Mafia 3 for Mac is finally available

by | May 12, 2017 | Adventure

Aspyr has finally released Mafia 3 for Mac. The game was released May 11, 2017, and it supports Apple’s Metal API, making this Aspyr’s first.

This information comes straight from Aspyr, who agreed to let Mac Gamer HQ share this information exclusively.

It’s 1968 and after years of combat in Vietnam, Lincoln Clay knows this truth: family isn’t who you’re born with, it’s who you die for.

Now back home in New Bordeaux, Lincoln is set on escaping a criminal past. But when his surrogate family, the black mob, is betrayed and wiped out by the Italian Mafia, Lincoln builds a new family on the ashes of the old and blazes a path of military-grade revenge through those responsible.

This open-world game aims to give a lot of freedom. It lets you explore the city, but also gives you different ways to complete quests. You will have the choice between going in guns blazing or use stealth to go unnoticed by your enemies.

Similar to Rise of the Tomb Raider or Hitman, Mafia 3 uses a third-person perspective and a cover system to make both approaches fun to play. Besides gunplay, the game also features melee combat, a system that lets you interrogate enemies, and more.

PS: If you’re looking for more in exploration and less violence, Life is Strange: Before the Storm is an excellent choice.

Just like Sleeping Dogs and Mad Max, this is a fine addition to the action open-world genre available on Mac.

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Mafia 3 on Mac: Everything you need to know

Mafia 3 will likely be the most graphically impressive (and demanding) action-adventure game on Mac. It will support Metal, which should help improve efficiency, but the game’s graphical demands will remain very high.

If you own a MacBook, this game is probably not for you (in that case, check out our Cuphead Mac review).

The minimum system requirements are the following:

  • Operating System: macOS 10.12.4 (Sierra)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 (4 cores)
  • Processor Speed: 3.2 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Hard Drive Space: 50 GB
  • Video Card (AMD): Radeon R9 M290X
  • VRAM: 2 GB

IMPORTANT: Mafia III REQUIRES an AMD video card with AT LEAST 2GB of VRAM.

NOTICE: Intel Graphics Cards and NVIDIA Graphics Cards are not supported

This an example of a supported model:

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You can find instructions on how to locate your system profile in this video from Aspyr.

Also, if you’re wondering what can be expected when trying to play Mafia 3 on an unsupported machine, Aspyr’s advice is the following:

We do not recommend that you attempt to play Mafia III on any chipset other than AMD with at least 2GB of VRAM. Without meeting these requirements, users can expect sub-par framerates or severe game instability.

Thes are the ONLY qualified models:

  • AMD Radeon Pro 450, 455, or 460 (late 2016 MBP)
  • AMD Radeon R9 M370X (mid 2015 and 2016 MBP)
  • AMD Radeon R9 M380, M390, M395, or M395X (late 2015 iMac)
  • AMD Radeon R9 M290X or Radeon R9 M295X (late 2014 iMac)
  • AMD FirePro D300, dual AMD FirePro D500, or dual AMD FirePro D700 (late 2013 MacPro)

Are you a Mafia fan? Will you be getting this one when it comes out?

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  1. mattwsmac

    Great to hear we should be getting this.

    Mafia 2 was great fun, although more just playing through the story than as an open world (it’s not GTA) and I still need to finish all the DLC.

    With the original Mafia I got the PC version running in a Wineskin wrapper but the game itself seems exceptionally hard difficultly level wise that (for me) became frustrating rather than fun at times so I’m not sure I’ll ever complete it without finding some cheats or something.

    • Mac Gamer Ric

      I never played one or two, but given how desperately we’re missing open-world games (tired of waiting for GTA…), I will probably give it a shot, although I know it’s not on the same ballpark as GTA 5 or even GTA 4. UNLESS they kill with Mafia 3… We’ll see!

      • mattwsmac

        I’d definately recommend picking up Feral’s port of Mafia 2 at some point.

        With GTA it was nice to get some of the old ones and I think we might have gotten 5 eventually if not for transgaming being bought by Nvidia – we did get an cider version of Max Payne 3 after all.

        • FowlOsborn

          I bought the cider version and it barely works for me. I was running Yosemite and it kept crashing constantly, I wouldn’t recommend picking it up now if you haven’t got it before.

          • Mac Gamer Ric

            You mean Mafia 2? If so, have you contacted Feral? Their ports are always solid and their customer service too.

          • FowlOsborn

            I was talking about Max Payne 3, I contacted Rockstar and talked with the customer service for about a week or two. They said that they would look into my problems (randomly crashing and not letting me change the resolution), but I never got contacted again.

          • Mac Gamer Ric

            Yeah, I can’t say the same for TransGaming, the company that took care of the Max Payne 3 port.. I feel you’re pain and unfortunately there isn’t much that can be done besides harassing them on Twitter and Facebook.

        • Mac Gamer Ric

          We did get Max Payne 3 but never GTA 4. I would have preferred GTA 4 by the way…

  2. Smoke Tetsu

    I really liked Mafia II and was hoping for a Mafia III at some point. I just hope it turns out good. Also, what they told the french site is probably jumping the gun a bit. But I wouldn’t put it past them because this has been done in the past with other games that made it to the Mac like Tomb Raider (2013).

  3. ẞuster

    Hey there Ric,

    I’m the dude who originally posted the news to r/macgaming.

    Have you heard back from the studio? The continued dearth of official word on the OS X release has me concerned. I’m wondering if there was maybe a misunderstanding between MacGénération and 2K; one would think they’d wish to publicise such a release, not keep it under wraps.


    • Mac Gamer Ric

      Hey, sorry for the late reply… I haven’t heard anything at all from the developer, which isn’t a good sign.

      That said, I wouldn’t worry too much. All the time developers launch Mac ports without making any publicity at all. Which is sad by the way, but that’s a discussion for another day….

      Anyway, don’t read too much into that, but if you ever hear something about the Mac port, let me know!

  4. Ion Popa

    Awesome, Mafia 2 was a fantastic game!


    What’s it with those erratic system requirements these days?

    Lately Feral’s F1 port requiring a R9 M290 or GTX 680MX for dedicated chips but merely a much weaker Iris 540 for integrated GPUs, now Aspyr’s Mafia port running only on AMD chips…

    I mean, like WTF? Is that a Metal issue?

    • platypus_devil

      Both F1 2016 and Warhammer it look like they both need at least 2GB of VRAM as they support all AMD and Nvidia Macs that have 2GB of VRAM. For Intel they seem to only support the latest most powerful Intel cards which given their lower performance makes sense.

      I did notice they say some 1GB cards are unsupported playable but I haven’t given it a go. I suspect the fact Apple have retina screens with high resolutions they need the extra VRAM to run but that’s only a guess.

      Hyped to see more Metal games on Mac!

      • MrUNIMOG

        However the Iris 540 and 550 can only access maximum 1.5 GB shared RAM. Older integrated GPUs like the Iris Pro 6200, which is even more powerful can also access 1.5 GB RAM and is unsupported.

        For Mafia 3, I strongly hope support for at least Nvidia cards is added later.

        • platypus_devil

          >However the Iris 540 and 550 can only access maximum 1.5 GB shared RAM.

          True but no dedicated cards have 1.5GB of VRAM so perhaps 1.5 is just about possible but 1GB isn’t? I don’t think that effects my logic for the games need X amount of VRAM theory. At least F1 2016 and Warhammer games run on all 2GB VRAM Macs regardless of model makes checking if you’re supported a little easier!

          > Older integrated GPUs like the Iris Pro 6200, which is even more powerful

          Good point! Perhaps it’s something else like drivers or older CPU design? I know my older IvyBridge MacBookPro ran super hot when using the Intel GPU, potentially the new designs are more efficient? It does seem pretty complex, glad I have a dedicated GPU!

          Given Metal games from Feral and Asypr need 10.12.4 it does look like there have been some issues and bug fixes in recent updates, perhaps more cards will be supported in the future.

          • MrUNIMOG

            You’re probably right about the VRAM, 1 GB might be just too little. You also might be right about those older Intel GPUs having an older architecture that perhaps doesn’t support certain Metal features needed for the game.

            I’m however really looking forward to the future of Metal, it’s been nice seeing it catch up to DirectX or Vulkan more and more, I’d love to see Metal on par with those. Let’s see what macOS 10.13 brings.

          • platypus_devil

            > I’m however really looking forward to the future of Metal, it’s been nice seeing it catch up to DirectX or Vulkan more and more, I’d love to see Metal on par with those. Let’s see what macOS 10.13 brings.

            Yep the future is looking up, now lets just hope those “Pro” iMacs have some meaty GPUs and I might have to upgrade this year 🙂

          • MrUNIMOG

            I’m really curious about how AMD Vega actually performs, as those chips might land in the upcoming “Pro” iMac and maybe even more mainstream iMac models. They’ve already done a great job with the 15″ MBP’s Polaris 11 GPUs, it’s quite impressive how much performance they managed to squeeze into a tight 30 Watt thermal envelope.

            I’d also love to see official eGPU support from Apple. Unlikely, but a man can dream, right?

          • Ric

            I don’t really know what to think about Metal. It’s of course great that it got to the point of enabling games that wouldn’t be possible with Apple’s old OpenGL implementation, but it still seems lilke Metal is the last of Apple’s priorities (Metal for Mac at least).

            Hope I’m wrong but if Apple doesn’t play ball, devs will get stuck sooner or later…

        • Ric

          Should be added but nothing official yet.

      • Ric

        I hear Aspyr is currently working on Nvidia cards but nothing official yet…

    • Ric

      Let’s keep in mind that just a month ago all Metal games were stuck in development. Clearly Metal was missing key features.

      Now Metal is good enough to release those games but I’m sure it’s still far from being properly optimised. But good question. Would be interesting to hear what Aspyr and Feral say about these high system requirements.

  6. Fabio de Hita

    “Are you a Mafia fan? Will you be getting this one when it comes out?”

    I’m lacking 400MHz of Processor and 1.5GB of VRAM in order to play it, so no, I won’t be getting this one when it comes out :'(

    Someone please, sponsor me a new iMac! xD I swear it will last a whole lot, the one I’m writing this from is from Late 2009 and was bought on March, 2010!

    • Ric

      No way, I should get a sponsored iMac first 😉

      I hear you man, I’m travelling right now (for 3 more months) and as I only have my MacBook Pro, I won’t be able to enjoy this one yet…

      • Fabio de Hita

        Well, if any of us is getting a sponsored iMac, yeah, you should probably go first xD

  7. dan thomas

    Im confused. Will my i7 2.5ghz quad with Radeon R9 M370X (2gb) and 16gb ram be able to run it?

    • Ric

      According to Aspyr’s page, you definitely can. (Which is not surprising given how good that card still is!):

      “These are the ONLY qualified Mac models:
      AMD Radeon R9 M370X (mid 2015 and 2016 MBP)”

  8. Robbie Vengence

    I have a 2017 MacBook Pro 2.9ghz i7 with the Radeon Pro is 560@4gb and this games runs flawlessly on the highest settings. I am amazed and happy to see Mac getting GOOD game support.

  9. Deltonis

    I tried this game on my Mac Pro 2.8 GHZ, 16 GIGs , Radeon 7950 3gig Ram, it would start for me:(

    • Ric Molina

      Can’t say I’m surprised. This is probably the most demanding game on MacOS, along with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided…

  10. meet patel

    Can you make a list of games running on Macbook Pro mid 2012 ?
    I know it’s few.
    Can it run Mafia III, Mad max ?
    I’ve played Sleeping dogs, Life is strange both parts, Mafai II.

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