(It’s important to note that, as mentioned above, I am white. I was raised in a relatively progressive Midwest town, and I have had very little exposure to the kinds of straight-forward racism on display in Mafia 3. The experience of playing this game is almost certainly going to be very different for people of color who have actually had to deal with racism in their day-to-day lives. I intend to include perspectives from people of color on Polygon’s staff in my final review.)
At this point you may have noticed that I’ve written some 500-plus words about my early experiences with Mafia 3 without addressing the gameplay at all. That’s because it’s almost certainly the least interesting thing about this game....like the virtue signallers at what purports to be a gaming-related site, but is really the 'Guardian' with pixels.