Mafia III Officially Revealed

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Earlier today (overnight for many of us) Mafia III was revealed at Gamesome in Germany. This official reveal comes after many rumors and a bit of teasing on the part of the publisher, 2K. Said teasing seems to be in the vein of the way Bethesda handled the reveal of Fallout 4, and I wouldn’t be surprised if more games are introduced in this fashion.

It appears that this entry into what is, in my opinion, one of the most under-appreciated video game series’ of the past few generations, will place us in the bayous of Louisiana following the Vietnam War. According to GameSpot, Mafia III will tackle issues surrounding racism and war, and will also turn the tables on the series, gearing a focus more toward dismantling the mob rather than serving it. Very little is known so far, but it looks like the main character will be Lincoln Clay, a war veteran who seems to have turned to crime after living life on the frontline, not unlike Vito Scaletta, the protagonist of the most recent entry into the series.

I found a few things worth noting in this trailer, the first of which being that the main protagonist is biracial, which is something that is still criminally underrepresented in the gaming industry.

Second, it appears that this entry into the Mafia series may not just focus on the Italian mob, but may also delve into other crime syndicates considering the appearances of the other characters featured in the trailer.

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Mafia III’s new “family”.

Third, the gray-haired fellow in the trailer appears to be Vito from Mafia II, which makes me (and I’m sure other fans of the series) very happy.

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I’m very excited for this game, and it’s almost instantly been catapulted into my most-anticipated list for the near future.

Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think!

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Final Fantasy XII Apparently Getting a Remake

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Though I’m not a massive Final Fantasy fan by any stretch of the imagination (always fancied myself as much more of a Chrono Trigger guy), and I’ve never even picked up a copy of FFXII, I felt the need to report on this bizarre bit of news because it occurred in the strangest locations… my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

Apparently, at the Distant Worlds concert Saturday night, composer Arnie Roth let it slip that a remake is coming.

While it’s definitely possible that Roth confused the term “remake” (think the recently announced FFVII remake) with “remaster” (more along the lines of 2013/2014’s FFX HD port), either direction this story takes will be of interest to fans of the series.

It’s certainly not hard to imagine that this would be a nice piece of fan service, as well as a way for Square-Enix to generate some buzz for the other Final Fantasy titles coming in the future.

I still just find it completely bizarre that this slipped out in what used to be one of the most blue-collar, hard-nosed, steel towns in the country, and not some super technological epicenter like Japan… but I guess Pittsburgh has always kind of been a little different.