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Mafia III
Mafia III cover
Hangar 13
2K Czech
Blind Squirrel Games
Definitive Edition Red Kite Games
Definitive Edition, General Arcade[1]
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
2K Games
OS X Aspyr Media
Fusion Engine[2]
Release dates
Windows October 7, 2016[3]
macOS (OS X) May 11, 2017
Metacritic 62
OpenCritic 66
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Open world, Shooter
Vehicles Automobile, Truck, Naval/watercraft
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, North America
Series Mafia
Mafia III on HowLongToBeat
Mafia III on IGDB
Mafia III guide on StrategyWiki
Mafia III on MobyGames
Mafia III on Wikipedia
Mafia 2002
Mafia II 2010
Mafia III 2016
Mafia II: Definitive Edition 2020
Mafia: Definitive Edition 2020

Mafia III is a singleplayer third-person action, shooter game in the Mafia series. The game is a sequel to Mafia II, and is made by Hangar 13 and published by 2K Games.

Mafia III was rebranded as Mafia III: Definitive Edition on May 19, 2020 on Steam, granting all previously available DLC.[4]

General information

PC Report
Official forums Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Definitive Edition.
Comes on 6 DVDs.
macOS (OS X)
Publisher website
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Definitive Edition.
macOS (OS X)
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Definitive Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Epic Games Store
DRM details are not known
Definitive Edition.
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Definitive Edition.
macOS (OS X)
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Definitive Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Definitive Edition.
Green Man Gaming
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Definitive Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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Definitive Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
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Definitive Edition.
macOS (OS X) (unavailable)
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Definitive Edition.
macOS (OS X)

Version differences

Digital Deluxe is a complete edition with all DLC.
Despite being available for Mac, most of the DLCs included in the Deluxe Edition are not playable.[5]


A demo is available (it is not patched - performance will be lower).[citation needed]


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Season Pass
Judge, Jury and Executioner Weapons Pack Free.
macOS (OS X)
Family Kick-Back Pack
macOS (OS X)
Faster, Baby!
macOS (OS X)
Stones Unturned
Sign of the Times


Type Notes
Cosmetic Chicago Outfit Pack is offered as a pre-order bonus for Mafia II: Definitive Edition and Mafia III: Definitive Edition when pre-ordering Mafia: Definitive Edition.
Vito’s Outfit and Car is offered for owners of Mafia II: Definitive Edition[6]
Time-limited Chicago Outfit Pack can be unlocked only by pre-ordering Mafia: Definitive Edition.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use a modified _boot_flow_logo.bik file
  1. Download this file.
  2. Paste the sds_retail folder into <path-to-game>, replacing the file when prompted.

Skip launcher

Use the "<path-to-game>\Mafia3DefinitiveEdition.exe" %command% command line argument on Steam.[7][8]

Game data

In-game game settings.
In-game game settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\2K Games\Mafia III\Data\<user-id>\profiles\temporaryprofile\
%LOCALAPPDATA%\2K Games\Mafia III\Saves\videoconfig.cfg
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/360430/pfx/[Note 1]
Editing configuration files manually makes them corrupted upon game launch.[9]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\2K Games\Mafia III\Data\<user-id>\gamesaves\default\aslot\*.sav
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/360430/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing


In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Launcher video settings.
Launcher video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
FMVs are pillarboxed. HUD is centered for 16:9.[11] You might have to start the game at a 16:9 resolution and then scale to a wider one to have the HUD to display correct. Some HUD screens might scale to 4:3 at resolutions wider than 21:9. HUD elements mapped in the 3D scene might not be mapped correctly at resolutions different than 16:9.
4K Ultra HD
UI does not scale well in 4K.[citation needed]
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Trilinear, 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x. Option was added via a patch.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA. Setting the AA option to High results in heavy blurring of the image.
See Blur and color tint removal for a workaround.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Choice of 30, 60, or unlimited FPS. FMVs are encoded at 30 FPS.
Also see Run the game at screen refresh rate in fullscreen.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


In-game controls settings.
In-game controls settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Default bindings bind multiple actions to single keys. This cannot be done if using custom bindings.
Mouse acceleration
Slight negative acceleration.[citation needed]
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
A few gameplay menus can be navigated only with the arrow keys.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
High camera sensitivity can be fixed by reducing mouse sensitivity, don't know why this fixes this.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Two presets available.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
No native support, see the glossary page for workarounds.
DualShock button prompts
Download PlayStation Icons from NexusMods.
Light bar support
Connection modes Wired, V1
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Can be disabled.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Possible but can cause performance issues.
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
In-game screenshot to illustrate the subtitles.
In-game screenshot to illustrate the subtitles.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Dialogue, SFX and Cinematics.
Surround sound
Speaker names displayed. Radio announcements and NPC chatter outside of missions not subtitled.
Closed captions
Only during subtitled dialogues.
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues unresolved


Game frequently will not launch from Steam Launcher for a large number of players. No known work-around other than to continue clicking Play repeatedly until game starts.[12]

Impossible to disable controller aim assistance

Game supports three different levels of aim assistance when playing with a controller: High, Low and Off. High and Low work as intended (high snaps towards the nearest target, low slows down crosshairs when near an enemy), but Off behaves exactly the same as Low. This also happens on consoles.[13]

Issues fixed

Run the game at screen refresh rate in fullscreen

The Game ignores Windows settings and forces 60 Hz while in fullscreen as long as it's supported by your monitor.[14]
Run at default monitor refresh rate with this Mafia III ReShade custom build
  1. Download ReShade Mafia III fixes (dxgi.dll).
  2. Copy the file to the installation folder.


When going fullscreen, the game will run at whatever refresh rate you currently have by default.
This supports anything ReShade supports.
Override refresh rate with 3Dmigoto[15]
  1. Download 3Dmigoto
  2. Copy the files in the x64 folder to the installation folder.
  3. Open d3dx.ini.
  4. Change ;refresh_rate=60 to the desired value, and remove the semicolon (e.g. refresh_rate=144).
  5. Change hunting=1 to ;hunting=1 by adding a semicolon.
  6. Save the changes and close the file.


It can be setup to use ReShade as a proxy.
Override refresh rate with Special K[15]
It often crashes on startup, alt-tab and alt-enter.[16]
It's convoluted to setup if also using ReShade.
Remove support for 60Hz on your monitor
  • Download CRU and delete all other resolutions except the one with the refresh rate you want to play at.
Force borderless windowed
  • Force the game to run in a borderless window. See glossary.
Disable fullscreen optimizations
  1. Navigate to the root directory of the game and locate Mafia3DefinitiveEdition.exe.
  2. Right click the exe file and choose Properties.
  3. Select the Compatibility tab, and check Disable fullscreen optimizations.
  4. Hit apply and the game will now run at your monitor's native refresh rate.

Random crashes

Change the frame rate cap[citation needed]
  • Change the frame rate cap from Unlimited to 30 or 60 FPS

Failure to launch: vcruntime140.dll missing

Install Visual C++ Redistributable[citation needed]

Blurry image

Blur caused by Temporal Anti Aliasing (TAA)

Controller sensitivity too high

Reduce mouse sensitivity[17]
  • Reduce mouse sensitivity under Options -> Controls in the Pause menu.

No story missions available

Upon finishing a story mission, the next one may not appear.
Restart the game[18]

Nvidia GPUs cannot find the appropriate profile for the Definitive Edition

This may cause worse performance and visual glitches.
Rename the game executable to mafia3.exe

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Metal support
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video


  • DLC Cars in Traffic - Makes DLC cars (such as the Berkley Stallion and Lassiter Leopard) spawn in traffic and parked like the rest of the vehicles ingame.
  • Real Weapon Names - Replace the game's weapon names with their real life counterparts.
  • No grinding - Reduces the amount of damage needed to advance to the next mission.
  • Difficulty Tweaks Download - Player takes 2x damage on hard difficulty. All services cost money now. Rebalanced store robbery rewards. Rebalanced weapon upgrades. Recommended using with no enemy blips mod.

System requirements

Minimum[19] Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500K
AMD FX-8120
System memory (RAM) 6 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon HD 7870
Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
2 GB of VRAM
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Windows 8 users may need additional Windows Update files.
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.12.4
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 3.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon R9 M290X
2 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Nvidia and Intel video cards are officially unsupported on macOS.[20]


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/360430/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (360430) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Mafia Trilogy | General Arcade - last accessed on 2023-07-08
  2. Exkluzivně z Gamescomu: Mafia III - (Translated) - last accessed on 2017-03-19
    "You talked about the engine and in this point of view it looks really good, using the same engine as in the second installment?
    Yes, it's our own engine and is basically the same. Of course, during the development of the game is changing and improving, but we use it only for Mafia III, so we really consider it as our own.
  3. Mafia Game on Twitter: "#Mafia3 is coming October 7, 2016. Watch the One Way Road Story Trailer now at" - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  4. Everything You Need To Know About The Mafia Trilogy Definitive Editions -- Game Informer - last accessed on 2020-05-20
    "Mafia III: Definitive Edition includes all of the DLC and bonus content for the 2016 original, but has not otherwise been significantly changed."
  5. The Official Mac Thread :: Mafia III General Discussions - last accessed on 2020-05-08
  6. Mafia II: Definitive Edition Steam Store page - last accessed on 2020-05-21
    "Own Mafia II: Definitive Edition to unlock Vito’s Leather Jacket and Car in both Mafia and Mafia III Definitive Editions."
  7. Can't start game after update? :: Mafia III: Definitive Edition General Discussions - last accessed on 2021-05-29
  8. I figured out why all the games that use 2k launcher run like crap : MafiaTheGame - last accessed on 2021-05-29
  9. Mafia III - Configuration files - YouTube - last accessed on 2016-10-10
  10. View topic - Mafia III - WSGF - last accessed on November 11, 2016
  11. Mafia 3 21:9 Support Review Update #2 (3440x1440) (60fps) (Ultrawide) - YouTube - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  12. Game not starting - Mafia III General Discussions - last accessed on 2016-10-11
  13. Setting Aim Assist to "Off" is no different from setting it to "Low" :: Mafia III General Discussions - last accessed on May 2023
  14. 144hz support - Mafia III General Discussions - last accessed on 2016-10-18
  15. 15.0 15.1 Verified by User:Keith on 2020-04-30
  16. Mafia III officially confirmed
  17. Reddit - last accessed on May 2023
  18. Verified by User:Waschbär on 2020-05-08
  19. Official website - Mafia III PC System Requirements Revealed - last accessed on September 12, 2016
  20. 20.0 20.1 Mafia III - Aspyr