The story is toldin medias res. Max Payne, a New York City policeofficer, is standing at the top of a building as police units and theirhelicopter arrive. He then has aflash b ackgoing back three years ago.Back in 1998, Max is returning home to find that a trio of drug junkieshigh on a new drug calledValkyrhas broken into his house. Max rushesto the aid of his family, but he is too late; his wife and newborndaughter have been murdered. After his family's funeral, he transfers totheDEA. Three years later, he is anundercov eroperative inside the PunchinelloMafiafamily, which is responsible for the trafficking of Valkyr. B.B., acolleague in the DEA, gives Max a message asking him to meet AlexBalder, another DEA agent and Max's best friend, in the Roscoe Streetsubwaystation. WhenMax arrives at the subway, Alex is shot by an unknown assassin. As Alex was the onlyperson that knew that Max was undercover, his death results in Max losing his NYPD identity.As a result, the police consider Max the prime suspect in Alex’s death. Additionally, thePunchinello family finds out that he is a cop and wants him dead.Max goes after Jack Lupino, who oversees Valkyr distribution for the Punchinello family. Aftergunning him down, he meets Mona Sax, a hired killer, who laces his drink with a sedativeand leaves him to be found by the Mafia, who proceed to interrogate him.Max escapes the Mafia and gains access to a shipment of guns belonging to theRussianmobafter killing one of their traitors. Max uses these weapons to infiltrate the house of DonPunchinello, the head of the Mafia. Max discovers that the Don is only a puppet in the Valkyrmarket when the Don is killed by agents of Nicole Horne, CEO of AesirCorp, in front of Max.Horne herself then injects Max with an overdose of Valkyr and leaves him for dead. Max hasa drug-induced nightmare involving his internal torment and guilt for not being able to savehis family.When he awakens, he pursues his only lead, Horne's last words, “Take me to Cold Steel”,heard just before he passed out. It leads him to a steel foundry with an old military bunkerbeneath it. He discovers that Valkyr was the result of aU.S. militaryproject to improve itssoldiers’staminaand morale; the project was halted shortly after it began due to lacklusterresults. He also discovers that his wife accidentally found out about the project whileworking at the District Attorney’s office, so Horne let Valkyr junkies loose in Max's house.After leaving the bunker, Max gets a call from B.B., who asks Max to meet with him at agarage lot. There, Max realizes that B.B. was the one who shot Alex, framing Max for hismurder. A huge running gun-fight begins with Max giving chase through the garage lot. Afterkilling B.B., Max gets a phone call from a man named Alfred Woden asking him to come totheAsgardbuilding. Alfred is part of a secret society called the "Inner Circle". Woden informsMax about whom Nicole Horne is and says the Inner Circle cannot pursue Horne because"their hands are tied." They ask Max to kill Horne in exchange for ensuring that any criminalcharges against him are dropped. After the meeting, the room is stormed by Horne's agentsand mercenaries. They kill every person in the room except for Max, who manages toescape, and Woden, who pretends to be shot.Max enters the Aesir Corp. main office, where Horne is located. As he makes his way pastsecurity guards, he runs into Mona Sax again. She is shot by Horne's men after refusing toshoot Max; yet her body vanishes. Max confronts Nicole and states that this whole thingstarted after Max's wife found out about the Valkyr project. Horne runs to the roof of thebuilding, boarding a helicopter. Racing up to the roof, Max shoots theguy wiresof thebuilding's antenna; the antenna snaps off the roof and comes crashing down on thehelicopter.