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"Time moves forward, and nothing changes."
Max Payne[1]

The following is the timeline of Max Payne's life story and of those people connected to him.










Around 1984





  • Project Valhalla is cancelled, but Nicole Horne continues manufacturing valkyr as a recreational drug.



Night One

  • Alex Balder is murdered at the Roscoe Street Station when he stumbles upon the Roscoe Bank heist. Max Payne is framed for the murder. Although Payne is pursued by the police, he decides to go on a "nothing-to-lose" vendetta against the Mafia family he perceives is responsible for the deaths of his loved ones.
  • The mobsters inhabiting Lupino's Hotel are exterminated by Payne. The Finitos and Rico Muerte die.
  • The fugitive starts receiving calls from Alfred Woden.
  • Vincent Gognitti is chased by Payne over rooftops and is left bleeding but alive after spilling the beans about Jack Lupino's hideout.
  • Ragna Rock, the fortress of Jack Lupino, falls to Payne's attack. Lupino's existence ends when the undercover detective fills him full of holes. Payne meets Mona Sax but their romantic first date ends with him getting drugged to unconsciounceness.

Night Two

Night Three

  • Max Payne survives the hallucinations and the withdrawal symptoms of valkyr and traces Horne to Cold Steel. Operation Dead Eyes results in the installation being blown to smithereens but not before Payne finds the files of Project Valhalla and realizes Horne was responsible for his family's tragic death.
  • B.B., the crooked DEA agent who betrayed Payne and sold him and Balder out, meets his end at the Choir Communications garage where he and his minions find out they are no match for Max Payne's unstoppable vendetta.
  • The fugitive meets Alfred Woden at the Asgard Building and makes it out of the building alive after a massive attack by Horne's units on the place.
  • The Aesir Plaza, the final retreat of Nicole Horne, feels the brunt of Payne's assault. With the last Killer Suits dying around her, the female criminal mastermind attempts to flee in a helicopter, but her mortal enemy decides to topple a steel communications antenna, the tip of the scyscraper, on top of her ascending vehicle and violently end her life in many explosions which light the dark New York City night and send the crushed helicopter to its fiery fall down.


  • By this time all charges against Max Payne for his actions in 2001 are dropped, courtesy of strings pulled by Alfred Woden, and Payne returns to his post as a Homicide detective within the New York City Police Department.
  • The Cleaner Case: A few rainy nights turn NYC into a bloody battleground as Vladimir Lem launches an aggressive, large-scale operation aimed to quickly eliminate his enemies and consolidate the power of the criminal underworld of the city under his grip. Max Payne and Mona Sax fight back and defeat Lem.
    • Mysterious hitmen posing as cleaners of the Squeaky Cleaning Company suddenly emerge as a powerful force in New York City that is tasked with covertly eliminating its enemies.
    • The NYPD Homicide detective Valerie Winterson, who secretly acts as a double agent for Vladimir Lem, works the murder of US Senator Sebastian Gates and catches her suspect Mona Sax. When the female assassin escapes from custody, Winterson goes after her once again but is killed by Max Payne.
    • The Inner Circle splits and starts its civil war. Alfred Woden and Vladimir Lem are the two opposing warring factions. Lem is winning the war. Woden is eventually murdered.
    • Italian mobsters lead by Vincent Gognitti continue to battle Lem's Russian Mob. Gognitti loses and is killed.
    • Max Payne and Mona Sax repel the Cleaner attacks, take on the offensive and crush the organization. Vladimir Lem and his remnants are cornered and killed, but Sax loses her life in the final assault.


  • September: Álvaro Neves is accused of orchestrating the executions of two left-wing politicians.






  1. A Fat Bald Dude with a Bad Temper
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "After the Fall"
  3. Milo rego is aged 39 in 2012 as seen in the Unidade de Forças Especiais intelligence file. Therefore, he could have been born in either 1972 or '73
  4. The UFE intelligence file on Serrano and the Commando Sombra at the official Max Payne 3 website states he is approximately 28 years old. 2012-28=1984. Retrieved May 11th, 2012.
  5. Fabiana Branco's police file. Retrieved May 8th, 2012.
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