Get ready for a different breed of vice this October 7, when Mafia III launches on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
The action-adventure game puts us in the shoes of Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam War veteran with past ties to the Black Mob. His desire to leave organized crime is shattered when an Italian Mafia hit leaves Clay as the mob’s sole survivor, granting him the resolve to build a family of his own and enact “military-grade vengeance.”
We’ll leap back into 1968 and explore the open world of New Bordeaux, a reimagined version of New Orleans. Developers Hanger 13 spent months going through old stock footage and archives, researching not only the architecture but also the period’s fashions, automobiles, and of course, the music – big news for jazz fans!
Just don’t expect a historically accurate recreation, as a little creative freedom was employed to make the map better in terms of both gameplay and aesthetic. For instance, they’ve removed the then-under-construction Superdome stadium to free up real estate, while also crafting a layout better suited for high-speed chases.
If there’s one thing anyone remembers about Mafia, it’s the driving, and with good reason too. The original game paid a high amount of attention to vehicle destruction, with real-time deformation and various types of engine damage – you could even break the transmission. In that sense, Mafia III will have a lot to live up to, especially since it shifts focus away from the Italian mob.
The game’s reception will also shine a spotlight on Hanger 13, a new 2K studio formed in the wake of the original developer’s closure. Taking ownership of an established IP is never easy, and they already have the uphill task of proving that the new direction is a right one for the series.
Nonetheless, it’s hard not to get excited for a game set in one of America’s most unique cities, in every way possible.
In addition to the Standard Edition, Mafia III also comes in the US$79.99 Digital Deluxe (S$107) and US$149.99 Collector’s Editions (S$201). The Deluxe contains post-launch DLC inclusive of the Season Pass while the Collector’s adds a vinyl soundtrack, art book, art prints, and other items on top.
Neither, to our great dismay, comes with a po’ boy sandwich.