Whether on PS4, Xbox One or even Nintendo Switch, the 2010s saw a multitude of ports, remakes or remasters. And we must admit that in the end many of them manage to fully convince the players. But while next-generation consoles are soon coming to the fore, 2K Games and the Hangar 13 studio are giving a second life to a cult game from the early 2000s: Mafia.
In the skin of Tommy Angelo
Available since September 25, alone for around thirty euros or as part of the Mafia Trilogy compilation for around fifty euros, Mafia Definitive Edition is therefore the remake of the game released in 2002 on PC and in 2004 on Xbox and PS2. And what a remake! The developers of Hangar 13 took the original game (which was excellent!) As a basis and improved it all over the place.
In terms of history, nothing changes, or almost. Mafia Definitive Edition takes gamers back to the 1930s in the fictional American town of Lost Heaven. In the third person and in a vast open world, we play Tommy Angelo, a taximan who enters despite himself into the world of gangsters and into the mafia family Salieri. It’s simple, Mafia is a 10 hour gangster movie in which you are the hero.
A game with a soul
Although it is pleasant to navigate, the open world is not, as in a GTA, a central element of the game. This is what explains its lifespan, rather short since it ends in 10 hours. The open-world is mainly used to move between the 30 missions of the game. Mafia is therefore a 100% solo adventure centered on twenty main missions taking place between 1930 and 1938. Quickly, something emerges from this remake. The scenario is really well written, the dialogues perfectly dubbed and there are no unnecessary side quests. Mafia sees itself as a gangster movie, a very good gangster movie, with memorable scenes like the funeral.
The atmosphere of the 1930s during Prohibition is perfectly transcribed through the sets, the many vehicles of the time, the music or even the two unique radio sets in the game. There really is something pleasant about Mafia, the game has a soul and it is sublimated by this remake. Graphically, on the Xbox One X version that we tested, this Definitive Edition is super clean and neat. To the point that Mafia Definitive Edition is much prettier than many new games released in 2020. In terms of gameplay, this remake retains the rigidity of the original game, especially during shootouts, without this spoiling the pleasure of the game .
Wonderful surprise, Mafia Definitive Edition stands out as one of the best remasters of this generation. Whether you played the original in the early 2000s or not, Mafia Definitive Edition is a nugget to be discovered urgently. 4,5/5
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