Mafia III Review
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System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Dev: Hangar 13
Pub: 2K Games
Release: October 7, 2016
Players: Single-player
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs.

Mafia III has a lot of minor technical issues that sometimes do more than breaking your immersion. For all the praise I gave the voice actors earlier, too often in-combat NPCs will utter one line ad nauseam. When in stealth mode, I often encountered strange audio of bizarre heavy breathing, regardless of an enemy’s position, and I’m not sure what’s causing it. It almost sounds like placeholder lines that accidentally slipped through quality control. The game also has some baffling lighting issues that I’ve never encountered before in a console game. One moment, Mafia III is uncharacteristically bright, triggering my instinct to grab my sunglasses, and other times it’s as dark as the void itself. Adjusting the display, which I had already been set up so that the logo was barely visible, provided marginal improvement.

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But nothing scared me quite as much as when Mafia III’s story missions glitched out. Thankfully, I was able to resolve that issue by resetting the PS4. While looking for a solution that might fix these broken story missions, I found accounts of other annoying glitches. Fortunately, I’ve yet to encounter other issues. Still, be wary, because this isn’t the most polished game.

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Mafia III is an ambitious game that tackles serious, relevant themes. Unfortunately, it lacks technical polish, and the mechanics aren’t much better than anything on the market, let alone offer anything new. Still, it’s a good game that’s worth your time for at least one serious play-through. Whether you replay it depends on how enthralled you are by the adventure and if you can tolerate the repetition.

By
Garrett Glass
Contributing Writer
Date: October 10, 2016

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
New Bordeaux is a fully realized world that’s occasionally marred by strange technical issues.
3.5
Control
Controls are pretty standard for an open-world shooter.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Dialects and accents sound authentic and the music is fantastic, although the audio features some pretty strange bugs.
3.0
Play Value
It’s a decent single player experience that doesn’t offer much beyond the campaign.
3.5
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • 1968 New Bordeaux, a reimagined New Orleans: A vast open world ruled by the mob and detailed with the sights and sounds of the era.
  • A lethal anti-hero: Be Lincoln Clay, orphan and Vietnam veteran hell bent on revenge for the deaths of his surrogate family.
  • Revenge your way: Choose your own play-style; brute force, blazing guns or stalk-and-kill tactics, to tear down the Italian Mafia.
  • A new family on the ashes of the old: Build a new criminal empire your way by deciding which lieutenants you reward, and which you betray.

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