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For the achievement in Max Payne 3, see It's Fear That Gives Men Wings.

"Gognitti would be moving fast. I don't know about angels, but it's fear that gives men wings."
―Max Payne

Fear That Gives Men Wings is the sixth chapter of Part I in Max Payne.


As he is outside, the stairwell has been destroyed by the explosion as well and the only way forward is traversing through the adjacent buildings on the rooftop. He goes downstairs to find junkies hanging in the fire barrel. Max soon enters a nearby building to find a back door to a laundry shop which is locked. The mobsters also refuse to grant entry which forces Max to enter another building.

Another building is filled with junkies and mobsters who Max kills as he goes more floor up but is stopped by a broken stair. He enters another room to find an unarmed mobster who Max uses to get in the laundry shop. As he is granted access, he kills all the gangsters in the laundry shop and proceeds upstairs. He enters an apartment room and kills a resident. Max watches news about his actions back in Lupino's hotel.

He exits to the roof and enters another building through the pipes and finds mobsters hanging around the abandoned building watching something. After passing through the building, he soon re-enters the tenements where he fights many of the mobsters. He reaches Lupino's office where Vinnie is scolding at his men. Max enters the office to confront Vinnie who starts to taunt and tries to shoot Max but Max manages to wound him. Vinnie soon runs away and let his men deal with Max.

Max neutralizes his attackers and before pursuing Vinnie, he finds a letter detailing Lupino's insanity and its effect to the business. Vinnie is the only one who knows where Lupino is, thus Max chases after Vinnie until they reach the roof where Vinnie escapes by jumping onto a passing train. Max soon follows Vinnie by jumping onto the following train.




On the PS2/Xbox version, this chapter is divided into four sub-chapters: The Alternate Route, A One Man War, A Citywide APB and Fear That Gives Men Wings.

Obtainable Accomplishments[]


Fear That Gives Men Wings

Complete 'Part I Chapter 6: Fear That Gives Men Wings' on any difficulty



  • When the junkie Max is using reaches the locked door,the man on the other side teases him by asking him to say the password: John Woo. This is a tribute to Director John Woo, whose signature bullet time is used throughout the series.
    • There is yet another tribute to John Woo in the game mode Hard Boiled, which is a reference to his film Hard Boiled.
  • In the elevator Max can shoot the speaker playing the music and, in a similar fashion to Live from the Crime Scene, Max will thank the player.
  • At the top of the elevator, Max enters an apartment with an Ingram on the kitchen counter and a mobster in the bathroom. This appears to be a reference to the movie Pulp Fiction.
  • After jumping through the first window, turn left and the furthest window can be shot through and entered. Inside the room are Soldier of Fortune II posters and several pump-action shotguns with shotgun ammunition.
  • The same scream heard in the Address Unknown episode playing in one of the apartments can also be in the prologue of Part III in the maze whenever Max falls off the line of blood.



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