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10 Things You Need To Know About Mafia 3

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Mafia 3 is just around the corner (snuck up on us, didn’t it), and for a while it was surprising that the game hadn’t really featured in any hands-on capacity at events like E3 and Gamescom. Showing off open-world games is difficult, and it’s part of the reason why Hanger 13 held out so long. It’s also why we got a full six hours with the game just last week, most of which was spent exploring the massive city of New Bordeaux.

Unsurprisingly, I learnt a lot about Mafia 3 that I didn’t really know. The game has always been vocal about its theming, authenticity and violence, but its only after playing that I truly understood the degree to which Hanger 13 was taking these ideas. They’re mostly summarised in the video below, which includes some brand new gameplay onto of all the facets of Mafia 3 that really piqued my interest.

Yes, Mafia 3 holds on dearly to a lot of the same pillars most open-world games do. There are missions scattered all over the city, ranging from more in-depth story ones to lighter, more dynamic side ones. The way Mafia 3 weaves these into each other and keeps them not only connected to the story, but the area you’re exploring too, is what brings the entire world to life. The air of authenticity amplifies this, and for the first time in a long time I truly felt like I was experiencing a world reacting to the character I was playing as.

There’s a lot more to Mafia 3’s themes that I’ve already spoken at length about in my preview, but it’s the most powerful reason as to why Hanger 13’s debut title is suddenly one of the most interesting of the year. Mafia 3 is out on October 7th.

Last Updated: September 20, 2016


  1. Stuck between deciding on whether I should get this on PC or PS4 🙁


    • Original Heretic

      September 20, 2016 at 13:47

      As a PS4 owner, I can confidently say, get it for PC!

      1) It’ll probably be cheaper
      2) It’ll look waaaaay better.
      3) If someone decides to start throwing mods at the game, there’s no Sony around to stop the awesomeness.


      • Viper_ZA

        September 20, 2016 at 13:49

        My PS4 is gathering dust at a rate of knots haha 🙂


        • Original Heretic

          September 20, 2016 at 13:52

          It’s just preparing itself for Bloodborne 2.


          • Viper_ZA

            September 20, 2016 at 13:53

            That and I got Destiny The Collection today — not having played it before and reading all kinds of good things about it, I am sure the dust will be dispersed soon 😀

          • Original Heretic

            September 20, 2016 at 13:56

            Yeah, from I what I’ve read, it’s way better now than when it was first launched. But it’s also very much a multiplayer experience, so you need friends to play with.

            All I’m jamming right now is Neverwinter. F2P and thoroughly enjoying it.

          • RinceThis

            September 20, 2016 at 14:56

            I gave that a crack too, was loads of fun. Now I’m in the new Star Trek Online world because I enjoyed Neverwinter so much.

          • Original Heretic

            September 20, 2016 at 14:59

            What’s it like? I been avoiding it because the reviews were rather mediocre. And as a Trekkie, I’d hate to play a game in that universe and end up hating it.

          • RinceThis

            September 20, 2016 at 15:01

            I think AS a Trekkie you would love it. I can’t actually get enough. There some issues with the gameplay but the universe is what draws me in. Hearing Leonard Nimoy read out your missions is enough! Not to mention the ships. Oh the ships! I would say that the ground combat is similar to Neverwinter so if you don’t mind that then you shouldn’t mind this.

          • Original Heretic

            September 20, 2016 at 15:03

            Thanks, that does help, I shall consider it.

            Though I’ll be honest, I prefer killing dragons and other fantastical creatures to killing aliens. And the fact that NW is set in the Forgotten Realms is also a huge seller for me. I read almost all those books when I was in my teens, so I know it well!
            And, of course, D&D. Love me some D&D!

          • RinceThis

            September 20, 2016 at 15:04

            Agreed. That was the huge pull for me, the D&D aspect, was a Dungeon Master for years when I was younger and had the time. I like the tech I suppose more than the magic, always have. And blowing the crap out of some Klingon who thinks he’s your match makes me warm and fuzzy inside! Kapla!

          • Original Heretic

            September 20, 2016 at 15:08

            I see the appeal!

            Yeah, DM-ing was always fun. Used to love making up totally fresh adventures for the guys, so they never knew WHAT to expect. Never got to finish our huge final campaign though, life just drew everyone in separate directions.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 20, 2016 at 15:26


  2. Ghost In The Rift

    September 20, 2016 at 14:00

    All i know is that i better find Joe Barbaro in this game, otherwise i shall burn and sacrifice this game to the great Corleone.


  3. WickedMONK3Y

    September 20, 2016 at 14:47

    I am really looking forward to this, I just can’t for the life of me actually get to pre-order it on steam. There is no option for me in the South African steam store. It is quite frustrating as I really really want this.


  4. Charles Smith

    September 20, 2016 at 16:32

    can’t wait to play this on ps4 on October 7


  5. killjoy

    September 20, 2016 at 16:52

    Does anyone know when the dlc for the game will drop ? I want to buy the season pass but I don’t really want to wait like 4-6 month for dlc


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