First Impressions: MAFIA III is Hardcore Gangster Badassery - E3 2016

The last thing that I saw at E3 this year was a private demo of 2K Games' Mafia III and holy shit! It was the perfect way to end the awesome video game expo. I was never really into the first couple of Mafia games and I reluctantly went to the presentation, but I'm sure glad that I did. They really upped the ante with this next chapter and took it to a whole new level of quality.

It's games like this that make me wish I had more time in my days to devote to video games. I would play the shit out of this all freakin' day long. I absolutely love what this game has to offer. The graphics, the gameplay, the music, the characters, the way the story plays out, the open world environment, the combat, and the insane violence, all play a part in making this game so incredible looking. 

The game has been in development since 2012 and it looks like all of that time and effort that the developers put into it have paid off. As a fan of period-set mobster movies, this game seems like it will deliver the ultimate mob story experience, without actually being shot at or put in crazy insane situations in real life. 

The game is set in 1968 in New Bordeaux, which is a fictionalized version of New Orleans, and here's the official synopsis:

After years of combat in Vietnam, Lincoln Clay knows this truth: family isn’t who you’re born with, it’s who you die for. Now back home in New Bordeaux, Lincoln is set on escaping a criminal past. But when his surrogate family, the black mob, is betrayed and wiped out by the Italian Mafia, Lincoln builds a new family on the ashes of the old and blazes a path of military-grade revenge through those responsible. Intense gun fights, visceral hand-to-hand combat, white knuckle driving and street smarts will all be needed. But with the right crew, tough decisions and some dirty hands, it’s possible to make it to the top of the city's underworld.

Here are some additional details that will shed some more light on the game.

New Bordeaux

A Reimagined 1968 New Orleans. A vast, diverse and seedy open world ruled by the mob and corrupt officials and richly detailed with the sights, sounds and emotionally-charged social atmosphere of the era.

An Unintended and Lethal Anti-Hero

Be Lincoln Clay, an orphan and Vietnam veteran hell bent on revenge against the Italian Mafia for the brutal slaughter of the black mob, the closest thing to family he’s ever had.

Revenge Your Way

Choose your own personal play-style, from brute force and blazing guns to stalk-and-kill tactics as you use Lincoln's military training and gathered intel to tear down the Italian Mafia

A New Family on the Ashes of the Old

Build a new criminal empire in your own unique way by deciding which of your lieutenants you reward and which you betray...

Below you'll be able to watch the most recent trailer for the game along with a 22-minute demo that will show you just how awesome Mafia III is going to be. 

Mafia III is set to be leased in theaters on October 7th, 2016.

New Bordeaux is a model of southern hospitality, but underneath it’s a city ruled by organized crime and corrupt officials. Get an inside look at the districts of New Bordeaux, how you’ll take them down and build your own criminal empire any way you want.