Whilst Mafia II may have the glitz and glamour of an Italian immigrant becoming a crime overlord, the original Mafia has a much better overlook of the genre. A gritty, down to earth game that is not afraid to throw a few curve-balls.
You start as Tommy Angelo, a taxi driver who is forced to drive gangsters to a location, and quickly becomes embroiled in the gritty and terrible world of organised crime, in Lost Heaven, roughly based on the 1930's cities of New York and Chicago.
Gunfights take a time to get to, but are a rewarding experience when they are reached, and the controls are quite good and make combat almost seamless, however driving controls are a little more tricky and annoying. Inexperienced PC gamers will struggle with the driving, as the map is slightly confusing too.
Mafia should probably be bought on Steam to ensure that the game works with all operating systems, which the Steam platform allows.
To conclude, Mafia is a great gangster game that will entice and excite most FPS enthusiasts, with some enjoyment given to RPG players with the interesting storyline and game features to excite most game players.
Mafia is a hybrid of "driving in the city" games like Grand Theft Auto and third-person shooting games like Max Payne. Whilst it's bourne of one of the smaller game development houses; Illusion Softworks, you wouldn't realise this just by playing it. The quality of the graphics, sound, and gameplay rival that of any big house title. You can enjoy this game for a long time - you won't finish this one in one day! In fact, I'd venture to say this is one of the best games to come out in 2002.
The graphics within the game easily compare to Grand Theft Auto's quality, and yet in Mafia everything seems more real. While there is only one city to explore, Lost Heaven is larger than any city in GTA and, I believe, better crafted. There are tons of pedestrians and cars to keep you on your toes, a working lift bridge, a train system, tons of neighbourhoods, and even outlying rural areas and countryside. The lighting within the game is very well done, as are the graphics for the cars which are incredibly realistic especially when appreciated alongside the realistic vehicle physics. One thing that it does lack is day and night and weather changes. This doesn't impact the game greatly, and I barely even missed it.
To me a game has to include all the little details or else I get bored with it. Mafia has lots, including being able to shoot tires out on cars, sounds which are specific to the environment (for example, rain falling on a metal roof vs. rain falling on a wood building), and the lips syncing is pretty impressive. Even the cut-scenes really feel like you're watching a movie, which adds to the cinematic drama of the game. This mafia game has been described as "The best movie Martin Scorsese never wrote" and you can see why, it reminds you of many of the mafia films that have appeared on cinema screens over the years. The weapons are authentic to the time period. It's all the little things that make this game so complete.
It has been some time since "Grand Theft Auto 3" and "Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven" burst on to the computer scene with living, breathing computer environments to explore, and things haven't really moved on a great deal since, which means that Mafia, despite being an old game is still very playable today.
The sound in this game is awesome! The music goes from swing to orchestra without missing a beat. It's tense when it needs to be, relaxed when you are, and really brings the game experience up with it. As I said above, the actual sound effects are really well done as well. The voices are incredibly good, matching the character to a 'T' and really adding to their personalities (I also have to give kudos to the writing team for that). The realism added to the game through sound effects is incredible, and when you add that to the graphics it becomes gaming heaven.
After playing Mafia, I lost interest in many of the other third-person shooters and driving games. I couldn't find one complaint about this title, and enjoyed playing it greatly. It's a game I play again and again. Heck, I won't even let my friends borrow it! So it goes without saying that Mafia gets two thumbs up from me.
This is an incredible game, possibly one of the best 3rd person shooter PC games on the market right now. Could be compared to the grand theft auto series as the is a huge vairiety of driving and shooting missions in a gangland environment. This story line is easy to follow and really compliments the gameplay, this game took me about 3 weeks to complete, now I have opened up a series of free ride missions which will no doubt be more challenging. I would rate the graphic quality as average to good, the music accompanying gameplay can verge on quite annoying. There is a good range of weapons and cars which can all be used in the 'free ride' section of the game where you have free reign over the city, killing gangsters and blowing up cars for cash bonuses. I wouldnt call myself a hardened gamer but I found this very enjoyable.
This is a very fine game and I eagerly await the release of its sequel which is due reasonably soon. In the game you control Tommy Angelo, starting off as a taxi driver but very quickly getting immersed in the life of crime and the mafia. Mafia is comparable to the Grand Theft Auto series in that you can have free roam of the city, doing missions at your own pace to an extent, though the game is more linear than GTA.
Missions are fairly variable which is good and also pretty imaginative such as assassinating a politician and tampering with a motor car to fix a race. Besides the single player mode which involves doing missions, there are two other modes. Free ride lets you explore the city, getting money for speeding and killing gangsters which you can then spend on weapons and healing yourself. There is also a free ride extreme mode which is something of a gem- you have to complete obscure mini challenges such as answering telephones in telephone boxes throughout the city in order to unlock absurdly fast cars.
The real beauty of this game is the care that is taken in making sure the environment matches the period. The cars are all from the period and so is the music, by artists such as Django Reinhardt and Duke Ellington.
When i first heard of this game i thought it was going to be a lot of rubbish. Turns out when i bought it for only £4.98 that i was wrong. Ok its a bit slow to start out with but when you really get into it its an amzing game. Basically Mafia is a 3D action game seen through the eyes of third person, set in a huge, functional town with 60 vehicles to choose from and packed with missions that are very challenging and fun.
You take on the role of Tommy Angelo and see the game unfold throgh the eyes of him or you as you play him. Its set in the 1930s so as you can expect the cars in the game are not upto the standards of cars in games such as Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row, Etc.. however its surprisingly fun driving around the city in old fashioned cars as its both different and innovative.
The game is a 15 certificate so many are able to play this game. Also you dont need a top notch computer to play it with, Just a basic one above 96MB Ram, and at the most maybe a 256MB graphics card although you can get off playing it with a 128 or even onboard graphics as i do :)
So if you like games such as GTA then you should defintley buy this especially since it can be picked up from as cheap as £3.00 from places such as ebay or gamestation (where i bought it from)
Mafia is set in an American city called Lost Heaven in the 1930s. You play a taxi driver called Tommy. One night you are forced to help a couple of gangsters, called Paulie & Sam escape from a rival gang. You manage to escape and they reward you well for your help and their boss (Salieri) offers you a job. You tell them that youll think about it.
The next day while driving people around the city you get attacked by the two gangsters who were chasing you last night. You are close to the Salieri bar and run there for help. The gangsters chasing you get killed. You now fear for you life so take Salieri up on his job offer
The whole game is set within 12 square miles of city with surrounding countryside. You are free to drive around and explore during a mission, unless youre chasing someone, or being chased yourself as is sometimes the case. The city Lost Heaven isnt real but it was built with reference to buildings and photos from the 1930s.
There are over 20 missions if Mafia in which you will have to perform a verity of tasks including, car chases, assassinations, bank robberies, and even walking your girlfriend home. All of the missions are a lot of fun and there is a lot of verity so you wont get bored easily. The game also has a great storyline that will make you want to keep playing to find out what happens next.
The game has over 60 different makes and models of real car from the 1930s all of which have accurate physics. Driving wont be like it is in games such as GTA as these cars have much slower acceleration and the handling is much harder. But its fun to try to master them. The police will enforce the traffic laws so if you get caught speeding or running a red light you will get fined or even arrested. These is a handy button which you can press to make sure that you car will not go over the speed limit of 40 miles per hour.
There is a nice verity of weapons including baseball bats, Molotov cocktails, sawn off shotguns and even the Tommy gun.
The game was built of the LS3D engine which supports the rendering of large outdoor environments and detailed indoor environments. All of the character animations were fully motioned captured including realistic facial animations and lip synchronization. All of the cars will also show damage accurately. For example if you shoot a car there will be a bullet hole where you shot it. There are over 100 parameters to adjust to imitate the real life damage.
The game has nice in game sound effects with good voice acting. There is also real music from the 1930s.
Mafia does not have a multiplayer mode.
An epic single player game which everyone should own.
Introduction ------------ OK, so the parallels to Goodfellas begin with the review title. And very much like Goodfellas, Mafia is excellent entertainment. It's one of those games where I have to set my alarm so I don't miss doing things, like eating. There is a distinct difficulty in defining what kind of game Mafia is. Is it a first person shooter? A driving simulation? A racing game? A strategy game? Well it's all of these things, and it manages to be all of these without you really noticing it. Essentially the game is you - Tommy Angelo - a straight man turned gangster. He fights gangsters, drives fast cars and tries to be a good guy at the same time. Storyline & Gameplay -------------------- The story is actually pretty good for a game, even with the perennial disadvantages game plots have, namely you getting too involved in the action and repeating some sequences to get them right. The game is sprinkled with "Intermezzos" to bring the story up to date. The game does occasionnaly suffer from that Matrix-esque trick of inventing reasons for action (except for the fact that the Matrix films are pap). One criticism that springs to mind is the fact that you're constantly in 3rd person, except when in vehicles, which is sometimes frustrating when in gunfire. The range of weapons in this gunfire is fairly good and relatively true to the period (which is 1930's United States - where else?). The firing also has some recoil, which is good, and also the realistic trait of thrown away magazines with bullets still present do not just add back to your ammo count. The second main gameplay element is driving. To experience this fully, you really need a force feedback steering wheel, of which I am a fortunate and proud owner of (I smell a review). However, I would recommend downloading the latest patch, as this makes the FF much better, among other things. Tommy drives many cars,
starting off at the lower end (which in the 1930s is pretty low), and moving up to luxury cars and hot rods. The cars themselves are beautiful, but more on that in graphics later. The handling is good, but one example of a benefit of a wheel would be the race - criticised by many for being too hard (to such an extent that in the new patch there is an option to skip it altogether!). Some have criticised the game for having too much driving, which in some cases is true, some of it is unnecessary, but I like it nonetheless. The environment is similar to the GTA series in that you can move around freely in most areas, and other (smaller areas) become available. Mafia has the advantage of the City of Lost Heaven changing over time (approx. 9 years). Buildings change, buildings rise and fall, streets change appearance. It's something you might not notice unless you're really looking, but it all adds up. Graphics -------- The graphics in Mafia are excellent, and were designed for high-end machines. Although having said that, I recently invested in a new machine with an Athlon 2800+ and a 256mb GeForce FX 5600 and it struggles slightly in places on high settings. The cars are the best I've seen on PC, (including Colin McRae 3) although are a little shiny in places. The variety of vehicles is excellent and if you play the game right you drive all of them. After completing the game, you can try to win extra hot rod cars which are great - completely stupid and unrealistic but great. The graphics on Tommy and his fellow criminals are also very good. Some of the face animation and lip-synch on the cut scenes is excellent, certainly lifting the bar again. With Anti-Aliasing the models are even better, if you're lucky enough to have a high end machine. Some of the movements of the characters are a little... hmm... funky, but for the most part they're good. There's no real element of ragdoll physics with
dead characters, but I don't think it's especially missed - I only just thought about it and I've owned the game 6 months. Sound ----- Sound is also another strong point. The environmental sounds are a lot better than other games, such as GTA Vice City or ... dare I say it ... Medal of Honor. The game has an excellent theme which is perfect for the mood, genre and gameplay. Other than that the other music is fitting and more than you might normally expect. The gunfire and other effects are also pretty good, voices are well acted and sound good. Note the extreme similarities between the Paulie game character and Paulie in Goodfellas (there's even a reference to him being "funny"). And At The End Of All This -------------------------- It's a fantastic game. I started playing it again recently and it hasn't lost half of its appeal, storyline and suspense aside. If you have a FF wheel (and even a FF mouse, I suppose), it will help a lot - such as bumping when you go over tramlines for instance. There's so many other things, but I don't want to end up with a massive essay-review and also it's nice when you find things out for the first time for yourself. It's right up with my top 5 games - bearing in mind I own a lot of games and Champ Man is always going to be top. Buy it - and get made.
Right now i cant play the game because it doesnt let me save anything, and it locks up all the time when i try to do things, until they find a patch for this i wouldn't recommend buying this game. These problems aren't occuring because of my computer either i have 2.2 ghz and 516 mb ram and many more things, its just the game. dont get it. However Its supposed to have the followin features which did attract me to the game 20 action-packed missions with sub-quests - luxury and riches are yours for the taking, if you do as Don Salieri has requested. From mob hits, car chases, shootouts and more, complete the unsavory tasks the Family needs done and you will be handsomely rewarded. Explore over 12 square miles of the 1930's American city, with simulated traffic, landmarks and surrounding landscapes. Convincing environments pull you into the 1930's with their attention to detail and style. From seedy bars and hotel rooms to train stations and airports - every location is rendered in fantastic detail by the 3D "LS3D" engine, such as the Lost Heaven International Airport and Chinatown. Use weapons like the Tommy Gun, Colt 1911, S&W model 27 MAGNUM, or pump action shotgun. Drive over 60 different vehicles (including the Model T, Roadsters and delivery trucks) with the most realistic car physics ever made in a game. Multi-player support via LAN or over the Internet. Assorted multi-player modes to choose from - including Deathmatch and Capture the Flag. Though currantly i havent experianced any of these but soon as i do ill let you no
The Mafia is a game that has just been released in the last month by Illusion Software, which is part of the Take Two Games company. This company was responsible for Grand Theft Auto 3, which I loved so much and I am glad to say that this game has following GTA 3 layout and therefore success. The Game costs £34.99 and comes in a DVD case with 3 CD's to install the 1.8GB game. The manual was on first impressions a bit basic at 30 pages, but you get everything you need from it, as the controls for this game are remarkable easy to master. You also get a map showing the important places and this also doubles as a poster. The game does require a good spec of computer to run smoothly. It is essential that you close down all programs that are working in the background of your computer like MSN messenger and especially anti-virus and firewall software so to realise the extra memory and processing power for this game. It is always a good idea to defragment your hard drive before installing a game of this size. Before I wet you appetite for this game and then disappoint you later on, the minimum specs are: - Minimum: - Pentium or AMD 500MHz (Recommended 700Mhz) 96MB of Ram (Recommended 128MB+) 16-speed CD or DVD drive (Recommended 32 speed) 1.8GB of free hard disk space 16 MB video card with Direct X 8.1 compatible drivers (Recommended 32MB) Direct X 8.1 compatible sound card Windows 95, 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP The Mafia ++++++++ The game is set in the 1930?s and you are the lead character Tommy Angelo a taxi driver 'who gets involved and ends up working for Don Salierei the Local Mafia leader. You start of with basic missions to get in the swing of things while at the same time you build up your trust with the Mafia leader. The main characters are: - Paulie is your sidekick and helps you on most missions. He can become
a pain i n the neck as when you are clubbing someone to death he stands in the way and takes the beating himself. If during a mission anyone on your side dies you fail the mission. Sam again he helps on missions where more muscle power is required. He plays a bigger part during the end of the game. Frank is Don Salieris best friend and he is the brain behind the operation sorting out the finance and legal side of the business. He and Don Salieri will give you your mission instructs at the beginning of the game and at any time your objective can be seen by pressing F1. Vincenzo is the weapons expert and you need to visit him to get your weapons which can range from a baseball bat to a Tommy machine gun. Ralph is the Mafia?s mechanic and he will sort you out with a set of wheels. As the years roll by the cars become more fun and faster to drive. Morello is the leader of the rival Mafia gang. His gangs try and muscle in your money-making businesses. Lucas Bertone likes fine cars and is again a motor mechanic but for the top end models. Visiting him regularly during the game will help upgrade your motors to the very latest luxury models as he shows you how to acquire one. What I like about the game. ++++++++++++++++++++ The graphics are so real and cool. Every detail down to the movement of people when they move is so realistic. The City of lost Angel?s covers an amazing 12 square miles and like 'GTA 3, you can drive anywhere you want. The best thing I like about this game is it actually feels like a film and you are playing one of the lead characters. At the start of the mission you get movie like cut ins that explains what is happening and what you target will be. They are a lot of these cut its mainly when a character cannot do the required action, for an example climbing through a window. Some cut ins can become boring as they are so long, but you have to
watch once. The goo d news is that by pressing enter you can skip it the second time. The game is so easy to play. The controls are very simple and easy to master. I used my mouse to control the different directions and the mouse buttons to be the fire and actions buttons. Everything else is controlled on one side of the keyboard next to the arrow buttons. Its so easy to find your way around with massive city with the help of the Tab button you can call up a map that show you and your destination. They is also a compass on screen during the game while driving the car that helps you keep your directions correct. And show you were your target building is. The cars handle so well and you get the feel of driving a 1930's car. The damage is realistic and depending on the impact of the crash the damage gets worse which makes it hard or impossible to drive. Therefore you may need to pinch another car, but you can only take cars you have been learnt how to steal. I would have like to see a driver's view from inside 'the car, which shows the dashboard instead of just the bonnet. What I dislike about the game ++++++++++++++++++++++ I am a novice computer game player for this type of game?..Yet I managed to complete this game within only two weeks. Therefore to me I did not get my £35 moneys worth out of the game. I greatly enjoyed it but the 20 missions were not long enough for me. If someone plays games all the time, I would expect them to complete the game in only 3-5 days. There are bonus missions after you finish the main game that then become unlocked, but to be honest are a waste of time. I don?t get the same enjoyment seeing it's a can run things over that run as stupid speeds and neither do I like trying to corner a wagon from one side of the city to the other at speeds above 40mph. If you complete these missions you are rewarded with multi technocoloured hot rods. These missions are very childish a
nd it takes away from the profession al feel of the Mafia game. A multiplayer game is where I feel this game could have been improved. I would have loved to see teams of Mafia hitmen drive around the city and smash each other and their business interests up. With a city of the size of Lost Angels you could easy have had 4 teams fighting for overall control against with players on the Internet. Half way through the game is a mission where you have to drive a car at a racetrack and come first. This take about 12 minutes to complete and if you crash once, its impossible to win. I took 2 days to complete this level and it really made me upset with software designer. I hate racing games, so if I made wanted one that?s what I would have bought. It is very hard to complete and wouldn't have been so bad if you could have cheated by shooting the other drivers or their tyres. There is a way to do it and if anyone needs help please email me. Overall +++++++ I loved this game and hope to see Mafia 2 or something along the same lines from this company. They have a war game coming out called Vietcong, and I will be looking out for early next year. The details are excellent in this game and the missions are all different meaning you don?t get sick of playing it. If not a hard game to master and the tutorial at the start teachers you all the moves. Okay it's a bit of a short game, but it makes up for it. I give this game about 92 percent, but it's a bit harder to show it here on this rating system. If anyone needs help with completing this game please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for Reading Baz
Ok so heres the background of the game, Your just an average taxi driver when you are approached by 2 gangsters (Sam and Paulie) who need to be driven anywhere and fast (because other gangsters are chasing them). So you comply thus saving their lives. As a thankyou Sam and Paulie hand over some cash and promise that their boss, Salieri will help you WHENEVER. But things had to go sour, the gangsters that had been chasing you noted the reg plate and want revenge. So you must run as fast as you can through some back allys to Salieri's Bar when you will more or less become a gangster. Mafia has 21 missions. It takes a bit of Max Payne and a bit of Grand Theft Auto and throws them together. Like any computer game it has it's good and bad points. Good - It's interesting and challanging in places. It also saves the game in parts so you can do them again. Bad - There is no level of difficulty and the missions are fairly easy, you can't save the game when YOU want and there is hardly any "health packs" in the game. Throughout the game there is lots of cut scenes. Parts of the game will trigger little movies which help with your understanding of the story line and not to mention there good to watch. Mafia is a very realistic game set in the 1930s in a city called "Lost Haven." There is lots of driving involved to in the authentic cars but it's ok, you shouldn't get lost if you follow the on screen map. Overall I 100% recomend this game to anyone that likes Max Payne. I really enjoyed Mafia (just ask my family, i was never off the comp till I finnished it) it's a easy game that most people will like. So go out and buy it now!!!
Mafia is a 3D action game seen through the eyes of third person, set in a huge, functional town with 60 vehicles to choose from, and more than 20 mission filled with crazy action. Assume the role of a gangster in an American town of the thirties, and get a chance to live through gangster's rise and fall. In a spell-bounding story of human hunger for power, you will be able to live through everything that was taking place in underworld during this stormy period: mad car chases, bootlegging, assassinations, and bank robberies. Features: Over 20 action-packed mission with sub quests - luxury and riches are yours for the taking, if you do as Don Salieri has requested. From mob hits, car chases, shootouts and more, complete the unsavory tasks the Family need done and you will be handsomely rewarded. Explore over 12 square miles of this 1930's American city, with simulated traffic, landmarks and surrounding landscapes. Convincing environments pull you into the 1930's with their attention to detail and style. From seedy bars and hotel rooms to train stations and airports - every location is rendered in fantastic detail by the 3D LS3D engine, such as the Lost Heaven International Airport and Chinatown. Use weapons like the Tommy Gun, Colt 1911, S&W model 27 MAGNUM, or pump action shotgun. Drive over 60 different vehicles (including the Model T, Roadsters and delivery trucks) with the most realistic car physics ever made in a game. Multi-player support via LAN or over the internet. Seven multiplayer modes to choose from - including Deathmatch, Capture the flag, and more! Motion Captured animations, lips synching and facial animation · New effects, such as mirrors, environmental mapping and bump mapping. Story: The hero, Tommy, is a cabdriver who is happy to have a job in times of crisis. His joy, however, does not last long. Bya freak chance, he
managed to save some members of a Mafia Family from being killed by hit men, belonging to another Mafia gang. Three Mafiosi, who were being chased, had jumped into his cab and ordered him to shake off their pursuers ... and Tommy, thanks to him being an excellent driver, managed to do just that. Whilst the saved gangsters, seeing what a capable driver he was, offered him a job for their boss, Don Salieri, the killers working for Don Morelli only thirst for taking revenge on anybody who crosses their path. This leads to Tommy loosing his cab in dramatic circumstances, and thus also loosing his livelihood. Only by seeking refuge with Don Salieri's people saves his life. Visualising himself in a dismal situation of standing in a queue for some soup, he accepts the job offered to him by the Family. In the beginning, Tom likes his new job and being a gangster. It gives him an opportunity to take revenge on Morelli's men, he is never short of money, and all of this he gets for giving someone a bit of a warning, or a small hiding. Among the town folk, he is regarded with great respect. He meets a girl, whom he eventually marries and they have a child. Gradually, as times goes by, he starts to see the other side - the shady one - of his work: murders,assassinations, dangerous shootouts, and mad car chases during which the smallest mistakes means death. The real horror of his job gets through to him only when he is given an order to kill people who he knows personally, and who he likes. He is asked to kill the accountant working for the Family who co-operated with the police only to save his loved ones, and to kill his own wife's friends.... Tom is a respected man in the Family, and nobody therefore suspects him of not carrying out his assignments to the letter, even though sometimes he does do just that. However, nothing lasts forever.