Initial Impressions: Mafia 3

As of this article, I’ve spent nearly 10 hours in 2K Game’s Mafia 3. I will remain spoiler free, nothing I say hasn’t already been shown in the trailers. The fictitious city of New Bordeaux is a bustling town full of iconic New Orleans landmarks, classic cars, and rampant racism. The game does take place during the tail end of the 60s, so references to Martin Luther King’s assassination and the Vietnam conflict are littered throughout. There is an opening text before the main game begins reminiscent of Assassin’s Creed’s religion disclaimer that warns the player of the difficult language and racist interpretations the game is going to display. They stand by their work and say to completely ignore and exclude this turbulent time in our history is a dishonor to the memories of those who faced it and fought so hard to change it. Suffice to say this game feels like how I imagine the 60s felt. Tense, gritty, and chaotic to use a few words. Lincoln Clay is a veteran of the Vietnam War who comes home to find that his family is in a bit of trouble with different underworld entities. Anyone who watched even a single trailer knows this game is a revenge story. The “hows” and “whys” are left to the gamer to experience first hand. But, by the time the game’s introduction was...

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