I will say, the complaints about the generic mission structure are valid, yet there is an excellent game in the story missions and set pieces, with that unfortunate slog attached.
I would recommend if you have PS+ to at least play the opening hour of the game, as that is a pretty great scripted ride by itself that really brings you into the world fantastically.
I also loved the city design. The districts very clearly lay out the good and bad parts of town, and in the wealthy suburbs you’ll find the Klan analogue while you’ll see more direct mafioso union trappings in the docks, and confederate rednecks in the slums and surrounding them. The missions surrounding the Klan are also a strong highpoint of the story.
Had such a striking moment in that game. I stop at a random diner to grab a collectible, wander inside and notice the white’s only sign, realize it’s outside so start to turn around and leave and hear a random NPC demand I get out with a hard r. It felt so fantastic to scroll over to the molotovs, pull out a shotgun and be the change you want to see in the world.