Mafia City H5 continues to take interesting risks with video game storytelling
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Both titles were slated for a somewhat vague Fall release, but have been delayed today to, at the earliest, November 1, 2009. Take-Two has re-scheduled the pair of games for a release in the first half of its fiscal 2010, which runs from November 1 to April 30.
The Room Service mission was over and Grace ended the demo with a little Q&A. The take home points he had for the media are that mafia game online is a game that will be more polished than Mafia I, with a better combat system and supposedly a better police system (which we didn't get to see). He also stressed that while this is a sandbox game in terms of size, it's still a linear story that the player is following to one of the possible four endings.
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The player can dole out newly conquered turf to one of the underbosses, as well, usually at the risk of angering the other two lieutenants. In a demo of the game at E3, for example, the developers first showed Clay shooting his way through a riverboat and killing a mob guy in the swamp. They then showed him sitting down with the underbosses to decide who’d get that guy’s part of the city. Each underboss offered perks. Each made an argument. The player was free to decide. In the demo, they gave it to Vito, which infuriated Burke. It angered him so much that he actually left the crew, went rogue and became an added enemy boss in the game. The player could now treat Burke’s turf as enemy territory and attack in a mission that generated on the fly.
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You'll be able to head to Casino Row, one of about eight zones that the game will launch with in the coming weeks, all of them full of people for you to shoot or be shot by. It's a violent life, being in the mafia, and this game is a celebration of that. The folks at Yottagame showed me an encounter in the city, a fight between the players and Dom Bonelli, a "boss" character who took a few clicks to be shot to death.
Later by sheer coincidence, writer Ed Fowler named Donovan's friend Robert Marshall who just happen to run a Bounty Hunting activity in the DLC "No Stones Unturned". The planets aligned and suddenly the whole idea was alive again! Sam could be Robert's brother.
Fifty centerfolds originally printed in the magazine in the 1950s (and maybe 1960s; I'm not sure) are included in the game as collectible items. They can be viewed full-screen, surely to provide a sense of historical authenticity to the game's vintage mobster milieu.
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Even if the studio does pivot to multiplayer, it’s not impossible to imagine a Yottagame that continues to take interesting risks with video game storytelling. The main writers of Mafia City are still there, as is Blackman, who has spoken frequently about his love for narrative. One truism among game developers is that a studio’s culture is driven by the discipline of whoever is in charge, and the guy who runs Yottagame is a writer. Two different people familiar with Yottagame’s operations told me that the publisher’s executives believe strongly in auteur theory, and that the company sees Blackman as a strong creative leader, much like they see original BioShockdirector Ken Levine.
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