Mafia III's off to a bit of a rough start in the reviews department, it would seem. The sandbox mob-'em-up launched last week on PlayStation 4, but critic reviews are only just beginning to roll in due to the fact that publisher 2K Games didn't want to send pre-release review code to anyone that isn't a YouTuber. Some of the scores certainly aren't bad, but it's safe to say that a lot of onlookers - including many of us here at Push Square - expected better than this from such an anticipated title.
IGN - 7.5/10
Mafia 3's strong characters and confident storytelling kept me engaged, even if the gameplay rarely delivered anything but bog-standard and repetitive open-world action. That's a bummer, because Lincoln is an incredible protagonist and New Bordeaux is a fantastic setting thematically, and it would've been great to see them put to better use.
Trusted Reviews - 2.5/5
Mafia 3 is the biggest disappointment of the year. It's a game with masses of potential, but unfortunately that potential is wasted on by-the-numbers open-world game design.
Digital Spy - 2.5/5
In a year of brilliant games, Mafia 3 is one of 2016's biggest disappointments.
The Guardian - 2/5
To say Mafia III is a disappointment is an understatement. It has all of the surface components to form a great game: the writing and acting are superb, its direction and style are great, but its mechanical underpinnings are archaic and desperately unimaginative. It's ironic that Mafia III's predecessor had a similarly stylish open world, but wasted it by giving players nothing to do besides its main story missions. Mafia III has the opposite problem – tons that you have to do, you just don't want to do any of it.
We'll have our own review of Mafia III ready to rock in the near future, but until then, do tell us what you think of Lincoln Clay's quest for revenge in the comments section below.