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Five reasons why we’re massively excited for Mafia III (Sponsored)

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Mafia III! After too many years of the gaming industry not having a premium gangland game to play around in, Mafia III is finally stepping into the scene and bringing with it some old-school charm and style. There’s a lot of reasons why we’re properly excited for Mafia III, so sit back, relax and we’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse as to why we think Mafia III is going to rule the charts this year.

A fresh perspective

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Look, video games have come a long way over the years. They’re mechanically better than ever and capable of telling many a varied tale from a fresh set of eyes. Mafia III is one of those games, as it places players in the boots of Vietnam war veteran Lincoln Clay. If you thought that it was bad enough that Clay returned home to a country that hated the soldiers it sent to die in the jungles of Asia, then you ain’t seen nothing yet.

As a black man in the late 1960s, Clay has a life worse than you’d imagine. Racism is rampant, prejudice rears its ugly head everywhere and America is very much still divided along lines of colour as Clay’s base of operations happens to be in the racially charged city of New Bordeuax. Mafia III wants you to know what its like to feel oppressed, to be the victim who has to watch the world around him be deconstructed because of his skin colour.

It’s not easy subject matter to deal with, as a simple night out in New Bordeaux will have strangers cast uneasy glances in your direction and cops hassle you for the sole reason of having a darker shade of skin. It’s a world that many people have never experienced before, and that’s exactly why Mafia III is so important, as it strips the privilege away from players and forces them to walk in the shoes of someone else as it uses the medium of a video game to tell a story with impact and consequences.

It’s going to be brutal

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On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more visceral experience, then Mafia III has you covered. Lincoln Clay isn’t exactly wet behind the ears when it comes to dishing out some violence, as a tour in Vietnam equipped him with all the skills he needed to survive in the jungle. But a lifetime of growing up on the hard streets of America, formed the foundation for his doctorate from the school of hard knocks.

Whether it’s unloading a clip of 9mm ammo into a mob goon or silently taking out some opposition with a knife to the face, Clay is an unrelenting force of violence and brutality. And with his adopted family in the black mob all but wiped out by the hands of the Italian Mafia, Clay’s bloody quest for revenge is going to carve its way through the ranks of the underworld as he works his way up the top of that crime ladder.

You get to drive real American muscle cars

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Cars today are made with precision and science. And that’s kind of boring. There used to be an age where automobiles were works of art, everyman vehicles for blue collar workers that were built on frames of danger and death. There’s a reason why the cars of the 1960s and the 1970s were referred to as muscle cars, as these vehicles weren’t just meant to get you from point A to point B. They were designed to do that yes, but to do so with flair and style.

And you’ll be driving plenty of them in Mafia III. But it’s not enough to just have vehicles that look like something that you’d want to own in 1968. Mafia III’s vehicles are also meant to feel like they belong to that era. They’re meaty, dangerous and they take corners while leaving streaks of rubber on the tar so that everyone knows you came past.

To make driving even better however, players will be able to further trick their rides out with a whole garage worth of customisation options. Supercharge your engine, make your tires bulletproof or invest in some solid suspension so that you can slide around corners with the grace of a rally car driver. The choice, is yours.

Its got a soundtrack your dad will approve of

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Music today is well…crap. Between television shows milking drama to maximum effect and the fact that the latest chart-topper has more autotune than the Skynet assembly line that pumps out T-800 Terminators, the songs of today aren’t exactly going to be findly remembered classics ina  few decades. Fortunately, good music is alive and kicking in Mafia III.

It’s a game with a soundtrack that reads off like a 1960s best of collection. With more than a hundred licensed tracks available in Mafia III, there’s something for everyone. The Animals. Aretha Franklin. Cream, Etta James, the Misfits, Otis Redding, Johnny Cash, Marvin Gaye and so many more. Go on, go and mention some of those names around your dad. Watch his face light up as he forgives you for having to endure years of you talking about dubstep.

Truly, Mafia III is the game that will unite families.

You’re creating your own criminal empire

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How do you really strike back at the crime lords who stole your family away from you? A bullet to the head may be the end result of Lincoln Clay’s violent retribution, but he won’t be satisfied with taking out the Mafia goons responsible for ruining his life before he dismantles them piece by piece. New Bordeaux happens to be home to many Mafia operations: Drugs, gambling and prostitution to name just a few.

And making certain that the profits from those rackets dries up, is one hell of a way to hurt the Mafia. Thing is, waging a one-man war on the mob isn’t cheap, and with a power vacuum formed by your activities, it’ll be up to Lincoln to step in and provide a guiding hand to the new rackets that he takes over and that keeps him ready for his never-ending war on the mafia.

And you look like just the kind of guy to help give Lincoln and his crew a helping hand in their less than legal endeavours. Mafia III drops on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC this Friday on October 7.

Last Updated: October 5, 2016

39 Comments

  1. Impressive

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  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 5, 2016 at 15:05

    But remember:

    1) Don’t believe the hype
    2) Don’t preorder
    3) Wait for reviews

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    • Original Heretic

      October 5, 2016 at 15:20

      The lesson learnt from NMS, which in my mind has become this generation’s Daikatana.

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    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      October 5, 2016 at 15:38

    • Johann

      October 6, 2016 at 13:28

      Yeah definitely waiting for user reviews before going near this game.

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    • Dungeon of JJ

      October 7, 2016 at 11:45

      Turns out you were right. The PC version is a broken mess. Did these guys maybe get help porting it from the same people who did Arkham Knight? 😛

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  3. Avithar

    October 5, 2016 at 15:08

    Is it worth R 1000.00??

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    • miaau

      October 5, 2016 at 15:16

      Not to me, it is not. Looks like loads of fun, but am not burning to play to it. I can wait a year or so, get inevitable GOTY edition, with all DLC

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      • Avithar

        October 5, 2016 at 15:19

        i burnt a R 1000.00 on GTA V, after 36 Hours i was done with the game….

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        • miaau

          October 5, 2016 at 15:22

          THAT is what I am trying to avoid doing these days.

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        • Original Heretic

          October 5, 2016 at 15:26

          And this is why I stick to buying RPG’s fresh off the shelf, but wait for any other game to come down in price.

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        • VampyreSquirrel

          October 5, 2016 at 16:41

          Only 36 hours? Wait… I did a lot of hours in SP… disregard me.

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          • Avithar

            October 5, 2016 at 16:45

            yep story mode done and dusted in 36 hours… then i sat back and asked where was the R 1000 value

          • VampyreSquirrel

            October 5, 2016 at 16:49

            I’m a bit of a completionist when it comes to GTA games, so I played GTAV through to the 100% achievement, which was 82 odd hours, and then put about 200+ hours into GTA Online.

          • Avithar

            October 5, 2016 at 16:51

            i never really took to the online portion of the game, i felt there were too many noobs

        • Alessandro Barbosa

          October 5, 2016 at 16:44

          That’s…a pretty great return on investment if the only metric you judge a game by is length. That’s what, the same as 18 movies? Pretty sure you got a bargain then

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          • Avithar

            October 5, 2016 at 16:54

            Is it really? i spent far less on L.A Noir and there i got more bang for my buck.

          • Alessandro Barbosa

            October 5, 2016 at 16:58

            Price to length comparison for games that came out at different times is also not fair. In actuality the price hasn’t changed, our economy has. Irrelevant to the person buying games, but important when trying to determine whether one purchase has more worth than another based on length alone.

            Regardless of that, I still can’t see how a game that managed to keep you entertained for that long could be considered a waste of money. Partly because games with a length that long are more exceptions than the rule

          • Avithar

            October 5, 2016 at 17:02

            Don’t get me wrong, i don’t consider it to be a waste of money. i am very selective of the games i buy. i am merely saying as you also mentioned the current economy of S.A plays a major factor in the prices we pay.

          • Alessandro Barbosa

            October 5, 2016 at 17:04

            Oh of course, and I definitely think smart, selective purchasing is a must in today’s climate. I just encourage people who base a game’s value solely on the hours spent with it to rethink that stance.

            But even if you don’t, and you’re looking for games that can just pad out hours and hours at a time, 36 is a pretty high figure. If that is something you consider too little for a R1000 game, you’re going to struggle with most releases nowadays 🙂

          • Avithar

            October 5, 2016 at 18:31

            Hahaha totally agree, maybe its due to the move i made towards FPS… like i would spend R 1000.00 on the new battlefield and not bat an eyelid

        • Dane

          October 6, 2016 at 09:40

          I bought Rocket League for R150. Put in 1200+ hours so far and still playing every day. Do I win?

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          • Avithar

            October 6, 2016 at 09:54

            hahahaha i would think you win this debate…

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        October 5, 2016 at 15:28

        Yes!

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    • Gman

      October 5, 2016 at 15:19

      Get the standard edition, that’ll certainly be worth it at around R680.

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      • Avithar

        October 5, 2016 at 15:22

        blonde question where?

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          October 5, 2016 at 15:23

          It was R620 for PC, R890 for console, on Raru. Just checked.

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          • Avithar

            October 5, 2016 at 15:37

            i am on console, so that is still a bit crazy

        • Gman

          October 5, 2016 at 16:27

          I ordered from Greenmangaming.com. But you can also get from BTGames, and Takealot .

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          • Avithar

            October 5, 2016 at 16:29

            Thank you Sir

  4. Gman

    October 5, 2016 at 15:18

    If you don’t know at least one of the artists mentioned, you’re missing a whole whack of history, and no, I’m not even 25.

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  5. Ghost In The Rift

    October 5, 2016 at 15:25

    If any one spots Joe please share, if you don’t share i will F#*$G HAUNT ALL of YOUS!!!!

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  6. Graeme Norval

    October 5, 2016 at 15:32

    “5 reasons why we’ve been paid to be excited about Mafia 3”

    Still, much better that you are disclosing it upfront.

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    • Gavin Mannion

      October 7, 2016 at 11:28

      Yeah I thought we’d made it quite clear with the disclaimer 🙂

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  7. Batman vs. a Banana

    October 6, 2016 at 09:48

    That price is too much!!! It’s like Gears of War 4… R1000 for a game? Hell’s bells… I don’t have enough blood and semen any more!

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  8. Viper_ZA

    October 6, 2016 at 10:07

    Waiting for a review or two. Will pick it up at Rage over the weekend if it’s any good.

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  9. Darren Peach

    October 6, 2016 at 10:31

    I hate auto-tune………………………….

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