Mafia III is hoping to be a lot more than the typical open world crime scene. The game aims to immerse the player in the time period that it’s happening – 1960 – and to tackle a number of provocative themes. Here’s an overview on what we can expect from this game:
The protagonist, Lincoln Clay, is a mixed-race orphan and was a full-time criminal prior to his military conscription. After returning from the Vietnam War, Clay is looking to go legitimate. But a ruthless betrayal pulls him back into the life of crime. So, just to clarify, in Mafia III, you’re actually working to dismantle the Mafia.
Mafia III uses a non-traditional structure. The plot is known through the use of interview, recordings, hearings and confessions; making you go back and forth to discover smaller portions of the main story. The goal here was to create a sort of realism that is absent in other open world games. You won’t conveniently meet every important character, through unbelievable turns of fate. In Mafia III, you’re a part of the story, and that story isn’t full of Hollywood coincidence.
Mafia III takes place in New Bordeaux – a location identical, for all intents and purposes, to New Orleans. The New Orleans Mafia is one of the oldest Mafia syndicates in the United States. And it was at its height during the mid-twentieth century: exactly when Mafia III takes place. The game’s website features a detailed timeline of 1968, calling it ‘A Most Turbulent Year’. From this, I think it’s safe to assume that the game will feature some of the year’s most historical occurrences.
It’s a game about America’s most notorious crime gang; we were expecting Mafia III to be violent. But we weren’t expecting to be able to feed enemies to crocodiles (you can do this, for the record). We’ve seen, in gameplay videos, that Clay can execute some truly savage finishing move: knives to the throat, back, and even the face. There are car bombs and massive body counts. It’s gross and grizzly.
Most of this carnage comes from the massive array of weapons Lincoln Clay has at his disposal. You’ll seldom have trouble finding a weapon in New Bordeaux; they’re stashed all over the city. And if that’s not enough, Clay’s affiliations grant him access to a Full service operation: a stop and drop delivery service. Pistols, shotguns, rifles, explosives: basically every peacemaking weapon in the military’s arsenal. And they’re in the hands of an angry, violent man.
Lincoln Clay is very much an anti-hero. He’s a bad guy doing horrible things to bad-er guys. And there’s a fair chance he’ll catch some innocents in the crossfire. The development team didn’t pull any punches making Mafia III, but they were careful to make their portrayals fair. Hangar 13 studio head and Mafia III lead Haden Blackman said that the content they included was “what feels natural in this part of the world and doesn’t seem like it’s forced in.”
Mafia III will be out October 7th. Let’s hope it delivers an awesome game like we are seeing in the trailers and gameplay.