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""This is love, When someone drags you from the wreckage when you have given in, ready to die. This is love. When someone, no matter what the cost, shows you there is hope, a choice, that you can put down your gun. This is love, love hurts.""
―Max Payne

Love Hurts is the seventh chapter of Part III in Max Payne 2.


Max and Mona drive to Alfred Woden's manor, and once they arrive and make it to the top of the perimeter wall, the couple sees Squeaky Cleaning Company vans and Cleaner commandos patrolling the manor's driveway and building. As Max attempts to climb down the wall in order to get inside the premises, the commandos notice him and begin to open fire on him and Mona. The two separate and Max goes through the front door while Mona heads inside through a nearby door. When Payne gets inside, the ceiling above collapses from an explosion and several Cleaners rush into the room.

Taking the Cleaners down Max heads deeper into the manor, reaching a small courtyard where he sees Mona on a walkway above him. Max tells her to take the second floor while he takes the first, and before he has a chance to do anything else the shutters over the doors and windows in the courtyard raise. Cleaners rush into the courtyard but Max is able to take them all down, and he then makes his way back into the building the way the Cleaners came, going through a library as well as a large dining hall while taking out many more Cleaners.

Max heads upstairs and into a nearby security control room and while in there he sees a security monitor which shows several rooms throughout the manor. The first shows Vladimir Lem talking to one of Alfred Woden's bodyguards, Clay, who tells Lem that Woden and "the gold" are in the panic room of the manor and that they need to get in there. Lem tells Clay that there is no rush, and soon after another guard shows up to tell Vlad that some explosives have been set. Max then sees a video of Woden sitting in his panic room, and another video of Mona sneaking up on a turncoat bodyguard and shooting him down.

The couple eventually meet up in another courtyard in front of the door that leads to another part of the manor, and when Max realizes that the door is locked Mona triggers a secret way to open the door; Max then realizes that Mona is working for Woden. After heading inside Max calls out to Mona to stop and wait, but she sneaks up behind him and knocks him out with her gun. Max, on his knees and holding his head, is instructed by Mona to throw away his guns, and while looking at a security camera she tells the person watching that she can't kill Max. Vladimir Lem suddenly comes up behind Mona and shoots her in the back, and when she falls into Payne's arms Lem says that he was hoping the couple would have killed one another. Before Vlad can do anything else, Alfred Woden comes out of his panic room and tells Vlad to stop; Woden apologizes to Max and calls for an end to the killing.

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Hidden Weapons[]

  • The Cleaner van that Max takes cover behind at the beginning of the chapter has 3 bottles of painkillers and Kalashnikov ammunition in it.
  • Similar to many other chapters in the game, painkillers and various types of ammunition can be found in several openable pieces of furniture in the hallways and the control room of the manor.


On the PS2/Xbox version, this chapter is divided up into two parts: Chapter Seven: Love Hurts and Chapter Seven Continued...


  • After getting through the foyer of Woden's Manor there will be a piano in the next room; Max will play the piano if the action button is pressed in front of it.


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