Mafia: Definitive Edition

released on Sep 24, 2020

A remake of Mafia

Re-made from the ground up, rise through the ranks of the Mafia during the Prohibition era of organized crime. After a run-in with the mob, cab driver Tommy Angelo is thrust into a deadly underworld. Initially uneasy about falling in with the Salieri crime family, Tommy soon finds that the rewards are too big to ignore.

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The story and silly accents are a ton of fun. This is basically the game I wanted L.A. Noire to be.
The shooting mechanics can be a little wacky and imprecise at times, but they're serviceable. I really liked the vehicle handling. It's a bit more on the simulation side of things but it's fun.
I'm tempted to give this a bit of a higher rating because I did enjoy it quite a bit. A few things brought it down for me. Graphically, it looks pretty stunning, especially for a late-gen PS4 game. In motion though, the 30fps just feels real choppy. Something about just never felt smooth. Admittedly, maybe I'm just so used to 60fps games these days, that my brain is spoiled. Who knows. Also, in regards to the story, I really enjoyed these characters and I found myself quite invested in Tommy's life. But I wanted more. We get glimpses of Tommy's humanity throughout the game but there's this reluctance from the game to engage with it in a significant way. And all of that culminates in an ending that I can't help but feel is a bit rushed. Feels like when the game ends, it's only really beginning.
Mafia: Definitive Edition is about as good as gets for remakes of old ass games. Enjoyed getting the platinum in this one.

Haven’t played the original fully, but loved the story here the acting and writing was phenomenal. A very simple game mechanically as while they open world is beautiful it’s merely a backdrop for the story to take place in. Some collectibles are hidden throughout the world, but I didn’t have much incentive to go after them. The 1930’s aesthetic is beautiful and driving around is super fun with the more realistic handling compared to GTA. The gunplay felt a little clunky with a bit too many bullet sponge enemies (got direct head shots that sometimes didn’t kill instantly). Also very repetitive structure that can get tiring, especially in the latter half of the game. Definitely worth playing for the story/characters and some fun missions.

Clunky action but the driving is kinda fun. City is cool looking.