Game Review: Mafia: Definitive Edition for Playstation 4 & 5

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Mafia: Definitive Edition is a remastered version of the classic 2002 game developed by Hangar 13 and published by 2K Games. The game is set in the 1930s, in the fictional city of Lost Heaven, which is heavily inspired by Chicago. The game tells the story of Tommy Angelo, a cab driver who gets caught up in the world of organized crime after a chance encounter with the Mafia.

One of the first things that stands out in Mafia: Definitive Edition is the stunning visual overhaul. The graphics are significantly improved, with new textures, lighting, and character models. The city of Lost Heaven is beautifully recreated, with attention paid to every detail, from the period-appropriate cars and clothing to the architecture and signage.

The game’s story remains largely unchanged from the original, but the cutscenes have been re-recorded with new voice actors and improved motion capture. The performances are excellent, and the writing is still as compelling as it was in 2002. The story is engaging, and the characters are well-developed, with each member of the Mafia having their own distinct personality and motivations.

Gameplay in Mafia: Definitive Edition is a mix of driving, shooting, and melee combat. The driving mechanics have been improved, with cars handling more realistically, and the addition of a speed limiter makes it easier to navigate the city without attracting the attention of the police. The shooting mechanics have also been updated, with a cover system that allows you to hide behind objects and shoot from relative safety. The melee combat is basic but effective, with a limited set of moves that allow you to disarm and take down enemies quickly.

The game’s open world is not as vast as other open-world games, but the city of Lost Heaven feels alive, with pedestrians going about their business, and other vehicles on the road. The game also features a day/night cycle and weather system that adds to the immersion. The city is split into several districts, each with its own unique look and feel, from the upscale downtown area to the run-down slums.

One of the new features in Mafia: Definitive Edition is the inclusion of collectibles, including vintage cars that can be added to your garage, and postcards that give you a glimpse into the history of Lost Heaven. These collectibles add a new layer of depth to the game, encouraging exploration and providing rewards for players who take the time to seek them out.

Overall, Mafia: Definitive Edition is an excellent remake of a classic game. The improved graphics and updated gameplay mechanics make the game feel modern, while the faithful recreation of the story and characters ensures that fans of the original will not be disappointed. The addition of collectibles and other new features add to the experience, making it a game that is worth revisiting, even if you played the original. Whether you are a fan of the original or a newcomer to the series, Mafia: Definitive Edition is a must-play game that showcases the best of the open-world crime genre.

Still available for a short time for free with PS Plus

Mafia: Definitive Edition

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