From its very first trailer, I knew Mafia 3 was a game I had to keep on my radar. Not even because it’s the latest in the renowned Mafia series, though that definitely plays a role — the main reason I became enthralled with the direction of Hangar 13’s open-world, action-adventure is its reimagined vision of 1968 New Orleans, and all the very real human elements that could accompany it.

I want more games set in real places, or at least fictionalized versions of real places. Games set in fantasy worlds aren’t inferior by any means — Dark Souls is among my favorite games — but for a medium that’s several decades old, video games often seem unusually afraid of reality.

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Source: More Games Should Take Mafia 3-Style Risks

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