Mafia III ramps up the action and reimagines 1960s New Orleans


Developer Hangar 13 and publisher 2K are working on the next Mafia game called Mafia III for fans of the series, mob stories and open world action-adventures. With the previous games taking place in the fictional city Lost Heaven and Empire Bay, the third is going for different and colorful route with New Bordeaux, inspired by 1960s New Orleans. Another change is introducing Lincoln Clay as the main protagonist, a black Vietnam War veteran. (The first two games featured Italian gangsters working for the Mafia.)

After the Vietnam War, Lincoln has learned that family is someone you’d die for, not something you’re born with. After his family, the black mob, was deceived and eliminated by the Italian Mafia, it’s up to him to build a new family while taking revenge against the Mafia members responsible.


I was invited to check out a 30-minute demo of Mafia III at E3 in Los Angeles. 2K did a wonderful job of bringing New Bordeaux to life at E3 with a booth that is inspired by the game’s 1960s setting filled with neon lights, colorful exterior, live band performances and fortune tellers. (Mafia III will also be making an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con this month, so hopefully fans will get to experience the Mafia III hype.)

Playing a black character in the late ’60s definitely makes this a unique gaming experience, especially with the racial tension during the Civil Rights Movement. To add tension, the KKK will be present, and there will be missions revolving around them.

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Clay will have the help of underbosses like Burke, Cassandra and Vito Scaletta to build his new empire. (Fans will remember Vito as the main protagonist from Mafia II.) Each underboss will offer Clay an advantage, like extra fire support when he’s being surrounded by enemies. There will be times where the underbosses will have sitdowns with Clay to discuss how to divvy up rackets. Assigning a certain racket to one will make the others upset, and this can lead to a fallout with deadly consequences.

Mob politics aside, the most exciting part of the 30-minute demo was the action. The game features third-person stealth and shooting, and the thing that gave me goosebumps was the shooting mechanics. From shooting someone with a shotgun in point-blank range to throwing a Molotov cocktail at an enemy, you really feel the brutality of your actions.

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One mission that really stood out was the one that took place inside a large luxury riverboat. Clay is tasked with wiping out a target inside, and it starts off with Lincoln causing the boat to catch on fire while sneaking his way to completing his mission. Things get crazy once the enemies discover Lincoln, and an intense shootout occurs as the burning ship slowly sinks into the river. It’s truly an impressive sight to behold.

The game is shaping up nicely with its breathtaking graphics, a detailed and lively open world city, and violent action.

Mafia III will be available on October 7, 2016 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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