11:18 AM | июл. 12, 2018
is a distinctly mediocre game, and it’s incredibly frustrating because there’s so clearly a massive amount of potential hidden inside it. Annoyingly, so much of what could have made it great gets pushed to the side for more rote gunfights. Most underutilised is the game’s intriguing cast, whose stories are often more compelling than Lincoln’s. Early on, there’s a drug smuggler working for Cassandra, a boss that eventually agrees to work under Lincoln. This guy is the source of some of the game’s worst missions, but I did them just to learn a little more about him. He’s Haitian, a victim of Papa Doc’s brutal regime. He tells Lincoln about the fate of his family, about his life smuggling people out of Haiti, how he remembers every one of them. It’s a fictional character, but real tragedy.
Even that snippet of a man’s life is, lamentably, more interesting than the game’s central narrative. Once it quickly descends into a revenge story, it’s hard not to check out. Lincoln becomes a bulldozer,Mafia Web Game
, smashing up one racket after another, and that’s the whole game. It’s not a story so much as a series of tasks. There’s no real nuance to either Lincoln, who becomes just a straight-talking bloke who kills a lot of people, or his mission to take down Marcano. And there’s not much tension, either, as Marcano doesn’t seem like a remotely competent boss, and Lincoln quickly gathers a tonne of allies.