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"But who was I to talk, a brooding underdog avenger alone against an empire of evil, out to right a grave injustice."
―Max describing his own cliche

An Empire of Evil is the last chapter of Part I in Max Payne.


Max enter a room which reveal to be where Lupino perform occult rituals to any evil beings. These are evidence that Lupino under Valkyr influence gone crazy and not in a stable mind. Max found a torn note with the boss asking Lupino to have his mind straighten up or sent the Don's infamous hitmen, the Trio to deal with him. After inspecting the room, Max head forward to confront Lupino who is in the building attic, screaming nonsensical messages to his 'masters'.

As Max enter the room which is like a hall for any dark ritual, he is trapped with many Lupino bodyguards attempt to kill Max but failed. After clearing a wave of Punchinellos, Lupino revealed himself with his 2 remaining bodyguards. He spout the message that haunt Max, 'The flesh of fallen angels' before he talking nonsense and attempt to kill Max. However, Max able to kill Lupino despite his induced Valkyr state which gave him great endurance.

Despite his death, Max continue to shoot Lupino corpse to make sure he is guaranteed dead after seeing what Valkyr does. Suddenly, Max is met by a lady who mentioned that Lupino is dead, holding a pistol before pointing at Max.




On the PS2/Xbox version, this chapter is titled Straight from a Bad Dream.

Obtainable Accomplishments/Trophies


An Empire of Evil

Complete 'Part I Chapter 9: An Empire Of Evil' on any difficulty



Time to Die I

Finish Part I in under 1 hour


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The American Dream

Complete Part I on any difficulty

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  • The various names of the "demons and dark gods" that Lupino is heard shouting throughout the chapter are a combination of ancient and contemporary names of demons and gods from various beliefs and mythologies. For instance, Beelzebub is a name sometimes given to the Devil, or a high-ranking demon of Hell; "Lilith" is portrayed as a female demon in Jewish mythology; "Cthulhu" is a deity from the stories of writer H.P. Lovecraft; "Hela" is a goddess from the Marvel Comics universe, based on the Norse goddess Hel who rules over the eponymous realm.

Max Payne Chapters
The American Dream Prologue · Roscoe Street Station · Live from the Crime Scene · Playing It Bogart · The Blood Veins of New York · Let the Gun Do the Talking · Fear That Gives Men Wings · Police Brutality · Ragna Rock · An Empire of Evil
A Cold Day in Hell Prologue · The Baseball Bat · An Offer You Can't Refuse · With Rats and Oily Water · Put Out My Flames With Gasoline · Angel of Death
A Bit Closer to Heaven Prologue · Take Me to Cold Steel · Hidden Truths · The Deep Six · Backstabbing Bastard · In the Land of the Blind · Byzantine Power Game · Nothing to Lose · Pain and Suffering
The Darkness Inside Prologue · Elevator Doors · A Criminal Mastermind · The Depths of My Brain · No 'Us' in This · A Sign of Her Passage · A Linear Sequence of Scares · The Million Dollar Question
A Binary Choice Prologue · The Things that I Want · In the Middle of Something · Blowing Up · Routing Her Synapses · Out of the Window · The Genius of the Hole
Waking Up from the American Dream Prologue · Too Stubborn to Die · On a Crash Course · A Mob-War · Dearest of All My Friends · A Losing Game · There Are No Happy Endings · Love Hurts · That Old Familiar Feeling
Part I Something Rotten in the Air · Nothing But The Second Best · Just Another Day at the Office · Anyone Can Buy Me a Drink · Alive If Not Exactly Well
Part II A Dame, A Dork, and A Drunk · A Hangover Sent Direct from Mother Nature · Ain't No Reprievement Gonna Be Found Otherwise · Here I Was Again, Halfway Down the World · It's Drive or Shoot, Sister
Part III Sun Tan Oil, Stale Margaritas and Greed · The Great American Savior of the Poor · A Fat Bald Dude with a Bad Temper · One Card Left to Play