I had just completed Mafia III about two weeks ago, and I must say (at the risk of being viewed as a pariah) that it's one of the greatest video games I've ever played.
I really don't think any of the GTA plots and characters to be honest hold a candle to the larger-than-life ensemble ever present in New Bordeaux. There was not one
character that did not fit the mold of the intense period that was the late 1960s in the American South. I found Lincoln Clay, Father James, John Donovan, Thomas Burke,
Cassandra, etc. to be some of the most honestly crafted and relatable characters ever. Even Vito had a better performance in III than as the protagonist in II considering that
his actor did a really fine job as well in II.
In a weird way, it sure seems as if not much has changed from the 1968 depicted in Mafia III compared to nowadays in 2017. It seems that in many ways people have become
more prejudiced to anything that doesn't resonate with them, and people like Hangar 13 and company are somehow still viewed as people who "had a lot of guts" to make a work
of art that not only is beautiful, but honestly should have been made a long time ago. Everything Father James says completely relates to nowadays, and I really wish more people
were like him in this world.
I honestly will never, ever get the hate behind this game. Hating a game like this feels really criminal to me. Mafia III ranks with GTA 2 and a few other games I've played as my all-time
favourites. The story and characters, driving system, vehicles, weapon and combat systems and playfield are unrivaled. I regret nothing I've said here.