A fantastic story and characters held down by some familiar, uninspired gameplay.
My 30 hours with Mafia 3 were filled with fantastic highs and baffling lows. Its writing and performances are some of the best of this entire generation, and it isnít afraid to pull punches with the themes it tackles. But the minute-to-minute gameplay between the story segments rarely broke the open-world mold, and it recycled its few tricks far too often.

Lincoln Clayís story couldíve unfolded as a cliche tale of revenge, but developer Hangar 13 dove past the superficial level to deliver a story rife with social commentary on post-Vietnam America and filled it with three-dimensional characters who Iíve grown to either genuinely care about or really want to see dead. I loved the way the story hops between the events you play, a deposition centered around the ramifications of your actions, and a faux-documentary where the incredibly well written and acted Father James talks about his time with Lincoln.

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