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"The Hag had said "Take me to Cold Steel" before it had all gone crazy. It was a clue. The only one I had."
―Max only clue to solving the Valkyr Case.

Take Me to Cold Steel is the first chapter of Part III in Max Payne.


After surviving a Valkyr overdose, Max recalls Nicole Horne saying "take me to Cold Steel", before passing out. Following his only lead, he heads to the Cold Steel foundry and breaks in through a skylight. Not long after, Max runs into some mercenaries working for Aesir Corporation, and he is forced to kill them.

Max then makes his way through the factory and warehouse complex, traveling through the molten steel areas of the complex and a subterranean tunnel, until he comes across a walkie-talkie in an employee break room and hears someone announce that the "Deep Six' has been compromised", and to commence on "Operation Dead Eyes." The chapter ends when Max walks through the door in the hallway nearest the break room door.




On the PS2/Xbox version, this chapter is divided into two sub-chapters: Take Me To Cold Steel and Operation Dead Eyes.

Obtainable Accomplishments[]


Take Me to Cold Steel

Complete 'Part III Chapter 1: Take Me To Cold Steel' 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