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"Something in the night felt like a door had been opened, an echo of the past, an old monster snapping its eyes open in the depths of my brain."
―Max monologue his nightmares

The Depths of My Brain is the third chapter of Part I in Max Payne 2.


Max comes home to recover from the chaotic events that took place earlier in the evening and takes a restless nap, plunging into a bad nightmare. He wakes up in a dream-like version of his apartment, with Address Unknown playing in the background. As the show's plot unfolds it echoes what Max is experiencing, such as the picture of Mona Sax being slipped under the door. He opens the door to find no one there, and starts to run through the hallways and stairwells of his apartment building. Payne goes through a door and finds himself in a hospital morgue, and Mona appears as a dead body in a storage area for the deceased, then suddenly appears alive on the table and instructs Max to answer the ringing phone in the corner.

Answering the phone Max hears the same conversation of Vlad reassuring his girlfriend of his safety during the shoot-out at Vodka earlier in the evening. Max begins hearing Valerie Winterson and Jim Bravura's voices, and is then in an alley being held at gunpoint by Bravura and several New York City Police Department officers. The detective suddenly-turned fugitive runs away from the police and into the darkness of the night, as the police aim and fire at him.

The landscape shifts and Max is in an interrogation room at the police station he work at, being questioned by Winterson and threatened by Bravura in regards to what Max knows about Mona. Max stands up and grabs his gun from the nearby table and shoots both Winterson and Bravura, and as their bodies fall to the ground, Max wakes up on his sofa in his apartment. Payne, attempting to awaken and still in a groggy and half-awake state, hears someone knocking on his front door in the same manner as in his dream; he grabs his gun and answers the door, and the chapter ends.

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  • After starting the level, if the player goes to the TV and press E, Max will try to switch it off, and on failing will say "That's odd."


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