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.

diamond
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diamond

Xbox Live downloads are so much faster then PSN, games take at least an hour to install on the PS3 and firmware updates could take 30 minutes, Sony is just really shit when it comes to that sort of thing.

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 »
Kintari
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Kintari

The problem isn’t that “digital only” sucks. The problem is that consoles have become shittier, less immediate versions of PC’s.

You don’t get this kind of bullshit with Steam.

Jokerman89
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Jokerman89

Still, maybe i am just old… but i would always prefer the stability of having a disk, even if i have to install it.

But i do need a bigger harddrive, sometimes i just feel like you say “a round of doom” or what ever it is, and don’t want that particular game sitting on my ps4, not being played for months, ill just get an urge, unplanned… now i have to plan to play something in advance, and i often have no idea what ill feel like playing in a few hours.

galactix100
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galactix100

I’ve done that before. Felt in the mood to play something I don’t have installed and by the time the thing’s done installing I can’t be bothered.

diamond
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diamond

I’ve actually had games install on consoles way faster then on Steam. GTA V only took 20 minutes to install on my 360, Alpha Protocol took several hours to install on Steam.

galactix100
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galactix100

I know I’ve had things like Rise of the Tomb Raider which is about 25 GB (I think) take about half an hour but the original but each game in the Bioshock collection (Infinite was the largest at 16 GB, original was 5 or 6 GB) take multiple hours each.

diamond
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diamond

Me too, having a disc just feels better to me then having a digital version of something(one of the few exceptions being Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, as the digital version has all the DLC which is no longer available for purchase)

Turi
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Turi

I do not even have a disk drive in my PC anymore. Because digital dl are just awesome. No waiting to buy the game or waiting for amazon to send it to me. And since day one patches became the norm, you have a big dl on day one anyways.
Discs only waste space that i can use for other things.

Unnoticing Senpai
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Unnoticing Senpai

It depends on the game. For some reason, Payday 2 updates were impossibly long for less than a gig of bug fixes or content, and I had plenty others do the same. I’m not sure why.

diamond
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diamond

Not really true, PC has it’s own bullshit with stupid DRM like Denuvo. I refuse to buy any game on PC that has Denuvo, i’ll take inferior graphics and framerates over having that garbage on my system and being treated like a fucking criminal.

The Jünger Ludendorf
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The Jünger Ludendorf

Steam is kinda weird on that. The download speed seems to vary wildly, and install times can take longer than the downloading.

Also, it insists on sucking up every available ounce of resources, meaning your pc tends to run like a crippled pogo-stick while it’s downloading.

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.

Brotown
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Brotown

“Also, the bandwidth in America still isnt as good as it could be yet. So that’s something to consider.”

There ya go. Fixed the snarkiness of it for ya there.

Brad Fang
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Brad Fang

“I have taken your comment, and removed what could be perceived as snarkiness from it.”

There ya go. Fixed the snarkiness of it for ya there.

Geminiman555
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Geminiman555

“Siellä ya mennä. Kiinteä snarkiness sen ya siellä”

There ya go. Fixed the lack of Google translate English to Finnish for ya there.

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.

BAH!
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BAH!

And their means of production?

Martijn Fiering
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Martijn Fiering

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

Kida
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Kida

Pretty sure Payday 2 does this as well. It’s the shittiest patching system I’ve ever had to deal with for 3+ years and I wish it would go away.

cowboyjimmy
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cowboyjimmy

some other games on steam do that as well, its because their games files are huge archives that need to be extracted, patched and then zipped again, your HDD does most of the work, not your net speed.

diamond
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diamond

That’s one reason I will never play Microsoft games on PC, i’m sticking with Windows 7 and playing MS’s games on Xbox thank you very much.

Kintari
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Kintari

You are clearly not a programmer.

Martijn Fiering
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Martijn Fiering

…? What does the game’s programming have to do with the shitty storefront?

Kintari
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Kintari

The storefront was programmed. And you seem to not comprehend that there are valid technical scenarios in which copy-and-patch is the best option. You just assume they decided to fuck up.

It’s relevant that you’re a non-programmer shitting on the technical merits of someone’s programming. Basically, you have no idea what you’re talking about.

Martijn Fiering
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Martijn Fiering
Oh but I do. Because I’m not discussing the technic side of things, but the consumer experience. It requires double the game size on the user’s hard drive, because the store front as designed for mobile phones and tablets. Those apps usually aren’t larger than 10 gb. 80 gigabyte however makes this the first and largest game of its kind on the Windows Store. Even if there is a technical reason why this is “advantageous”, it is still disadvantageous for the user. The fact that one can download the whole game again without going through this process shows that it… Read more »
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!

diamond
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diamond

That’s why I never wear headphones, don’t want to risk damaging my ears and ending up with tinnitus like Gavin.

ENAY
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ENAY

I’m on headphones and it was fine. You’ve either got really bad headphones or have your headphones naturally on a bit too loud.

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.

Kintari
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Kintari

The one job of a console is to provide polished, curated gaming experiences. Whoever dropped that ball, it’s Sony’s job to fix it. They have no excuse.

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.

zeeby
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zeeby

it’s conceptual art.

Jim Sterling
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Ha. Well, it basically runs in real-time enough to show you how the percentage never fucking moves.

Looking at my own “install” screen, it takes at least several minutes to go up by a single percentage.

diamond
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diamond

I had something weird happen with the installation on Xbox One, when I first booted the game up it was already at 55%, then after 10 minutes or so it wasn’t moving, so I booted out of the game then went back in and the game was already installed by that point, very strange.

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.

Chris
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Chris

That’s a big thing AAA companies ignore with day one patches and huge game installs… A lot of people out there don’t have infinite download limits. Before I moved I had 100gig a month… or 15 major game updates. Luckily now I have 500gig a month but god damnd, I still get a mini heart attack when I get a new game and see a 12gig update (I got Doom just last week and installed it three days ago. Fucking hell)

Turi
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Turi

Of course most of the world has sane provider market where data caps are only included in the limited extra cheap options or by really shitty provider (and even then with caps 300gb+),

diamond
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diamond

Fortunately I don’t have to worry about that as I’m still on one of those unlimited data plans that Verizon used to have.

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.

iamagiantcat
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iamagiantcat

Should I be proud I did get blocked there on first playthrough?

Chris
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Chris

Yes.

diamond
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diamond

I never bother trying to play games before they finish downloading.

Turi
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Turi

The most impressive example i have seen of this so far is World of Warcraft. It is a while that i played it(MoP expansion), but you could play the game after downloading 128 MB … of a 30 GB or so download. And if you dl speed was high enough, you could really play it without to much problems and only slightly longer loading times.

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.”

Stormbringer
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The PSN store is worse than a 56k modem on the PS3.

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.

El Minotoro
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El Minotoro

Can I get that version instead of the one I played?

qorl123
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qorl123

Yeah, seriously. The mafia 2 I played was nothing like it has been just described.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

The Mafia 2 I played was actually a pretty excellent FPS set in an underwater city where creepy little girls go around draining wibbly-wobbly magic blood from corpses, and you can shoot bees at people.

diamond
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diamond

I thought it was kind of disappointing, that game was promised to have so many features that got left out, and the city felt very empty and boring, plus having to drive back to your apartment after every mission got really fucking tiresome real fast. Thankfully Mafia 3 doesn’t force you to do that bullshit.

diamond
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diamond

I don’t think it’s nicer looking at all.

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?

Local Content
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Nobody got a review copy, they did the now-standard procedure of hiding game-breaking flaws by not allowing any criticism until they’ve already got their biggest sales period in the bag.

DeadlyYellow
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DeadlyYellow

And to think people scoff at me when I tell them I’m waiting for the complete edition.

Rory Harris
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Rory Harris

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

ENAY
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ENAY

The goat is clearly also too young.

zeeby
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zeeby

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

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