Last update: 9 October

Back Story of Mafia 3

In Mafia 3 you take on the role of Lincoln Clay a former Vietnam soldier. Lincoln was raised in an orphanage in New Bordeaux (based on New Orleans) and when of age he signed up for the Vietnam war. After his tour of duty ended in 1968, he returned to New Bordeaux during a period of racially charged tensions in America. He  hooked up with the black mob, finding himself a surrogate family and in it the father and brother he had longed for.

This ‘family’ was massacred by the Italian mob, led by Sal Marcano, and although heavily injured in the attack himself Lincoln escaped with the help of Father James.

reviewed and updatedRecovered from his injuries Lincoln’s burning mission is to make the Italians and Sal Marcano pay by waging war against them and their rule over of the underworld of New Bordeaux and claiming control for himself.

To this end Lincoln allies himself with other criminals including Vito Scaletta (the lead from Mafia 2) all of whom have personal vendettas against Sal Marcano and with them he sets about building an empire and a new family.


Gameplay is in a Third person perspective and will rely on cover-based shooting as well as driving through the districts of New Bordeaux in pursuit of members of the underworld or to escape police who are pursuing you.

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Weapon’s Van

Weaponry can be accessed before each quest through a mobile weapons van, provided by a weapons dealer associate of Cassandra’s. These vans contain a veritable arsenal of weaponry to suit whichever play style you favour – guns blazing, stealth approach or a combination of both as the mission unfolds.

Everything boils down to money in the underworld and quests are focussed on depleting the funds of underworld bosses by robbing their underlings, pimps, dealers and associates in order to ultimately starve Sal Marcano of his seedy revenue streams.

Once Clay has dispatched a district’s boss and takes control of it you’ll assign that district to one of your 3 associates (Cassandra, Burke or Vito) to handle the day to day management. Who you pick will determine the increase in your income from the rackets they will run in that district. Other bonuses you’ll get in return are improved weaponry and cars and bribery opportunities that you may need to call on.

Burke’s Associates’ Perks

  • Fiona – Can get cops off your back but there’s a slight delay. This delay is decreased based on how many districts you put Burke in control of.
  • Bishop – Offers car delivery system. A driver will deliver your muscle car to you anywhere.

Cassandra’s Associates’ Perks

  • Moran – A Switchboard operator who can block enemy communications which can prevent them calling in reinforcements.
  • Weapons Supplier – Call before going on a mission and you can buy weapons from it.
  • Wire tap – Allows you to highlight enemy in red outlines and money (for the taking) with a yellow outline.
  • Health Regen – A slow regeneration of your health.

Vito’s Associates’ Perks

  • Bobby – Gives you access to Bobby’s lunatic brothers who provide muscle back up, they are upgradable with better weaponry with the more districts you assign Vito.
  • Inside Source – Not named but someone on the inside of some organisation, criminal rather than law probably.
  • Unique weapons – Vito offers unique weapons and upgrades to firearms.

Depending on the choices you make throughout the game you’ll either keep your associates content and malleable or cause them to be displeased with you and run the risk of betrayal.

Each criminal racket within Mafia 3 is made up of various differing objectives. All of the open world activities, quests, and missions in the game are linked to the main narrative of this criminal racket.

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An enforcer

You pick and choose which quests you want to complete in order to do enough damage to that racket and eventually lure the district boss out of his hideout to defend his turf. This will entail robberies, murder and even torture to extract valuable information needed to find your way to the district boss.

Each of the rackets are protected by enforcer characters, the muscle that oversees the operation for Sal Marcano’s guys. It isn’t necessary to take out these enforcers in the open world but any you leave will fall back into the hideout making it a lot harder to flush out the boss.

Anyone you don’t kill as you progress through the missions you can go back to kill at a later date because you will be able to free roam after completing the main campaign in Mafia 3. This will also allow you to hunt down any collectables you failed to find.


The developers, Hangar 13, are tapping into the soul of 1968’s classic thriller Bullitt by developing “Hollywood action driving” in authentically designed cars. Each vehicle will be correctly modeled and respond as the real cars would such as the weight of the car helping you power drift round corners and slam into things and handling differently depending on the surface you’re driving on.

There will be options to race around New Bordeaux in race mini-games where you can earn money, new customisation options for your car and other rewards.

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Race Time!

Locations in Mafia 3

New Bordeaux is made up of ten distinct districts that you can take control of.

  • Pointe Verdun
  • Frisco Fields – Manicured lawns and majestic mansions. This is also where the Marcano family are partnered with the racist Southern Union and cook PCP at the local university.
  • French Ward – A district in a constant party run by Sal Marcano’s brother known as Uncle Lou who deals smack and provides high-class call girls to wealthy VIPs.
  • Downtown – The racket here is run by Tony Derazio, the mob’s accountant.
  • Tickfaw Harbor –
  • Barclay Mills –
  • Southdowns –
  • Delray Hollow – This area was home to Lincoln and his surrogate family before they were betrayed by the Italian mob. Eventually, this area is taken over by the Dixie mob who kick up to the Italians and use the neighbourhood as the base of operations for heroin and sex rings.
  • River Row –
  • Bayou Fantom – Scenic and mysterious. It’s sweaty bars and dilapidated churches are ripe for exploration. This is also where the Italian mob and their allies run guns and produce moonshine.
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Mafia 3 Cast

  • Gus Borelli – Union rep who disappeared whilst at a meeting at the Perfect Waffle restaurant in Frisco Fields in 1968
  • Thomas Burke – Heads up the Irish mob.  Once loyal to Sal Marcano but now wants to see him destroyed for his own personal reasons. Voiced by Barry O’Rourke.
  • Lincoln Clay  – Ex-Vietnam soldier and protagonist in Mafia 3. Voiced by Alex Hernandez.
  • Cassandra – Leader of the Haitian gang who has been trying to get a foothold in the city for months.
  • Tony Derazio – Sal Marcano’s money man who runs the Racket in the Downtown district.
  • John Donovan – Ex C.I.A agent who helps Lincoln with intelligence gathered from the underworld.
  • Father James – Lincoln Clay’s rescuer who nurses Lincoln back to health after the attack on him and his black mob associates. Voiced by Gordon Greene.
  • Uncle Lou – Sal Marcano’s brother who deals smack and provides high-class call girls to wealthy VIPs in the French Ward.
  • Sal Marcano – Don of the Marcano crime family.
  • Sammy Robinson – Boss of the black mob and owner of Sammy’s.
  • Vito Scaletta – Has been sidelined by the Marcanos and wants his piece of the action. He was the lead in Mafia 2 and is now 43 years old. Voiced by Rick Pasqualone.
  • Georgie – Sal Marcano’s son.


Outfits will allow you to customise how Lincoln looks.  You’ll also be able to modify your cars with new wheels, personalized license plates, paint jobs and more options to boost the performance of your vehicles.

Mafia 3 Editions, DLC and Expansions

All editions will come with a Family Kick-Back pack (extra weapons and vehicles) if they are pre-ordered.

Standard Edition

The Mafia 3 game.

Deluxe Edition

The Mafia 3 game and a season pass which gives access to all future DLC for Mafia 3.

Collector’s Edition

  • Mafia III: Official Soundtrack of New Bordeaux – 180 gram vinyl pressing featuring some of the 60’s greatest hit makers, including Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, Sam Cooke, The Animals, and more. The vinyl is a sampling of the larger in-game soundtrack, that includes an eclectic mix of Rock, Rhythm and Blues, and Pop, all colliding against a backdrop of war, civil unrest, and sweeping social changes that defined the 1960s.
  • Mafia III: Original Game Score – 180 gram vinyl pressing of the original game score for Mafia III. Composed by Jesse Harlin and Jim Bonney, two of the industry’s great composers, the Mafia III original game score is a Rhythm and Blues inspired tour through a city ruled by organised crime and corrupt officials, and the setting for Lincoln Clay’s emotional story of loss and revenge.
  • Exclusive Collectible Art Prints – Two lithographs from Playboy and the Alberto Vargas Estate representing a vast collection of art for players to discover in-game.
  • The Art of Mafia III Collectable Art Book – A 56-page visual look at the creation of New Bordeaux, a new game world fashioned after New Orleans in the summer of 1968.
  • Lincoln Clay Replica Dog Tags – 1960s US military issue replicas. These are the tags of a combat-hardened Vietnam vet fueled by the need for military-grade revenge against the Italian Mafia.
  • Faux Leather Establishment Drink Coasters – Representing the Paradiso Casino and Sammy’s in-game criminal establishments, these aren’t just souvenirs, but symbols of Lincoln Clay’s motivations for revenge.
  • Season Pass – Future post-release downloadable content bundled at a discount. Season Pass story missions:
    • ‘Faster, Baby!’ will put Lincoln and his ex (Roxy Laveau) up against a corrupt, racist Sheriff on the outskirts of town.
    • ‘Sign of the Times’ will see you investigating a series of ritualistic killings in “the dark heart of the old bayou” and the local cemeteries (aka, the True Detective DLC).
    • ‘Stones Unturned’ Lincoln will pair up with CIA agent John Donovan to settle a blood feud from Clay’s past in Vietnam.
  • For the track listings of the Official Soundtrack of New Bordeaux and Original Game Score, plus complete Mafia III: Collector’s Edition details, visit:
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Mafia 3 Collector’s Edition

Post Release Content

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Weapons Pack

The ‘Judge, Jury and Executioner’ weapons pack will be free for everybody 30 days after the game’s 7 October release date.

At a more unspecified date, further vehicle customisation will be coming for the cars in Mafia 3. “New wheels, personalized license plates, and paint jobs” are promised there, along with ways to boost individual car performance.

Mafia 3 Expansions

Expansions will offer “exclusive vehicles, weapons, outfits and races” and entirely new story missions:

  • ‘Faster, Baby!’ will put Lincoln and his ex (Roxy Laveau) up against a corrupt, racist Sheriff on the outskirts of town.
  • ‘Sign of the Times’ will see you investigating a series of ritualistic killings in “the dark heart of the old bayou” and the local cemeteries (aka, the True Detective DLC).
  • ‘Stones Unturned’ Lincoln will pair up with CIA agent John Donovan to settle a blood feud from Clay’s past in Vietnam.

These expansions are bundled in the ‘Season Pass’ that comes with the Collector’s Edition or by itself or you can buy each expansion separately as and when they’re released.

FPS FIX and Control Changes

The game was released with a 30 FPS cap but that was removed a couple of days after release on PC via a patch. Tim notes:

The patch is 1.2GB and also fiddles with a few other things, most of which ties into my theory that the PC version was (and still is) unfinished. Or at least, incredibly unpolished. For instance: the controls screen has now changed to what you can see below, making it a lot easier to see the various different buttons, and a fair few of those buttons have been redefined to things that make a hell of a lot more sense for the PC. E is now both “enter vehicle” and “interact”, while previously those were split up between E and F. Changing the radio station is now 3, instead of comma. Explosives can now be cycled with Z rather than going into the weapon wheel and pressing Z (which I think, but am not 100% certain, is new)Imp

Improve the visuals on PC

Using a reshade mod, you improve the game’s visuals on the PC . Read this post to find out how.

Steam Launch Times

In the US, the game will unlock on Steam at 9.00pm Pacific Time (West Coast) on 6 October and midnight on 7 October Eastern Time (East Coast). Here’s the Mafia 3 twitter account confirming that with a prospective player.

The UK will be able to start playing a little earlier, also at midnight on 7 October – but British time. That corresponds to 4.00pm Pacific (on 6 October) and 7.00pm Eastern (also 6 October). Again, here’s theMafia 3 account confirming that, and indicating that Steam’s internal clock is currently incorrect.

France’s (and therefore probably Europe’s) release time will be the same as the UK’s (midnight 7 October by British time, 4.00pm Pacific on 6 October). Once more, the Mafia 3 twitter account statesthat Steam’s own countdown is incorrect and that their information is correct.

Hangar 13 Credentials

Hangar 13 is a new studio created by 2K Games in 2014. It is headed up by Haden Blackman whose gaming credentials include producer of Star Wars: Galaxies, project lead on Star Wars: The Force Unleased both with LucasArts.  Andrew Wilson is Producer and his previous titles include Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Bodycount.


A full list of licensed track includes 60s classics and there’s 100 licensed songs appearing in Mafia 3 as well as 26 original tracks from composers Jesse Harlin and Jim Bonney. Licensed tracks include:

  • “Mother’s Little Helper” by the Rolling Stones
  • “Paint it Black” by the Rolling Stones
  • “Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones
  • “Street Fighting Man” by the Rolling Stones
  • “Chain Gang” by Sam Cooke
  • “Wonderful World” by Sam Cooke
  • “Bring it on Home to Me” by Sam Cooke
  • “Another Saturday Night” by Sam Cooke
  • “I’m Gonna Forget About You” by Sam Cooke
  • “Ninety-Six Tears” by Question Mark and the Mysterians
  • “Go Go Shoes” by Lonnie Youngblood
  • “Take me for What I Am” by L.C. Cooke
  • “I Let a Good Thing Go By” by Dewey Edwards
  • “Dance of the Hours” by Beethoven Ben
  • “Hang Ten” by the Fun Sons
  • “Proud Mary” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • “House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals
  • “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • “You” by Marvin Gaye
  • “Hold On, I’m Comin’” by Sam and Dave
  • “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” by Status Quo
  • “Chain Of Fools” by Aretha Franklin
  • “Respect” by Aretha Franklin
  • “Piece Of My Heart” by Big Brother & the Holding Company
  • “I Fought the Law” by Bobby Fuller Four
  • “The Letter” by Box Tops
  • “Time Has Come Today” by the Chambers Brothers
  • “Slip Away” by Clarence Carter
  • “Psychotic Reaction” by Count Five
  • “White Room” by Cream
  • “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • “Born On The Bayou” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • “Palisades Park” by Freddy Cannon
  • “Somebody To Love” by Jefferson Airplane
  • “Folsom Prison Blues (Live)” by Johnny Cash
  • “Shotgun” by Jr. Walker and the All Stars
  • “Nowhere To Run” by Martha and the Vendellas
  • “(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding
  • “Palisades Park” by Ramones
  • “King of the Road” by Roger Miller
  • “Soul Man” by Sam and Dave
  • “Li’l Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
  • “Desperation” by Steppenwolf
  • “You Keep Me Hangin’ On [#1]” by the Supremes
  • “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” by the Temptations
  • “Wild Thing” by the Troggs
  • “One” by Three Dog Night
  • “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by Vanilla Fudge
  • “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” by John Lee Hooker
  • “Good Times are so Hard to Find” by Blue Cheer
  • “Ay-Tete Fee” by Clifton Chenier
  • “You Belong To Me” by The Duprees
  • “Take Me for What I’m Worth” by the Searchers
  • “What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)” by The Tams
  • “Black Ghost Blues” by Lightnin’ Hopkins
  • “Green River” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • “Walking the Dog” by Rufus Thomas
  • “I Got My Mojo Working” by the Shadows of Knight
  • “You Belong To Me” by Misfits
  • “Bad Moon Rising” by Mourning Ritual ft Peter Dreimanis
  • “Tramp” by Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
  • “On The Road Again” by Canned Heat
  • “Don’t Go To Strangers” by Etta James
  • “Long Tall Sally” by Little Richard
  • “Running Scared” by Roy Orbison
  • “Crazy” by Patsy Cline
  • “Runaway (1967 version)” by Del Shannon
  • “Eve of Destruction” by Barry McGuire
  • “Knock on Wood” by Eddie Floyd
  • “Help Me, Rhonda” by Beach Boys
  • “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
  • “I Wish It Would Rain” by Temptations
  • “Heroes and Villains Beach Boys
  • “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” by Four Tops
  • “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane
  • “G.I. Blues” by Lightnin’ Slim
  • “Keep Searchin’ (We’ll Follow The Sun)” by Del Shannon
  • “Love Child” by Diana Ross & the Supremes
  • “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” by the Miracles
  • “Baby Love” by the Supremes
  • “Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield
  • “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by Beach Boys
  • “Get Up and Get Down” by the Dramatics
  • “Bottom of the River” by Delta Rae
  • “Ring Of Fire” by Johnny Cash
  • “Kicks” by Paul Revere and the Raiders
  • “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” by the Animals
  • “Needles & Pins” by the Searchers
  • “In-a-Gadda-da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly
  • “I Can’t Turn You Loose” by Chambers Brothers
  • “Hard to Handle”by Otis Redding
  • “The Weight” by The Band
  • “Paint it Black” by the Avengers
  • “Five Card Hand” by Mercy Dee Walton
  • “You Better Stop” by Sonny Rhodes
  • “Must Have Been the Devil” by Otis Spann
  • “I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown
  • “Hey Big Momma” by Roosevelt Sykes
  • “Sinner’s Prayer” by Lightnin’ Hopkins
  • “The Howling Wolf” by Lightnin’ Hopkins
  • “A Little Less Conversation” by Elvis

Mafia 3 Videos

Launch Trailer


Extended Gameplay Video from Gamescom and the Tokyo Games Show

The World of New Bordeaux #3 – Weapons

TV Advertisement

Inside Look – The Marcanos

Mafia III – The World of New Bordeaux Rackets – 31 August 2016

Father James and John Donovan – The Mentors – 24 August

Thomas Burke – Inside Look – 23 August

The Marcanos – The Italian Mafia – 18 August

Vito Scaletta – Inside Look – 17 August

The Heist – 16 August

Vito Scaletta – The Throwback – 11 August

The World of New Bordeaux #1: City Districts – 11 August

Thomas Burke – The Anarchist – 4 August

Cassandra – The Voodoo Queen – 28 July

Death Suits You – 21 July

Lincoln Clay – The Soldier – 19 July

Pre-Order Kick-Back Bonus – 22 June

Lead Writer Bill Harms Interview – 20 June

E3 Gameplay Reveal – 13 June

E3 Trailer – 12 June

The Criminal Ecology – 10 June

Driving in New Bordeaux – 6 May

One Way Road Story Trailer – 19 April

Bringing a City to Life – 31 May

Family – 13 August 2015

Re-imagining New Orleans – 11 August 2015

Lincoln Clay – 6 August 2015

Official Reveal Trailer – 5 August 2015


Other Links

Official Website for Mafia 3.

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