Mafia III's perspective on racial tensions in the United States is something rarely seen in games. Accordingly, some reviewers have argued that the actual gameplay of Mafia III wasn't nearly as innovative as the narrative. While I agree that Mafia III's narrative takes more risks than the gameplay, the two function as a whole. The open-world setting made Mafia III's story more compelling by working against each other. Where the gameplay provided endless freedom, the game's story denounced it.