The Mafia series is one that many people hold close to their hearts, this is mainly due to the critically acclaimed Mafia 2. Revolutionising the gangster narrative, Mafia 2 proved that the mob genre isn’t only capable of success on the big screen, but also within the gaming industry. Mafia 3 was announced earlier this year and 2K have been releasing video after video showcasing the many various new additions, along with snippets of the new narrative combined with gameplay.
The stunning, next-generation graphics engine is the perfect start for the journey that awaits Lincoln Clay, the games protagonist. Lincoln is a Vietnam war veteran who has ties to the Black Mob. When the Black Mob is betrayed by the Italian Mob, Lincoln sets out for vengeance with one single goal, to destroy the destroyers.
There is a bigger emphasis on the freedom within the massive open world at your disposal, something that was criticised within the previous release. New Bordeaux, the game’s setting, is an iteration of New Orleans with many distinguishing and realistic features; such as the thriving streets and the infamous Bayou. There are also many more side missions and activities to partake in when taking a break from the main storyline.
The combat has had a serious overhaul, something to point out is that stealth is now a bigger factor when engaging enemies and there is a fluent cover system including the ability to blind fire. There is also a vast arsenal of weapons that are at your disposal, ranging from the sawed-off shotgun to the M16 assault rifle, which is accurate for the games setting.
The 1960’s was an infamous time period for music with artists such as the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding, all of which have licensed tracks featured in the game. Along with music, cars are heavily used in the game and what better decade could be present than the 60’s. Muscle cars and powerful engines will be making an appearance which is fitting considering the importance of the decade’s involvement with the progression of motor vehicles.
You can expect Mafia 3 to release on the 7th October for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.