"Hey listen man, we better look lively, this place is a nightmare. They just got cowboys running security downstairs, and something rotten in the air."
Raul Passos
Something Rotten in the Air is the first chapter of Max Payne 3.


Max Payne arrives in São Paulo to work as a bodyguard for the Branco family. The chapter starts as Max is standing at the party in the Edifício Kvasir's penthouse along with his friend and partner, Raul Passos. A few minutes later, several Comando Sombra gang members arrive and kidnap Rodrigo and Fabiana Branco. Max kills several gang members in the building, later finding Fabiana being held hostage. In an attempt to save her, he slides off the roof and kills the gang member who held Fabiana hostage, resulting in Max falling down into a swimming pool below. After discussing with Passos where Rodrigo is, Passos reveals he hasn't found him yet. Max then further explores after switching his wet PT92 for Passos', he takes a nearby elevator to a floor leading to the parking lot to find Comando Sombra enemies. Max then eliminates the CS members who are on foot. He rushes over to the gate to see a van loading in Rodrigo. Max gets past the gate to see the van attempting to get away from the area, freeing Rodrigo by shooting one of the tires, causing them to crash. Later, UFE arrives and secures the area, causing an argument between Armando Becker and Wilson Da Silva, resulting in the UFE leaving the scene and allowing the police to help any survivors left. Max returns home to drink and consume a large amount of painkillers. Due to the abuse, Max vomits in the sink and goes to sleep.



  • PT92
  • M500
  • Mini-30

Video Walkthrough

Max Payne 3 - Hardcore Walkthrough - Intro & Chapter 1 - Something Rotten in the Air

Max Payne 3 - Hardcore Walkthrough - Intro & Chapter 1 - Something Rotten in the Air


Max Payne 3 - Collectables Guide - Chapter 1 Golden Guns & Clues

Max Payne 3 - Collectables Guide - Chapter 1 Golden Guns & Clues


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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