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After launching in a bit of a sorry state, Mafia III has continued to be supported by Hangar 13 with all sorts of content updates and patches. Not that its rough reception seemed to harm it all that much - Mafia III is comfortably the most successful Mafia game yet. Now publisher 2K has published a roadmap showing we can expect from the year ahead, including details of three story-based expansion packs dropping between March and July.
Mafia 3’s sad, sorry quest to advance from broken mess to a polished product has taken another small step with the arrival of the latest PC patch. If you’ve played Mafia 3 or watched any gameplay footage then you’ve probably noticed the visuals look extremely muddy, even at higher resolutions with AA enabled. This hotfix tackles that, which should lend Mafia 3 PC a much sharper visual quality.
Mafia 3’s launch on PC is, by all accounts, a bit of a disaster. I can’t move for clips of comedy physics fails and general brokenness. The 30 FPS frame rate cap was just the tip of the iceberg though. Aside from this it seems performance is also a huge issue, with a mighty GeForce GTX 1080 8GB needed to hit an average FPS of 60 when playing at 1080p / Very High graphics settings.
Right on cue over the weekend, Hangar 13 issued the first patch for Mafia 3 on PC, unlocking the 30 FPS frame rate cap. If you’ve got the game now then it should just auto-update through Steam providing you restart your client.
I didn’t want to have to write this but seeing as 2K has made it pretty much impossible for non-Youtube press to get their hands on Mafia 3, I was wondering what the GD community made of the latest gangland epic. My normal port of call with this sort of thing would be to head to the likes of Metacritic or OpenCritic to see what Mafia 3 was like. Only, at the time of writing this one Friday evening, the day of Mafia 3’s launch, there is not a single review of Mafia III to be seen on either.
I love this time of year, when the huge games drop nearly every day, like gifts from the videogame heavens. Today we've got the single-player gangster epic that is Mafia 3, while for those of a multiplayer persuasion we've got the mighty Battlefield 1 arriving in just over a week. They both look awesome, and they're even more awesome if you can win them for free. Which is why I'm giving one lucky GD'er a game on the house, either Battlefield 1 or Mafia 3, the winner gets to pick.
I never thought I’d live to see the day that AMD got out a day one game ready driver before Nvidia, but here we are. After AMD droppped its own Radeon drivers a day or so ago, Nvidia has hit back with its latest GeForce 373.06 WHQL Game Ready drivers for Gears of War 4, Mafia III and Shadow Warrior 2.
Mafia 3 should have blasted onto shore shelves near you by now, bringing with it it's own brand of super stylish 60's action. In preparation for this, 2K has sent along a snazzy new 'Revenge' launch trailer for Mafia III. They've also quite promptly addressed the 30 FPS furore,  saying "We currently have a patch running here at the studio that includes 30, 60, and unlimited frames-per-second options in the video menu, among other improvements for the PC version of Mafia III."
Uh oh, terribad PC port incoming. A few streams have gone live with early copies of Mafia 3 and it appears that no matter what settings they put the game on, the frame rate remains locked to just 30 FPS on PC.
It’s been whisper quiet on the Mafia 3 front these last few days. You wouldn’t know it was out in 14 hours. Word on the street is that review copies aren’t going out until launch day so bear that in mind if you’re tempted by a pre-order. We’ll have a review up for you as soon as possible hopefully. In the meantime AMD has been preparing for the arrival of Mafia III with the arrival of Radeon 16.10.1 Crimson driver, bringing all sorts of performance optimisations and tweaks for the open-world 60’s gangland caper.
I mean, what more do we need to see of Mafia III to know how awesome it looks. I thought I was in danger of a little overexposure with just a couple of weeks until its launch, until a saw the latest trailer on Mafia 3’s weapons and all was forgiven. The bit where Lincoln Clay struts into a KKK meet-up with an M60 and just mows them down; oh boy.