"Looks and sounds great, it's exciting, it's suitably bug-free, and, at a time when eight hours is becoming the standard length for single-player shooters, it's long." - Gamespot.com
"Mafia is dripping with style and class and has certainly shoved itself into the ranks of the best games of this year" - IGN.com
It is 1930. Due to circumstances he couldn't possibly have predicted, Tommy's life as a cabdriver is about to be exchanged for a life in the Mafia. At first he continues his work as a driver and nothing could be better. He soon becomes good friends with his sidekicks Paulie and Sam, and although the work is sometimes risky, he earns more money than he did as a cabdriver. But as time goes on he is ordered to undertake more and more unpleasant jobs - and he starts to become disillusioned with the life he has chosen.
Explore over 12 square miles of this 1930's American city, with intelligent simulated traffic, landmarks and surrounding countryside. This fictional city was created with reference to authentic buildings and photos from that period.
Over 20 action-packed missions with tasks ranging from mob hits, car chases, bootlegging, shootouts, assassinations of personas non grata, bank robberies and even simply going for a romantic walk with your love.
Over 30 highly realistic and hi-poly indoor locations rendered with the latest 3D engine technology. Take a trip through a city of the 30's, visit places such as the airport, banks, galleries, restaurants, the harbor and many others.
An expansive epic story line inspired by real events that took place in the 30's. The story is conveyed through spoken dialogs and motion-capture animations from professional actors.
Drive one of 60 historically inspired cars, based on models that were on the road in the 30's and the physics of which have been faithfully reproduced. Due to the realistic physics and real time deformation of the cars, getting involved in a chase with police is definitely something to avoid.
Over 12 weapons to choose from, including baseball bats, sawed-off shotguns, Magnums or the legendary Tommy gun, to deal with those that dare to cross your path.
The best action game ever madepanz3r88 | Aug. 4, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »
Mafia is probably the best action game ever made. This third person action game has a really amazing story with many cool characters . The various chapters of the game have a good variety with gun fights and section where you ride cars or you must protect or fight with other characters The game is not easy , there are many hard parts, but the game is never frustating. Even if you are not a fan of action games, buy this masterpiece!
Grab if on saleStewartX | Aug. 2, 2012 | See all StewartX's reviews »
I'm a fan of the Godfather and this game makes you feel like you are in the thick of it. Building your way up from a small fry driver to one of the Dons top hitmen. Though this game is old (Released in 2002) it is still a great game to play today. It is the same game style as GTA 3 where it seems that the police have nothing better to do other than chasing you down for speeding. It isn't without its flaws though and has some bugs but not enough to ruin the gameplay. The one thing that really annoyed me was the cars, it always felt like they are going so slow, to the exception of the F1 race in the game. I think that was the hardest part in the game, it was like trying to control a brick being thrown through the air. Still, I would recommend this game to anyone. The story alone makes it worth the purchase. Also if you own Mafia 2 you'll notice a direct link to the end of this game. I won't give any spoilers.
The story in this game is absolutely amazing, right from the get go you are hooked on it. You feel for the characters and actually care about what happens to them. I had a great time with this game, I hope you do to.
Graphics: 5/10 (Hasn't aged well) Gameplay: 9/10 Story: 10/10 Multiplayer: No
Final words: "You know, the world isn't run by the laws written on paper. It's run by people. Some according to laws, others not. It depends on each individual how his world will be, how he makes it. And you also need a whole lot of luck, so that somebody else doesn't make your life hell. And it ain't as simple as they tell you in grade school. But it is good to have strong values and to maintain them. In marriage, in crime, in war, always and everywhere. I messed up. So did Paulie and Sam. We wanted a better life, but in the end we were a lot worse off than most other people. You know, I think it's important to keep a balance in things. Yeah, balance, that's the right word. Cause the guy who wants too much, risks losing absolutely everything. Of course, the guy who wants too little from life, might not get anything at all."
A beautiful game, just play it!Finka_Karfein | June 13, 2012 | See all Finka_Karfein's reviews »
If you are looking for a game about mafia... Mafia is the one to get. While many game about snipers titles Sniper are of low quality, this one is a proud banner of video games about mafias. Linear but great story with awesome dialogues and plot twists. Fantastic music and challenging varied gameplay. A huge and living city to explore with so many different cars and weapons. And that gangster atmosphere... There are minor flaws in this game. The main is that police reacts only to our misbehaviours. The other concerns graphics. Sometimes things appear out of nowhere and Lost Heaven is a festival of clones (once I rode the train with 3 other passangers - all of them identical...). You hesitate on buying? Do not, just buy it!
One of the best stories eversoftwareo | May 23, 2012 | See all softwareo's reviews »
Mafia is a game with an awesome atmosphere and what comes to story telling it is one of my all time favorites. It may not be technically the best game ever made but the good definitely outweigh the bad.
The game makes you feel like you are actually living the good old days. The music suits the game very well too. The only drawback for me was the driving really. There's just too much of it and it can get a bit boring.
You can have hours of fun with Mafia. And when you're done you'll newer forget this game. I strongly recommend Mafia to everyone. After completing the game you should think about getting the sequel as well. It didn't get the best reviews but it's still an awesome game in my book.
An offer you can't refusejojot | Sept. 2, 2011 | See all jojot's reviews »
Mafia is one of those games a lot of people pass off as a bad GTA clone. Superficially it does appear to be a very similar game, but in reality it's a much more linear story driven game than GTA is. The driving segments are mostly there to pad out the length of the game and give you some downtime, there isn't actually very much to do outside of the storyline missions.
The story follows the exploits of Tommy Angelo, and is told retrospectively by him as he informs the police of Mafia dealings in the hopes of getting excused from his own misdeeds. He starts off as a cab driver around what I believe is a recreation of Chicago during the 30's and 40's. One night he gets pulled into a car chase by some fleeing mafia types, and upon receiving a phenomenal pay check for his services and an invite to work for them in the future, decides it's the only way hes ever going to get ahead in life. What flows is a compelling story of how he got everything and then lost it all, it's one of those 'crime never pays' stories.
The atmosphere of the game is excellent, everything looks and sounds like it belongs in the setting, there is a proper licensed soundtrack and even the cars fit right in. The game is set during the height of the gangsters reign and it really feels like you are there. The characters are believable and the voice acting is all excellent and fits the setting. The driving sequences can be a little bit of a challenge as the cars handle quite poorly and I get the feeling they were designed with a game pad in mind, but the gun play works fine. My one complaint is that the game can be brutally hard on you. The last mission in particular was extremely difficult.
Overall the game still plays great and is highly entertaining, for the great story if nothing else.