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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 87
  2. Negative: 25 out of 87
  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 7, 2016
    6
    ok so first off its not a terrible game, graphics are pretty good (minus some weird lighting issues and sky looks bit strange sometimes. butok so first off its not a terrible game, graphics are pretty good (minus some weird lighting issues and sky looks bit strange sometimes. but other than that holds up.

    and the world is pretty solid, feels legit and lived in, weather effects are good but again just loses me the way they use the light and reflection on some of the cars and roads. nothing terrible but it does detract from the immersion a little.
    The game play is where it loses me the most, the story is run of the mill gangster revenge tale, cut scenes well acted and told. B
    ut the things that you do in between are repetitive and get samey after few hours, the mechanics are all good, driving feels right, shooting and cover are implemented right (bar some issues i had switching over underfire) collectibles are pretty fun and interesting as well.

    But it can become boring after the 10th time going into the same bar or factory and either killing a guy or blowing up some property. then driving to point A and repeating again. just started to lose me around 4-5 hours in.
    Very much like a Ubisoft style of open world, just icons everywhere full of repetitive missions and nothing unique like in a Rockstar game. The world is more realized than a Ubi game so if you enjoy Ubi games you'll enjoy this even more. (you could maybe call it a 7 if you do.)

    Probably would only recommend to rent or buy on sale, its fun for few hours but wears thin anymore than that.
    hopefully DLC can fix some of these issues and add some more variety, but probably cant fix everything with DLC.

    *JUST A DISCLAIMER i only played for 6 hours so if it magically gets better and it changes the whole structure of game play then ignore me, but it seemed like it was setting up the whole game from here on out
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  5. Mar 14, 2017
    5
    After playing this you will probably go back to mafia 2.

    PROS + good music + voice acting is done really good + Story is good, love the
    After playing this you will probably go back to mafia 2.

    PROS
    + good music
    + voice acting is done really good
    + Story is good, love the combination of like a documentary style.
    + Good shooting
    + environment sounds

    CONS
    - When I first entered this game I thought hollly damn it looks terrible.
    (Game looks better at night)
    - Lightning is really really bad especially during the day.
    - Car collision is crazy and way too unrealistic
    - Repetitive missions

    So far I am having fun with this game, they really missed the chance to be a super game especially with this story and voice acting and ruined a series
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  6. Oct 8, 2016
    4
    Early review to warn purchasers! I don't like to review games before I finish them but this game is not ready for prime time. It crashed 6Early review to warn purchasers! I don't like to review games before I finish them but this game is not ready for prime time. It crashed 6 to 8 times in the first few hours of play. The game cues are written so small that you have to guess at which button they want you to push. The overall look of the game is muddy and grainy. The story and acting so far are excellent but that does not excuse the release of a game with so many bugs and issues. Also it looks like they used the same map as Mafia 2 and just added some marshy background. The area where you meet one character is exactly the same as Mafia 2. I like the music but probably that is because I remember this music so some younger players may not feel this way. Overall another sad and indefensible release of an unfinished game. 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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