Hands-on with Mafia III, Out October 7 on PS4

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Hands-on with Mafia III, Out October 7 on PS4

Like so many stories steeped in organized crime, that of Lincoln Clay is complicated. Once an orphan, and now a veteran of the Vietnam War, Lincoln returns to his life in New Bordeaux (a fictional interpretation of New Orleans) and soon falls in with his old gang.

When that gang is betrayed by the Italian mafia, Lincoln is bloodied and left for dead. But the hardened soldier survives, and begins his plot to take down the man responsible and wrestle the city under his control. This violent and layered tapestry serves as the backdrop to Mafia III, which launches October 7 on PS4.

Hands-on with Mafia III, Out October 7 on PS4

Lincoln’s story of revenge sizzles with flavor. As I sat down to play an early build of Mafia III in San Francisco last week, I was greeted by beautiful cars, pulpy dialogue, and the twang of Creedence Clearwater Revival. 1968 New Bordeaux makes a perfect stage for Lincoln and his criminal lieutenants as they dismantle the mafia’s operations across the city.

In this demo, Lincoln fights to seize control of the downtown district from the unnervingly calm Tony Derazio — a high-ranking numbercruncher with a strong distaste for failure. In order to lure Derazio out of his heavily guarded penthouse, Lincoln must disrupt Derazio’s activities downtown. There is an ample number of ways to achieve this, from destroying his shipping trucks to the more personal approach of eliminating his enforcers.

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These objectives highlight one of the key pillars of Mafia III: no failure but death. As long as Lincoln survives, players can approach missions in a variety of ways, from systematic stealth operations to guns-blazing bravado. If a key mission vehicle gets trashed in the process, no problem — players simply find another way to advance, as long as they keep Lincoln alive.

And staying alive is both a challenge and thrill in Mafia III. Combat undulates between heart-pounding stealth takedowns and the rush of cover-based gunplay. When things heat up, enemy encounters can spiral into large-scale shootouts quickly, which may necessitate Lincoln to call in backup from one his lieutenants. This can include cutting the phone lines to block enemy reinforcements, or hiring some muscle to cover Lincoln’s back.

My personal favorite? Wiring the mobile store and watching a van pull up curbside to dispense fresh armaments, body armor, restorative items, and a confidence boost for Lincoln’s next mission.

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The final showdown in Derazio’s penthouse is nothing short of spectacular, with copious amounts of bullets exchanged, engaging room design for cover opportunities, and one last surprise when Lincoln meets his target. After Derazio is dispatched, players are free to assign that hideout and its assets to one of Lincoln’s lieutenants. This opens up the larger strategy element of Mafia III.

Keeping Lincoln’s confidants happy is a game in and of itself. Assigning resources to one of the three local crime organizations influences the story, dialogue, player income, and even the upgrades Lincoln has access to. Keeping Lincoln alive is one thing, but balancing the power of an entire criminal underworld? Be prepared for several terribly uncomfortable (and dangerous) conversations.

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Mafia III promises tremendous player choice set to a blissfully curated soundtrack. Players can experience Lincoln’s story for themselves when this massive open world hits PS4 on October 7.

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  • The game looks super rad. Can’t wait!!

  • We waited long enough. Hopefully they dont push it back.

  • Mafia II was super underrated. Excited for this!

    • I agree. Mafia 2 was underrated in my opinion. I never got a chance to play the 1st but the 2nd one’s story really did suck me in. Just might have to give this one a try.

    • Me too! Appreciate you reading.

    • Man, I so agree! For the problem was thinking of it as an open world game, instead of as an adventure game. An open world game seems to suggest something specific to people, like having a bunch of side activities. For me, the open world just served as a semi-realistic backdrop to the things going on in the main story; it made the story feel more alive to me. Anyway, I loved it and I’m really looking forward to this one.

  • Hey Ryan, When can i pre-order this cost 79.99 with season pass ?

    • i just preordered mine today i got normal edition i just buy a playstation card on the release date buy it spread

  • Seems awesome. I’ll buy this one.

  • yas

  • Seem awesome I

  • Sweet!

  • Now this i”m excited for African American character is the lead in a video game that’s rare.

    • I will bet you here and now that because of that, FOX and other news channels will have this all over the media with instigation.

  • Looks absolutely fantastic!! Loved Mafia 2 and love open world games! :)

  • Looks alright. Mafia 2 was very very boring but i finished it. I’ll hope this one doesn’t consist of 30 minute drives between locations/missions.

  • I enjoyed Mafia 1 and 2, but I am amazed to see Mafia 3 for pre-order this far in advance. Or maybe not. Pre-orders in general seem like a crapshoot. If Mafia 3 comes out and is well-received, then you buy it. At least for getting your money in advance, you’d think pre-orders would be discounted. Safest best is Amazon where you can cancel your pre-orders and buy it with a discount if ya got prime. Regardless of pre-orders, Mafia 3 does look amazing. If it delivers, I see a copy digital or physical in my PS4!

  • Looks awesome. I always felt the Mafia series is way better than GTA. The story is always better.

  • Definitely looks like a fun game!

  • OH MAN i am so excited can’t wait to play it! but please tell me that driving mechanics are similar to Mafia II

  • Most definitely a day one pick up for me. I love the mafia games.

  • Omg can’t wait until I can play it

  • I didn’t get the chance to play the first part, but the second part I really got into it. I like playing these mafia games it kind of reminds me of the game called The Godfather Don’s Edition. I think they should make this game also for the PS4 cause I do believe that there’s a lot of The Godfather fans out there. But any how, this one looks good can’t wait til I get my copy.

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