Max Payne 3

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Max Payne 3
Max Payne 3 cover
Rockstar Vancouver
Rockstar London[1]
Rockstar Toronto[1]
Rockstar New England[1]
Rockstar San Diego[1]
Rockstar Leeds[1]
Rockstar North[1]
Rockstar Games
Release dates
Windows June 1, 2012
macOS (OS X) June 20, 2013
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

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.[2]

General information

Official changelog
GeForce Tweak Guide
Steam Community Discussions


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
Requires online activation
Does not unlock a digital download.[3]
macOS (OS X)
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Requires online activation
macOS (OS X)
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Requires online activation
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
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Requires online activation
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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Requires online activation
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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Requires online activation
macOS (OS X)
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Requires online activation
DLC is loaded through the Rockstar Games Social Club account.
macOS (OS X)
All versions require Rockstar Games Social Club for activation and online features.
All Windows versions use GameShield IronWrap DRM.[4] Rockstar have not disclosed details of how many machine activations are allowed nor any other restrictions.[5]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

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

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\Max Payne 3\
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\Max Payne 3\Profiles\<user-id>\
macOS (OS X)

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
Aspect ratios other 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)
Default is 45° vertical. See Field of view (FOV).
Can also use the -windowed parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Low to Very High FXAA and up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Alt-tabbing in fullscreen mode may change triple buffering to double buffering.[citation needed]
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[6]

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

This game uses vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
Change FOV with Cheat Engine[7]
  1. Install Cheat Engine.
  2. Download Max Payne 3 Cheat Table.
  3. Double-click on the file to open in Cheat Engine.
  4. Run the game and switch back to Cheat Engine.
  5. Click on Open Process and select MaxPayne3.exe.
  6. Activate the checkbox beside FOV (F3).
  7. Double-click on the value of 70 to change if needed.


Weapon zoom and cutscenes are affected; toggle script with F3 when needed.

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 Sub 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.[2]

Connection types

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D

Issues fixed[edit]

Nothing happens at "Initializing" screen[edit]

The game must be installed under C:\Program Files (x86)\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, there are two methods to solve the issue.


It is possible to create a symlink to the folder containing the game, tricking the game into believing it is installed in the correct location.

  1. Create the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\Common\Max Payne 3
  2. Run cmd as Administrator and navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\Common\Max Payne 3
  3. Run the command mklink /D "Max Payne 3" "K:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Max Payne 3"

Replacing "K:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Max Payne 3" with whatever path you have to your Max Payne 3 installation.

Next time you run the game through Steam it will reinstall the prerequisites, and then let you play the game.

Copy installation[citation needed]

The game must be installed under C:\Program Files (x86)\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 C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\Common\Max Payne 3, 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 installation 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[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]

The game will not launch for many users.[11]
Change to DirectX 9[12]

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

  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[citation needed]

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[citation needed]

Error code 1641 on launch[edit]

Restart[citation needed]
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[citation needed]

Run maxpayne3.exe as an administrator.

Fix Data Execution Prevention setting[citation needed]

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.
ERR_OS_VISTA[citation needed]
Follow these steps to stop Windows Vista/7 from forcing Steam into compatibility mode:[13]
  1. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers
  2. Look for an entry with your path to steam.exe
  3. Delete that entry
  4. 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[14]

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

Steam version product key activation error[edit]

Move installation folder[citation needed]

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]

The game may show the error message 'Requires Service Pack 1 or superior'.
Requires Service Pack 1[citation needed]
  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]

Asus software 'Smart Doctor' or 'Asus Gamer' may cause crashing.
Uninstall Asus software[citation needed]

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 Make sure that your internet connection works fine. Problem may also appear during using Android smartphone as modem.

Other information[edit]


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


Middleware Notes
Physics Euphoria
Multiplayer GameSpy OS X version only. No longer works.[2]

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 Core 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% DirectX 9.0 compatible DirectX 9.0 compatible supporting Dolby Digital Live
macOS (OS X)
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 GeForce 8800 GT
AMD Radeon HD 4870
512 MB of VRAM