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The prologue of A Cold Day in Hell is the second prologue in Max Payne.


After killing Jack Lupino, Max meets Mona Sax, who proposes that they should work together in taking down Don Punchinello, explaining to Max that Punchinello was the one who ordered Alex Balder to be killed and set Payne up to take the fall for it. Max reluctantly agrees to work with her, following her to the bar and drinking with her. She ends up drugging him with the alcohol, mentioning that he is a liability and to prevent her sister from getting in Max's crossfire. Max begins to have a nightmare about the night his wife and daughter died, trying to find them through a maze of corridors and following his wife's voice. As Max continues through a nightmarish landscape in his dreams, flashes of reality fade through, revealing that Max is being held captive by someone.



  • Navigating the corridor maze: Follow the LEFT wall the whole time. Doing that will lead Max to the living room.
  • Navigating the blood trail: It's quite recommended to save before navigating the blood trail. Run forwards, and at the corner of the blood trail, another trail can be faintly seen at a jumping distance to the upper left; jump to it and save some time by taking this shortcut. A video showing how to do the shortcut and the next step can be found here. Next, another trail can be found, again on the left; jump to this one as well. After landing, another end of the corridor should be in sight, (which can be sometimes confused with the corridor that Max comes into the maze from), head into this corridor to exit the maze.

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The Nightmare

Complete 'Part II Prologue: A Cold Day In Hell' 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