Earlier this morning I was playing Mafia 2. I'm a huge fan of the look and feel of the world. The classic era of mobsters is right up my alley. Oh, and that licensed music? Outstanding. For the most part, I really enjoy it. (Note: I'm only a few hours deep.)
But then I show moments of red-hot hatred toward the game. In one early mission I was driving around town trying to sell gas vouchers to various stations in the world before time ran out. The mission combines my two least favorite things in "open--world" games: Driving in (what is essentially) a third-person shooter and time restrictions.
There's a reason I don't complete race sidequests in open world games. For the most part the driving is competent at best and mind numbingly atrocious at worst. I haven't driven enough to decide where Mafia 2 lies, and when I do I'm usually maintaining the speed limit to steer away from the platoon of cops on every corner.
After quite some time driving from point-to-point to rid myself of the gas coupons, I had one final stop. Since my time was almost up, I hit the gas and flew toward my objective. Rounding a corner at top speed I spotted a cop car and swerved to avoid it, crashing into a pole and killing my character. When the game told me to restart the mission from the beginning I turned it off. No thanks.
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