Max's Medium Awareness is not, in fact, limited solely to his dream sequences.In the first game, Max has several surreal dream sequences in which he breaks the fourth wall, fully aware that he is inside a video game and a graphic novel. These are never brought up again after he wakes up from his dreams, and they appear to be nothing more than one-shot jokes meant to amuse the player or enhance the surreal atmosphere. However, throughout the second game, the notion of fate (in a divine sense) is discussed at length. Vladimir asks Max whether or not it is fair to morally judge someone who is forced by no choice of their own into a situation in which they can only do wrong (the parallels with the player mowing through wave after wave of Mooks is obvious), and Max at one point thinks about such situations in his own life - being trapped in awful situations because of choices he didn't even realise he'd made at the time (like staying late at work to chat to a friend instead of hurrying home to his wife and daughter). Near the end of the game, he meditates at length on the idea of fate and the impossibility of free will while en route to Woden's mansion. When Mona attempts to dissuade him from going, he insists that he doesn't care whether he dies or not. Is he simply a Death Seeker? Or perhaps his apparently temporary Medium Awareness from the first game was nothing but - ever since the curtain was pulled back in the first game he has always known that he is a character in a work of fiction, and he cannot choose to do anything of his own accord. His fate - the plot of the game - is set.
Max Payne is in The MatrixPeople who die in the Matrix die in reality because your mind makes it real. Max takes enough painkillers to be unaffected by otherwise fatal wounds in an otherwise undiscovered exploit/glitch in the Matrix.
Max killed his wife.He interprets his findings at Project Valhalla to mean that some Valkyr-addled punks were dropped off at his house to silence his wife. An alternate explanation, however, could simply be that Aesir simply had his wife injected with Valkyr to discredit her, that she killed the baby in her confused state; this sent Max into a rage, he killed her, and afterwards was so horrified that he blocked out the memory. The police bought the story about drugged-up intruders, so Max was never even heavily investigated. This would explain many elements of Max's dream sequences and drug fantasies — his wife screaming "Max! I'm sorry! I didn't mean to!"; Bravura accusing Max of killing, not Winterson, but his wife; Max bursting into the bedroom to stop the thug killing his wife, and it being himself, and other pretty blatant signs. It also seems to be hinted at in the plot of Address Unknown, the TV series Max catches snippets of: a man is hunting/hunted by a serial killer called John Mirra ("mirror", obviously), who looks just like him, has killed his girlfriend, stolen his identity and framed him for his crimes; at the end the man realises he is Mirra, that he killed his girlfriend in the first place, etc.
Max's Bullet Time is the result of him actually using Valkyr.Enemies in the game who use Valkyr are depicted as difficult to kill one-man-army types. It's likely that Max himself is somehow using a formula that doesn't turn him into a babbling lunatic. In fact, if Max Payne takes place in the same world as Grand Theft Auto, it's possible that the "Adrenaline" from GTA 3 and Vice City are also Valkyr, or at least related to it.
Alfred Woden is still alive and will be the Big Bad of Max Payne 3At the end of the second-to-last level, Vlad shoots Woden in the chest, and there's a surprising lack of blood spurt, even though the game's graphics engine incorporates it. Later, when you revisit the same area in the last level, Woden's corpse is surprisingly absent. Also, at the end of the last level, the security door Vlad is hiding behind suddenly opens for no reason, surprising Vlad and giving Max a chance to pursue him. It's not unreasonable to assume Woden was wearing a bulletproof vest (as he's depicted as The Chessmaster, he'd certainly be prepared), stopped playing dead when no one was looking, then went up to a control room and opened the security door for Max so he could kill Vlad. As for him being the Big Bad of the next game, in Max Payne 1 Vlad was an ally of Max's, but in Max Payne 2 he turns out to be the Big Bad. Woden may go through the same cycle; he's certainly the only candidate, since (if he's alive) he'd be the only major character left other than Max himself. Vlad also seems to hint that Woden was responsible for Max's wife's death. Supposedly, this was because he sent her the incriminating evidence against Van Horne, which is what prompted Van Horne to kill her. But perhaps there's more to it than that.
The TV shows are actually metaphors for the game."Dick Justice" is a reference to Max's dialogue style and poor character model from the first game, "Lords and Ladies" refers to Max's conflict between his senses of justice/honor and his love for his wife and Mona, and "Address Unknown" refers to his mental disturbance and feeling of guilt, as represented by his hallucinations in both games.
Max is hallucinating the TV showsWhat a coincidence that many of the shows manage to parallel his own life. The random TVs Max stumble across aren't -really- showing the television shows, he's just trying to process the incredible stress of his own life.
Vinnie Gognitti is still aliveSuch a dedicated Baseball Bat-Boy fan being booby-trapped into his own costume? Vinnie was just another layer to convince Max to kill all the Big Bad's enemies. After all, he died off-panel and all we see are the remains of the suit. No body, no death and heck, even with a body, that never garuntees death in Max's world. Look at all the chaos, plot wise, that could have been avoided if Max just noted the similar framed paperwork hanging over Vlad's desk and Winterson's desk.
Payne's bullet-time is a real super-human abillityThis is why Max went through so much crap. The government was just manipulating events behind the scenes to see what the hell it would take to duplicate his bullet time. In fact, Valkyr itself was created from a sample from Max's blood. This explains why he could survive an O.D. of it by pure force of will. And this also explains why Max can return to normal life after shooting so many, many people. Hundreds of dead mobsters would put anyone away for life. Woden had managed to get a partly-working sample, this explains his abillity to survive so much nonsense.
Max Payne is Max Payne self-insert fanficMax wasn't able to get anywhere after the murders of his family and has invented these grand conspiracies where he kills all the bad guys. He's really just living in a crappy apartment and writing furiously in a diary. The supporting good guy characters are people who were nice to him in life; Mona is the hot manager from the Starbucks downstairs.
Address Unknown and possibly Max Payne itself were written by Alan Wake.Purely on the basis that Alan is a mystery/horror writer, Remedy loves their Continuity Nods, and it only makes both games more surreal.
There will be a Story-DLC with Raul Passo as PCBasically we’re seeing the story of Max Payne 3 from his point of view. There could be missions like chasing Fabianna’s kidnapper at the Penthouse party or fighting his way through the hotel ruin to save Max and the Final mission would be a shoot-out between him and Crachá Preto/ the UFE who are trying to kill him and Giovanna before they can leave the city.
John Marston from Red Dead: Redemption is Max Payne's ancestorTheir games are both made by Rockstar, they both have similar brooding personalities, and they both utilize bullet-time (dead-eye) in their gunfights.
Buffy didn't kill that mook in the first gameRemember how you could come across a gangster who had been staked and Buff written next to him? That was actually Faith framing her for it, after she escaped Sunnydale, before heading to LA. The Inner Circle was a front for the Patriots, allowing them to conduct experiments with Valkyr on soldiers, among other things. They discovered that Nicole Horne was selling some of the bottom for her own personal gain, and one quick and dirty frame job later, sent Max on his mad shooting spree to bring down Aesir Corp. The resulting power vaccum allowed Vlad to attempt to monopolize the Inner Circle. The Patriots manipulated Max into serving as their foot soldier yet again, with predictable results. After the firefight in the Woden Manor, Max was the only survivor, and seeing as he still knew nothing about the Patriots, and was a potential asset to them with his nano-machine induced bullet time and nigh invulnerability, they decided to manipulate him into a position as a bodyguard in South America, from which they would be able to extract him whenever they felt like it.
Max is an undead revenantHe did not survive the slaughter of his family, however he came back as a revenant seeking vengeance. That would explain his incredible resilience and single mindedness of his pursuit.
Mona's fate is deliberately ambiguous in Max Payne 3At no point in the game is it definitively confirmed that she's dead. Max doesn't talk about her at all, and her tomb is noticeably absent from the cemetery level, which contains pretty much every other major person that Max got killed in the previous 2 games. If she survived, the fact that the two of them aren't together is hardly surprisingly, given how messed up personally each of them was.