"But who was I to talk, a brooding underdog avenger alone against an empire of evil, out to right a grave injustice."
―Max describing Lupino's insanity
An Empire of Evil is the last chapter of Part I in Max Payne.


When first entering the room, Max discovers more of Jack Lupino's occult collection, as well as various writings by Lupino himself, and a letter from Don Punchinello telling the Punchinello underboss to straighten up. Moving into the main room of Lupino's lair, Max takes out several bodyguards before confronting Jack Lupino himself. After exchanging gunfire with Lupino and the last of his men, Max finally takes him out, and at that moment a mysterious woman shows up and pulls a gun on Max, ending the chapter and first part of the story.



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


06 The American Dream

The American Dream

Complete Part I on any difficulty

Bronze BronzeTrophy


  • 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.

Video Walkthrough

Max Payne - The American Dream - An Empire of Evil (HD)

Max Payne - The American Dream - An Empire of Evil (HD)

Max Payne Chapters
The American Dream Prologue (The American Dream) · 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 (Chapter) · An Empire of Evil
A Cold Day in Hell Prologue (A Cold Day in Hell) · 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 (A Bit Closer to Heaven) · Take Me to Cold Steel · Hidden Truths · The Deep Six · Backstabbing Bastard · In the Land of the Blind · Byzantine Power Game · Pain and Suffering
The Darkness Inside Prologue (The Darkness Inside) · 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 (A Binary Choice) · The Things that I Want · In the Middle of Something · Blowing Up · Routing Her Synapses · Out of the Window
Waking Up from the American Dream Prologue (Waking Up from the American Dream) · 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
Act 1 Something Rotten in the Air · Nothing But The Second Best · Just Another Day at the Office · Anyone Can Buy Me a Drink
Act 2 Alive If Not Exactly Well · A Dame, A Dork, and A Drunk · A Hangover Sent Direct from Mother Nature · Ain't No Reprievement Gonna Be Found Otherwise
Act 3 Here I Was Again, Halfway Down the World · It's Drive or Shoot, Sister · 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
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