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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]
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.[2]
Rockstar Games
Russia 1C-SoftClub
Release dates
Windows June 1, 2012
macOS (OS X) (Cider) June 20, 2013
Metacritic 87
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes North America, South America, Contemporary
Series Max Payne
Max Payne 3 on HowLongToBeat
Max Payne 3 on IGDB
Max Payne 3 guide on StrategyWiki
Max Payne 3 on MobyGames
Max Payne 3 on Wikipedia
Max Payne
Max Payne 2001
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne 2003
Max Payne 3 2012
Max Payne 1&2 Remake TBA


The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.
GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Key points

The OS X version suffers from multiple issues, one being the complete lack of multiplayer, due to the GameSpy services being shut down.[3]

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
Comes on four DVDs.
Retail version can be activated on Rockstar Games Launcher.[4]
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macOS (OS X)
Official website
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Requires online activation
If the Steam version is detected, the launcher can launch the game through Steam instead.
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Requires online activation
Humble Store
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Requires online activation
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Requires online activation
DLC is loaded through the Rockstar Games Social Club account. Logging in there is required independently from Steam, after game launch.
Windows (unavailable)
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Requires online activation
macOS (OS X)
GamersGate (unavailable)
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Requires online activation
Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
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Requires online activation
Complete Pack (includes the Rockstar Pass DLC).
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store (unavailable)
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Requires online activation
macOS (OS X)
All versions require Rockstar Games Social Club for activation and online features. Steam version also requires and Rockstar Games Launcher since game update v1.0.0.255.[5]
All Windows versions use GameShield IronWrap DRM.[6] Rockstar have not disclosed details of how many machine activations are allowed nor any other restrictions.[7] Unknown if this DRM is still included in the latest digital releases.

DLC and expansion packs

All DLC included in base game since a game update v1.0.0.255 on April 19, 2021, also for existing users who never bought the DLC.[8]
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)

Essential improvements


Updates for the retail versions can be found here.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\Max Payne 3\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/204100/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\Max Payne 3\Profiles\<user-id>\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/204100/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Supports save game files syncing with the Rockstar Games cloud.


Advanced graphics settings.
Advanced graphics settings.
Letterboxed behavior example (16:10 resolution used).
Letterboxed behavior example (16:10 resolution used).

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Aspect ratios other than 16:9 are letterboxed in non-engine cutscenes.
Works but cutscenes are heavily cropped horizontally. To fix it the game must be downgraded using Skau's fix (You will lose your save games & access to multiplayer) and then you must hex edit the EXE using Jackfuste's instructions. If you wish to later play multiplayer, verify the game files in order to restore the original version.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Max Payne 3 FOV Fix. Default is 45° vertical; see FOV Calculator for help.
Can also use the -windowed parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Low to Very High FXAA and up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Double buffered in fullscreen mode, triple buffered in windowed mode. Alt-tabbing out of and back to fullscreen mode may change double buffering to triple buffering.[citation needed]
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[9]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output[11]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Limited to some characters and enemies.
Official localization by «1C-Softclub»
Fan translation by «ENPY Studio». More faithful to the original storytelling and contains all of the strong language official localization lacks.
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

VR support

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D
G3D, Z3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest
Novint Falcon

Issues fixed

Freeze in the final cutscene

Update v1.0.0.255 from April 19, 2021, caused the final cutscene to become corrupted, causing the game to freeze 13 seconds into the cutscene.[12]
Apply the final cutscene fix[13]
Replaces corrupted cutscene with older non-corrupted one in the games' internal files.
  1. Download Max Payne 3 final cutscene fix.
  2. Extract the contents of the download to <path-to-game>.
  3. Run apply.bat.

Unable to sign into Rockstar Games Social Club

Delete files[14]
  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 goes to pause menu randomly

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

Remove Xbox 360 Wireless Network Adapter[citation needed]

Game crashes with StackHash_XXX Error

Fix Data Execution Prevention setting[citation needed]

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

Requires Service Pack 1

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)".[15]
  3. Running maxpayne3.exe as an administrator may also fix the problem.

Asus software

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

New York Minute Hardcore troubleshooting and glitches

This mode can reveal few glitches which you can encounter during gameplay, resulting being unable to finish the game:
  1. You don't have to fight with Passos with enemies searching the balcony (wait till they gone). It's a place with painkillers ahead. [Stadium, PT I CH III]
  2. Fabiana dead during shooting from boat during final cutscene (shoot on the enemies from the left side, you can accidentally kill her on low brightness)
  3. IT man will be shot if you go down the stairs (you must kill all enemies first - bullet cam must appear).
  4. Infinite loading of Branco's office PT 2 (disapears after few NYMHC attempts, try to not skip prior cutscenes to help against this)
  5. Enemies stop to respawn, doors are closed, in Favela PT 1 (if you flip all the time through the section leading to enemy with flare, and if you run too fast when you spot him from distance - stay where you are when you'll see him until he disapear and when he shoot the flare)
  6. Rare case when you can't pick up shotgun in a chapel in the very end of the level [PT 2 CH VIII]
  7. You can't shoot enemies in the helicopter during cutscene of Favela PT 2 (1. If you have no ammo left for M972 2. If you picked up M972 after enemy)
  8. You can't destroy aforementioned helicopter (if you later shoot only once in the rocket - even when bullet cam appeared, you will fail anyway when rocket won't explode)
  9. Caps lock, num lock, scroll lock are not registered as pressed, during melee fight in the end of Favela PT II level (don't use them as any of primary keys - only as secondary)
  10. Game is glitched when you get hit while shooting Desert Eagle on a rope (probably while shooting very fast and inaccurate while having infinite clip in this interactive cutscene) [Boat, PT III, CH XI]
  11. You're dead after the end of the armoured-truck-defence cutscene (if you keep pressing W while the cutscene is shown - key pressing is still registered during the cutscene - in result, you can immediately lean out from the cover when the truck is shooting instantly after the end of cutscene) [Police Station, PT III, CH XIII]
  12. Glitched enemy death camera (enemy will not die) if you get hit by the enemy running out after beep signal, after the sequence of shooting at distant enemies on the rooftop (if you were shooting from behind cover with mesh fence) [PT III, CH XIII]
  13. Shooting with Desert Eagle with no ammo during train jump cutscene in the end level (if you didn't replace this weapon in second slot from the beginning; immediately after bullet time cutscene you have still no ammo like before cutscene) [PT III, CH XIV]
  14. Rare falling under map glitch in airport level (not sure if any of custom libraries cause it, e.g. SweetFX, ddraw, dsound or slow HDD)
  15. Random crashes during the game (use Steam in offline mode - game's more stable, set your CPU/GPU clocks to stock values, restart computer before playing)


If you use no cutscenes script, carefully read notes here.

Crash when selecting Hoboken Alleys map in Dead Men Walking mode[16]

Max Payne 3 FusionFix
To use this alongside Max Payne 3 FOV Fix, rename ASI Loader's dinput8.dll to d3d11.dll, d3d10.dll or d3d9.dll.
Also adds the ability to hide the "skip" button in cutscenes and an option to increase the size of subtitle text outlines.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c, 10, 10.1, 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
32-bit support is deprecated as of game update v1.0.0.255.[8] Game itself is still 32-bit, but game requires 64-bit Rockstar Games Launcher.[17]
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.


Middleware Notes
Physics Euphoria
Multiplayer GameSpy, Steamworks OS X version dropped multi-player support.[3] Steam version multiplayer was ported to SteamWorks.

Command line arguments

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. Can cause graphical problems like a overly bright sky, incorrect lightning, no rain etc. in at least DX11.[18]
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.


Max Payne 3 Script Hook and trainer/mod menu

To activate, press F4. Press 8 to scroll up, 2 down, 0 to back out, 5 to accept, 6 scroll sideways.


High quality texture modification + Lighting Reshade Mod[19]
Unknown if it still works with the latest digital version.
  1. Texture download
  2. Reshade download
  3. Reshade preset download

Skip in-game cutscenes

Apply Cutscene Skipper[20]
  1. Download Cutscene Skipper.
  2. Extract the contents of the download to <path-to-game>.
Cutscenes will now have a prompt in the lower right indicating that you can press ENTER to skip.


This mod significantly improves replayability as the game contains lots of cutscenes.
You cannot skip the intro cutscene the very first time you boot the game even with the mod. Once you start a new game though you can skip cutscenes.
This mod hasn't been thoroughly tested by the community. Reload from checkpoint or press F9 to go back to main menu in case an issue occurs after skipping a cutscene.
Known issue: if the cutscene before the final boss fight is skipped and you die during this boss fight, the game will softlock on a black screen.[21]

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual Core 3GHz
System memory (RAM) 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 35 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 450
AMD Radeon HD 4870
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
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


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/204100/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (204100) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Credits - Rockstar Games Presents Max Payne 3 - last accessed on 2017-01-06
  2. TransGaming on Twitter: "MEDIA ALERT: Rockstar Games and TransGaming Inc Partner To Bring Max Payne 3 To Mac" / Twitter - last accessed on 2021-01-07
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Effect of GameSpy Closure on Past Rockstar Titles – Rockstar Support
  4. Verified by User:Tomasak on 2021-04-25
    Logged into account with MP3 retail activated into RGL and it had button to install the game.
  5. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-08-22
  6. [ProjectRYG v2.0 & v3.0] RYG Evaluation- Max Payne 3
  7. 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. :)"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Max Payne 3 PC Title Update v1.0.0.255 Notes - last accessed on 2022-08-22
  9. New 120Hz Games Report
  10. Is it just me, or is Max Payne 3 completely unplayable on pc? - Reddit
  11. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  12. Bahia Beach Cutscene Fix (s_beach) at Max Payne 3 Nexus - Mods and community - last accessed on 2022-09-04
  13. Verified by User:Orzelek303 on 2022-09-04
  14. Unable to sign into rockstar social club. - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  15. Fixed Service Pack 1 Issue. - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  16. Proper Dead Men Walking/Co-op Fix Steam Guide
  17. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-08-22
  18. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-08-22
  19. Max Payne 3 Graphics Mod 2018 - KTMXHancer HQ Texture + Lighting Reshade Mod Download Page - last accessed on 2022-08-22
  20. Verified by User:Orzelek303 on 2022-08-30
  21. Cutscene Skipper by l0m – List of changes - last accessed on 2022-08-30