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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: 6 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. Oct 17, 2016
    80
    Mafia 3 is a title that should be tried to the end to be appreciated. The story of Lincoln Clay is worth to be played, because too often the narrative plot is put aside in favor of high resolution textures and stunning special effects.
  2. Oct 18, 2016
    78
    If anything, I think the game is worth checking out for the story alone. It’s unfortunate that the gameplay is so much of a slog that some players may not think the story is worth the trouble. However, if you have the time, the extra coin, and love mob stories, this tale has a satisfying end.
  3. Oct 24, 2016
    73
    Mafia III does most things right, though. It is an enjoyable game, one that has probably the best licensed soundtracks for a game outside of a music-based game. The combat and cover mechanics work really and the cut-scenes allow the story to progress smoothly in the wonderfully presented city of New Bordeaux.
  4. Oct 14, 2016
    60
    Mafia 3's goals are ambitious and even laudable, but to tell a serious story about race, especially within the form of an open-world action game, requires heavy lifting. For all of the writing's attempts to push the genre forward, its game design is trapped in the open-world conventions of five years ago. That stale foundation isn't strong enough to hold the weight of Mafia 3's words — even if they're words that are worth hearing.
  5. Feb 8, 2017
    60
    The story and characters are excellent and the game is enjoyable, but the open world detracts from the experience rather than adding to it.
  6. Nov 3, 2016
    58
    Hangar 13 has done a terrible job on the PC port. But even ignoring all those pesky technical issues, Mafia 3 suffers from lack of variety. The game’s open world is dead and artificial, while the great atmosphere and competent storytelling feel wasted.
  7. Oct 10, 2016
    40
    It tells its story well, with smart writing and some superb characterisation that elevate its simple revenge plot. Ultimately, however, it never capitalises on its open world potential, instead succumbing to an almost constant lull of tediously unimaginative repetition that makes for a boring and dated open-world shooter.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 243
  1. Oct 7, 2016
    10
    game is fun and the story is good so far, only problem is that 30FPS lock and low textures.
    do yourself a favor wait for the patch don't skip
    game is fun and the story is good so far, only problem is that 30FPS lock and low textures.
    do yourself a favor wait for the patch don't skip on this game.
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  2. Oct 10, 2016
    8
    I can't believe they fwcked up this game's series that bad. It's nothing that I can actually describe. The gameplay is fun, the storyline isI can't believe they fwcked up this game's series that bad. It's nothing that I can actually describe. The gameplay is fun, the storyline is alright, hell, even graphics ain't that bad. Now we'll move to the facts that really matter: bugs! there are too many bugs! I simply can't believe someone would sell a game in this Alpha stage. The optimization is 0. The only games that forced me to play it at lowest settings was Batman Arkham Knight and Mafia III. Those who describe it as a "demanding game" don't know what a demanding game actually is. Mafia III is practically an alpha stage release game, who eats resources like no other game out there, and delivers nothing back! A.C. Unity is a demaning game, yes, but at it's finest delivers a beautiful 1700's world. I simply loved that game! Mafia III fails to deliver anything besides bugs, errors and nonexistent optimization. Again, I really can't believe they screwed up this change of a good game. This is my biggest dissapointment in a very long time. Expand
  3. Nau
    Mar 16, 2017
    6
    I loved both Mafia games. Even though the Mafia II was mediocre game play wise, it had absolutely top notch atmosphere, attention to detail,I loved both Mafia games. Even though the Mafia II was mediocre game play wise, it had absolutely top notch atmosphere, attention to detail, great graphics, good story and characters and many more.

    Mafia III lost a bit of that atmosphere and detail to have MORE game play. But it doesn't mean it's better. It's just more repetitive. It's such a pity. Many things were done well here and the game doesn't deserve that low userscore at all, but it's a wasted potential.

    Pros:
    - Story is good, presented pretty uniquely for an open world game.
    - Some characters are pretty well written.
    - Very well designed city and the feel of the times.
    - Nice shooting and driving.
    - Good graphic effects sometimes (rain, lighting at night)
    - Facial animation and acting
    - The idea for core game play mechanics

    Cons:
    - Core game play is repetitive and boring after first districts
    - Bosses don't feel very unique, nor do the encounters with them (apart from 2 or 3)
    - Washed out colors, blurry graphics.
    - Cops do literally nothing. Speed limits don't exist.
    - Generally the game play is a mess. It has good ideas and parts, but things don't add up.
    - Much less attention to detail
    - A lot of bugs.

    6/10
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  4. Oct 8, 2016
    3
    Story of the game is really great, I enjoy it very much so far, main characters are OK.

    However PC version is just a COMPLETE JOKE, why?
    Story of the game is really great, I enjoy it very much so far, main characters are OK.

    However PC version is just a COMPLETE JOKE, why?

    - Most of the textures does not exceed 512x512 (WTF did 2K think?)
    - Resolution is upscaled from 720p to 1080p, clap clap...
    - Various graphical issues (Lightning etc.)
    - Ultra repetetive gameplay - In around 8 hours of gameplay, at least 70% of the missions is basically identical, go there kill those guys/interrogate, sometimes destroy this or that... it became boring, very boring.
    - 30 FPS lock
    - Performance issues
    - Un-rebindable keys
    - Poor choice of graphical settings, there is literally only 5 settings you can change and no more.

    To sum up: Poor console port, don't buy.
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  5. Oct 7, 2016
    1
    Really disappointed ! It has absolutely nothing to do with the mob. No mafia, no great dark ambiance. It's just a gta-like for black power.Really disappointed ! It has absolutely nothing to do with the mob. No mafia, no great dark ambiance. It's just a gta-like for black power. Graphics are also quite low even on high end hardware. Expand
  6. Aug 18, 2018
    0
    This doesn't even feel iike a Mafia game. Luckily I didn't end up getting this when it first came out and waited until playstation gave it outThis doesn't even feel iike a Mafia game. Luckily I didn't end up getting this when it first came out and waited until playstation gave it out for free as a 'free game of the month'. I could say this is the only way getting this game would be worth it. Very buggy, dated textures, boring and repetitive mission structure, also a lot more political in nature than i'd care for. Seems like more of a way 2k cashed in on a successful franchise for quick easy bucks than a true & honest 3rd installment of the franchise. Very disappointing. Expand
  7. Oct 7, 2016
    0
    The picture is blurry and it looks like a very old game. I have the GTX 1080 so this is bad and it´s not ok. This is a sad day for pc gamersThe picture is blurry and it looks like a very old game. I have the GTX 1080 so this is bad and it´s not ok. This is a sad day for pc gamers all over the world. Another developer who releases an unfinished game or were not qualified enough to make a playable game. The Game developers just released a big POO and i bought it. ;( Expand

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