Mafia III Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Mafia III by Jesse Harlin & Jim Bonney.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 84.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 23.2
Album Excellence: 23.7%
Mafia III is a action-adventure video game developed by Hangar 13 and published by 2K Games. It is the third installment in the Mafia series, and the debut title for Hangar 13. Set in 1968 in the city of New Bordeaux, a fictional recreation of New Orleans, the story revolves around Lincoln Clay, an orphan and a Vietnam War veteran, who is on a quest to build a new crime organization to confront the Italian mob. Mafia III is set in the year 1968, and revolves around Lincoln Clay, a biracial orphan. As a boy, he was adopted by black mobsters and later served in the Vietnam War. After being discharged, he returned to New Bordeaux (a fictionalized version of New Orleans) and was subsequently inducted into the black mob. For his first assignment, he works with Giorgi Marcano, heir to the Marcano crime family, to rob the Federal Reserve. The money is divided evenly, but Giorgi and his father have other plans. The score is composed by Jesse Harlin & Jim Bonney.
I haven’t played any game in the Mafia series yet, but I’m aware of it. From a musical perspective, they’ve changed composer each time. The first game was composed by Vladimir Simunek and the second game was composed by Matus Siroky & Adam Kuruc. I vaguely remember listening to the score to the second game, but apart from that It’s all new territory for me. The score seems evenly divided between the two composers and it opens with Harlin’s ‘New Bordeaux’, a somber cello and guitar piece. The blues parts are the most appealing to me, and it sets an interesting mood for the game and it fits New Orleans. Still, the blues can be better and it is in Jim Bonney’s ’11th Hour Blues’, a truly proper blues song.
As can be seen from the various game videos and trailers, it’s a pretty dark game and the music reflects that. When it’s not New Orlean-esque blues, it’s dark cello which is the main “theme” for this score. Personally, the blues hits a note with me. I haven’t been listening to blues in many years, but I had a period in my life where I listened to a lot of Blues and this takes me back. Turns out I’m still a fan. The music in this game is great and of the highest quality, but as my personal taste goes, it doesn’t quite fit in for me (except the blues parts by Jim Bonney). If I were to play the game though, I would have been really impressed with the music as I can’t imagine how much immersed I would be and the music is a huge part of that.
2. 11th Hour Blues
4. Going Down Slow
6. Boy Becomes A Man
8. Crush N Shuffle
13. Swamp War Stomp
16. Shudder N Moan