After Mafia 2 was kind of disappointing compared to Mafia 1, Mafia 3 was meant to set the things on the right path again for this game series. With a new story behind and lessons learned from past mistakes, Mafia 3 seems to be a game worth trying. Check out below a brief Mafia 3 review.
Story & game set
The story takes place in the late 1960’s, in New Bordeaux, a fictional city in the US. The main character is Licon Clay, a former Special Forces member and C.I.A. operative in the Vietnam war. Once returned home, he reunites with his adoptive family, which happens to run the city’s Black Mob. Unfortunate events turn Licon on a vengeance path that will force him to take tough decisions. He will make allies among people who previously tried to kill him. He will make peace between rival mobsters. He will follow his instincts despite other’s advice. All of this while killing everything and everyone who stands between him and Sal Marcano. The mixture of cultures (French, Irish, Italian or Haitian), the vibrant life and the racial conflicts of the era, makes out of New Bordeaux and Lincon’s Clay story the perfect game set.
In general, the graphics are one of the best seen so far. Except for small specific points that could be improved, the game looks awesome. Some locations would benefit from more details, like hotels, bars or houses, but I didn’t notice anything obviously annoying. The cut scenes are absolutely amazing in graphic details. You can actually see the pimples on Lincon’s face or the wrinkles on Father James forehead. As for the gameplay, you can see Lincon steering the wheel, turning back his head when he drives in reverse or the blood on Lincon’s shirt after he stabs someone. Driving in the sunset while your shiny car reflects the sun or basically seeing the raindrops splashing into a pond, are fine points that make the difference.
Gameplay & game experience
The character, the vehicles, and the weapons are very easy to use and control. All actions have a single predefined button and there are no key combinations. So things are really straightforward. You want to shoot you press a button, you want to open a door you hold down another button.
Driving the cars is easy, so you can drive at high speeds without losing total control. A nice feature that enhances the game experience is the signs that let you know when you need to take a left or right while driving (check the video to see what I mean). This way you don’t need to check the mini-map every 2 seconds. I had some troubles controlling the boats, but I guess is just a matter of personal skills.
Aiming can be set to automatically so the target jumps on the closest enemy. Grabbing ammo is also very easy. You just need to walk over the dropped weapons. To collect money or other stuff you need to hold a button. That easy.
Mafia 3 drops the ball when it comes to game experience. There are some points, not many, but enough, to prevent it from becoming a great game.
First, there are the repetitive scenarios. After you complete two, three missions you will easily notice that most of them are almost the same. You go, you kill everyone and you are done.
Second, is the AI, which is far from being the best. You can easily notice the patterns used and adapt your game in such a way to make it easy for you.
Third, is the useless weapons arsenal. You have a lot of cool weapons to use, but in the end, the most efficient weapon is the basic gun. So going in with a gun or an AK-47 and a handful of grenades makes almost no difference.
Forth, are the annoying tooltips that pop-up on the screen at every turn. While useful at the beginning of the game, they become irritating once you learned your way around Mafia’s 3 world.
Pros & cons summary
|Excelent graphics||Poor AI|
|Very captivating story||Annoying pop-ups|
|Easy to use controls||Repetitive scenarios|
|Close atention to details|
In conclusion Mafia 3 is a game worth playing. Is not a state of the art game, but if you are a fan of the series you will definitely like it. It has its downsides but I must say is better than Mafia 2. If you are a first timer in the Mafia world then try to judge the game from its entire perspective. Lincon Clay is a memorable character, the story is great, and New Bordeaux is the perfect setting for it.
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