What is New Bordeaux?

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A very interesting, but intense and fun open world game is nearly upon us. What is this game you ask? It’s Mafia 3 and it is slated to come out on October 7th which is only a few weeks away.

So what is this New Bordeaux as the title implies? It is a fictional city in the game that is completely based on the actual city of New Orleans. As I’ve mentioned before in some past articles of Mafia 3, the game is based in the 1960s which was a very turbulent time in American history especially in the deep south with the Civil Rights movement where prejudice was extremely prevalent.

You’ll definitely get to see a lot of that in this game especially since the main character of the game is of African decent. New Orleans was also very much in Mafia hands in the 1960s so organized crime was rampant in the city back then.

It’s no surprise then that the city of New Bordeaux will represent this very well in the game, after all it wouldn’t be a Mafia game if there weren’t any organized crime.

From what I’ve seen of videos and hands on previews from various gaming sites, the graphics look really good in the game and New Bordeaux looks nearly identical to everything that New Orleans is well known for especially the French Quarter.

Now as I’ve said, the game does take place in the 1960s so many of the tall towers in downtown New Orleans today did not exist back then. There was also only one bridge over the Mississippi River instead of the twin spans of today.

One thing I’m excited about is that not only is there a New Orleans like city in the game, but the game developers also included swamps surrounding the city of New Bordeaux and they will definitely play a part in the gameplay and story of Mafia 3.

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IGN recently had a great article about the gameplay of Mafia 3 because they got to try out a demo of the game and surprisingly had some really great things to say about it.

What I like about the article is that it says that it isn’t just an open world game where you can do whatever you want like in the Grand Theft Auto series, it is more then that and the character has a very deep story and back story that revolves around a life of crime even though he wants to get away from it.

It even talks about the racial prejudices that existed back in that time period especially in the city. There is a group in the game that has similar tones to the KKK and you’ll encounter the group as well as get to choose how you respond to this organization.

We are definitely getting very close to the game’s release and as it gets closer I just keep getting more excited about Mafia III and I’m definitely going to get it. You can preorder the game now over at GameStop so if you want this game when it is released, head over there now and preorder it.

If someone you know asks the question, “What is New Bordeaux?”, you can now answer that question since you now know that it’s based off of 1960s New Orleans. Check back as always as we get closer to the release and new information about this exciting open world game.


I just recently posted a full review of Mafia 3 where I talk about other aspects of the game and talk a little bit more about New Bordeaux. I am generally enjoying the game still and I do like how they pretty much recreated 1960s New Orleans. If you haven’t already, go check out my review and see a recent video clip of a little bit of my game play.

2 thoughts on “What is New Bordeaux?

  1. Having skipped the first two Mafia games, I really wasn’t all too enthused about this one. When i started to hear more about it, however, I’ve gotta say I’m actually looking forward to it. Knowing now that this takes place in a faux-New Orleans during such a turbulent time in our nation’s history, I’m extremely intrigued. If handled well, I daresay this could be an amazing and important game.

    1. Yeah I agree with you. I’ve also skipped the first two Mafia games, but this one has intrigued ever since I first heard about it. The fact that the game’s city is based on 1960s New Orleans just makes it that much more appealing to me since New Orleans has always been a second home to me. I’ve seen some videos of its gameplay and it looks really good.

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