Mafia 3's strong characters and confident storytelling kept me engaged, even if the gameplay rarely delivered anything but bog-standard and repetitive open-world action. That's a bummer, because Lincoln is an incredible protagonist and New Bordeaux is a fantastic setting thematically, and it would've been great to see them put to better use.
As clever and original as it is tedious and broken, Mafia 3 has the makings of a classic, but doesn't go the distance.
Starts promisingly, but soon slips into a tiresome, repetitive grind, never doing its unique period setting justice.
A horrible waste of a strong narrative, whose politically-charged storytelling is squandered on a dull and horrendously repetitive GTA clone.
A game of inspired highs diluted with pedestrian lows. Worthy, but achieves less than its true potential.
It roars out of the gate and looks like it could be tackling difficult subject matter in a meaningful way, but quickly devolves into a mindless revenge story
Mafia 3 attempts to do great things with its writing, but the gameplay can't keep up
Though Mafia III's storytelling is exceptional in every way, it's not quite strong enough to compensate for dated gameplay, repetitive missions, and technical issues.
Mafia III is a smartly written and enthralling open-world action game bogged down by technical issues and a repetitive structure.