It’s unusual for me to be playing one of these gangster style games. I played GTA 4 and Saints Row – albeit not for very long. As great games as I am told they are, the genre is just not my thing.
Curious then that I picked up Mafia 3. Simply because I was curious. What piqued my interest was the story line – I was told it was a belter.
The first two hours (or so) of Mafia 3 are compelling. So much so that you can’t get up to make yourself a cup of tea – you don’t want to miss anything. The background and introduction to the story line is riveting. The acting is some of the best I have experienced in gaming. The soundtrack: mind blowing (I really wish there was a way to see which song was playing at the time – as I would instantly download some that I do not already own)
I got up from the first session completely buzzing. What have I discovered here? What have I been missing in this genre? What have I done with my life. I couldn’t wait to get back to it and crack on.
Yes there is excessive violence in the game, again not usually my thing, but it seems to be done in such a way as to weave within the story line, rather than replace it. Much more powerful than the visuals however are some of the Haitian stories – which conjure up far more terrifying and disturbing mental images than what is presented on screen. Stuff that will keep you up at night. Stories that make me want to know about Haitian history 10 times more than Deep South history. Is this stuff for real?
Then comes the repetition.
Then comes a lot of unnecessary driving, sneaking around and surprise kills.
For the love of Gators, why do I need to drive from one side of the map to the other? I understand if I am playing Forza Horizon 3 and there is a point to it. But dont just make me drive to kill time. Case in point. The Dope runs. I did one. That was enough. An unnecessarily long boat ride to pick up the dope. A long and boring trip back. Just when you are about to chuck yourself overboard and wrestle a giant lizard in the swamps you reach your destination. Thank goodness. Oh shit, now a long, slow, pointless truck drive to the location.
Sneak Kills. Assassins Creed – hiding, whistling, take down, move onto the next. I had to clear the same warehouse 3 times (successfully) with the same guys in the same location in order to progress the story.
I mention “successfully” because there is no save feature in the game. You rely on checkpoints. So I visited that same warehouse probably 10 times. More than once I hit the “sneak attack” button too soon or too late – which then starts a Melee which alerts just about every man and his dog. You get overwhelmed and guess what? Start again.
So I had a good go at it last night to try and get further to see if the game play adds a bit more spice. I have cleared two regions and found myself looking at the map. How many to go? Shit too many. What else can I play?
I sit about 20% of the way through the game but eventually one day I will finish – the story line is that good that I want to find out what happens next. I wonder if there is a fast forward button for when the action gets samey and I can just move on?
More to come. Possibly.
Xbox Gamertag: Savemi