One could argue that both are open-world games. But these days, what isn't?
What distinguishes titles like Grand Theft Auto and Mafia isn't necessarily its basic structure, but the fact that two offer very different experiences.
This is what Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick stressed in a recent earnings call (as cited by GameSpot ), saying GTA and Mafia "are not up for comparison." As Zelnick strongly stated:
"Mafia III is a completely different experience. I wouldn't compare it to anything else out there. The reveal [last week at Gamescom] was great, but it stands alone.
We don't use any other game in the same sentence as Grand Theft Auto. It is the industry's standard-bearer. It's not up for comparison."
It's definitely the standard-bearer, and absolutely the company's biggest franchise; Grand Theft Auto V has now shipped a whopping 54 million copies. Of course, we expect the newly revealed Mafia III to be pretty popular, too – and of an awfully high quality – but GTA's numbers are just ridiculous .
Related Game(s): Mafia III