Mafia III‘s PS4 Download Time Is Fucking Ridiculous

[Update: this story has been updated with a progress report following the original article. Check below for details.]

The above drab image is a screenshot of Mafia III‘s “installation” screen. It’s currently at 34%. This image was taken five hours after the game’s purchase from the PlayStation Store.

That’s fucking ridiculous.

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After purchasing Mafia III from the PS Store, it downloads and shows up as ready to start on the console’s dashboard. Like so many other lying sack-of-shit games however, it’s not actually ready to play. Barely anything was downloaded the first time around – the alleged “installation” is really a download process for the full game.

Mafia III is not the first game to pull such bollocks – Tecmo Koei games do it all the time – but I’ve never, not once, seen a title take this long. Five hours after it’s been bought, and it’s managed to get just over a quarter of the thing downloaded. If there are any other PS4 games that have taken so long, I’m yet to see them.

I mean, this is seriously fucking ridiculous.

A brief look online reveals this isn’t a one-off situation. Multiple reports from confused and irritated customers reveal Mafia III has a bit of a problem, but weirdly enough it’s not been widely reported.

Mafia III‘s little download struggle appears to be contained to digital downloads. Although the physical disc version naturally requires a silly amount of installing, it’s lightning fast compared to its ethereal counterpart.

I searched around, and it seems that no media outlet has talked about this, despite the complaints being days old and remaining unresolved by 2K Games or Hangar 13 – or Sony, if it’s the fault of the PlayStation Network.

No waves have been made about what is a ridiculous fucking situation, despite it being fucking ridiculous.

Here’s a video of the “installation” running in real-time. As you can see, it’s fucking ridiculous.

Mafia III launched with a number of technical problems, chiefly on PC.

The game was locked at 30 frames-per-second for several days on PC before the developer fixed it this weekend. Other problems include the game not opening, various input detection issues, and unexpected crashes.

Bugs and glitches are reported to riddle the game across all platforms, ranging from funny to severe. Audio issues, stuttering, and texture errors are among the most common.

I’ve downloaded games big and small on consoles, and while it’s never been a particularly speedy procedure, it’s never taken so long that the likelihood of me playing something the day of purchase has sat at almost zero.

For real though… this download time is fucking ridiculous.

[10/11/2016 10:22pm] Update:

It’s been several hours since I first posted this article, and as I prepare to go to sleep, having not played Mafia III today, I figured I’d write up how the “installation” has been going so far.

In the time since posting this article, I was able to download, install, and play a good chunk of Dragon Quest Builders. It’s pretty good so far! Mafia III continued to “install” during Builders‘ entire download and playtime. I’ve also eaten my dinner, watched an old episode of Best of the Worst, published a Greenlight Good Stuff video, and masturbated.

I initially purchased Mafia III at around 1pm. As I write this, it’s 10:22pm. Mafia III‘s “installation” is only 55% complete.

This is the future the so-called AAA videogame industry wants for us.

keironsmith123
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keironsmith123

I pre-downloaded my PS4 version ready for release so i thankfully never had this problem, its pretty ridiculous that this is happining though and i wonder why its taking so long.

Steven
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Steven

Yeah, PSN downloads are the pits. I recently reinstalled some Steam games on a new PC, and was able to download about 43GB in about three hours while watching YouTube videos.

Christian Pohl
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Christian Pohl

Shit like this makes me wonder why everyone is clamoring for “digital only” distribution. The one benefit of consoles, plug-and-play, is a thing of the past. Instead of ripping the game from its packaging, plopping it into the console and start playing, we have to endure installations and more often than not patches in the neighborhood of 10+GB in size for “various bug fixes”. More often than not, entire DLC asset packs are shoved down our throats disguised as patches, bloating them even further. I recently wanted to play a quick round of Doom on the PS4, but by the… Read more »

Chürz
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Chürz

Same thing you get when you play MMOs on the PC.

Also, that’s what you get for having American bandwidth.

diamond
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diamond

I’m playing this on Xbox One and the download didn’t take very long for me at all, it seemed to get stuck on 55%, so I quit out of the game and booted it up again and everything was installed the next time I booted the game up, it was a bit odd.

I’ve heard these problems are likely due to PSN being slow as hell to download games in general and it’s not actually a problem with Mafia 3 itself. I can believe that, compared to Xbox, PS downloads take a fucking eternity.

Tom Page
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Tom Page

Reading the word “Hangar” instantly made me think it was a typo. I’ve since googled and learned from my mistake, but I can’t stop imagining a C-grade Norse sidekick struggling to hold a bunch of axes. That’s all.

zeeby
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zeeby

I’m at the point now where I think the Government should step in and do something about Sony. Perhaps even disband them and seize their assets.

Martijn Fiering
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Martijn Fiering

Not as long as Gears of War 4’s update time.

Nemrex
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Nemrex
SilentPony
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SilentPony

Jesus Christ Jim. Fucking loud noise warning on that video, yay?
Had my headphones on. That was not okay!
Bad Jim! Bad!

goodbyejojo
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goodbyejojo

so this IS a sony server issue? i live in EU and i have a USA account and the download speeds are ridiculously low, like they dont even use all of my net speed, but i thought that is because im downloading from a server that is far away, but i guess, its a sony issue.

Sidrat Flush
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That’s longer than loading a game in via cassette back in the 80’s.

Although most installations of new games take 30 minute to an hour or so, so most games take longer due to the extra size.

Warwick Stubbs
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At those download speeds, in New Zealand it would be weeks before I got to play this game.

Christopher Howell
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Christopher Howell

I…I don’t understand. That video you labeled as the installation running in real time.
That’s not that though. It’s just one minute of a guy talking about how slow the install time is. That doesn’t show me how long it takes. I was expecting a 5 hour long video of it just slowly ticking up until the install was done.

Batmatt
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Batmatt

Reminds me of when I had to wait a day after reaching Firelink Shrine on Dark Souls 3 because the game lied about having finished downloading and the fast travel isn’t available until the game is fully installed. I don’t even like fast travel on Souls games.

Clem
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Clem

Gee, I am in Australia where our speeds are a 100th of your speeds, it would take days

Sam
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Sam

There are multiple games that are simply too huge that it exceeds my monthly download limit twofold.
I suppose it’s a good thing that generally the larger a game is, the more AAA it’s likely to be, so the more likely there’s a physical version for me to go out and buy.

Dirge Novak
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Dirge Novak

I hate those lying games so goddamn much.
Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition only had the first mission playable after initial download. You know, the one that lasts literally thirty fucking seconds…

Bloodborne is the only game I’ve seen that used the application data bullshit correctly: it downloaded everything necessary for you to play until after Gascoigne, so most people were never blocked from anything while waiting for the rest of the game to finish downloading.

Will G
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Will G

Sony doesn’t know how to do networking properly, Since the Link requires Mod Approval go to Reddit and Search “PS4 downloads are notoriously slow. I might have an idea why.”

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

Not to excuse it or anything, but I wonder if the usual weekly PSN store update has anything to do with it.

I’ve noticed that anytime I download a game, or patch, on a Tuesday that it almost always takes much longer to complete.

Local Content
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I’ve just been playing Mafia 2 instead, It’s less hassle, better and, to be frank, much nicer looking.

Justin McGovney
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Justin McGovney

Yet another debacle by a AAA company. Honestly has there been a triple AAA game released in the last two years that didn’t fuck up or have some kind of controversy (technical, content, etc.)?

Cultured Vultures
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Jim, did you not get a review copy?

Rory Harris
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Rory Harris

That child in the video is too young to be playing Mafia.

zeeby
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zeeby

Good to see those increased PS+ fees going to the right place as usual.

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