Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One or Steam game on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!

Tonight we played Mafia III, a gripping open-world crime game set in a fictionalized version of 1960s New Orleans, from 2K. Read on for quick impressions, contest winners, and the full video replay.

Mafia III

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After a long hiatus, the Mafia series returns with Mafia III. The setting is New Bordeaux, a fictionalized version of New Orleans in the year 1968. Protagonist Lincoln Clay is a Vietnam War veteran on a quest to avenge his friends who were murdered by the local mafia. To do that, he'll have to infiltrate the mob and become a criminal himself. Not only must Lincoln face the threat of the mafia, he'll also contend with the harsh racism of the time period.

Mafia III is a third-person action game with an open world setting reminiscent of the Grand Theft Auto series. Lincoln will drive a variety of vehicles, complete missions, and engage in melee and gunfights with cops and mobsters alike. It's a huge adventure with a gripping story and setting, although software bugs have been known to occasionally break the immersion.

Official features:

  • NEW BORDEAUX, A REIMAGINED NEW ORLEANS: A vast open world ruled by the mob and detailed with the sights and sounds of the era.
  • REVENGE YOUR WAY: Choose your own play-style; brute force, blazing guns or stalk-and-kill tactics, to tear down the Italian Mafia.
  • A NEW FAMILY ON THE ASHES OF THE OLD: Build a new criminal empire your way by deciding which lieutenants you reward, and which you betray.

Mafia III is an M-rated game with strong language and graphic violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

See on the Xbox Store

The Contest

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We streamed Mafia III for ~60 minutes tonight. During that time, we gave out a total of 12 prize codes:

  • 6 $10 Xbox gift cards (US accounts only)
  • 6 Call of Duty: infinite Warfare multiplayer beta codes for PlayStation 4 (North American accounts only, beta open this weekend and next weekend)

See the contest winners at the end of this story.

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Future streams

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Want to know what's next for Windows Central's Twitch programming? We stream a different game every Saturday (and sometimes Sunday). The stream always starts at the same time: 9pm Eastern (8pm Central, 6pm Pacific, 1am GMT). Over the next few weeks, we'll be streaming the following (schedule not finalized):

  • Saturday, October 22: Neverwinter: Storm King's Thunder – Check out the new expansion for the best free to play MMO on Xbox One and win exclusive in-game prizes (plus Xbox One Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare beta codes)!

We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.

Winners

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These winners are original gamers.

Xbox Gift Cards

  • Notymeforgames
  • Nicecreeper17
  • Drswoboda
  • Perfect_zer0
  • Murkyzel
  • Ballenight

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer beta codes (PlayStation 4)

  • Alexkywalker
  • Lightspeedhalo
  • T3chgy
  • Little1on1
  • Corye89
  • Globalwebsurferonxbox

Tonight's prizes provided by Mobile Nations and Activision. Thanks also to our Twitch stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!