Mafia 3 demo out today, as is first story DLC

A demo for Mafia 3 [official site] has arrived, letting all and sundry in to poke around a Nu Orleans. John’s Wot I Think praised the city and was none too pleased with most of the rest so hey, I’ll welcome a demo to have a look myself.

The first paid story DLC is out today too, for folks who’ve already bought in. Faster, Baby! will send players into a small town to deal with a corrupt sheriff. Antics ensue.

You can download the demo from Steam. 2K say it contains “the whole opening act”, “centering on an incredible bank heist sequence”. I’d fire it up myself to tell you more but, er, it’s a 23GB download and I’ve still got hours to go.

I’m hopeful that download size means I’ll get to poke around a big chunk of world, even if the game does try to make me do crimes. Sure, sure, we’ll rob that bank right after I cruise across this bridge at sunset, sit at traffic lights watching one whole night go by, and potter around at least two busy neighbourhoods.

Given the performance problems and bugginess many players reported in Mafia 3, it is a bit unhelpful to have this demo arrive five months after the game’s launch. Steam does have a friendly refund policy these days but I’d rather play a demo than buy then refund a game.

Mafia 3 demo saves carry over to the full game, by the way, if you take a shine to it.

As for Faster, Baby!, that’s out on Steam for £11.99/14,99€/$14.99 by itself or comes with a further two future expansions in the Season Pass for £24.99/29,99€/$29.99. Have a look at it in this trailer:

9 Comments

  1. CartonofMilk says:

    i don’t tend to quit games after i spent at least 5 hours in but i was probably 20 in when i let this one go. Stealth is way way way too easy giving you no reason to even use your guns but when you decide to, its just not compelling enough to carry the game past maybe a dozen hours. For all its problems i enjoyed Watch dogs 2 a lot more. And actually finished it.

    Overall though i have reached peak GTA-like fatigue. Even when it’s called GTA. The genre needs to push things a lot further. It’s grown super stale to me and it used to be my favorite genre. San Andreas remains the peak. And if your released it today it would be fairly boring too. As proven by the fact that GTA V hearkened back to it and was still probably a 7.5 for me. The last GTA-like i genuine loved was probably The Saboteur (even if it also had its flaws). It at least did something new. Mixing just enough Assassins creed and Hitman (and just cause also kinda) in to be interesting.

    • foszae says:

      Same here. Though i enjoyed being in an different city setting, i’m just worn out with drivefast shooty-bangbang plots. I appreciated that it dabbled in an exploration of racism, but i wanted so much more than just a Hollywood-style vengeance porn. I’d have loved to explore New Orleans living, but mostly it was just set-dressing. I found it more compelling than the last couple GTA’s, but still it mostly just felt like listening to the radio for half the exposition.

    • April March says:

      I doubt I’ll ever get tired of GTAlikes, but Jesus, why are all GTAlikes so GTAlike? All of them, a dude in a city doing crimes. What are there no more Crackdowns? Or Prototypes? Hell, even a Body Harvest would be grand.

  2. Zenicetus says:

    If the demo is the opening act, that isn’t going to tell you much about what turned me off about the gameplay. It’s highly scripted.

    After the first chapter and you’re out on your own, the main gameplay loop turned into a sequence of boring rinse-and-repeat combat, with far too much re-use of locations. On the other hand, there is enough in the first chapter to show off the setting and the music, which I found interesting enough to last for a few hours before I quit the game for good.

  3. yogibbear says:

    Probably the most likely demo to sell a game and guarantee all the people buying it from the demo will leave negative reviews because the other 20 hrs of the game are garbage. Just go watch the 2 min post credits cutscene and save yourself from the rest of the garbage.

  4. April March says:

    That trailer almost looked interesting, but showing the billboard getting destroyed is almost conclusive evidence that the story is mega-weak.

    Also, I don’t know if it’s my monitor that’s too dark, but in the video thumbnail the lady’s hair seems to mesh into the house behind it, so it looks like she’s wearing a literal beehive.

  5. Admore says:

    Nice view of the (currently empty) International Trade Center building on Canal St in Not New Orleans in the screenshot. Games are possibly an underrated resource for looking at old architecture, and snapshots of the past.

  6. Agnosticus says:

    I hope the performance is the same as in the full version, so that people shy away from it. It’s horrible! Constant heavy framedrops while driving, sometimes even below 30fps, while looking worse than the predecessor, a terrible mess!
    (Specs: RX480, i5 4590, 16GB RAM)

    Nothing done about this issue patch-wise, just shoving in more DLC and free clothes…

  7. TheSplund says:

    Always been tempted by the Mafia series but once again I installed the demo, played a bit, and thought ‘Boring’. If I want ‘runny-roundy-shooty’ then I’ll buy a ‘GTA’ but if I want atmosphere then I’ll reinstall L.A. Noire.