That latter element is particularly apparent in gangster games’s newly malleable combat. With a satisfyingly gluey cover-system underpinning everything, both shooting and stealth feel tactile and robust. But most crucially, Mafia III gets the transition between play-styles just right. Gunplay never feels like the consolation prize for screwing up stealth. Sneaking never feels like the coward’s way out of a tough gunfight.
It’s all tremendously organic and rewarding, with sudden shifts in the action state eliciting genuine excitement rather than a swift click toward a checkpoint reset. You’ll dash from the gleeful crack-pop of one Mafia’s terribly enjoyable headshots to a close-up melee execution, and then seamlessly slink back into cover to clear another group out with a grenade. And then use the resulting disarray to vanish among crates and drywall to mop up with a more cat-and-mouse approach. Each disparate strategy feels more than just viable. It feels like the only right thing to do at the moment you execute it.
As for the series’ trademark sense of time and place, it feels like we could be in for a pretty special iteration this time around. Mafia III’s version of New-Orleans is evoked with both gloss and grit, a lazy, hazy, summertime heat permeating its streets just as bullets and foul-mouthed slurs fill the air. Speaking of which, new protagonist Lincoln Clay could well prove a worthy successor to Vito. A mixed-race member of the Black Mafia, and a Vietnam veteran by the time the game starts, he’s a clear microcosm for all of the era’s major social and political concerns.
Going off current evidence, the game’s tone seems to pull no punches, but neither is Lincoln placed on a pedestal of virtue. Tricky waters for a AAA action game to navigate in 2016, but then, Mafia has always been a more thoughtful breed of open-worlder. Bigger, and perhaps slightly brawnier, Mafia III nonetheless very clearly carries that defining family trait.
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