Mafia III

Mafia III

Not enough ratings
How to make Reshade work with Mafia 3 in 2018
By Xspy70
Can't get Reshade 3.2.1 (or later) to work with Mafia 3? Game crashes at launch? Here is an alternative method of getting Reshade to work with Mafia 3.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This guide is for those who cannot make Reshade 3.2.1 (or higher) work with Mafia 3 at the time this guide was written (17.04.2018). If the latest version of Reshade works fine for you, ignore this guide.

The specific problem this guide covers is Mafia 3 crashing at the launch splash logo when applying Reshade 3.2.1 on it. If you have a different problem related to Reshade, I suggest trying the solutions posted by Nyclix here[], or searching around the web.
The Workaround
The solution is to simply use Reshade 3.0.1 - an older version of Reshade. However, due to it no longer being supported, you will run into some installation issues. This guide will show you how to get around these issues.


  1. Download Reshade 3.0.1[] from the Reshade repository. (Courtesy of Evan20xx from the Reshade forums.)
  2. Open it.
  3. Click on "Select Game".
  4. Navigate to your Mafia 3 game directory and select Mafia3.exe.
  5. Click on the Direct3D 10+ checkbox.
  6. A pop-up will appear asking if you want to download a collection of standard effects from github. Select No, as selecting Yes will say "Failed to download archieve."
  7. Close the program.

    At this point, your Reshade 3.0.1 is installed but does not have any shaders/effects. What we will have to do is get them and put them in manually. To do this:

  8. Go to
  9. Click on "Download this repository".
  10. Open the file and extract the Shaders folder to somewhere. Preferably into Mafia 3's game folder. Copy the directory path inside of the Shaders folder (the path you copy should end with \Shader. The Shader folder contains .fx files, like 3DFX.fx, AdaptiveFog.fx, etc.)
  11. Launch Mafia 3.
  12. Press Shift+F2 to bring up the Reshade menu.
  13. Go to the Settings tab.
  14. In the Effect Search Paths section, paste/add the directory path of inside the Shaders folder that you extracted earlier. In the end, it should look something like this:

    C:\Steam\steamapps\common\Mafia III\Shaders - Correct
    C:\Steam\steamapps\common\Mafia III\ - Wrong

    Remember that the Shaders folder is the folder that contains the .fx files.
  15. Go to Home tab.
  16. Create a new preset.
  17. Click on Reload. (Alternatively, restart the game.)

    Now your Reshade 3.0.1 has functioning shaders that you can customize manually after creating a profile in the Home tab, or use custom presets with. I suggest you complete its tutorial before fiddling with the shader settings.

Note: I highly recommend Nyclix's Colour Correction / Blur Removal Reshade preset[]. To use it, simply follow the instructions written there. Just skip the Reshade installation part, as you have already done that here. If you run into other problems, check out his list of solutions there as well. His preset also comes with an HDR shader, which you'll have to put into the Shaders folder.

If there is a problem with my guide or you need help in a relevant topic, feel free to leave a comment and I will have a look.

Special thanks to:
Rimberse for trying to help.
Rice God for clarification request.
< >
Xspy70  [author] Jan 21 @ 1:06am 
MR.H4CK3RM4N📈📉 Glad to help!
Thanks a lot, the /shaders at the end of the path did the trick :D
Xspy70  [author] May 16, 2018 @ 9:02am 
@Toaster Glad to help!
Pizza Ball May 16, 2018 @ 8:52am 
Ahh, good call! Changed my AA settings and lumasharpen and that did the trick. Thank you!
Xspy70  [author] May 16, 2018 @ 3:43am 
@MC Pee Pants I took a look at your profile screenshots for Mafia 3 and I think I know what you mean. I don't think I have such a pixelated/grainy pattern effect everywhere all the time. For me it is mostly visible during cutscenes, especially when the background is blurry. It is also a bit visible for me in the shadows. However, to have the whole pixelated/grainy pattern visible on the entire screen everywhere is not how it is in my game.

I think it might be related to your Lumasharpen setting in Reshade, as well as anti-aliasing. I remember that Lumasharpen manifests this grainy pattern to cause the sharpen effect - but if you put it to a very high setting then the pattern becomes too visible.

Are you sure you're using Nyclix's Lumasharpen values? And did you install any other Reshader preset prior to this? Also, Nyclix's shader folder only contains the HDR.fx file, so that shouldn't be a problem.
Xspy70  [author] May 16, 2018 @ 3:28am 
@MC Pee Pants Can't view the image. Says 404 Not Found for me.

I don't remember a grainy effect, so it might be what you said. May even be an ingame setting maybe. Reupload the image somewhere so I can take a better look.
Pizza Ball May 16, 2018 @ 12:19am 
Hi! Fantastic guide. I have a small issue though where my game has a small grainy effect. If you zoom in on the hood of the car, you'll see what I mean. Any idea? Is it because I have a reshade-shaders-master folder and the one from Nyclix's colour correction as well?
Xspy70  [author] May 8, 2018 @ 5:21am 
There is no option to disable the effects ingame. Neither do I believe you can do that in any settings file. Otherwise - we wouldn't be relying on a Reshader.
Play refreshed © May 8, 2018 @ 5:13am 
alright - but when its "game-settings" - is it not possible somehow to locate these and "delete"("disable") ?
Xspy70  [author] May 8, 2018 @ 4:10am 
Yeah, it fixes the blurry textures. If you use Nyclix's Reshade preset that is.
The game's textures aren't actually blurry. It's just the game's default muddy effect + colorwash effect that make everything blurry. The preset counters those effects so you can see the actual textures in crisp form. They are quite detailed.