Gavin Eggar reckons it should’ve been called ‘Naffia III’
This month: arguments in favour of Game charging for PS VR demonstrations, and against Mafia III’s bugs.
Having loved the first two games, I had Mafia III pre-ordered for nearly a year. I booted it up and – wow! Graphics, voice acting, story, and that soundtrack – I was blown away! The first mission and prologue had me hooked. And that’s when it started unravelling. This huge, beautiful-looking game world full of detail… that just becomes a shell and quickly turns boring.
I found myself racing through the brilliant story and ignoring the world. It’s full of bugs (I contacted 2K about this but got no joy) and I had it a month with still no patches or fixes for the problems I’d found.
I feel that the game was rushed and not fully tested. It would’ve been better as a linear, story-driven shooter – the open world was just a wasted opportunity. This is truly one of my biggest gaming disappointments. I can’t understand how they could mess up such a great game series – I doubt there will be a Mafia IV now! I have just started Gears Of War 4 instead, and that shows how to bring your franchise back the right way (albeit it does play it very safe).
Was it rushed with pressure from the publisher, or just a step too far on current hardware? I hope this doesn’t happen with future sequels (I’m looking at you Dead Rising 4). Gavin Eggar, email We have to agree – given how great the game looked at preview stage, we were disappointed with Mafia III. But it did sell extremely well, so we reckon you almost certainly will get your Mafia IV after all!
As for Dead Rising 4 – see our review on p72 for more.
Oh dear, GM. You have made me so angry I’m cancelling my subscription! I’m a store manager for Game and as much as I love your magazine I love my job even more – and your negative comments in GM311 have left me incensed! Yes, we are charging customers £15 to play PS VR for half an hour, but you failed to mention we also offered a ‘£5 for 10 minutes’ option. The reasons we had to charge are as follows:
1. Sony did not provide us with a demo unit, meaning the company had to write off a headset per store (over 300) at £349.99 each. Do the math on that!
2. For each demo a member of staff had to be present with the customer the whole time, increasing payroll spend for each store (approx 20 hours per week).
I asked every customer after their demo if they felt the money they’d spent was worth it. Every one of them said yes!
Basically we charged customers to help cover costs and because we knew they would enjoy the experience. I hope you can see my point and understand my anger. I am not speaking on the company’s behalf, but I felt I should defend it all the same. J, email Thanks for your email J, it’s always good to get a different perspective! We recognise that running a store these days isn’t easy (or cheap!), but have to admit we’re not convinced – charging people to demo tech you’re trying to sell them still feels wrong to us. Readers, are you swayed by J’s argument? Get in touch and let us know your thoughts!
I’d like to say that I feel the 3DS isn’t being given the love and attention it deserves. True, it already has some truly epic
games (Monster Hunter, Zelda, Pokémon, Street Fighter IV, Animal Crossing, and Yokai Watch to name a few), but I think the 3DS is capable of delivering much more too, if only more gaming companies were willing to make games for this underrated console.
Nowadays, more and more gaming companies are all-too-eager to make their games for the big home consoles like PS4 and Xbox, completely overlooking the small (but mighty) 3DS. There are many games I would love to see brought to this console that I think would look simply amazing in 3D. I’m talking Final Fantasy, Minecraft (those cube-blocks would be shown to good effect in 3D), Dragon Age, and Grand Theft Auto. Rockstar already did a GTA game on the original DS, so why not the infinitely better 3DS? Anyway, that about wraps it up. In a nutshell: Why are gaming companies overlooking the 3DS in favour of the ‘big’ consoles? Jade Grey, email
3DS is a really great handheld – we have to agree there! It is a shame more outside developers don’t make games for it, but we suspect that’s Nintendo failing to reach out to and support them (as we saw with the Wii U).
With the arrival of Switch, we reckon 3DS’ days are numbered, sadly – but the good news is, its hybrid replacement looks like it could have far more third-party support. The presence of Skyrim in the trailer is a promising sign!
Being excited for the PlayStation VR I was reading your Take Aim on VR horror in GM310. I can imagine that watching something on a TV vs experiencing it in VR must be shockingly different.
Since my wife has bought me the same piece of kit for Christmas, I was reading the article out loud to her. What made me chuckle was when you described the scene from Ringu where Sadako crawls out of the TV. The reason being this brought back memories of a prank based on Ringu that I did on my wife a few years ago.
Experiencing a similar scene first hand, my wife’s legs stopped working as she dragged herself towards the door to escape. Hopefully we can all enjoy similar terrifying reactions with PS VR!
We had a giggle and I got a smack. James Williams, email
“gaming companies overlook the small (but mighty) 3ds”
If Mafia III could have maintained the style and pacing of its linear opening throughout, we’d have been far happier.
Not every game needs an open world – a bad or half-formed one can ruin your experience.