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Mafia: Definitive Edition review
by Erbil Nas

"All this time, the first Mafia was the best of the trio. It just took a phenomenal effort from Hangar 13 to do it justice with Mafia: Definitive Edition. This feels like the rare necessary remake that elevates and builds upon the original. It's truly an offer you can't refuse."

Completed on Nov 14, 2020. Mafia: Definitive Edition is a well-made game that oozes with atmosphere and character. I'm not a newcomer to the Mafia series, however, I've never played the original Mafia from 2002. Therefore, I could enjoy the story of Tommy Angelo without any bias or prejudice. The story is superb! I could barely put down my controller because it was so captivating. I can't tell you anything about how it compares to the original story, but I do know that this re-written game is a masterpiece. The beautifully crafted city of Lost Heaven is an authentic backdrop for the events that take place in the game. As you drive from Salieri's Bar to the mission marker, you can listen to period-accurate music on the radio, news broadcasts, and even a baseball game. It's these tiny details that make the world in this game feel real and grounded. Not a single thing about this game displeases me and I can only recommend to anyone to play it. You can play it for the amazing story, the beautiful city to explore, the fantastic soundtrack or simply the gorgeous-looking cars.
«Blew my mind»
«That ending!»
«OST on repeat»

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Mafia Denfinitive Edition is a step in the right direction for the series, the remake of the now legal to drink in most countries game really brought the original formula to new gamers, like me. It follows the formula of the ones that came before so good that it became my favourite from the franchise. I didn't played the original, and never heard about the series until the Mafia II demo was released, that game... man that game blew my mind. Vito was the best character i seen until that date in the xbox360 generation. They made me really watch those "mafia classics" movies from Godfather to ones like Casino. When Mafia III was released i was hyped, but when i played in a friends house i got instantly turned off. Damn, that was a bad game a step in the wrong direction, i heard the american developer had problem with the czech engine, i don't know if that was true, but i was shocked to know that the team that made the II such a memorable game, wasn't fully working on the third. This game fixes some of those problems, there are some czech names in the credits for example, but not all of them. The enemies are still... strange, you shoot'em and they don't feel the hit, they keep running like nothing happened, when they spot you even if they don't shoot or scream all the other enemies are alerted or if you get to cover too close to them they will get confused and you don't know what is going to happen, some "hit" animations also seem scripted, it looks like you need to hit L-alt and them hit'em with "q" that was also a poor choice for melee combat and the cars and running physics are still the Mafia II's engine, what was good... for 2010.

But, for you not to say i didn't watered the flowers. This game has a good story man, Tommy is a hell of an iconic main character, i like how the game develops the relation between the three main characters, and how to the end the game makes you feel some way, just to hit you hard in the head and make you rethink everything you just tought. It really feels like "Mafia" not just the game, but the infights inside the family and outside in the mobster world make you feel like you are really in the mid 30's running errands for a mob lord. Your relation with the wife is what i imagine what would happen if you marry a girl that was raised in the family. I like how they show the like "loyalty" is important for the family, while no one is loyal to anyone, that just reinforce how this is important. The boss is someone you can get behind, while the family is sinking he always show strenght, and that show the main difference between him and main antagonist, their tempers. Again, my favourite part of the game is the story. That is a good and convincing story 


Something that really turns me of in every game, that are in his game is:

- You can't run in certain places: it's a damn videogame for god sakes, let me run and explore, or do you think i will be the whole game walking insides looking for jornals and cards? 

- too much scripted sequences: It's something that really makes me mad about GTA IV too, why do i have to follow someone from point a to point b, shooting the hell out of him just to discover that it made no difference? Just let me shoot and kill him. I can go with one or two scripted sequences but it starts to get obvious with time, and that's boring as hell. 1. Follow the car, he arrives somewhere, kill bad guys, cinematic, kill the guy. 2. Arrive somewhere, the guy trash talk you, he runs, kill bad guys, he runs, kill more bad guys, cinematic, kill guy.

- The cars man, that damn cars. You never know if you can destroy the environment or the environment will destroy you. They are slow, but ok thats cool it's the mid 30's.  


Rate: 76/100 the bad parts take easily 10 points out of the game
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«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
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«Sit back and relax»
Buggy mess.
Lost all my progress after 20+ hours.

If you have the game do NOT play the experimental motorbike mission. It will corrupt your savefile like it has for so many else. 
«Buggy as hell»
Awesome game...one of the best games of all time. Everything is very well done...from story to driving to shooting..just perfect.
«Blew my mind»
«Beaten more than once»