Metabombed: Mafia III Is ‘A White Guilt Fueled Mess Of A Port’

Mafia III did not receive the critical reception Hangar 13 had perhaps hoped for. My own review is pretty reflective of the average score it’s gotten from professional critics, with the repetitive gameplay, cookie-cutter open world structure, and squandering of style being chief complaints.

Of course, the pros have nothing on the general public when it comes to expressing distaste for something, and Mafia III is the latest high profile game to get METABOMBED by disgruntled players on Metacritic’s user review system.

Much of the assault has come from PC users disappointed by the game’s demonstrably lacking port. Even after it was patched to include framerate options, Mafia III is failing to be everything it could be in the eyes of customers.

Let’s check out what they’ve been saying. It’s “content” I suppose, innit?

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As previously stated, the PC version is getting the brunt of the criticism, with a 3.1 score average, 121 positive reviews, and 442 negative ones. They’re still at it this long after launch, too, writing reviews daily. It fares slightly better on Xbox One, with 18 positive and negative reviews, alongside an average score of 4.5.

The PS4 version has a positively glowing recommendation in comparison – an average of 5.0, with 110 positive reviews to 121 negative. If you’re wondering why the average score isn’t entirely reflective of the reviews, that’s because you can leave a rating without writing a review, as most have opted to.

Those that went further and had to rub some textual salt in the numerical wound? Well, as usual, we’ve collected the best of them!

I organized them by date to exclude those complaining about the now-fixed 30fps lock. In doing so, I immediately found the first negative review complaining about Mafia III‘s racial aspect. Oh dear. Here’s arislaf attempting to make some kind of point.

The game is racist. Totally racist. The main hero is a black man that can’t kill black men. Now imagine the other way around, and what would happen to the world… (0/10)

Now let’s hear what pearls of wisdom gameren82 has for us.

How many times do I have to do the same thing? This is crazy! Every single quest should be unique and different. The quests are repetetive. And the game is not about Mafia; this is about a black serial killer who wants to make a revenge. (3/10)

Trytobefair tried to be fair, we can’t fault them for that!

This game is a complete desaster in everything.

– Overall graphic even in highest settings still looks blurred.
– Game physics feels like first console games out of the nineties.
– Nobody can identify with such dumb looking character.
– A bad and poor imitation of the Assassins Creed series

My final quote:

2 Points for this Game.

1 for the music and 1 point for the deinstallation routine.

Both worked perfect for me.

Thanks to the devs and publishers for being completely foolish. (2/10)

I love the reviews that use unintelligible sentences to express their frustration, as you don’t know if it’s deliberate or not. Saahil provides one such classic conundrum.

The Graphic is not consistent Aaaghhhh **** game.The Gameplay is not good too. And God…… The Skybox Seriously.Even Indie Games have good skyboxes.The Missions are repetitive. The only good thing that i have experienced is driving its better than Mafia 2 which was a marvelous game.I played half way through Mafia 3 and have uninstalled. (2/10)

Methinks linoano’s review was transcribed from one of those mysterious radio stations that put out coded messages.

First of all, I should can give -1 to this game score.

Terrible PC optimization, boring, many bugs, no Denuvo, no SLI/Crossfire support, no 21:9 support, 30fps when released, very blurry (with Motion Blur off), **** graphics (worst than xbox360), crashes, terrible car phisics, primitive plot, stuttering, FPS instability, many glichets, skybox it’s a joke, no AMD Phenom support, game freezes, no traffic laws, no fullscreen borderless and more…

This… This is MAFIA III. (0/10)

Reading PapaEmeritus’ scathing appraisal of Hangar 13 made me wince and do that “sucking air through your lips” noise one makes when something harsh just happened.

It’s bad pretty much all across the board (other than the music). Hopefully though, other developers will play it and learn what NOT to do when developing their own games. There is a lot here to learn what not to do. Hangar13? Give it up. Developing games isn’t for you. You all should go and find another career. You suck. (2/10)

BoTToX_CH makes me hope that a game is rereleased as a Full Bugged Edition at some point in the future.

The most UGGLY 2016 game !!!
Full bugged, absolutly crappy render, a crazy clipping, hyper blurry textures….etc
This game is like an old bad playstation2 game !
It’s a shame, the first and second mafia was great, 2K killed the licence !!! (1/10)

You best hold onto your sides when Kinedrill is around. This review is THE cut-up of the collection.

This game is hot aspirant to GOTY – Garbage of the Year. Alongside with win10 version of Forza Horizon 3 and ofc NMS.

PROS: Semi-good atmosphere + characters (characters?)
CONS: Well, everything else. (1/10)

Gotta agree with CristobaL – Mafia III does NOT fun!

This is not a game actually. It is 5 missions and 100+ checkpoints in the middle. Routine and bugs from the start to the end. Do not fun at all. Let’s play something else (0/10)

It’s time for PetuchelloAnjel to say something.

This game looks like sh!t played like sh!t 13 people trapped in the hangar, very lazy, 1/10 for the music!

Never do the games!leave it to the professionals (1/10)

The art of the comedically hyperbolic review is a tricky one to master. In unrelated news, let’s read what marcoklein wrote.

OMG this is terrible its not MAFIA it should be called Haitians war 3 ! Have I Played a worse game? No I can’t say that I have. This was pathetic. If the producers are still alive: 1. They shouldn’t be. 2. They should be ashamed.

To give you guys a few pointers of the “game”:

1-I don’t know who was in charge of “special effects“, but I could have done better in my backyard with my VHS camcorder that doesn’t have a battery.

2-I was a devout Catholic before this “game”. But since playing it, I know there is not a God, because if there was, he wouldn’t have let this game be produced. I am now an atheist.

Folks however bored you get, however curious(or brave) you are, however many laughs you THINK you will get out of this game, please DO NOT BUY THIS. It has literally ruined my life. AVOID AT ALL COSTS!

Comment to the producer: I hate you. You have ruined my life. After playing this I feel empty inside. My wife and kids have left me and hate me because I couldn’t speak or hardly move after playing this. I lost my job, my dignity, and above all my pride. I will never forgive you in this life or the next(which is not looking good from my new found beliefs). (0/10)

TuringDev comes close to the classic “slap in the face” phrase, but not close enough. Someone better bust it out.

An affront for PC gamers
Very poor performance, very low quality textures, blurred, after two hours of gaming, becomes very boring and repetitive. A great bull **** !

Don’t waste your money (1/10)

Oh dear, MaximusDecimus3… oh bloody dear.

A politically-correct, white-guilt fueled mess of a console port. Gameplay is boring and generic, city has nothing to offer outside of the main story missions and is a modern day revisionist-historical rendition of New Orleans, not accurate in any way whatsoever with the time and location. Don’t waste your time or money with this garbage. Wait for a sale under 10 dollars. Also terrible performance on top of the line rigs, even though the game doesn’t look spectacular or outstanding in any way. Riddles with bugs, muddy textures, texture pop-in, and awkward controls top off this cherry sundae of ****

One positive thing is that the music is great, but that’s a product of the times and not these incompetent white-guilt riddled cuckold developers. (3/10)

Then there’s OnlyOneWing.

The game play is mediocre, not even close to GTA V. The plot is not really interesting, everything is so politically correct it is fake. All the white people are evil racists and all the black people only want equality for “everyone”, none are angry and out for revenge. Even the conversations that bystanders have are all politically charged rhetoric. It’s not even genuine, it all sounds to polished like a speech writer wrote it. The voice acting is not great. The main character has no problem murdering people, yet he is righteous enough to risk his life attacking brothels. The game also plays into the nonsense that all sex workers are inherently slaves. On top of all that, the graphics feel like they could be on last gen consoles. No better than LA Noir. (1/10)

I wonder if SerchTESCHA used Google Translate for this. Surely not!

Well you buy it and I think the game has technical sections in deplorable PC, here I stress upon “defend the defensible” some people do for the game, I personally do not make me angry 30 fps although I enjoy playing at 60 fps and more if allowed by the hardware, but I’ve found with a myriad of mistakes in the game that make me think that they brought him hastily, for example (even with Update1) presents failures configurción keyboard, translations erroneous text, graphic part well below other current games such as the new Deus Ex (just glorious and superb) and above all a deplorable sadly artificial intelligence in many parts of the game. When you come to play gems like Deus Ex and then play a game with the quality of Mafia 3, the truth in my case I was very disappointed, I say this sincerely, and I am not a troll who goes around hitting the game, I say to support the developer by buying the game, which plot level is supreme, that if the height almost, of great historical novels, but technically there if I’m not playing, I enjoy it as much as I can, but I think could do much better at the technical level (that you see is that the developer is not the same as the previous Mafia, 2k Czech and now Hangar13), a Mafia 2 visual level is stunningly beautiful, even today despite being a game with several years development and output currently looks beautiful, colorful, bright with a recreation of great historical scenarios that give you the feeling of living the nostalgia of those years, this Mafia 3 will feel stiff, dark, opaque, only by history is saving and therefore I’m playing, to be honest this Mafia is not the best, and ended with a detail that caught my attention when I was playing I enter my cousin and saw the game and wonder what it was, I answer is the new Mafia 3 !!!, excited, and he answers me hear it looks like xbox 360 and more direct without first impression, not excited or anything, of course if you dare to play it but hey, graphic level the impression that he had, and never forget. (1/10)

Also wondering if BombSench is related.

Mafia 3 is a return to the first part of the Mafia, and even worse. There is no such feature in action playing as: fuel the car, do not remain objects on the ground sleeve of bullets, pieces of glass, even the smoke from under the wheels of cars modest. Mafia 2 was much more serious and plausible Igor and Mafia 3 is a misery. Pazor developers !!! (0/10)

Are you a Leisure Brutal Boy? Be more like JensK, and be leisurely in your brutality… or something.

Ideal for Leisure-Brutal-boys who have work and family! 3x the week 1 hour playing and you get 2 months of fun! For all other – specially unemployed Power Gamer – too boring. (7/10)

We haven’t had “slap in the face” yet, but LordNord went ahead and gave us the other phrase angry gamers love to use – Mafia III is “a joke.”

Worst thing in the franchise. This game is a joke only. Quests is boring as hell, all same.: Go iinterrogate a man after go destroy after go kill the boss….only this quest type in the game very very boring! And of course lot of bugs, high end pc cant running this sh!t, fps drops like hell. (3/10)

Fuuuck, this one is tasty. Premium “PC Gamer” elitism of a most delectable sort. Take it away, clarky!

Dear Publisher/Developer. PC gamer’s are like wine connoisseurs of gaming. The fact they have PC, instantly puts them into the Gamer category. Every other platform will always settle for less. For that reason, either, support the PC release with another year’s worth of development before release. Or don’t do it. You are trying to sell cheap wine in an expensive bottle to people who will never accept it. I find it pretty offensve (1/10)

I have no idea why Battletoad’s… writing… was marked with a spoiler tag, but… uh… spoiler warning ahead?

+1 NOT A MAFIA GAME .The gaming industry seems to be lost all the talents and ideas. Fallout 4, Mafia 3. Hard to believe that these games do the people who made them. Pathetic (0/10)

Finally, we have Drive637. Try and guess why this one’s included.

I’m so disappointed in this game. It could have been great but Hangar 13 totally screwed the player. I’m truly starting to get tired of these **** console ports (in this case it’s a disaster as well) that require an insane rig whereas the performances are pitiable. The quality is just absent. 1440p looks like a goddamn 720p upscale. The scenario is breathtaking this said, although when the jaw-dropping cutscenes come to their end and force you to go back to the playground, you take a massive slap right into the face that serves as a constant reminder of the fact that without its blissful and climactic progressive scenario, that game would be a derelict. Not even gameplay lifts the whole thing up since it is inaccurate and formulaic. I just hate to think that Mafia III got destroyed by the lack of time (I can’t think of anything else explaining this). It’s such a shame to see this license being dragged to the bottom of the chasm. (3/10)

Dallium
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Dallium

“I am now an atheist.” Oh God my sides.

Booksds
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Booksds

Um… isn’t the “politically correct” label usually applied to the media that avoids any discussion of race, not includes it? People seem to have gotten it backwards.

Craig Rigby
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Craig Rigby

i am no fan of sjws but is a game really ‘progressive’ (because thats for certain what that last guy means) just for being from a black guys perspective? a lot of these metabombs call out games for that, i guess its just on a lot of peoples minds right now. weve been complaining for years about how western AAA games are all starring identikit nolan norths thanks to publishers telling devs what they can do, and as soon as they break that bubble and make more interesting characters its a bad thing!

Otherhand
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Otherhand

Mafia III’s problems are that it’s repetitive and often humdrum, and the AI is substandard. Like Mafia II. But there are so many false things said about it, like that “he’s a black man who can’t kill black people” (the first gang you dismantle is black) above. The amusingly named PC Gamer has an serioiusly racist audience, who insist it’s a “kill whitey simulator”, among other things. You’d think this might give them some perspective about the treatment of races as enemies in their favourite games, but I doubt it. Even professed liberals say the racism is too relentless and… Read more »

Mandrake42
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Mandrake42

Reading the Metabombed articles tends to break the language centres of my brain.

Sapphire Crook
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Sapphire Crook

Oh, I know! The last one’s there because it does the thing you talked about, Jim, and it does it with a little spice too!

YoDude
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YoDude

I love how everyone seemed to like the music.

More proof that extremely vocal very angry people with sometimes racist leanings all listen to classic rock.

Presumably because anything else is too different from what MA and PA listened to back in the good ol’ days.

Was a good soundtrack though.

Benj
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Benj

It’s interesting to note the reaction to the gameplay in this game compared to the response to “Mad Max”.

You’d be hard pressed to say which one had the most repetitive gameplay but this one committed the crime of not being equally generic in it’s story and trying to be POLITICAL! *dum* *dum* *duuuuuuuummmmm*

[plus being badly optimised which is a capital crime for PC gamers]

Seath Xuchilbara
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Seath Xuchilbara

Did SerchTESCHA just say he entered his cousin?

Seath Xuchilbara
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Seath Xuchilbara

“The fact they have PC, instantly puts them into the Gamer category.” – Clarky, 2016

What’s funny about this is that Clarky is kind of implying that owning a console DOESN’T put you in the “Gamer category” the way that owning a PC does.

Quick poll: How many people on Earth own a computer of some sort but don’t use it to game. Now compare that to the percentage of people who bought a GAMING console but don’t use it to play GAMES.

Артемий Андреев
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Артемий Андреев

BombSench’s definitely google translated from Russian.

Sherwood C. Eberly
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Sherwood C. Eberly

I really enjoy the people who lament the death of the series. Most generic possible title, most generic premise, 3 middling entries. Where will gaming be without this franchise?!

MJC
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MJC

Oh good. Somebody bitched about “no Denuvo”. Because not including extra DRM on top of the Steamworks DRM is definitely a bad thing. If I don’t have at LEAST two forms of DRM at all times, I get livid. Not only should Mafia 3 have Steamworks and Denuvo, it should also have Games for Windows Live and SecuROM. Anything else is a 0/10.

The fuck is wrong with you, linoano?!

Benj
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Benj

It’s annoying how many people don’t understand that racism (and all prejudice really) is more about the wider cultural context than the specific details of a single interaction.

El Minotoro
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El Minotoro

I happen to like drive around the sandbox city murder games. This is definitely one of them, with all the pitfalls thereof.
Literally the thing that upsets me the most is that I couldn’t form a criminal black panther empire. I was going to only murder white people like the race traitor that I am but the story means I’m forced to work with a bunch of snowflakes

El Blaise
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El Blaise

Perhaps I’m reading things incorrectly but it seems many folks are upset that they can’t murder the coloreds? Performance issues I get as a worthy complaint but if all you want to do is murder black people, African-Americans or whatever you wanna label em as go play Uncharted right after you come home from your therapist.

RedWolf
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RedWolf

I don’t care if I get labelled an SJW, but the term “white guilt” rubs me up the wrong way.

A Roast Beef Sandwich
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A Roast Beef Sandwich

Hey guys!
Putting quotation marks around the word ‘game’ to imply it is not a game is an incredibly effective rhetorical technique! It is not tacky at all and you should keep doing it!

iamagiantcat
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iamagiantcat

I really liked mafia 3 as a game I played a lot of for one week (40 something hours) and will barely ever think about again. I enjoyed my time with it, but it is kind of a fault that I can sum up the entire experience in regard to gameplay with driving to and proceeding to shoot of gangsters.

Manioc
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Manioc

“Leisure-Brutal-boys” sound like people Mad Max would combat in his man cave.

Daniel Cavalcanti Coutinho
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Daniel Cavalcanti Coutinho

Why do people still say Mafia 2 was good? It was shit, it was repetitive and it fooled you into thinking it was an open world! In fact, you couldn’t even choose to free roam and get side missions because there were NONE OF THOSE. It even had the audacity to mark some guys on your map so you could go back to them, and when you got near them it told you something like “there are no jobs here right now”. There never was any jobs there, and you’ll keep driving around the city in a straight narrative line… Read more »

AHHHHHdelaide Knight
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AHHHHHdelaide Knight

Wait… someone is angry that it doesnt have denuvo? O.o

09philj
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09philj

I don’t know, if OnlyOneWing’s opinions are accurate he’s making a fairly coherent point.

Unless I’ve missed something and this really is as good as The Wire.

V3role
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V3role

A “black serial killer”? As opposed to most action games’ white protagonists: nice gentlemen who happen to be commiting mass murder because of the circonstances ?

Stormbringer
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What’s so great about the muzak? I had to stop at:

“One positive thing is that the music is great, but that’s a product of the times and not these incompetent white-guilt riddled ***** developers.”

No reason really. I’d just read far enough, and the nearby quotes were doozies. Is the music licensed? I’m always on the lookout for music I don’t know about.

(I’m only half kidding. Two or more praised the music. Is it Radiohead or something? Okay, now I’m really kidding.)