The player assumes the role of Max Payne, an officer who has been dismissed from the NYPD. He spends his days at a bar in Hoboken, New Jersey, nursing his alcoholism and an addiction to painkillers. One night, a man named Raul Passos approaches Max and offers him a new job, which Max turns down. Later, during a drunken argument, Max kills the son of local mob boss Anthony DeMarco, who puts a price on his head. After killing most of DeMarco’s gang with Passos’ help, Max decides to leave his old life behind, taking Passos’ job offer as a private security contractor in South America.