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.

Ushio
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Ushio

Jim’s probably just exceeded the unpublished usage of his ISP and been throttled.

RifleAvenger Sashiro
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RifleAvenger Sashiro

Last of Us PS4 version came bundled with my PS4, and took 4 DAYS to download. Most of that for the horrendous, waste of time multiplayer mode I never played once. Admittedly I was running off an internet plan a decade old at that point, but it was still ridiculous.

Mr. Tastee
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Mr. Tastee

File sizes continue to grow as well as the space required to store/install them.
If the Scorpio is the beast MS is claiming and given the push for VR and 4k and many people having less than stellar connections, I don’t think download times are going to get better. Or maybe next gen the ”power of the cloud” will actually mean something.

Matthew DK
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Matthew DK

“and Masturbated”

I don’t always agree with all your content, Jim, but God bless you for such insights.
I’m not leaving ya work any time soon.

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

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

One that gives more time for masturbation while waiting for installation. Who can complain about that? /s

theeheadache
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theeheadache

you mentioned them RedLetter boys in a movie boys a few weeks back and i’ve been hooked

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

Weird how some games can have different download speeds like that. It can’t be the developer’s doing though, can it? Surely they have no control in how smooth the PSN network can deal with these things? Anyway, what I usually do for these bullshit games that give you their own install screen to waste your time watching, is close the game and let the full download continue from the notification menu. It seems to take a little less long. But I haven’t bought this game yet, and even when I do it’ll be a glorious physical copy that can be… Read more »

Imperial Quinn
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Imperial Quinn

Whats up Jim you have been aiming at Sony a lot of late and some of its been a bit petty your PS4 downloading slow is not ground breaking news just stick it into rest mode as it downloads it helps and do something else your a busy guy your find something to do.

Ivan Sorensen
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Ivan Sorensen

this whole “digital future” is kind of shitting itself every opportunity it gets, isn’t it?

Rashid Alkash
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Rashid Alkash

Same here I’m to download since 3 days and still it’s taken a long time

8bit_sprite
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8bit_sprite

I get the feeling that Jim is angry.

Craig Rigby
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Craig Rigby

they dont even bother compressing pc games anymore, everything went from 8 gig to 50 in a few months its insane. the least they could do is let you choose what languages to install rather than shoving them all on, that would save a tonne of time and space. its yet another thing that makes copying games superior snce those things have been cutting excess size and using custom installers for years.

Themoonlightwolf1
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Themoonlightwolf1

There’s a growing trend with games from larger publishers not to bother using any kind of compression on their installers, I’ve noticed this on steam as well as PS4 the most recent example being Mortal Kombat XL which is an 85 GB download on PC I’m lucky enough to live close to an exchange and so have good broadband speed but I dread to think how it is for those with slower speeds or data caps.

Frank
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Frank

Jeez.That´s one thing I hate about the new console generation.
Even if you buy a game on a disc these days, you´ve got to expect up to 1,5 hours of installation and patching before you are able to play it, not to talk about the regular updates to both,games and the console. Combined with the ridiculously small hard-drives and the giant hunger for space of each game or update, that´s one great advantages of the last generation, that was lost.

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

Once again, Steam proves itself superior.

There’s actually an easy way to get around this problem for PlayStation owners: put the console in sleep mode as you download it. Seriously, it makes things go SO much faster.

I only found out about it recently but according to Brad from Giant Bomb, he puts his PS to sleep for about 15 minutes and when he turns it back on the game is ready to go.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Salt Mode Activated
WHY DIDN’T YOU COVER SONY STEALING FROM THEIR BUYERS WHEN THEMES DIDN’T WORK FOR A MONTH!!!!! I SEE HOW IT IS, PROBLEMS ONLY MATTER WHEN THEY AFFECT YOU PERSONALLY!!!! I’LL SEE YOU IN… shit. You’re already going to court. Can’t do that. Uh…
Salt Mode Deactivated

marcelostockle
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marcelostockle

I’m having the same issue with most PSN downloads lately. I noticed download speed halts to a crawl as soon as you launch a game or an application, even offline.

Stephen Mc Devitt
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Stephen Mc Devitt

This is another reason I prefer physical media. The other being having limited wi-fi (60GB per month in an 18 month contract).

Mark Davenport
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I mean I know PSN is normally the slowest network, but it’s strange if it’s affecting Mafia 3 more than others.

Max Whiteley
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Max Whiteley

My mate brought it on xbone and said it had finished before the end of the red dwarf he was watching. So it took 25-30 mins.

This must be a ps4 problem

Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan
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Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan

From the sounds of it you’d likely have more fun just watching old Best of the Worst episodes than you would playing Mafia 3 when it finally finishes downloading.

Shame really I loved Mafia 2 and I was cautiously optimistic that this new one might not be trash.

Erich Fromm Hell
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My favourite Best of the Worst moment was during the Star Wars holiday special episode when Mike goes, “Now…. back to 9/11.”

SharkyKrunk
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SharkyKrunk

Which Best of the Worst was it? I’ve always thought they should take some inspiration from the Movie Boyz and do a video game theme episode

Eric Schneider
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Eric Schneider

This reason is exactly why I wait 6 months before I buy open world games. I have to say even though that must have been painful watching that download it’s hilarious to hear you describe your experience because it is ridiculous.

Bassem B.
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Bassem B.

Woo, Best of the Worst!