Mafia ships

According to EB Games, Mafia, the eagerly awaited third person action/adventure game developed by Illusion Softworks, is "now shipping" so you can expect it on store shelves tomorrow. Expect an official confirmation from Take 2 soon.
Mafia is a 3D action game, played in the third person. The player assumes the role of a gangster in an American city of the 1930s, and gets a chance to live through gangster's rise and fall. In a spell-binding story of human hunger for power, he will experience everything that was taking place in the underworld during this stormy period: high-speed car chases, bootlegging, assassinations, and bank robberies. Some men do not accept the rules. They create their own. It is 1930. Due to circumstances he couldn't possibly have predicted, Tommy's life as a cabdriver is about to be exchanged for a life in the Mafia. At first he continues his work as a driver and nothing could be better. He soon becomes good friends with his sidekicks Paulie and Sam, and although the work is sometimes risky, he earns more money than he did as a cabdriver. But as time goes on he is ordered to undertake more and more unpleasant jobs ? and he starts to become disillusioned with the life he has chosen. Features: Explore over 12 square miles of this 1930's American city, with intelligent simulated traffic, landmarks and surrounding countryside. This fictional city was created with reference to authentic buildings and photos from that period. Over 20 action-packed missions with tasks including from mob hits, car chases, bootlegging, shootouts, assassinations of persona non grata, bank robberies and even simply going for a romantic walk with your love. Over 30 highly realistic and hi-poly indoor locations rendered with the latest 3D engine technology. Take a trip through a city of the 30?s, visit places such as the airport, banks, galleries, restaurants, the harbor and many others. An expansive epic story line inspired by real events that took place in the 30?s. The story is conveyed through spoken dialogs and motion-capture animations from professional actors. Drive one of 60 historic cars, which are based on models that were on the road in the 30's and the physics of which have been faithfully reproduced. Due to the realistic physics and real time deformation of the cars, getting involved in a chase with the police is definitely something to avoid. Over 12 weapons to choose from, including baseball bats, sawn-off shotguns, Magnums or the legendary Thompson tommy gun, to deal with those that dare to cross your path. Technology: The LS3D Engine was developed in-house by Illusion Softworks: it supports the realistic rendering of large exterior environments and highly detailed interiors. Effects such as mirrors, environmental mapping, real-time shadows, deformations and more are used to create convincing environments. Fully motion-capture character animations, including realistic facial animations, lip synchronization and more. One of the most realistic car physics systems ever created in a computer game. Each car has more than 100 parameters to adjust to imitate it's real life double. Platforms: PC CDROM Expected date of completion: Fall 2002 Expected configuration requirements: PENTIUM III or AMD K7, 64-128 MB RAM, Direct 3D accelerator with at least 16MB of RAM Published by: Take2 Interactive

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