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Mafia came out on the PC a year after Grand Theft Auto 3, meaning that they were in production over much of the same period of time. The similarities are immense- Like GTA3, Mafia sees you playing in third person in a large cityscape, and has you engaging in on-foot gunfights as well as epic car chases through the city's streets. The presentation is much the same, but the game is set in 1930s America, and has you driving around in classic cars and squaring off against your opponents with a tommygun. The visuals are excellent, is the cinematic music (think Road To Perdition), whilst the dialogue and voice acting are surprisingly high in quality as well.
Predictably, the game takesa a Godfather-like plot in which you must rise up through the ranks of the crimeworld by engaging in various scripted mini-quests- assassinating rival gangsters, acting as getaway driver in bank heists, that kind of thing. The games developers have created a beautiful and immersive gaming world, and though some people have criticised the game for being less open-ended and 'sandbox' than the GTA games, I dont mind this, as the narrative feels more compelling as a result. It's fun to play, and as in GTA you can blow away/run down pedestrians for fun if you so please, and the missions are varied and entertaining.
Unfortunately, there is one mission which is spectacularly frustrating- you have to win a classic car race around a track, and whilst the cars look fantastic and the race is fun to play, it's so hard as to be almost impossible to win when using a keyboard and mouse. It's supposedly much much easier to get past using a gamepad, but it's still a pretty big design flaw nevertheless.
Aside from this though, Mafia is an attractive and enjoyable game that GTA fans are bound to get a kick out of.
Best PC game in my opinion.
The storyline is superb, the graphics are great, the gameplay is amazing and the missions are varied, there's stuff to do when the game is completed and you can get hugely frustraited with missions when you can't do them.
It's a truely brilliant game and cannot wait till the 2nd installment, the shooting and movement are easy to get used to, as is the driving, the police aspect is great and the speed limiter if you want it (although did anyone use it?).
The difference in cars and the fact that over time you get given quicker cars is a big plus in this game, rather than give you the best cars from the off you have to use all of them on the way.
The storyline is one of the best i've ever seen, especially the way its done with Tom telling the story from his own perspective and the final mission and closing scenes are a great ending for one of the best PC games ever...if not the best PC game ever. You'd be able to find this game extremlry cheap these days I can imagine, I can see it on offer for £4.50 and since I lost my version I may well have to at that price, it's a complete steal.
I hope the 2nd installment is as good, I cannot see it being any better and I doubt i'll enjoy it quite as much.
Mafia is a true need, i'm not a big fan of mafia films so don't let that put you off, it's kind of a 1930's GTA/Getaway, except much better than the Getaway and different to GTA but in a brilliant way.
As soon as I heard about Mafia and saw the trailer I was counting down the days until its release and I was not disappointed.
The first time you play the game through you may find it difficult. Some of the cars can be difficult to control especially at high speeds and you often run into areas with a substantial number of enemies but it's not ridiculously difficult, it just requires a little bit of skill. Having played it through more than once I found that the second time I played it through it was actually fairly easy.
You take on the role of Tommy Angelo, a mere cab driver who works his way up the ranks of the mafia. The storyline is gripping, the gameplay well thought out, the graphics very good for the time of release, the music is completely in line with the style of game and there is some replay value. There are Free Ride and Free Ride Extreme modes which will keep you going for a while after you have finished the main game.
I do wish that you had the ability to enter random buildings and speak to the inhabitants, extort money from bar and restaurant owners etc but the game is very satisfying. Even without those elements I consider it a 4.5/5 but as I can only award whole stars I'll go with 5/5. I'm expecting great things from Mafia 2 which is due to be released next year.
I came to this game after playing 'GTA-Vice City' for months on end and was looking for a little bit more story line. 'Mafia' has a great storyline and the graphics are superb. However, in my opinion, I did find that the game was just too hard!! I have played these sort of games for many many years yet found this game very hard indeed! I found myself having to do the missions repeatedly in order to pass them and this very quickly got frustrating. It got so annoying that I ended up abandoning the game barely halfway through.
Another small gripe is the driving aspect of the game. The map was very expansive and the cars slow. This meant that it often took 20 minutes plus to drive to a mission. This was frustrating after playing GTA where I'd cruise at 100mph, not 30.
If storyline is very important to you, get this game. If you want more freedom to complete missions at your own pace and enjoy branching off on your own mini-missions, stick to GTA. I am.
As one of the first PC games I ever played, this was a fantastic introduction into PC gaming, and left my expectations so high that I have never been as satisfied by a game since!
This game is a crime game set in America in the 1930's. The game is driven by a fantastic story. You play as Tommy, originally a taxi driver, gets roped into escaping with two mafia men in his taxi away from a rival gang. From then on Tommy joins the Mafia and carries out numerous jobs for them, which involves you doing action packed missions which have twists and turns everywhere. This is what makes the game so enjoyable. The story takes lead and changes everytime you carry out an action!
The gameplay itself is fantastic. The gun fights are intense and you get to drive lots of old style cars, which drive as you would expect - slowly and unrealiably! This gives a great feel of actually being back in the 1930's.
The graphics for the time, were great. Even to the extent where my, at the time, very average computer, made the game look good - something it struggled to do with many titles. The characters and locations were all really well done and everything felt right.
Some pepople I know found the driving too much in the game, but in all honestly, I enjoyed the driving because the cars were slow and hard to handle - and felt like I actually was in the 1930's. But this can be taken as an advantage or a disadvantage. The fact is that you have to drive everywhere in the game. Too and from locations. Occasionally you would be driving in a chase though - great fun.
The game has a nice cinematic feel to it too, but not overdone. Cutscenes are many, but always relevant and well done.
The variety of missions really keeps you roped in during gameplay (as if the story wasn't doing that anyway!!!). There are so many different missions such as driving, racing, chasing, assassinations, gun fights, fist and bat fights, rival gang wars, the list just goes on!
The missions were always fairly challenging and sometimes difficult. Sometimes to the point of frustration for me. But to be honest, because the game was so interesting I just never gave up. The challenge was always good, but sometimes it was just a little too hard. With a lesser story, I could probably see people get fed up and give it up, but the story being so good, you just have to get on and complete it!
The sound and music in the game were spot on. This could be down to my computer - but every now and then there are some weird sharp tick sort of sounds in the game, something obviously not meant, but could be down to my set up. Other than that though - music is great, and sounds are very realistic and fit perfectly.
A great ending too, with the last mission an absolute treat.
Move a side GTA 3 thbest crime game is here. This game has to be the most realistic game ever. When i first heard about this game i thought i must pre-order that. Unfortunatly due to countless set backs i ended up pre-oredering it months in advance. But hey what do delays tell u, its goin to be good. Well as soon as i got it i put it in my Pc and do u know what? It was. This game is every much story driven. It follews the life of an ex-taxi drive Tommy as he becomes involved in the Mafia and gradually ends up telling his story to and Irish policeman. Unlike in GTA 3 we actually have a character that has feelings and speaks (not many people noticed that the guy that doesnt even have a name in GTA 3 doesnt say anything). Tommy goes on many missions that get progresively harder as the story goes on and each mission has many twists and turns. The only bad point about this game is that it requires a very high spec Pc otherwise it will run and look amazing but there will be a lot of lag (trust me i'm talking form experience).
Mafia is the latest gangster game to hit the shelves for the PC. A heavily story driven game which, as the story suggests, revolves around the Mafia, or at least, one family battling for dominace in the city of Lost Heaven. The game centres around one particular character in the family, Tommy, who gets initiated into the family after helping some of the other members out of a spot of difficulty by driving them back home after a during a chase in his taxi. It starts with some fairly easy missions to get you used to the controls and to get to know the city. However, it soon turns into a very chalenging game, with some extremly tough missions which will keep you coming back for plenty more. Of course, a successful gangster needs guns, of which this game has plenty, ranging from your own humble fists (which can do a fair amount of damage on their own) to 2classics2 such as the Tommy Gun and the family favourite sawn-off shotgun. Their are also a variety of rifles and hand guns to be used, each with their own particular strengths and weaknesses, obviously. Their are also loads of cars, which you can unlock more of as you progress through thre game. Obviously, you start out with a fairly poor selection of cars, but towards the end of the game, you gain the ability to steal some very nice looking cars indeed. Perhaps the best part about the game is the Free Ride mode in which you can cruise around the city at your lesiure, taking out rival gangsters as you go to earn yourself some cash. With this cash, you can buy extra guns, fill up your car, boost your health, etc. Also, when you complete the game (very hard!) you unlock the Free Ride Extreme mode which allows you to cruise the city without the hinderence of the Lost Heaven police force. This means you can be as wreckless as you like, which is great fun. You can also unlock bonus cars in Free Ride Extreme by completing various missions along the way if you want these cars are unavailable in the normal game and are a must
for any budding gangster. There's also plenty of downloads you can get for the game, such as mods to change the car names to their real life ones and a winter mod. The only drawbacks to this game are it's huge drains on your pc. You will need a fairly powerful system to fun the game at it's highest spec, but even on low specs, it still looks great, and i should know, 'cause that's what i run it on. The videos on the game also look great and keep the story aspect of the game running smoothly. They also contain some rather unexpected twists and turns, but you'll have to find them out for yourself 'cause i'm not going to ruin them for you. Buy it!