The 'Mafia' Franchise Makes an Offer We Can't Refuse
Mafia 3, the new open-world game from developer Hangar 13, is set in 1968 in a fictionalized version of The Big Easy, and 2K showcased the new game in a life-sized replica of a New Orleans French Quarter locale. While it brings back one of Mafia 2's under bosses, Vito Scaletta, this sequel introduces a brand new story, setting, and protagonist (African-American ex-Vietnam War vet Lincoln Clay). At its basic level, this is a revenge story that involves taking down the Italian mob. But the city is divided into rival turfs, each with its own organized crime contingents, and the era's racial tension plays a part — so there's a lot going on. With this backdrop, and a vibrant virtual city, players are able to do what they want (both on foot and in vehicles) in this game, which offers a branching story and lots of violence. It's a much different take on crime than sister company Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V, which is still going strong thanks to online updates.