For the achievement in Max Payne 3, see So Much For Being Subtle (Achievement).
"Next stop: Roscoe Street Station, and Alex"
―Max Payne before stepping off the train

Roscoe Street Station is the first chapter of Part I in Max Payne.


Three years after the murder of Max's family, Max gets a call from B.B., telling him to meet Alex Balder at the Roscoe Street Station. Max arrives at the station to find that it's closed down, but after investigating the platform he finds a dead Transit cop. He then has to shoot his way past the Mafia to find his partner.

Making his way to another part of the station, Max finds and saves a security guard, who helps him get past a locked door to a control room, but the guard is killed by a mobster soon after unlocking the door for the DEA agent. Max takes out the criminals in the subway control room and uses a switch to turn the power back on for one of the station's platforms. The stopped subway train at the platform also powers on, and Max uses it to destroy the barrier that blocks the train from going past the platform.

Once it crashes through the barrier the subway car comes to a stop and Max gets out to head deeper into the tunnel on foot. The chapter ends as Max heads down a smaller, branching tunnel.




  • If the player abandons the Transit Cop without killing the mobster, an cutscene will play, showing the Transit Cop begging for his life, right before the mobster shoots and kills him. The mission will fail too.
  • Down the stairs, past the first goon with a shotgun, turn right into a locker room. Follow the corridor and to the right is a locked door that says 'Maintenance on it. The door can be opened by shooting a gas canister under one of the lockers. Inside is a Desert Eagle with plenty of ammo.


On the PS2/Xbox version, this chapter is divided into two sub-chapters: Roscoe Street Station and So Much for Being Subtle.

Obtainable Accomplishments


Roscoe Street Station

Complete 'Part I Chapter 1: Roscoe Street Station on any difficulty



Video Walkthrough

Max Payne - The American Dream - Roscoe Street Station (HD)

Max Payne - The American Dream - Roscoe Street Station (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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