Mafia III, due out later this year on consoles and PC, has a few interesting things going for it. It’s a crime story set in a fictionalized version of 1960s New Orleans. It has a black protagonist. Here’s a less obvious distinctive trait: its open world can be changed.
For those tired of the first two Mafia games’ adherence to strict genre limitations (Italians in nice cars and tommy guns), may I present to you Mafia III.
Per 2K Games’s announcement on Twitter, Mafia III comes to PC, PS4 and Xbox One on October 7. There’s a new story trailer which you can watch above, and you can read about Kotaku UK’s early impressions of the game at last year’s Gamescom here.
Mafia, a very good GTA-a-like released all the way back in 2002, did not feature multiplayer. Now, thanks to some fans, it does.
Mafia 3 made its first appearance this week at Gamescom, and beyond the scene-setting first trailer (which you can see below), the team at 2K Czech had a half-hour of city-roaming and third-person shooting to show off. I had mixed feelings about what I saw; its setting is great, the music and ambience are fantastic,…
Following the game’s official announcement last week, 2K Games is now ready to show us more—in the form of a reveal trailer.
It’s long been rumored that a new Mafia game was in development and now we have confirmation. More details will be revealed next week.
One minute, you're talking to a sweet old Italian lady in Mafia II, the next, you're tripping balls.
In the runup to the game's release last year, Mafia II's development studio and publicity team tried, with limited success, to set reasonable expectations of the game. "It isn't Grand Theft Auto," I was told, more than once, in emails and in the game's review notes.
Italian-Americans wanted Mafia II banned because they said it portrayed offensive ethnic stereotypes. A European Parliament member wants it banned because it trivializes mob murders. I have a better strategy: STFU about banning bad games, and they'll eventually fade away.
Ultimately, Mafia II suffered from too much imagination and not enough substance; "Jimmy's Vendetta," its first paid DLC extension, lacked both. But this trailer for its second, Joe's Adventures, due Nov. 23, actually looks promising.
"Joe's Adventures," a Mafia II DLC extension whose name has been known for some time, will arrive Nov. 23. A narrative flashback, you'll play as Joe Barbaro during the time the main game's protagonist, Vito Scaletta, is in prison.
House Of The Dead: Overkill previously held the Guinness-certified World Record for most uses of the F-word in a video game, with 189. Mafia II has whacked that target. Rooster Teeth's Achievement Hunter compiled all 200. Language very NSFW.
Achievement Hunter: World Record F-Bombs [Rooster Teeth]
Mafia II's got some issues, but give the devil its due, it's got some nudity in it. Hot Blooded Gaming, to my knowledge, is the first to round up and gallerize all 50 of its collectible Playboy centerfolds.
Mafia II's release was clouded by confusion over what "open-world" really meant. Some assumed it meant "sandbox," where Mafia II was anything but. Jimmy's Vendetta, the game's first batch of downloadable content offers more of what some had been expecting.
Morning. The phone rings, I answer. It's Joe, chirping the usual advice. Get dressed and get my gun. I go to the fridge instead for a Master Beer. In the bathroom I flip on the light. I flush the toilet.
It's not exactly the Rock Band 3 tracklist reveal, but Mafia II's period-piece bonafides aren't limited to the set direction and costumes.
UNICO National, a group that represents Italian Americans, has lodged a protest with publishers Take-Two over the portrayal of the Mafia in upcoming game Mafia II. Because, you know. The mafia are portrayed as Italian Americans.
On the fence about 2K's Mafia II? Why not try the demo, which is now out on Xbox Live, the PlayStation Network and Steam.
Things move fast in the world of Mafia II. One minute you're a made man, the next you're at the bottom of a shallow grave. Which seems like a means of evidence disposal that's out of character for the mob.