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The prologue of A Bit Closer to Heaven is the third and last prologue in Max Payne.


The chapter starts with Nicole Horne departing Punchinello Manor after killing Angelo Punchinello and drugging Max Payne with a large dose of Valkyr, leaving him for dead in the manor. As she and her men head to Cold Steel, Max finds himself in another nightmare about the death of his family; once again exploring a twisted dream version of his old house, he hears his wife and follows her voice through the house.

Upon going through a door, Max finds himself in a room very similar to Punchinello's office, but the perimeter of the room is on fire. He sees a letter on the desk, and it reads "You are in a graphic novel." After reading the letter, he answers a nearby ringing phone and hears a familiar voice speaking nonsensically. Going into the next room, Max is once again in the fiery office, with another letter and ringing phone on the desk. Reading the letter, Max discovers that he is also in a computer game, reflecting on the various abilities and weapons that he possesses. Answering the phone, Max hears the same familiar voice, telling him that he's been drugged and how he needs to wake up. Through the next door, Max is seemingly back in the dream version of his house and continues exploring, climbing stairs, and walking through familiar, yet distorted, rooms.

After going through an upstairs room and into a long corridor, Max comes across another blood trail, eventually finding a bloody crib. After seeing the crib, Max is suddenly in his and his wife's bedroom, with his wife's dead body on the bed and himself as an NYPD Detective. Max screams "Murderer! You killed her!" at his other self, shooting him down. Max then recalls his wife mentioning a strange memo that came across her desk possibly regarding Vikings. Max then interrupts her, saying he will talk to her more about it late (what, in fact, never happened).



On the PS2 version, this chapter is divided into three sub-chapters: A Vortex of Green Blood, Funny as Hell and The Killer Was Smiling.


  • It is not explained how Max actually escaped the Punchinello manor. The graphic novel scenes of the next chapter (Take Me to Cold Steel) suggest that Max woke up outside the manor. It is possible that during the nightmare, he wandered away (sleepwalked) outside the manor premises and escaped potential mobsters and police arriving at the scene. Possibly, Max evading freezing to death may be attributed to the effects of the Valkyr overdose, enabling him to reach safety in time.

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The Drug Trip

Complete 'Part III Prologue: A Bit Closer To Heaven' on any difficulty



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