The game begins in the winter of 2001, as New York City finishes experiencing the worst blizzard in the history of the city. The intro sequence shows Max Payne, a renegade DEA agent and former NYPD officer, standing at the top of a skyscraper building as police units arrive. He then experiences a flashback from three years ago. Back in 1998, Max returned home to find that a trio of apparent junkies had broken into his house while high on a new designer drug called Valkyr. Max rushed to the aid his family, but was too late and his wife and their newborn daughter had already been brutally murdered.
To run Max Payne 1 on high graphics settings your PC will require at least a 0MB GeForce 2 MX 100/200 32MB / Radeon 7000 64mb with a Pentium III or Athlon MP CPU. System memory required for Max Payne 1 is 128 MB performance memory. To be able to run at all you will need at least 128 MB system memory. Recommended needs around a 18 year old PC to run.