Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (2003)
"Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne" is a sequel to "Max Payne" and is followed by the game "Max Payne 3." The story begins in medias res, opening with Max in hospital, severely injured. Upon being released he is attacked by an assassin and in the process former NYPD Deputy Chief (Now Lieutenant) Jim Bravura is shot. Max escapes into a room where he finds the dead body of his partner, Detective Valerie Winterson. The story then jumps backwards in time, back to the end of the last game. In court, Payne is charged with multiple homicides, including the death of another detective (Alex), and mayhem. He is cleared of the charges when it is proven he did not kill Alex, and the other homicides are cleared on Senator Woden's requests (who had promised Max he would do so.) Max, now free, leaves the DEA, and resumes his job as an NYPD detective.
Two years later, Max is investigating a series of murders by a group of contract killers known as "The Cleaners". Max encounters Mona Sax, who he assumed dead. Wanted for the murder of Senator Gates, Mona is arrested and taken to the police station, despite Max's protests. At the station, Max overhears his new partner, Detective Valerie Winterson, speaking on the phone about Mona. The station is attacked by the Cleaners, who are pursuing Mona. Before they reach her, Mona breaks out of her cell and manages to escape the station. Max meets Mona at her residence, where they fight off the Cleaners who had followed him. They then begin hunting down the people responsible for the attack. ...
Did You Know? In Woden's manor near the end of "Max Payne 2," Vlad mentions he would rather "reign in Hell then serve in Heaven." This is a quote from "Paradise Lost" by John Milton. Coincidently Paradise Lost is among the books Max finds in the Ragna Rock nightclub in "Max Payne."