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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: 30 out of 85
  2. Negative: 26 out of 85
  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 8, 2016
    9
    Mafia 3 feels like a merge between the GTA and Assassin's Creed series, as it takes elements from both. And the result works really well! ItMafia 3 feels like a merge between the GTA and Assassin's Creed series, as it takes elements from both. And the result works really well! It may not have the most stunning graphics out there, but they're definitely very good. It does come with a few bugs, but in my first 6 hours of playing I only experienced one instance of the game crashing. I haven't experienced any major annoying bug otherwise. The storytelling is stellar and gives the missions a purpose, something that I felt was missing in GTA5. Gameplay is fun too. If you like open world games and are willing to go through many cut scenes that tell you a very well scripted story, you will love this game. Expand
  3. Oct 30, 2016
    8
    Xbox One. I'm suprised at the low review scores. Mafia 3 has a wonderfully detailed and lively environment, streets and residential areas feelXbox One. I'm suprised at the low review scores. Mafia 3 has a wonderfully detailed and lively environment, streets and residential areas feel more alive than most games i've played and it's the main source of praise from me, the city has great flow, they've made it very accessible, especially on foot. Random encounters were well thought out, conversations both on the street and with characters were relevant to my progress within the story. The world was so lovely to be in that I often found myself listening out a top song and simply watching the world go by before entering a mission marker. The gameplay and story were both very good, it all felt crisp and well written, I loved the call out system for guns, cars and bank. The soundtrack is, by far, the best I've ever heard and was worth the price alone, it will never be bettered in a game. The driving took a while to get used to but after a few hours and some upgrades it became a really enjoyable experience with some epic drifts and high speed close shaves, the traffic density is just right, and with that soundtrack I often found myself getting in the zone.

    A few down sides, a few more side missions and some side activities would be nice. It require's a more detailed combat system, especially melee. Father James is painful to listen too and his character is unconvincing, can - he - talk - any - slower. Lighting is unstable. The game crashed 3 times in roughly 40 hours of play. Frame rate dropped a tiny bit at points towards the end of the game. The solid bushes everywhere felt a little bit quick and cheap, bushes aren't solid objects! Give us the option to create a save point, we should be free to save, load and back up as we please.

    Despite some lighting issues I think the game has been very well tested which most don't agree with, it was a pleasure to play, a thoroughly enjoyable experience with some innovative touches.
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  4. Oct 10, 2016
    6
    Hangar 13 did an excellent job with Mafia 3, especially with the story and the cutscenes, and amazing sound and music. But unfortunately theyHangar 13 did an excellent job with Mafia 3, especially with the story and the cutscenes, and amazing sound and music. But unfortunately they eliminated the game from Game of the year awards for two reasons which is most important thing in a good video game, first the missions they are repetitive! You only have one mission everytime! Go make some damage and make them lose money, Steal, Destroy, Kill. That's it and the second reason is the AI they are completely stupid! Even on Hard Difficult it become so easy cause of the AI.
    In the end, they really did a good job here and maybe they can avoid the mistakes they've done in Mafia 3.
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  5. Oct 15, 2016
    5
    The game itself has potential to be so much more than it turned out to be.
    I completed the game in about 25-30 hours and decided to sell it
    The game itself has potential to be so much more than it turned out to be.
    I completed the game in about 25-30 hours and decided to sell it afterwards. The game has its positives and negatives and I'll try to mention most of them during my review.

    At first I was very excited to enter New Bordeaux as Lincoln Clay and start progressing through the game. It didn't take long for the game to become rather repetitive however. All you do is pretty much drive from A to B, kill a bunch of enemies/steal cash at a hideout to harm the boss sitting on the district. Rinse and repeat through the districts and that's about it. The final missions at a district will however spice things up a bit - and these missions are actually kinda entertaining.

    You'll get rewarded with $$ as you complete missions but there's not a lot of ways to spend money in the game. You can buy weapons/call for mobster support etc. but you'll get a good amount of weapons without spending a penny tbh. I would have preferred the option to buy houses/buildings/garages. Also I would have preferred the option to store vehicles of my choice. It's not like Mafia 1 or 2 where you decide which vehicles to store - in Mafia III you'll just get a few cars and that's it.

    The skybox looks like a bad version of a Nintendo 64 skybox and the weather will change all the time - it's almost comical to watch the changes in the weather - from sunny to rainy in 0.5 seconds. Also I felt a lack of enjoyment while driving around New Bordeaux. The jumps around the city are not suited for the cars - I've seen several cool jumps that my car (even at 135 mph) didn't manage to do properly. On top of this the game has several bugs. Sidemissions like "Are we cool" can not be completed as they're glitches. You'll see flying cars, cars with no collision and missions objectives that won't spawn several times during a play through - that of course is not acceptable at all.

    The positives of this game are the soundtrack, the voice acting and the story. The gameplay will be fun at times and it had me entertained, but it did not live up to my expectations at all :( I would recommend buying the game when all the bugs/glitches are fixed and a customization update for Lincoln and cars has been released, but as of right now, the game only seems 90% done
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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. Jun 1, 2020
    0
    The game could go well if all the grinding was removed from it, but in its current form it is the worst game I played

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