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Mafia: Definitive Edition

Developer: Hangar 13 Publisher: 2K Games
25 September 2020
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The story is THAT GOOD. I will join with others who suggest that the (minor) narrative changes made for the DE make the story very slightly less interesting, the characters less refined, and overall feeling like a very good mafia film rather than an all-timer. However, for those who like to play video games like a film with gameplay, this has to be very high on the list.

The most important difference though is that the DE takes almost every one of my criticisms of the base game and fixes it. Admittedly, most of those criticisms were relics of their time, but taking functional systems for third-person shooting and driving (while still making it clear, handling-wise, that the game wants you to feel a degree of realism for the 1930s), as well as modern graphics, and slapping them on top of Mafia makes this into a great game. It's admittedly a little bit less immersive when you're not enabling a speed limit to cap your driving to 40mph to avoid getting a ticket (though this is an option in the settings!), but to my mind the quality of life difference is more than worth it. Likewise the modern approach to checkpointing, where almost any meaningful progress results in another checkpoint: again, to some degree a matter of taste, but I don't have time to slog through bits of a level I can beat 8 times to get to the one bit I can't yet. Indeed, this checkpointing approach really allows the cinematic finale, The Death of Art, to shine through as one of the single best set pieces I've encountered in games generally.

To my mind the answer between the two, assuming all else remains the same, is fairly clear: play the DE ahead of the original. The original is a very good game, and benefits from a better story and slightly better immersion, but the gameplay in the DE is something you can enjoy, rather than something you put up with. At 10 hours for my full-story playthrough (without gathering all collectibles), at full price the DE feels a bit steep, but on any kind of sale it's well worth it.
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JoeTDA 2024-06-22T13:30:56Z
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I feel like what makes this trilogy great are these things:
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Cars
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Cultural History
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3 different eras
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How they are independent games but weave together
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Also the free ride feature to roam around and do whatever you want with a fun car, fun music, and fun guns. Helps to capture some of the hidden parts of the games after the storyline achievements, etc.
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Fun story, boring.. everything else
Story is fun, if there's nothing to do in the open world outside of the story though it's a game destined to be forgotten. Hate the locked interiors, hate the removal of trains, hate that there's nothing at all to do in the very unused country side. Oh and also the broken boat feature, yeah it's possible to drive boats and with that you can find map texture glitches that throw you under the map. A two year old game should have that fixed by now.. This game needed more care than it got, but isn't that the story of every Hangar 13 Mafia game?
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Trexx 2022-05-08T23:30:48Z
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Mediocre remake. The graphics are pretty good, but the gameplay feels at least ten years old. Shooting and driving are somewhat stilted, and despite offering a big open world map, the only thing you can do is go ahead with the main story missions on a linear path. Free-roaming is available after completing the main game, but there isn’t much to do.

The plot is nothing exceptional if you have watched enough mob movies, but it’s arguably one of the best in this genre of video games even after eighteen years. Characters like Sarah could have been expanded a little, though.
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Same old routine.
Glad that the original Mafia was remade, but despite how wonderful the original is in certain areas, it also must be said that a lot of it has aged like milk, most notably the controls and driving sections. This remake sticks faithful to the same story, and brings in into more modern visuals. Now Hanger 13 is no Rockstar, they capacity as a studio isnt quite top notch AAA visuals, but for the most part they deliver a good looking game by todays standards, enough to cross the uncanny valley in most of the many cutscenes.

Mafia is not an open world game. Instead, its a linear mission based game. there is a side open world mode, but its very shallow, and as such the meat of the game lies within the story told in the mission based mode.
Here you follow a cab turned gangsta, in a story that is all too familiar for anyone that has seen a Scorcese movie. Its twists wont surprise anyone, but for the most part its well written with likeable characters, and the drama is entertaining enough.

Gameplay has been vastly standardized to what people expect out of a third person shooter, namely with a cover based system and stealth sections. The gunplay is not great, but its competent, and its not like the game ever demands too much out of your shooting skills on normal difficulty (aside from an infamously hard turret sequence). Stealth sections on the other hand are just bad, and the worst part of the game for sure.

Overal that game failed to impress me. Its a solid linear campaign for sure, with competent gameplay and a gripping story (even if told too many times). The best game of the franchise easily, though the bar isnt hard to clear.
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  • mellors 2023-04-20 20:12:12.702816+00
    How are the character faces so much worse than the original game in this? lol. pretty mid remake, the original still holds up and this isn't significantly better in any aspect
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  • Circuz 2023-06-26 01:01:06.221463+00
    The race section. All that needs to be said.
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  • JazzMarauder 2023-09-22 01:24:52.946657+00
    race section is easy, don't get the comments
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    • ResetRPG 2024-01-02 03:44:01.253806+00
      It's really annoying until you learn how OP the ram feature is
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  • NickFerrant 2023-10-28 07:18:40.748774+00
    For a remake, this game still has a lot of jank in it's gameplay.
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  • Sunset_Culture 2023-11-15 03:38:40.043865+00
    minimal hud, noir mode, classic difficulty.

    that's that good good.
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  • Kevao 2024-04-24 17:21:33.896497+00
    the mashup of scorsese's two main films: hugo and shark tale
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  • DrDickPhD 2024-06-23 08:46:18.750741+00
    This could've been so fucking good but the gameplay & combat are unbelievably stiff and lifeless
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