There's nothing else out there quite like a great gangster movie. Over the years we've had the likes of Sergio Leone, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese transform the face of mafia culture on screen. As well as getting an invaluable insight into the highs of their lifestyle, we had the opportunity to see how they destroyed others and themselves along with it. Almost everything that we loved about the Mafia games, came from the works of directors like these.
This series has always focused upon narrative. It prides itself on delivering captivating characters, emotional sequences and great gameplay to go along with it. Mafia 3 will take us to the streets of New Orleans in the late 1960s on its 2016 release date. It will show us a culture and time that Video Games rarely touch upon. We're also not even members of the Mafia, but actually trying to take it down. We cannot wait to see what Hangar 13 have been working on!
The 8 Gangster Movies Mafia 3 Needs to Draw From for Release Date!
In order to get us hyped for the game, there are so many gangster adventures for you to embark upon! Take this as a list of must-see films, as well as compilation of works that we'd love to see Mafia 3 draw from. Let's take a journey through the annals of cinema history.
- The Killing (1956)
Stanley Kubrick. Every genre he touched he made a mark on. The Killing tells the story of Johnny Clay, a man out for to claim $2,000,000 from his final heist. He intricately plans out every detail with his crew, but complications arise that still thrill to this day. It's beautifully shot, superbly directed and peppered with wondrous performances. If heists in Mafia 3 were as good as this - wow!
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Arthur Penn's film about Bonnie and Clyde shocked the world. From its sporadic editing to its extreme violence, American audiences weren't prepared for the shock of this story. Gangster films and violence go hand in hand, but none have handled violence quite like Penn. Mafia 3, watch and learn.
The Godfather (1972)
It's an obvious choice, but you can't make a gangster film list without acknowledging Marlon Brando. Francis For Coppola's masterpiece is still as compelling as it was in its day. It inspires every mafia film since its creation and will undoubtedly influence Mafia 3 in some way.
- Goodfellas (1990)
What an incredible masterpiece. This is Martin Scorsese in his prime. A man that could seemingly film anything and supply it with the exact kind of cinematography, editing, music or silence it required. Goodfellas is a roller coaster ride of emotion and if Mafia 3 can handle its cast the way Scorsese did, we'll be in for a real treat!
- Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Humour. Every gangster film has included elements of humour, but Quentin Tarantino's film demonstrated how extreme violence and humour could co-exist in spectacularly entertaining fashion. Mafia 3 needs to take a thing or two from the style and exuberance of Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.
Sexy Beast (2000)
Jonathan Glazer has made three extraordinary films, Under The Skin, Birth and Sexy Beast. The latter is one of the most extraordinary gangster films ever made. It teaches us about intimidation. The power that Ben Kingsley holds in this film needs to be equalled by the antagonist of Mafia 3. If we don't have this sense of intimidation, we're going to lose our motivation.
City of God (2002)
City of God is often the movie that introduces people to the cinema of Brazil. This masterpiece showed us a world we'd only heard of. It introduced us to the brutality and vicious nature of the modern crime syndicates that have taken over areas of Brazil. If Mafia 3 can be this true to its setting on release date as City of God is, we'll at least have a credible New Orleans to inhabit.
When we think of organised crime, we tend to think of the Italian mafia. We've been drenched in gangster films for years, and the most common representation is that of the Italian crime families that thrived in America. Gomorra tells us a dark and twisted tale of life in the mafia today, but in the land where the word stems from. Set in various locations around Naples, Gomorra is a brutal film that proves to us all that the mafia is nothing we want to be a part of. Mafia 3 needs to give us that motivation.
So there we have it! My list of gangster movies that Mafia 3 should really draw from. I urge you all to watch every single one of them. They are all heralded by extraordinary directors, filled with remarkable performances, and paint various pictures of what it was like to be a part of organised crime all over the world.