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Mafia - PC

Platform : Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows Me
Rated: Mature
4.3 out of 5 stars 180 customer reviews
Metascore: 88 / 100

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  • Work as a hitman, enforcer or getaway driver in the era of big bands, Model T's, and zoot suits
  • Don Salieri will assign you 20 difficult and exciting missions -- the more you complete successfully, the higher the rank you'll earn
  • Use your tommy gun to rub out your enemies and drive over 60 vehicles from the era
  • Fantastically-rendered 3D graphics make you feel like you're in a 1930s-era American city
  • Will you become a made man, or will it be curtains for you?
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In Mafia - The City of Lost Heaven, you've been accepted into the ruthless Salieri crime family, and your goal is to rise to the top!


This third-person 3-D action game takes place in a fictional city named Lost Heaven--a cross between New York and Chicago--and is about the daily life of a gangster from the '30s. More than 60 vehicles are available to drive through the 12 miles of environment; stop your car and get out whenever and wherever your want. Use weapons such as a Tommy gun, a Smith & Wesson model 27 Magnum, a pump-action shotgun, a baseball bat, or Molotov cocktails. Seven multiplayer modes are available via LAN or over the Internet, including Deathmatch and Capture the Flag.

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  • ASIN: B00004U8K2
  • Item Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: August 27, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,300 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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If you like Grand Theft Auto, you will like this game. The two games certainly follow a similar approach, although there are quite significant differences (aside from the time this game is set in).
Personally, I like the graphics in Mafia better. Overall,t he whole story is told in more style, and is much more immersive IMO.
However, GTA offers more freedom while playing the game. Mafia offers a lot of freedom too, but in order to fulfill missions, one usually sticks to one path. Some people told me they don't like that as much. Personally, I like the Mafia gameplay at least as good as the GTA gameplay. Sure, GTA gives you a mission such as "destroy this car", and you have a million ways to accomplish that. Mafia gives you a mission such as "have this race car manipulated", and naturally, there is one place to pick it up, and one place to bring it to have the work done.
While you play the game however, that difference doesn't matter very much. In fact, Mafia provides a somewhat tighter storyline to provide a more detailed, intriguing story. I personally prefer that.
Mafia also seems to have a bit more variety in the missions. They have everything from missions on foot where you shoot 1st person style, to driving missions, to even races.
I like the controls in Mafia much better than GTA. In GTA, things never seem quite right. The controls used don't work truely well when you are an foot, and they don't work very well in the cars either. But they kinda work for both. In Mafia, you use the regular FPS-style keyboard and mouse combination when you walk, and a whole different set of controls when you drive. In fact, a (force feedback) steering wheel works very well in Mafia, while I found it to work not too well at all in GTA.
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You've seen it before, right? Every game has its own hardcore fan community that swears up and down their game is the best on the market. So when I swear up and down that Mafia is one of the best games EVER on the PC, you probably don't believe me. All I can say is it's your loss if you don't try this game. Mafia is one of those games that people play years after its release and kick themselves for not picking it up earlier. The game takes place in the days of abolition and Al Capone gangsters. The engine is a 3rd person shooter and while the game is action oriented, it has one heck of a story to go with it. The game is historically authentic with the gamer being allowed to drive a variety of classic cars as well as wield classic weapons from the days of the 1920's gangsters. There were a few missions in this game that I played at least five times just to enjoy them again. If I could compare this game to anything on the market, it would be a vastly improved Grand Theft Auto 3. Mafia is about as close as you'll ever get to playing a role as a gangster fighting against the Untouchables and you'll never forget the story and the final conclusion of this classic. If you own a console, Mafia is finally being brought to some of them but I recommend you try the PC version instead because obviously it's cheaper, but the graphics are fantastic with a good video card and the shooting mechanics are easier to control with a mouse and keyboard.
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This is a definite purchase for anyone that liked the idea of the massive interactive environment in Grand Theft Auto III. It sucks you into the 1930s where you play a cab driver that, after a run in with several mob members, earns a position under one of the two major dons in the city of Lost Heaven. The major difference between this title and Grand Theft Auto III, aside from the obvious settings in time, is the realism. While GTA 3 was a sort of cartoonish looking game, Mafia has a very realistic environment, from the buildings to the people to the cars of the era.
There are two modes in the game, free ride and story mode. Story mode is amazing. This is where the bulk of this game can be found. I don't want to give too much away, but I would compare story mode to Grand Theft Auto III with a story and not just random tasks. Expect to find everything you would find in a mob movie: beatings, gunfights, hits, backstabbing, and even a small love story. As you complete missions, you will learn how to jimmy the locks on new cars, which can be used in missions or just for fun in free ride mode. Free Ride mode is just that. You pick a car, which you've earned in the story mode and tool around the city. You earn money for killing mobsters, blowing up cars, or earning fares as a taxi driver. With the money, you can purchase new weapons, fix your car or heal yourself. Pretty basic, but can lead to great fun.
Of course there is always something that could be improved and while they are few in this game, I think they should be mentioned. One thing that bothered me was the fact that all missions start and end at the don's restaurant, which translates to a lot of driving when a mission takes place on the other side of the city.
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Mafia is a 3rd person mission-based driving/action game set in a fictitious 1930's-era city. You control the main character, Tommy, though various missions as you ascend through the ranks of the local mafioso. The game also includes a "free-ride" mode, seperate from the main storyline, that allows you to explore the vast city and countryside of Lost Heaven at your leisure. Aside from the main storyline, Tommy also has the opportunity to complete minor missions during the game, whose main goal is to add more drivable cars to your collection. Upon completion of the main game, a free-ride extreme mode is opened up that offers 19 more missions which center around (surprise) driving.
So is this just a cheesy 1930's copy of Grand Theft Auto 3? No.
The free-roaming style of the game may have been borrowed from GTA3, but I found the feel of the game to be quite different.
The main difference I'd say is that Mafia goes for REALISM. The creators really tried to make the feel and handling of the cars and weapons match the era. Some reviewers have complained that the cars go too slow and don't corner well, but that's exactly how those old cars with tiny tires handled. Actually, as the game progresses to the late 30's, your choice of vehicles does improve with more powerful and better handling cars available. The weapons, too, are designed to be realistic. No, you don't get any rocket launchers because L.A.W. rockets hadn't been invented yet. I was VERY impressed with the accurate choice of weapons and the realism of their effects - recoil, sounds, and muzzle flashes are all right on the money. Come on, folks, some of the weapons in GTA3 are downright silly.
As far as the main storyline goes, the acting and characters are very well done and very believable.
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