Check out CDKeys.com for amazing deals on instant video game codes! They are having a big sale on Halo, Gears Of War, Assassin’s Creed codes along with memberships including Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus! Make sure to check them out at CDKeys.com
Mafia II was a pretty entertaining game, now it wasn’t a great game or anything like that but I felt it was an enjoyable experience. After enjoying Mafia II and knowing the issues it had, I thought it would be great for there to be another Mafia game to do what Mafia II did good while improving the bad. Mafia III looked like it could do that, but unfortunately looks can be deceiving.
Mafia III did start strong with a powerful opening, that introduces us to the life of Lincoln Clay as well as other characters that will play a prominent role in the game. The opening puts you in the action right away as you take control of Lincoln while a heist is in progress. Throughout the heist you will play through flashbacks that work as a tutorial but also to give even more backstory to the main story of Mafia 3. After finishing the opening I was hooked to keep on playing the game, but that would change not long after getting further into the game.
Your job as Lincoln Clay is to take down the criminal empire of Salvatore “Sal” Marcano. You are given a kill list of people you need to take down before you can get your hands on Sal. For every “boss” you have to kill, you must complete activities to get the actual mission were you kill the boss that you’re planning to kill. I quickly realized that Mafia III was doing something that soured the taste of other games I’ve played that did this. The story is shamelessly padded with side mission type activities.
Mafia III has the same boring layout throughout the game. You find a new associate for Lincoln, they tell you to meet two other people who will give you missions that are mostly kill a certain person, interrogate someone, or clear out a settlement by killing everyone. Once the activities are done for the two people, you will then be able to start a main mission were you kill one of your targets on the hit list. The lack of mission variety quickly becomes apparent, and upon noticing this, it deflated a lot of the excitement I had for Mafia III.
Unfortunately a lack of mission variety isn’t the only issues Mafia III suffers from as I can confirm there are quite a few bugs and other issues I noticed that I wanted to mention. The game right from the start had noticeable texture issues with cars and even pedestrians just appearing from out of nowhere. The game also crashed a few times. Other non technical issues I found in the game include shockingly bad enemy variety with at one point three of the same model enemies were attacking. Another noticeable issue is that car damage in Mafia III is just terrible. I tested car damage by ramming my car into the side of another car, and for some reason the side was left undamaged but the front of the car was all banged up.
The open world of Mafia III leaves a lot to be desired as the world is just lifeless and boring. Some pedestrian might say hello or something every once in a while but that’s pretty much it. Nothing goes on other than people walking around constantly in the background. There’s also not that much to do in this open world which makes me question why the game is even an open world game to begin with other than being one due to the popularity of them.
It’s a real shame that there’s so many issues to be found with Mafia III because the core gameplay mechanics are actually well done. I found shooting and stealth to be quite entertaining, well until almost every mission included that I must kill someone/a lot of people. I also didn’t find many issues with driving other than a bug were the car just didn’t start at all, and I had to get out of the car and go back in to start it. It’s good to see that the team worked on the driving mechanics in Mafia III as one of the biggest complaints in Mafia II was that the driving mechanics were terrible.
Now I want to talk about another positive of Mafia III and that is the setting which has been brilliantly captured by the development team. The look, the feel, the characters, everything just feels like it’s 1968. There’s not many video games out there that have done a setting in the 60’s so it was great to see a game that managed to capture that feel and make it quite interesting. As you know it was a lot different in 1968 so there was a lot of corruption and racism. Some mechanics were even worked into the game to represent this. One feature includes police response time being faster if Lincoln commits a crime in a rich white neighborhood while police will be extra slow or not turn up at all if something happens in a poor, black neighborhood. Police will also join in to kill Lincoln if he is caught attacking the men of Sal Marcano due to being paid off by Sal to work for him.
I can imagine this will be mentioned in many reviews of Mafia III, and that is the soundtrack in the game. It really is an incredible set of music from the time period that Mafia takes place in. After one amazing song from the 60’s would play, I would wonder if certain songs I was thinking of would also be in the game and surprisingly they were. Yes, this is the joys of not looking at the soundtrack listing before release! I’m glad the team behind Mafia III didn’t cheap out on the soundtrack and got some of the most iconic songs of the 60’s with a majority of the songs being released in 1968 which is the year that the game takes place.
The Final Verdict
Mafia III had serious potential but was let down by an extremely boring & repetitive storyline that was tough to get through because it felt like I was just doing the same thing over and over again. Issues & bugs are scattered throughout the game, and happened surprisingly early in the game which also negatively impacted the experience. Now Mafia III is far from a complete failure, there is still some fun to be had with this game but it’s not one I will recommend paying full price for.
+ Great setting
+ Amazing soundtrack
– Boring & repetitive missions
– Bugs & other issues
Final Score: 5/10