Prologue (The American Dream)
Part I, Prologue
- "They were all dead. The final gunshot was an exclamation mark to everything that had led to this point. I released my finger from the trigger...and then it was over."
- ―Max Payne
Three years prior to the mission Roscoe Street Station. Max was still part of the NYPD, Alex Balder (working undercover for the D.E.A.) being one of Max's closest friends still alive. Max Arrives home puzzled by the silence and no response from his wife, Michelle Payne. Max cautiously traverses through his home and finds a strange "V" and syringe graffiti written on a wall. As Max continues he hears his phone ring and picks up the phone. Max enters his living room afterwards and begins to walk upstairs; he starts to hear Michelle yelling and his baby crying. Max shouts for Michelle but she is in too much danger to respond. Max attempts to run through the bathroom door, but finds the door obstructed, and Michelle is then killed moments later. He then proceeds towards the baby's room and a Valkyr test subject bursts through the door, and is being told by Max to drop their weapons. He refuses to do so, and he proceeds to try and kill him. He is taken down by Max, and another test subject comes out and is killed also. Max rushes to his baby's room, only to find the baby had been shot dead. After being filled with contrition for a brief moment, Max continues into the house as he hears another test subject in his bedroom shout "The flesh of fallen angels!". He bursts the door open and blasts him away. He then looks at his wife, whom is dead, and screams, "NO!". After the incident, Max contacts Alex Balder to notify him of his transfer to DEA. It took three years to find a crack in the Valkyr case, but then Max finally got a tip that Jack Lupino of the Punchinello Crime Family was trafficking Valkyr. Max starts his vendetta on whoever sent Valkyr test subjects to his house.
Other character appearancesEdit
- Alex Balder (graphic novel)
- Nicole Horne (voice)
- Michelle Payne (voice and dead body)
- Rose Payne (dead body)
- A pump-action shotgun can be found in the cabinet opposite the ringing phone.
- There is a baseball bat in the office room on the second floor.
Camera pans back to show a frozen New York Harbor looking at the Statue of Liberty.
Officer:"Stand by, 10-10 investigated reported disturbance at Aesir plaza."
Officer:"10-4, Dispatcher, verify address."
Officer:"It's Aesir Plaza, repeat, Aesir Plaza."
A helicopter flies past and the camera swings around to show Lower Manhattan.
Officer:"Shots fired on the rooftop. An assault in progress at Aesir Plaza. Repeat, an assault in progress!"
NYPD cars rush down the street towards Aesir Plaza. The helicopter contin'ues towards the plaza.
Officer: "It's a warzone down here! 10-85, Dispatcher, need additional units, additional units now! Officer in danger, officer in danger!"
Officer: "10-5, please repeat, 10-5, all units, all units, emergency! Officer in danger: Aesir Plaza, repeat, Aesir Plaza, all units..."
Max Payne: "They were all dead. The final gunshot was an exclamation mark to everything that had led to this point. I released my finger from the trigger...and then it was over.