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  • Summary: In 1968, after years in Vietnam, Lincoln Clay knows this truth: Family isn't who you're born with, it's who you are willing to die for. Now back home, in a new New Orleans, Lincoln is dedicated to rebuilding his life, but established ties keep him from exiting the city. It'll take more thanIn 1968, after years in Vietnam, Lincoln Clay knows this truth: Family isn't who you're born with, it's who you are willing to die for. Now back home, in a new New Orleans, Lincoln is dedicated to rebuilding his life, but established ties keep him from exiting the city. It'll take more than a few friends to make it in this new world. Intense gun fights, hand-to-hand combat, white knuckle driving and street smarts will all be required. But with the right crew, tough decisions and some dirty hands, it's possible to ascend to the top of the city's underworld. It's about time to create a new family. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Oct 9, 2016
    81
    If you approach Mafia III as an interactive journey, then you probably won’t have any issue with it overall. If you’re looking for a fully fleshed out title akin to GTA, then Mafia III could come off as a shallow release...I’m somewhere in the middle, but leaning more toward the former. The story and visuals are easily the strength of the game, and the gameplay isn’t flawed or repetitive enough to kill the vibe.
  2. Oct 10, 2016
    77
    An enthralling open-world crime drama tarnished only by a few largely inoffensive bugs, Mafia 3 succeeds in delivering an involving story with great shooting and stealth gameplay. Repetitive missions and a lack of polish mar the experience, but you'll still have a ton of fun playing Mafia 3.
  3. Oct 10, 2016
    75
    Lincoln is an incredible protagonist and New Bordeaux is a fantastic setting thematically, and it would’ve been great to see them put to better use.
  4. Oct 12, 2016
    68
    Mafia III is a missed opportunity to put an important time in American history in the spotlight, and ends up being one of the most lifeless and one-note open-world experiences I’ve come across. You can see the potential for a great game here, but it sticks to safe and simple gameplay and storytelling conventions, and ends up being a bloody bore.
  5. Oct 13, 2016
    65
    Mafia III is consistently inconsistent. An engrossing and mature narrative told between repetitive and boring missions, satisfying gun play against moronic AI enemies all taking place in a beautifully designed city that’s ruined with shitty lighting effects. Throw in numerous game crashes (on Xbox One) and a ridiculous count of reported bugs on PC you have a game that appears to have been built by talented people but QA checked by the work experience kid.
  6. 60
    Mafia 3 is a game that gets in its own way. The city is beautiful, the themes are mature and the story, writing and performances are all easily some of the best we’ve had in games this year, but then the incredibly repetitive missions, wonky AI and technical glitches all make getting to the meat a royal pain in the arse. I’ve never loved and hated a game simultaneously quite as much as Mafia 3.
  7. 40
    Now I know why 2K decided to hold review copies of Mafia III until launch. The game -- which could've and should've been great, given the quality of those before it -- is a buggy, repetitive and downright boring mess. It saddens me to say it, but it's true.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 59
  2. Negative: 19 out of 59
  1. Nov 23, 2016
    10
    Good story, music, driving. Very repetitive unfortunately. Also crashes occasionally. I was originally impressed with the game, but soonGood story, music, driving. Very repetitive unfortunately. Also crashes occasionally. I was originally impressed with the game, but soon realized it was the same thing over and over. Lots of pointless driving and collecting. Too bad...good potential here. Wish I had waited for a sale. Expand
  2. Oct 11, 2016
    10
    First off I apologise for this being basic and brief, just writing it on my phone and isn't the best.

    The setting, the soundtrack, the
    First off I apologise for this being basic and brief, just writing it on my phone and isn't the best.

    The setting, the soundtrack, the story delivery, the gameplay, everything just adds up to make Mafia 3 not just one of the best games I've played this year, but one of best this generation.

    Now I personally found the game looks amazing (on Xbox one) but I can see why some folks have issues as there are some irregularities here and there (sky & draw distance). Other than those two (minor) issues, the game is visually stunning, the lighting, the character animation, the weather effects are all first in class.

    Not going to dwell on the story too much other than to say its absolutely amazing, well acted and well paced from start to finish. Honestly one of the best you'll see, it really is outstanding.

    The gameplay, the one element that seems to be dragging scores for this game down all over the web. Well I have to be honest I can understand people's complaints here to some extent, I mean the gameplay does nothing new and it can be repetitive. That being said I personally had no issues with the gameplay, sure it has repetition, but it playsbso well that never bothered me. The combat and cover mechanics are well implemented and incredibly satisfying, taking out bad guys is just brutal and fun.

    The vehicle handling deserves a special mention as, in my opinion, it's the best in the business, far superior to any other game of this ilk. Driving around New Bordeaux was a real pleasure and never a chore.

    All things considered I found Mafia 3 to be an excellent game, one of the best this generation and well deserving of the 10 I've given it. It's clear from the outset that a lot of work has gone into this and it's just outstanding as a result.
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  3. Oct 9, 2016
    8
    A huge improvement compared to Mafia 2, the story, graphics and mechanics are great. But if you are looking for a game with hundred differentA huge improvement compared to Mafia 2, the story, graphics and mechanics are great. But if you are looking for a game with hundred different side missions and things to do like GTA, this is not what you will find here. Anyway its a good game. Expand
  4. Nov 26, 2016
    7
    Mafia 3 is a game that had a lot going for it, but somehow the pieces didn't quite come together. It's predecessor, Mafia 2, well an allMafia 3 is a game that had a lot going for it, but somehow the pieces didn't quite come together. It's predecessor, Mafia 2, well an all around accepted, unique game. A more realistic GTA in a New York like city during the 1950's. The main complaint with that games was that there was little to nothing to do besides the main story. Mafia 3 tries to correct those complaints, but goes too far and loses what made mafia 2 so great.

    In Mafia 3, you play as Lincoln Clay, a mixed race Vietnam soldier returning to his home of New Bordeaux, a re-creation of New Orleans. the city is both large and detailed, every district is unique, if sometimes small. The game looks, and sounds great, speeding through the buoy listening to CCR on the radio really puts you in the setting. Racism is the star of the city though, in many instances, Lincoln is profiled because of his race, it is one of the only games i have ever played where racism has been shown with such power. While not being from that area nor having seen racism to such an extend practice in front of me, I cannot judge the accuracy of the game. You fall back into the group you were with when you left and the early missions seem engaging, thoughtful, and promising. Lincoln makes for a strong character, he is dead set on getting revenge, but he does show his human side here and there. Your under bosses, while being interesting and thought provoking, tend to come off as whinny when things don't go there way.
    It's when the game turns into a tale of revenge when the game starts to take a dive. You are thrown into the video game equivalent of a pyramid scheme, you must do several side missions to reach an "Under boss", you must take out both under bosses in a district to get to the "Lieutenant", you must take out two lieutenants to reach their Superior. and when you take out all three of the superiors, you reach the final mission. The side missions, range from extremely repetitive to horribly bland. your objectives will usually include 'kill this person', 'destroy this', or 'interrogate him'. With every Lieutenant comes a major story mission, which don't seem to be as good as those in Mafia 2, so there isn't even any emotional payoff following each series of repetitive missions.
    With each of your under bosses comes their special perks. Some I found more useful than others, like the able to deposit my money, request guns, have a car delivered to me, and calling in guys to help me clean an area. The gameplay consists of the usual hide behind cover and wait for people to stick there heads out. That being said, I stilled enjoyed firefights because of the realistic atmosphere and resource management that is there., however, I found that going in guns blazing required more health and ammo than I could hold, so i would typically play stealth because it was fast and easy. Driving feels good, and there is even a setting for more realistic driving, in case anyone who plays the game also loves racing games.
    the best metaphor I can think of when describing this game is like when you order a streak at a restaurant that looks great, the mashed potatoes are amazing, the service is nice, the amount you got was good for the price, and the steak itself is burnt and flavorless. Mafia 3 has the fine details right, but when it came to the core of the game, it is just not there. Best soundtrack of 2016!
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  5. Oct 29, 2017
    6
    Это фекалии? Это шоколад? Это «Мафия III»!
    От каждой большой М на старте попахивает чем–то непонятным, подходя ближе виднеется блюдо
    Это фекалии? Это шоколад? Это «Мафия III»!
    От каждой большой М на старте попахивает чем–то непонятным, подходя ближе виднеется блюдо коричневого цвета, что новичков зачастую приводит в шок. Вот только ценители серии знают, что это вовсе не то чем кажется. Вот и М-III не теряется на фоне предыдущих кулинарных блюд студии А13. Так если это точно не шоколад, и не запечённая какаха, то что это? Есть такое блюдо, в простонородье называется вяленая акула, так вот всю серию М я всегда характеризую с ним! Меняется лишь способ подачи, а суть всегда остаётся одна. Первая М подавалась с изысканно клишированным итальянским соусом, вторую преподнесли на ледяном сервизе, который довал почувствовать всю глубину фразы «Между нами тает лёд...». А вот с М-III новая команда кулинаров перемудрила. Трёшка перекопчёная, для остроты запаха решили сыграть на контрасте и буквально заставили пить чёрный кофе при каждом откусывании нехилого такого кусбана, который не каждому и полезет, что и вызывает дискомфорт, который просто не даёт поставить > 3*
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  6. Oct 11, 2016
    4
    Mafia 3 has a great story and setting but what holds the game back is poor driving controls and graphical problems such as NPCs poping in fromMafia 3 has a great story and setting but what holds the game back is poor driving controls and graphical problems such as NPCs poping in from nowhere, poor lighting and poor textures, the gameplay also feels very repetitive with locations being recycled for missions Expand
  7. Oct 8, 2016
    0
    This incompetent dev can't even be bothered to optimize a game for fixed hardware. This game has wonky performance, regular crashes, poor drawThis incompetent dev can't even be bothered to optimize a game for fixed hardware. This game has wonky performance, regular crashes, poor draw distance, poor car handling and average graphics. Don't give those money who don't deserve it. Buy this on sale or better yet wait for the complete edition since they have chock full of DLC planned already. What a let down. Expand

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