Bangkok Episode 6 (Saboteur) and 7 (Assassin) are now live in Mafia Wars for you to play.
Right out the gate, these episodes are a big step up from the previous Bangkok ones. More $B required, more consumables required, more energy required, and higher powered loot.
Take a look at some of the weapons you will need to complete jobs:
If we need 90 Nguhea Sniper Rifles (not sure if we do) like we did in previous chapters, maybe I should have replaced my "save up at least 2 million $B" comment to 100 million!
At any rate, the loot is looking better too. I picked up this from the Chapter 3, Episode 6 Triad Only job:
Finally, an upgrade over the Ubijca Assault Rifle!
There are also some animals available now in the faction store:
The Banded Krait is Yakuza and the Xiamen Tiger is Triad.
And yes, you will need at least Pirates and Satellite Phones to make it through the new content.
And yes, the cost of these jobs is quite high. However, I don't see this as a problem. Bangkok was a bit more casual in nature than Moscow was; Episodes 6 and 7 were to appease the more serious audience that was whining about a lack of content. I think they ratcheted up the $B cost on purpose.
At any rate, I will post up the differences between Yakuza and Triads in Episode 6 in a few minutes. Episode 7 be up sometime tonight.