file and click Open.
  8. Click Apply or OK to commit your changes.

ERR_OS_VISTA[edit]

Information This error message can be caused on the Steam version of the game when Steam is forced by the OS into compatibility mode.

Fix ERR_OS_VISTA

Information Follow these steps to stop Windows Vista/7 from forcing Steam into compatibility mode:[13]
  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]

Information Game may report that video memory is 0/0. This may be caused by older graphics drivers which need updating.

Fix Edit graphics.xml[14]

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

Steam version product key activation error[edit]

Fix Move installation folder

For the error message "no activations remaining for this activation key" or "cannot contact activation server [15] 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.[16] Once this is done, the game will activate properly.

Requires Service Pack 1[edit]

Information The game may show the error message 'Requires Service Pack 1 or superior'.

Fix 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)".[17]
  3. Running maxpayne3.exe as an administrator may also fix the problem.

Asus software[edit]

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

Fix Uninstall Asus software

Game freeze during startup[edit]

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

Other information[edit]

Command lines[edit]

Max Payne 3's engine allows direct input through Command Line commands. There are two ways to implement these commands:

Fix Command Lines

  1. Create a new text file by opening Windows Explorer, right-clicking in an empty area and selecting New>Text Document. Rename this text file to commandline.txt.
  2. Open the text file with a text editor such as Windows Notepad.
  3. Enter the commands you wish to implement, one on each line, then save and exit the text file.
  4. Move this text file into the base folder of Max Payne 3. This is typically C:\Program Files (x86)\Rockstar Games\Max Payne 3\ for the retail DVD version of the game, or C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\max payne 3\Max Payne 3\ for the Steam version.
    • A easier method for Steam users is to right-click on Max Payne 3 in their Steam games library, select Properties, then click the 'Set Launch Options' button and enter the command(s) there, each one separated by a single space.
  5. Launch Max Payne 3 as normal; the commands will automatically be implemented as the game starts.

List of commands[edit]

Language[edit]

Fix Edit commandline.txt[18]

  1. In the installation folder, open the file commandline.txt using Notepad.
  2. If the file is not there, create it. Then add one of the following lines to change the language of Max Payne 3:
-language English
-language French
-language Italian
-language German
-language Spanish
-language Russian
-language Portuguese
-language polish

Fix Edit commandline.txt[18]

  1. Create a shortcut to the launcher PlayMaxPayne3.exe
  2. Right-click on the shortcut, select Properties.
  3. Add one of the above lines to the end of the Target.

Fix Edit commandline.txt[18]

  1. Right-click on Max Payne 3 in Steam library.
  2. Select Properties > Set Launch Options.
  3. Add one of the above command lines.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual Core 2.4 GHz or AMD Dual Core 2.6 GHz Intel Dual Core 3 GHz or AMD Dual Core 3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
35 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
AMD Radeon HD 3400
512 MB of VRAM
NVIDIA GeForce 450
AMD Radeon HD 4870
1 GB of VRAM
OS X
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.7.5
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual Core Xeon
Core i Series 2.4 GHz or greater
System memory (RAM) 4GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 32 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA 8800GT
AMD Radeon HD 4870
512 MB of VRAM

References

  1. http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?p=4333006
  2. http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/guides/max-payne-3-tweak-guide#10
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://www.reclaimyourgame.com/showthread.php/2032-GameShield-and-Max-Payne-3-adventures-in-futility
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Effect of GameSpy Closure on Past Rockstar Titles – Rockstar Support
  5. http://support.rockstargames.com/entries/21386698-information-about-the-steam-version-of-max-payne-3
  6. https://twitter.com/RockstarSupport/status/207657389183352833
  7. New 120Hz Games Report
  8. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2842761
  9. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  10. Steam Users' Forums - View Single Post - Unable to sign into rockstar social club
  11. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2728455
  12. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=30986061&postcount=150
  13. http://www.edugeek.net/forums/gaming/39417-fix-steam-thinks-its-running-compatibility-mode.html
  14. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2728541
  15. http://support.rockstargames.com/entries/21517493-freezing-or-no-activations-remaining-when-clicking-ok-to-link-steam-with-social-club
  16. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2804700&page=4
  17. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?p=30983903#post30983903
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2728751