Errors & Problems in Mafia 3

Mafia 3 is out, and the PC version has had a troublesome start. Players are already complaining about crashes, poor performance and other issues.
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Some of them are easy to avoid once you know what’s the problem, while others require patching. In this guide, we’re going to show you a list of known errors & problems in Mafia 3, how to fix or avoid them.

Note: This guide is under construction. We’re going to update it when we have more information.

Car won’t start in Mafia 3

This is definitely a glitch. Exit the car then re-enter, after that you’ll be able to start the car.

Frame limit on PC

The keen-eyed players have discovered that the PC version is locked at 30 FPS. The community is at a loss for words – nobody expected something like this to happen. There’s no solution for this, but we’re keeping an eye on the situation. We’re going to write everything we find out about this to our Mafia 3 30 FPS Lock guide.

Mafia 3 Crashes

Some players have reported the game crashing to desktop, sometimes even several times in the space of an hour. If this happens to you, all we can suggest at this time is that you update your graphics card drivers, if you haven’t already. Other than that, all you can do is wait for a patch.

Really blurry image in Mafia 3

A certain number of players are complaining that the image is too blurry, even after disabling Motion Blur. If this happens to you, you could:
  • Try restarting the game.
  • Disable Depth of Field in the in-game options.
  • Lower the anti-aliasing settings. It will make the game more sharp.

Mouse cursor visible in-game

A handful of people are reporting being able to see their mouse cursor in-game. If you have this issue, you should first try to move it to the top right corner. This can sometimes make it disappear. If it doesn’t, try alt-tabbing then going back to the game. Finally, you could make the game run in a window, then revert back to full screen.

Audio desync & cutscene stutter

Some players (on both PC and console) have reported audio going out of sync with what’s happening on the screen, along with stuttering during cutscenes. If you’re on PC, you could try lowering the video quality. Turning off Vsync, in particular, helps greatly with these things. Aside from that, waiting for a patch is all you can do.

Mafia 3 21:9 not working

PC users with extra wide monitors are having a tough time right now. The game does not work properly in 21:9 resolutions – like 2560 x 1080 or 3440×1440. A part of the screen is always cut off, leaving the game literally unplayable.

Can’t close tutorial prompts in Mafia 3

Sometimes, people get locked in during the tutorial. The game starts throwing up tutorial prompts which won’t go away even after they press the appropriate buttons. If you’re using a keyboard, but you have a controller plugged in, try using that. If you’re using a controller, the solution is to use the keyboard when this happens. Once the tutorial is over, you can switch back to the control method of your choice.

Camera won’t stop spinning on PC

Some players have reported having the camera spin really fast when they’re trying to play with a gamepad on PC. There’s no good solution for this. The only one that works is to unplug it and play with a mouse and keyboard instead.

Mafia 3 freeze at soup kitchen

If the game freezes for you in the soup kitchen part of the intro/tutorial, just restart it. This should kickstart it into working. People have reported having several freezes here in succession – keep restarting until it works itself out. If you don’t have the time or the patience, you’ll have to wait for a patch, sadly.

Mafia 3 borderless window

There is no option to play in a borderless window in the in-game menu. There’s a workaround you could try instead:
  1. Right click on the game in your Steam Library.
  2. Choose Properties.
  3. Select Set Launch Options under the General tab.
  4. Write “-windowed -noborder -h (your resolution height) -w (your resolution width)” without the quotation marks
  5. Save and launch.

Mafia 3 cops won’t stop searching

A number of players have reported blue circles not disappearing from the map for days (in-game time). It’s a bug. The cops should stop searching and go away within a few minutes of real time. Hopefully a patch fixes this soon.

Mafia 3 won’t start

If the game doesn’t even start for you, try launching it using the .exe file, instead of the Steam client. You’ll most probably get an error message. You can then search the internet using the name of the error. One that has been reported is solved by updating Windows.

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