Mafia 2 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Mafia 2 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Mafia Trilogy Officially Announced, Two Games Out Now https://www.gameskinny.com/omk4d/mafia-trilogy-officially-announced-two-games-out-now https://www.gameskinny.com/omk4d/mafia-trilogy-officially-announced-two-games-out-now Tue, 19 May 2020 14:18:39 -0400 Daniel Hollis

After weeks of teasing on the official Mafia Twitter page, the Mafia Trilogy has finally been unveiled with definitive versions of Mafia 2 and Mafia 3 out today.

Mafia 2: Definitive Edition marks the first time the game has appeared on current-generation systems and brings with it new HD visuals and all post-release DLC. Mafia 3: Definitive Edition, on the other hand, remains the same as the original game released three years ago, but it's now bundled with all the DLC released up until this point.

Mafia: Definitive Edition is set to be a complete remake of the original game from the ground-up. It's currently pegged for release on August 28, and you can see the reveal trailer below:

You can pick up the Mafia Trilogy digitally now, granting you immediate access to Mafia 2: Definitive Edition and Mafia 3: Definitive Edition, with access to Mafia: Definitive Edition on August 28. The trilogy will set you back $59.99 digitally.

You can wait for a physical release to coincide with the Mafia: Definitive Edition release, though the physical release is only planned for select EMEA region territories at this point. 

Alternatively, you can pick up separate digital versions of Mafia 2: DE and Mafia 3: DE for $29.99 each. Mafia: DE will retail for $39.99 when it releases. 

You can see our review of Mafia 3 here, where we said it was both controversial and gripping. Be sure to keep an eye on GameSkinny for all Mafia related news as it comes in!

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Mafia Trilogy Revealed as Definitive Editions Appear, Then Disappear https://www.gameskinny.com/ybdly/mafia-trilogy-revealed-as-definitive-editions-appear-then-disappear https://www.gameskinny.com/ybdly/mafia-trilogy-revealed-as-definitive-editions-appear-then-disappear Wed, 13 May 2020 15:34:22 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Following a trio of vague tweets from a few days ago, 2K has finally confirmed that the cult-hit Mafia trilogy is being re-done for the current generation. The developer and publisher shared a somewhat cryptic announcement trailer for an upcoming Mafia Trilogy announcement. (Yes, a reveal trailer for an impending reveal). 

That trailer can be seen above.

However, things get a bit murkier as sometime after the release of the announcement trailer, two Microsoft Store listings appeared: one for Mafia 2: Definitive Edition, which had the release date of May 19, and one for Mafia: Definitive Edition, which had a release date of August 28. 

There's no word yet on Mafia 3, but there's probably good reason for that. The Microsoft Store listings that revealed the above release dates were taken down between the time Eurogamer originally spotted them and the time of writing this article.

Either way, we still know Mafia: Definitive Edition is being rebuilt completely from the ground up. It's more than just a spit 'n shine, and it has story expansions. But anything other than that — like how much new content or what altered mechanics are involved — will probably be announced May 19.

That's when 2K teased more information would come in its original announcement today, prior to those accidental postings on the Microsoft store.

And presumably, that's when we'll hear about Mafia 3 as well.

The original story is over on Eurogamer. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Mafia Trilogy news as it develops.

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10 Open World Video Games Set In Historical Eras https://www.gameskinny.com/aqo2t/10-open-world-video-games-set-in-historical-eras https://www.gameskinny.com/aqo2t/10-open-world-video-games-set-in-historical-eras Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:06:55 -0500 Louis Bulaong

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Learning about history has never been so much fun. These titles have shown that video games can also be an educational way of learning about the past and see just how awesome our ancestors were when they kicked butt back then. With titles such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and Kingdom Come: Deliverance on the way, expect a lot more historical games to be released in the future. 

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Until then, grab a medieval sword, cowboy pistols, and a history book and go have some fun with these games on the list!

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Red Dead Redemption

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Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

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When Red Dead Redemption was released, it not only changed how historical games are made, it revolutionized how open-world video games should be played as a whole.

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In Red Dead Redemption, you play as John Marston, a former outlaw who is forced by the government to save his family. While open world games set in the Wild West are not a new idea (just look at previous titles like Gun and Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood), Red Dead Redemption is different by adding a morality system. This system affects gameplay whenever players act as a protector of the law or a bloodthirsty criminal.

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Players can traverse through the dying American frontier and across diverse environments, including snowy mountains, swamps and rivers, green forests, and deserts. They can also can gamble in towns, herd cattle as a cowboy, hunt animals, and engage in gunfights and duels. Everything from the diction and horses, to even the newspapers and moving pictures of the day is depicted accurately. Top it off with an amazing, Oscar-worthy story, and one could reasonably argue Rockstar created one of the greatest video games of all time.

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

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Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Steam

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Of all the historical open world video games out there, the Assassin’s Creed series is by far the most well-known. The entire franchise spans many different historical eras, from the Third Crusade, Renaissance, the Age of Revolutions and many others. The best game in the series however, is the one that takes place in the Golden Age of Piracy, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

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In the game, players take control of a pirate named Edward Kenway, and it certainly delivered on the swashbuckling action and high seas exploration that was expected of it. As a pirate, players can raid ports and other ships, find treasure hidden in uncharted islands or deep underwater, and fight soldiers and other pirates with cutlasses and flintlock pistols.

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While not entirely the most historically accurate game in the bunch (the series is sci-fi, after all), the game does well in resurrecting the Carribean during the age of the pirate, from the environment to even the historical individuals like Black Beard and Anne Bonney.

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The Saboteur

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Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows

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There have been a lot of World War II games, but only one that used an open world environment. The Saboteur is an action adventure game starring an angry Irish resistance fighter named Sean Devlin, as he fights for liberty and vengeance in Nazi-occupied Paris. With an assortment of WWII weapons and vehicles, Sean Devlin fights for the French people by battling soldiers and destroying their war machines.

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What makes The Saboteur unique from the others is that it combines the gameplay of two of the best open-world game series, but in a WWII setting: Grand Theft Auto and Assassin’s Creed. Sean Devlin can roam around the city, stealthily destroying enemy outposts like V2 rockets and AT guns, or climbing famous sites such as the Eiffel Tower, that have been decorated in Nazi symbols. It's difficult to find another game that immerses the player so fully in the setting and combines setting so skillfully with gameplay.

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Far Cry Primal

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Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam

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Far Cry Primal is a bit different, since it's one of a few games set in pre-history--the time of cavemen, massive creatures, and life without the perks (or life expectancy) of civilization. The Far Cry series is known for its creative use of first-person gameplay in a free-roam type setting, but this time developers replaced firearms and vehicles with stone-age weapons and ancient beasts.

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In Far Cry Primal players take control of a hunter named Takkar in the Mesolithic age, as he treks through lush, but unforgiving environments, hunts beasts like mammoths and saber-tooth tigers, and fights other cavemen and tribes for vital resources. Takkar can also tame animals that he can use at his disposal--an interesting and chronologically accurate depiction of the transition of mankind from a hunter-gatherer society to the time of settlement and conquering nature itself.

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The Testament of Sherlock Holmes

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Available on: Xbox 360, Windows

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The long-running indie series Adventures of Sherlock Holmes has been scratching that open-world detective video game itch for over a decade, long before L.A. Noire. In this series, Sherlock Holmes solve a variety of cases, many of which pitted him against other famous characters, like Arsene Lupin, Jack the Ripper and the Cult of Cthulhu. Besides giving the players the chance to solve mysterious crimes, many of the games in this series also offer the chance to roam around places in Victorian England.

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Frogwares has done well in meticulously researching the history of 19th century London. But when the sixth installment, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes came out, more effort and attention to detail was given to really create that authentic look for the HD generation.

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While not entirely an open world game, players are still free to roam around the downtrodden Whitechapel District itself to see the dark Gothic buildings and the dreary economic state of much of the city. This great attention to detail turned this indie title into one of the best detective games of all time.

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Mafia II

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Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC

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From games like Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row and Sleeping Dogs, it's easy to say gangsters are one of the most popular protagonists in many open world video games. So who wouldn't want to play as a tommy gun-wielding mobster in the 1950s? Thankfully for those who do, developer 2K Czech released Mafia II in 2010, where players take control of mobster Vito Scarletta throughout his criminal career. This particular game makes you feel like a true gangster better than many of its contemporaries.

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Unlike L.A. Noire, where you play as a law enforcer, in Mafia II, you play as a gangster who is free to cause carnage with tommy guns and a variety of classic cars. The developers included multiple details, large and small, to give the game a nice '50s vibe, from the rock and roll music, to the classic mobster suits and greasers jacket, and even collectibles in the form of vintage Playboy covers.

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L.A. Noire 

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Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Steam, Xbox One

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Rockstar, a developer that can easily be seen as a master of open-world games, has released several sandbox games set in various historical eras. One of them is L.A. Noire, a detective game that takes place in the scandalous era of 1940s Los Angeles.

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Players take control of Cole Phelps, a WWII veteran who joined the police force, as he climbs the career ladder from beat cop to renowned detective. The game is reminiscent of all the classic noire stories and pulp fiction of the past, with players interrogating witnesses and investigating crime scenes across the colorful landscape of Los Angeles.

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Players fight criminals using tommy guns, Hollywood style gossip can be indulged in, and you can even drive along the old Hollywoodland sign. And let's face it: everyone wants to do that. One downloadable mission even has Cole Phelps solving the Black Dahlia murder. Los Angeles has never looked as gritty as it was in the old days in L.A. Noire.

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Mount & Blade 

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Available on: PC, Steam

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When it comes to medieval games in the industry, it seems one has to have at least a dragon, an elf, or magic to be popular, just like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim or Dragon’s DogmaMount and Blade on the other hand, deviates from these fantasy trends and instead, depicts the so-called Dark Ages as they were more than a millennium ago. Even without the magic and the sorcery, Mount & Blade is still considered to be one of the best medieval action RPGs of all time. 

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Players only have their swords, bows, and other medieval weapons for support, as they journey through the countryside of Europe, fighting battles, conquering castles, and raiding villages. Players must personally lead their men into battle in either all-out brawls or smarter strategic assaults. There's just as much medieval fun to be had out of the less fantastical elements of the period than you might think.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

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Available on: PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3

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The popular Grand Theft Auto series isn’t a historical open-world game in a sense, but there are many titles that takes place in certain time periods, and one of them is Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

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Like many GTA games, players take control of a down-on-his-luck protagonist, as he rises from the bottom to the top of the criminal world, filled with brawls, gunfights, and vehicle drive-bys. What sets it apart from others, however, is its satirical portrayal of 1980s America.

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Audio consists of iconic pop music of the time, vintage cars can be driven, and there are a ton of cheesy 80s references from aerobics, Rambo, Phil Collins, and even "99 Red Balloons." It captures everything related to how the era is stereotypically portrayed in pop culture. Even the game’s story is heavily influenced by the 80s idea of liberty, promiscuity, and rampart drug epidemics. 

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Way of the Samurai 3

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Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Steam, iOS

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In this third installment of the long-running Way of the Samurai series, Way of the Samurai 3 lets players take control of an unnamed samurai as he fights through battles and duels in Sengoku Japan. Developer Acquire did a great job in recreating the Warring States Period of Japan, a time where factions and clans wage war until whoever can finally take control of the islands.

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The protagonist can be customized in terms of general appearance and clothing, as well as what type of Japanese weapon he can wield. Players can roam around the countryside, either helping people or causing mayhem with a katana or naginata. And in an era filled with treachery and betrayal, players can choose which side he wants to fight for, which can lead to different endings. 

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If you're a big fan of classic jidaigeki films like Seven Samurai and historical anime like Rurouni Kenshin, then give this one a try.

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With open world games set in modern day cities, cybernetic worlds, and fantasy kingdoms done to death at this point, there is no wonder that historical games such as Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Red Dead Redemption 2 are trending in the market. Not only do these games bring variety to a popular genre, but they also bring with them the chance to relive history and walk and interact with the people and events of yesteryear.

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You can play as a knight, pirate, samurai, noire detective, gangster or a cowboy; ride horses and mammoths or drive vintage cars; and roam around places like the Old West, Victorian London or Nazi-occupied Paris. The choice is yours to decide, but we've put together a list of the 10 best open world games with historical settings to help get you started.

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Mafia 3 Doesn't Deserve All The Hate https://www.gameskinny.com/2683a/mafia-3-doesnt-deserve-all-the-hate https://www.gameskinny.com/2683a/mafia-3-doesnt-deserve-all-the-hate Fri, 07 Oct 2016 05:28:06 -0400 Sergey_3847

Mafia 3 is finally available after a series of long but inevitable delays. As a result, the community gets more and more negative about the game, which was strongly anticipated by a lot of people. It looks like every new gameplay video on YouTube is now followed by a whole army of naysayers and hateful commentators.

They don’t like the gameplay, they don’t like how it looks, they don’t like the story (which hasn’t been fully revealed yet), and so on and so forth. It’s not a secret anymore that Mafia 3 will be a completely different type of game than the previous two installments. So instead of looking into the past, we should all focus on the present.

The developers consciously made a choice to create a totally different game, likely because they knew that by making another clone of Mafia 2, they would face an even bigger problem than they have now – being blamed for having no fresh ideas. So, let’s take a look at why making Mafia 3 different was the right choice by Hangar 13, and hopefully, prove all the haters wrong.

A new kind of anti-hero

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The developers didn’t want to tell the story from the point of view of another Italian American, so they went with a completely different kind of anti-hero – a Vietnam War veteran. More than that, he is an Afro-American who lives in the late 60s – an era when America suffered from some strong racial discrimination.

His name is Lincoln Clay. He fought in the war and after returning home, he realizes that nothing really changed. The Italian mafia sadistically kills his foster family, and all this fuels his hate even more. As a result, we have a hero with a strong sense of revenge -- and there couldn’t be a better set up for the new game than this.

Haters like to say that the revenge story is as old as the world itself, and so is the story of a young guy who tries to make it in the mafia business. But this time we have a story that is more than just a quest for revenge – it’s the inner conflict and the social injustices that blend together to serve the story in a good way. And there is nothing better for a good story than a solid conflict. So in the end it all makes sense.

The City of New Bordeaux

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Games with open worlds are becoming more and more popular these days, but the old fans of Mafia cannot stand the decision to bring the that aspect of gameplay to Mafia 3. However, it is important to mention that New Bordeaux is a really well-designed city with hundreds of locations that have their own peculiarities, which you can visit at any point in the game.

You can talk to people on the streets and hear different dialogues that may reveal new and interesting facts about the events in the game. The developers also included a number of unique events that happen in different parts of the city. Some of them will influence the progression of the main campaign with different choices and outcomes.

Lincoln’s partners also have their own agenda, and you need to be careful when talking to them just as much as with the game’s main antagonist, Sal Marcano. If you make the wrong decisions, your newly acquired friends may quickly turn into enemies and vice versa. This entails many different endings of for truly great story.

There are problems, but there is no need for hate

Many streamers who gained access to Mafia 3 prior to release managed to give the game a bad rep with their ignorant comments. Their audiences quickly jumped on the bandwagon and wrote thousands of strongly negative comments about a game that they hadn't even played yet.

The main argument here is that the game doesn’t feel like the old Mafia, but strongly resembles GTA. Of course, there are some similarities, but the story is completely different -- and it alone makes Mafia 3 a unique kind of experience.

On the other hand, some criticism about the game does make sense, such as an atrociously bad AI. Unfortunately, it does need to be improved, as at times enemies behave inadequately and it can get frustrating really quickly.

This time we have a story that is more than just a quest for revenge – it’s the inner conflict and the social injustices that blend together.

Other complaints are just plain ridiculous, such as people not liking the car explosions because they look unrealistic. It is alright if you don’t like the driving simulation, which is basically the same as in Watch Dogs, but saying that you don’t like explosions is a bit too much.

When addressing the issue of the story, many old fans dislike the fact that this new Mafia doesn’t continue the narrative of the previous games. The thing is that it does, but indirectly. For example, we can see the protagonist of Mafia 2, named Vito, coming back in Mafia 3. So, there are enough hints on the past titles in the new game to satisfy those needs, as well.

But other than that, there is no need for such strong hate that becomes a trend nowadays in the gaming community. Let go of the negativity and try to focus on the positive sides of the game, because it is full of them. But if you still don’t like it at all, then just go do something else – something that you really enjoy.

What do you think about all the hate that Mafia 3 receives lately? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Great Games at a Steal: Grab these discounts before they disappear! https://www.gameskinny.com/c7m4i/great-games-at-a-steal-grab-these-discounts-before-they-disappear https://www.gameskinny.com/c7m4i/great-games-at-a-steal-grab-these-discounts-before-they-disappear Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:00:01 -0400 Kat De Shields

Buying video games can get pricey, so when a discount comes along it's always worth taking a look. Today, there's a pretty sweet line up for some recent releases and oldies but goodies. Get your collection up to speed or fill in the gaps of your game collection with these discounted titles. 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 

Normally priced at $59.99, save 18% when you purchase the latest title in the series. Adam Jensen is a real BAMF. 

DOOM 

Scoop up this title at 50% off normal price. At least the price is kind, the game is guaranteed to kick your ass. 

Rocket League 

Rocket League is a crazy popular game. if you haven't had the chance to play this one yet, buy it now at 40% off normal cost. 

Mafia II 

Even though the game is 6 years old, it's still a ton of fun to play. You can purchase a digital download at an 80% discount! 

Sword Art Online: Lost Song 

Explore the world of ALfheim Online at a 25% discount for PS4. 

Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Let's be honest, we all wanted to try parkour after playing Mirror's Edge. If you're still not comfortable leaping from rooftops, pick up this game at a 25% discount. 

XCOM: Enemy Unknown 

Another 80% discount deal, pick up this award-winning game and save Earth from a horrifying alien invasion. 

Saint's Row IV

For $5 (an 83% discount) you can own the game and all the DLC. Wait are you waiting for?

BioShock 2

Now, you can be a Big Daddy for real as you travel through the city of Rapture. You don't have to have Big Daddy bucks though, as the game is available for purchase at an 80% discount. 

BioShock Infinite

More BioShock! More discounts! Pick up the latest game in the series for $6 smackaroos. 80% discounts are amazing. 

Sid Meier's Civilization V

If you don't have this game, you're a disgrace to mankind. Atone for your failings and purchase today for $10. You owe it to humanity.

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Mafia 3 officially announced, trailer set for Gamescom next week https://www.gameskinny.com/8k6y3/mafia-3-officially-announced-trailer-set-for-gamescom-next-week https://www.gameskinny.com/8k6y3/mafia-3-officially-announced-trailer-set-for-gamescom-next-week Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:49:35 -0400 Callum Wiggins

"2K Games is going to make you an offer you can't refuse..."

After months of rumor, 2K Games have today confirmed that Mafia 3 is in development, and the full reveal of the latest title in the gangster series will take place at Gamescom in August. This was expected to after screenshots were leaked last month of the publisher registering domain names for Mafia 3, with this news likely to delight many fans of the franchise.

The previous game in the series, Mafia 2, was released in August 2010, earning generally positive reviews for its immersive story, engaging missions, and violent shootouts. While it undoubtedly had some noticeable foibles, namely a dimwitted police force, over-reliance on cutscenes and offering too much as downloadable content, the sequel earned a solid response by both critics and buyers.

Talk of a third game has been speculated since 2012, where it was believed 2K Czech, the developers behind Mafia 2, were moving into development on the next instalment in the series. News then spread that it would become a launch title for the PS4 and Xbox One, but reported production issues meant those plans did not go ahead.

Then earlier this year voice actor Rick Pasqualone, who voiced protagonist Vito Scaletta in Mafia 2, teased over Twitter that a new game was in the works:

As a big fan of Mafia 2, I am extremely excited about this series finally coming back to life on the next generation of consoles. One of its greatest aspects was the game's graphics and the design of Empire Bay, so that should be further enhanced when you are shaking down snitches and paying off cops in this latest edition.

The Mafia franchise has also been a leader with regards to storytelling, which made its original 2002 title stand out as a grittier, more realistic version of the Grand Theft Auto series. The storyline in Mafia 2 was one of the most enveloping I have played in recent years, blending humor, action and emotional family drama into an excellent package.

I cannot wait to be able to pull out my Tommy Gun once more and pledge allegiance to the family.

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The Unintentional Horror Game: Genre Changing Glitches https://www.gameskinny.com/2usxe/the-unintentional-horror-game-genre-changing-glitches https://www.gameskinny.com/2usxe/the-unintentional-horror-game-genre-changing-glitches Mon, 01 Jun 2015 20:08:26 -0400 Dani Gosha

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Sharing Is Caring

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What are some of the creepiest glitches you've witnessed in a non-scary game?

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 Legs for Miles

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We all know that Saint's Row is a crazy game. funny even but not well....whatever is going on in this image. The glitch isn't entirely scary game wise but just imagine standing on the street late at night and suddenly a spider lady six legs short is coming up behind you. Yeah, no thanks. 

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Leather Face Glitch

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We're afraid of what we don't understand which makes this Mafia II glitch scary at first glance. One minute you're talking to a sweet old Italian lady and the next thing you know you're talking to what looks like a mannequin. 

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It really isn't that bad if you realize what you're looking at though. The glitch is a simple texture swap which causes the leather jacket to overlap the skin of the old woman's face for a few seconds. Unlike other glitches, this one fixes pretty quickly.  

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Assassin's Creed Not So Unity

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If you were to look up the latest gaming glitches, without a doubt this glitch from Assassin's Creed Unity would show up. In fact, it shows up anytime the game doesn't properly load textures and while it provides a good laugh it also makes things kind of weird.

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Black Flag Does The Rapture

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I'm not talking about the Bioshock Rapture, I'm talking about the biblical one that has people flying up to the sky all willy-nilly. This Assassin's Creed doesn't give a sinking ship about physics or stealing your entire crew while it is at it. Not sure if we should blame a bad patch, Moses or global warming. 

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Fallout 3 Reanimated NPC's

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If you thought the Fallout 3 head glitches were terrifying than you're going to absolutely get a scare out of these reanimated NPC's. The glitch occurs when you've killed an NPC, save your game, and reload it. The system grabs bits and pieces trying to put the previously killed NPC back together but instead of getting the full picture, we literally end up getting blood and guts. Gross. I'll take the floating heads. 

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Fallout 3 Floating Heads

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No, Floating Heads isn't some kind of Talking Heads cover band, it is just an eerie glitch that happens in Fallout 3. There's no real reason for this, it kind of just happens. 

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The Witcher Goes Edvard Munch

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I've always said that video games should be looked at as art but I never thought it would be taken so literally. Thanks to an unexplained glitch, The Witcher's otherwise fairly decent looking Geralt channels Munch's popular The Scream painting. It is both hilarious and disturbing. 

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Laying The Smackdown in WWE2K15

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WWE games are the absolute worst when it comes to glitches but to be fair, they're the most creative. I don't know what's going on in the glitch above but for WWE games that's the norm. 

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From Cradle to the Glitch

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If you ever wondered what having a kid would be like Sim's 3 is not the place to get that idea. A number of players have reported their babies hitting some seriously freaky growth spurts but luckily the glitch can be avoided.

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According to forums, the glitch is the result of users using a nude skin mod which corrupts the game. 

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Skyrim's Headless Heroes

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We've heard of the Headless Horseman but Skyrim isn't bothering to save face with a pumpkin replacement. This glitch, thanks to a previous in game beheading, isn't as scary as it is disturbing but is quick to make a fantasy into a nightmare. 

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Ah, the video game glitch.

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Every gamer's worst nightmare at least, when it messes up the progress of your game. Other than, it is usually just a few seconds of creepy. And boy do I mean creepy. 

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Who knew the sudden distortion of 3D polygons could be so scary? It is even scarier when it is in a game not meant to have you covering your eyes.

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Despite what we may think, game developers aren't perfect and neither are the games they create which means every once in a while there will be a hiccup in the system. Unfortunately, sometimes those little hiccups turn into a 'kill it with fire' moment.

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There are happy accidents and then there are 'what did I just witness accidents.' Check out these glitches that unintentionally turned our games over to the dark side. 

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Microsoft Announces New Lineup for Games with Gold https://www.gameskinny.com/wphlx/microsoft-announces-new-lineup-for-games-with-gold https://www.gameskinny.com/wphlx/microsoft-announces-new-lineup-for-games-with-gold Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:34:11 -0400 Victor Ren

A new lineup has been announced for Microsoft's Games with Gold for Xbox Live Gold members. This months game for the Xbox One is CastleStorm: Definitive Edition, while the game coming out for the 360 is Mafia II. On top of that, Microsoft will continue to offer Pool Nation FX for free until the end of May.

Mafia II, a game that was released in 2010, tells the story of the Mafia driven underworld from the 1940's to the 1950's. The game received fairly impressive reviews for its immersive gameplay and dramatic story. 

CastleStorm: Definitive Edition is a relaunch of the of a game that debuted in 2013. The new version is a model that takes advantage of the current hardware of the Xbox One. The game plays as a strategic medieval tower defense, and have received fair reviews from critics.

All three of these games will be free for Xbox Live Gold members throughout the month of May, and these three rewards will be saving gamers on Xbox a total of around $50.

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Pay What You Want: Bioshock, XCOM, and More in Humble 2K Bundle https://www.gameskinny.com/njh96/pay-what-you-want-bioshock-xcom-and-more-in-humble-2k-bundle https://www.gameskinny.com/njh96/pay-what-you-want-bioshock-xcom-and-more-in-humble-2k-bundle Wed, 09 Jul 2014 03:02:17 -0400 Yasmin Curren

Is your bank account still crying out in pain from the Steam Summer Sale even though you're already craving new games? Have no fear, the Humble 2K Bundle has come to the rescue with one of Humble's most enticing game offers to date for pay-what-you-want.

Pay at least $1 and you'll recieve:

Pay over $7.39 for:

Finally, if you're feeling generous, pay over $20 for:

As always all of your money, be it $1 or $100, will be divided between the developer (2K), charities (American Red Cross and Action Against Hunger) and the humble tip jar under your choosing. Each of these games come with Steam-redeamable keys so don't worry, your achievements won't go unnoticed! 

I should probably add that Bioshock comes with a DRM-free version, so now you can kick back and enjoy Rapture in all its Splicer-filled glory without interruption! All of these games are available on Windows with a few available for Mac and Linux too. 

In my personal opinion bundles like this one don't come often, with such popular games being sold for the price of my daily coffee! I've always been intrigued by Darkness II, something about being able to ravage my enemies with supernatural Demon Arms really excites me... I'm already a massive Bioshock fan but there's no harm in having more than one copy right? If you already have it, you can gift it to a friend.

This bundle will be live until 22 July 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Enjoy!


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