'Mafia 3' (Xbox One, PS4, PC – October 7)
Video games have a lousy track record when it comes to tackling delicate social issues, particularly those around race, but Mafia 3 creative director Haden Blackman believes he can change that. An award-winning writer for his work on Star Wars: The Force Unleashed in 2008 and the Batwoman comic book in 2010, Blackman's specialty has always been taking grand concepts and making them intimate character pieces. His vision for Mafia 3 puts it in the New Orleans-themed fictional city of New Bordeaux in 1968, and tackles a racially charged mob war from the perspective of a young, black Vietnam vet. "We knew we had a responsibility to address the fact that there were (and still are) race issues in the country," Blackman says. "The Sixties were such a turbulent time, especially in the South, we would have been totally tone deaf and failed horribly had we not acknowledged it in some way."