Trailers are one thing, but when it comes to a game as open as Mafia 3, it’s gameplay we want to see. Well, personally speaking, I’d rather be playing it myself, but beggars can’t be choosers.
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That’s why, after a run of fresh trailers on YouTube this week, it’s the latest Mafia 3 video that has me the most interested. Why? Because it actually shows the game in action.
Introduced by Hangar 13‘s creative director and studio head Haden Blackman, the video initially shows the game’s lead - Lincoln Clay - travelling through New Bordeaux’s Bayou district on a speed boat, heading for the French Ward.
Much attention is given to the districts in the video. Bayou is ripe for exploration, says Blackman, but is also where the Italian mob runs guns. Attention is also paid to Delray Hollow, Lincoln’s home quarter, and the Majestic Frisco Fields, where the city’s racists reside.
Finally, the play through ends in Downtown, where the goal is to sneak into the Royal Hotel and take out Tony Derazio, who runs the quarter’s rackets. According to Blackman, there are multiple ways to carry out such missions - typically, there’s more than one way to make your way to a target.
Needless to say, there’s a fair bit of blood and, for Derazio, a rather epic fall at the end.
Mafia 3 is due to launch on October 7.