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Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (Video Game 2003) Poster

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The first thing Mona says to Max in the game ("We've gotta stop meeting like this") is one of the last things that she said to him in the previous game.
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In Max's apartment, a Poets of the Fall CD can be seen sitting on Max's coffee table. Poets of the Fall is the band that performs "Late Goodbye," the song which plays over the end credits. It's also the song the janitor sings before Max confronts him and which Mona sings in the shower.
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In Part 1, Prologue: In the hospital, you will see a nursery with little kids pictures on the window in a row from right to left. The pictures depict Max's family's murder. The first picture is of a police car driving home (Max driving home). The second picture is of a happy family, Max, his wife, and their child. The third picture is of an evil green monster face probably symboling V (the drug which played a major part in the murder of the wife and child). The fourth picture is the wife and the child dead covered in blood. And the fifth picture is of Max crying.
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In the second dream sequence, Max runs through the holding cells at his precinct, several of which contain Max muttering to himself. One of them says "I didn't used to look like this...", a reference to the fact that Max's appearance has been significantly altered from the first game.
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The engraving above the door to Alfred Woden's manor reads, "Omnia Vincit Amor." This is Latin for "Love Conquers All."
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In Part 1, Chapter 4 ("Continued" on Playstation 2): When you go outside onto the ledge of the building from the window of the apartment with the dead woman inside, you will see a black-colored "M" on the wall immediately after the first metal pipe you encounter. It is very hard to see because it's so dark. Press the Action/Use button while facing the "M" and you will see Max move his arms. Wait for them to stop moving then press the button again. Repeat a third time and four mysterious sets of flames will appear as you walk along the ledge. When you encounter the first set, Max will say "That's odd." If you touch the flames, you will die so avoid them as they move up and down. Remember to jump over the gap where the first flame is.
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Mona's line, "I turned out to be such a damsel in distress" is a reference to the previous game, in which she informed Max upon their first meeting that though her twin sister was a "damsel in distress," Mona herself was a professional.
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The writer Sam Lake acted as the model for the characters in the TV shows Dick Justice, Lords and Ladies and Address Unknown. Sam was also previously the model for the lead character Max Payne in Max Payne (2001) before Timothy Gibbs took over the role.
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In Part 1, Chapter 7 ("Continued" on Playstation 2): After you make your way down the scaffolding, walk along the ledge of the building and go past the open window on your right. Jump around the metal scaffolding pipe and enter the window on your right to find the secret memorial to Miika Forsell (1983-2003).
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In Woden's manor near the end of the game, 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 the first game.
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In Part I Chapter 7 ("Continued" on Playstation 2): After killing Kaufman and all the cleaners with him, head back into the suite (the one you came in from the scaffolding outside) and turn on the flat-screen TV (with the six speaker surround sound system) for a secret Grand Theft Auto tribute video. This video only appears AFTER Kaufman and all of the cleaners are dead (and the elevator doors open for you to exit the level). Be sure not to destroy the TV on your first trip through the suite otherwise you won't be able to view the video.
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In the level where Max gets a visit from Mona at his apartment, whenever you go into the basement the janitor (who gives you the code for the upper floor) is trying to wipe out graffiti that says "Stay Frosty Baskinator". This is a reference to a 3DRealms forum member.
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During one of Max's dreams/nightmares, you see Vinnie Gognitti and Vlad on a Captain Baseball Bat Boy game show. If you wait a while, Vinnie says, "Yeah, I know, it was the writer of show, Sammy Waters." This is referring to Sam Lake, the writer of Max Payne.
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In Part 1, Chapter 6: The posters at the fun house give the website address www.addressunknown.tv (it's impossible to see in the Playstation 2 version as the graphics are not razor-sharp, photo-realistic like in the PC version). Typing it into your web browser takes you to the official Max Payne 2 website.
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In Part 1, Chapter 3: In Max's dream, on the table next to him is a picture of his wife. Next to that is his wedding ring, which isn't in his apartment in the real world.
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In Part 3, Chapter 3 ("A Mob-War"), one of Vinnie Gognitti's who teams up with you says, as they leave the apartment complex to enter the rainy night, "Cause I'm a Rain Dog, too." This is is a reference to the title track Tom Waits' 1985 album, "Rain Dogs".
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"Late Goodbye", which is the song that plays over the end credits, is sung by different characters at key points in the game. Among the characters who sing the song are the janitor from whom Max obtains the code to the penthouse, Mona while she is in the shower, and the cleaner in Max's nightmare. The song is also played on the piano by two cleaners when Max is in the penthouse suite.
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During the early stages of the first game's development, one of the suggested names for the main character was Dick Justice. The Dick Justice TV show in Max Payne 2 is a parody of the first game, Max Payne (2001) (VG). Also in the first game, one of the conversations you over hear at Cold Steel is a soldier saying that he calls his rifle "Dick Justice."
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In the third dream sequence (Part 3, Chapter 6) there is an easel in Max's office. In the real world (Part 2, Prologue) it details the plot points of his case, but in the dream it says, "Wake up! You are in a computer game!" The "wake up" message can also be seen fleetingly in an earlier dream (Part 3, Prologue), but you need to see it quickly before the dream ends. It is also a reference to the first game, where Max received the same message in a dream sequence.
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In Part 1, Chapter 4 ("Continued" on Playstation 2): When you ask the janitor for the keycode he says "667. The neighbor of the beast, you get it?" and Max says "Yeah, I get it." In the first game, when Max gets the keycode 665 he remarks "Neighbor of the beast."
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In Part 1, Prologue: In the hospital, there is a phone ringing in the reception office. When Max answers the phone, Nicole Horne's voice is heard asking, "Is this the Payne residence?" This is the line spoken by Horne in the Part 1, Prologue of the first game when Max answers the phone in his house.
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First announced at the 2003 Electronic Entertainment Expo. Along with the announcement was the press release that the Max Payne rights had been sold to the publisher.
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Orignally producer 3D Realms did not want the number 2 to appear in the title and wanted to call it simply "Max Payne: The Fall of Max Payne". However after the Max Payne rights were sold to Take 2, they no longer had active control over the IP and the title was restored to "Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne".
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