New Mafia III gameplay is a blues-filled shootout

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Mafia III is just around the corner, and if this latest gameplay footage is anything to go by, along with the last couple of trailers, I think the soundtrack will be my favourite thing about it. I’m truly my father’s son and love me some blues/rock; and given the game is set in the 1960s American South, I think I’m going to get my fill of guitars and harmonicas.

In this new gameplay trailer, which originally debuted at Gamescom 2016, protagonist Lincoln Clay is tasked with killing one of the mafia’s underbosses, Tony Derazio. The player is presented with two choices, enter the hotel Derazio is operating out of, guns-blazing, or steal the car of one of his underlings and sneak in through the basement garage. The player opts for the latter, thereby sparing a lobby full of civilians and walks right into the lion’s den.

Once the combat starts, it looks kinda reminiscent of your usual Grand Theft Auto shootout, albeit with a few differences like more stealthy melee takedowns and some pretty brutal executions. To be honest the gameplay itself doesn’t look like anything special or revolutionary at this point, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all. if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

But aesthetically, the whole section feels like one of those one-man action movies where the revenge fuelled hero just ploughs through a compound of bad guys with a sense of pure badass-ery. Think Walking Tall, only with more blues.

Here’s the clip:

While these gameplay snippets have been fun, hopefully the full thing weaves them together into a satisfying experience. I guess we don’t have long to find out, as Mafia III launches on October 7.

Sing the blues with Tom on Twitter: @tomdheath. Don’t forget to follow @load_screen and like us on Facebook.

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