Parents' Guide to

Mafia III

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Mature violent adventure has tech issues, yet still fun.

Game Mac , PlayStation 4 , Windows , Xbox One 2016
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 2+

Totally fine for kids above 3 or mature 2 year olds
age 18+

Definitely for adults

Story: Lincoln Clay just got back from the war when the Italian mafia kill his closest friends and family. Lincoln will do anything and everything to make the mafia pay for what they did. Violence: Violence is non stop in this game, with frequent shootouts and chases. Lincoln can use multiple firearms plus his Bowie knife to kill mob members, police officers and innocent bystanders in gory fashion. Knife takedowns have you jam a knife through an enemies head which is shown close up. Some of the cutscenes are also quite graphic with people being hung from Ferris wheels, people being thrown out high rise buildings, people being burned by napalm and people being nailed to a burning cross. Lincoln hates his enemies, and the violence in this game really shows that. Language: Language is frequent with tons of f bombs and the sh word. Because of the time period, uses of anti Semitic and racial slurs are also quite common such as the n word. The language isn’t excessive but it is fairly prevalent. Drugs and sex: Lincoln is required to take over racquets around the city to take down the mafia and some districts focus on drugs and sex so you’ll entering strip clubs and drug labs to kill VIP’s and weaken the mafia’s hold on the district. While Lincoln can enter strip clubs and drug labs, he can’t interact with anything in there, it’s all for someone else. Mafia 3 may not be a great mafia game, but it certainly was still a good game which mature audiences should most definitely play (play the definitive edition as it includes all the dlc)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (12 ):

The ambitious open-world game has a great story, excellent characters and dialogue, and strong production values that make the city very immersive. This world is big, believable, and interactive. Similar to games such as those in the Grand Theft Auto series, you can explore freely, and the narrative takes you in different directions based on what missions you accept and when. You can see what the game developers wanted to achieve with this third-person, action-heavy adventure. But Mafia III suffers from repetitive play, technical problems, and some other assorted issues. Much of the third-person driving and shooting missions feel like a bit of déjà vu after a while. Plus, there's no way to jump from one place on the map to another, so there's a lot of commuting on the New Bordeaux city streets (at least the music is great). Some technical issues also can hamper the gameplay experience.

Consider it a B-grade game for fans of these open-world shoot-and-driving games but especially those who love a good mob story, with memorable characters. Perhaps with a little more time to add some variety to the missions and iron out the code to be a bit more stable, Mafia III would be one of the year's best. But as it stands now, it's a really good but not great game.

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