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Mafia 3 review
Attempt number two. Was halfway done and accidentally closed out the screen...loosing all that work.
Mafia 3 is a continuation...of sorts...from the second game. The only one to make the crossover is Vito from Mafia 2. He is much older and much more confined to the thought of what little time he has left. He knows it is only a matter of time before they kill him off....but being a "made man", they can't just shoot him in the head. You play as Jackson Clay...a black man just back from Vietnam. If the use of the "N" word (sounding like tigger) offends you...then this game isn't for you.
You come back from Vietnam and join up with your "father" and "brother". I put those in quotes as they aren't your real family. You find out your father is in dept to the Jamaican mob. So you, your brother, and two friends do a job for Marcano....the Italian mob boss in the area. The job goes off with a small hitch...and afterwards, little Marcano (bosses son) turns on you all. Killing your friend, brother and father. The pastor from the orphanage you were at...says you and nurses you back to health. You decide to get even with Marcano by taking everything from him.
Standard third person until you get into gun sights. You drive around in cars, boats, and can swim in the swamp. One problem though...in case you didn't know, gators live in swamps. Swim too slow...and your gator chow. First trophy I got in the game was by accident...I was trying to hide a body and tossed it into the swamp, a gator jumped and took the body down. DING...trophy time.
You have to take over 9 districts in the game to get to Marcano. Each district has 2 rackets...each racket has a boss and an informant. You take over a racket by doing a lot of damage to the racket. Once enough damage has been done...the boss shows up and you can either turn him or kill him. Take over both rackets in a district...a "mini" boss shows up and you kill them to finally capture the district. You can then pass off control of that district to your lieutenants. You have three lieutenants you recruit during gameplay...Vito is one of them. Each Lieutenant will give you "perks"....and the perks are pretty cool. I really liked the perk where the lady drove up in a car and collected all my cash. Then I didn't have to drive all over the town picking up my "kick-back".
Graphics and Sound
They did a hell of a job on the cut scenes. I think they spent all their money on the cut scenes...as the clouds look like crap. They just look terrible...I couldn't believe just had bad they were. The city looks really well done, and the cars look great. Not much else I can add about the graphics.
Sound if pretty good too....I really like the playlist they got for this game. Hearing CCR after all these years really took me back. Hearing the sounds of the gators was pretty wild. The voices didn't always match the mouth movements....but that was minor and nothing I noticed unless I was really paying attention.
So...overall, I would not rate this game with a very high score. I have to give this game a 4 out of 10. I really wanted to love this game..being a fan of the early games, but I just can't. The repetitiveness of the gameplay is a major downer...and really holds this game back. The graphics are a disservice to the game as well...although the cut scenes do save it a bit. Also...there are 4 trophies which you can't do in a single playthrough...so it is going to take you about 2 1/2 playthroughs to complete this game. Two trophies are for killing all racket bosses and all informants. Two trophies for "recruiting" 16 racket bosses and 16 informants. No matter what I did...there were several racket bosses Clay killed without me even getting the option to recruit them.