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Mafia II: Definitive Edition

Takes you back in time to a different era

6 months ago
2023-11-18
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Game review

Release date2020-05-19
Publisher2K
Developer2K Czech
PlatformPlayStation 5
Playtime13 hours
ProgressCompleted

I take notes as I play the game for things that I think deserve a mention. If something was not mentioned, it is considered "fine" and not noteworthy in any sense.


Mafia II: Definitive Edition

This is a fantastic game set in America during the 40-50s and it's like they took GTA and made it into a mafia game.

Pros

  • Intro
    The intro sections of this game just sets the tone perfectly.

  • Story
    Fantastic story which is something I've always found lacking in GTA upto this point.

  • Setting
    The setting in the 40-50s is just fantastic for culture, music and you getting to relive the era.

  • Music/Radio
    It seems like they were inspired by GTA with having a fantastic playlist of musics and radio talks.

  • Cars
    Like with culture, the cars is just fun and u can customize them and upgrade. And you can tell a big difference with the older cars vs the newer cars.

  • Hitman missions
    I liked how a lot of missions was hitman like and not just all on action.

Neutral

  • Phone keeps calling
    A bit annoying but nothing you don't get over after a while.

Cons

  • No fast travel
    There was a big effort put into the car as a main way of travel method but at times I wished I could fast travel between each large area.

  • Janky
    Even in this remaster, it still has that classic PS3/360 era jankyness in terms of controller and cameras.

  • No manual saves
    It's a chapter based game, but I would had liked in the open-world of it to still have a save anywhere approach.

  • No mission checkpoints
    Mission checkpoints is pretty bad in this game. A lot of time u may die on the third section of a mission and you have to do it all over again.

  • Precision buttons
    The game like witcher has the issue of having to move the camera very specific for a button to do the type event you want, such as example open a door or answer the phone, else u do something else.

  • Voice gains
    Seems like in this remaster they upped the gain on the voices too much made the voices a bit too crispy.

  • 2K login prompts
    Every time you get back to the title screen/main menu the game ask you to sign in to a 2K account for special offers and other stuff.

  • Soft locked
    I softlocked during chapter 14 helping Harry which isn't great.

Final thoughts

I love this game a lot and it seemed it had learned a lot from GTA and for me, this is a better game than GTA4 during the same era. It still has some issues which many games had during the PS3/360 era but if you can overlook that, it's great.


Final score: 9/10