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Console Corner: Mafia Definitive Edition review

Damien Charles Lucas November 8, 2020
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Mafia Definitive Edition review: One of my favourite game franchises of the past decade has to be Mafia, so I was excited at the prospect of the games getting a remaster for Mafia Trilogy.

Growing up on a diet of Godfather films and the likes of Goodfellas, Donnie Brasco, The Untouchables and Scarface, I have a natural fascination with all things mafia-related.

So the chance to have all three games in my collection was one I relished. But is Mafia: Definitive Edition a diamond or a fugazi?

An honest review of Mafia: Definitive Edition

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With Mafia Trilogy you have the chance to live the life of a gangster across three distinct eras of organised crime in America.

But the centrepiece of Mafia: Trilogy is undoubtedly Mafia: Definitive Edition – a complete overhaul of the original game released in 2002.

Rebuilt from the ground up

Mafia: Definitive Edition isn’t just an aesthetic gloss-over. It has been rebuilt from the ground up by Hangar 13.

Expanded in 4K and HDR-ready, there have been dramatic improvements on the original game’s graphics and gameplay mechanics.

There have been dramatic improvements on the original game’s graphics and gameplay mechanics

But there are also add-ons to the award-winning story with new features, such as motorcycles and collectibles in the 1930s city of Lost Heaven.

Whether you’re new to Mafia or already a fan, there’s enough to satisfy both sides.

The Trilogy brings together the best the franchise has to offer. It’s at the very least two solid games for the price of one. There’s so much content here for your money and, obviously, plenty of enjoyment along the way.

The crowning achievement of Mafia: Definitive Edition

The crowning achievement is a toss up between the brilliant driving mechanics, which give GTA a run for its money, and the enthralling performances from a fresh new cast.

Oozing charisma and 1930s charm

Lost Heaven oozes charisma and 1930s charm. It is an absolute blast – literally – although some of the fight action feels a bit dated.

For me, the first was always the best story of the lot – and this is a wonderful revitalisation with extras. It’s worth owning the trilogy just for that but number three is right up there too.

As an overall package you can’t go wrong with Mafia: Trilogy. But, if you’re anything like me, the fresh appeal of the original will grab and keep your attention the most.

Out: Now
On: PS4, XB1, Windows
Rating: 8/10

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Damien is an experienced journalist and has seen it all as a West Ham season ticket holder of 30 years. Well, everything except a major trophy - sorry Intertoto. Jimmy Walker would have saved it