Republished on Wednesday, 1st February, 2023: We’re bringing this assessment again from the archives following the announcement of February 2023’s PS Plus line up. The unique textual content follows.
After the entire and utter catastrophe that was Mafia II: Definitive Version, the one means was up for its prequel. Mafia: Definitive Version is a remake of the 2002 unique, bringing again the traditional story of Tommy Angelo and his descent into the world of organised crime throughout the US metropolis of Misplaced Heaven. And 18 years later, there are lots of methods by which it does maintain up and some that show it does not. Die-hard followers of the supply textual content are certain to get a kick out of proceedings, however newcomers may even see a few of its commitments to realism as a stumbling block. It is nonetheless a fairly good recreation when all is alleged and performed although.
If something, Hangar 13 ought to be praised for creating such an impressively trustworthy remake. Each cutscene has been painstakingly recreated for the trendy period to make the narrative shine whereas supporting characters, corresponding to Tommy’s love curiosity, have been expanded upon to supply extra depth. The long-lasting race is again and higher than ever, and sure, the historically irritating mission simply earlier than it’s far more manageable this time round. That together with a complete host of different memorable sequences will make sequence fanatics really feel proper at house. That is completely the Mafia you keep in mind.
There is not any higher proof of that than the story itself. It is a intentionally gradual burn that basically permits you to embed your self contained in the world of the protagonist in addition to the mobsters he considers associates. The dynamic duo of Paulie and Sam develop into your greatest buddies earlier than too lengthy whereas Don Salieri immediately calls for a degree of respect. Working in tandem, the unlawful workforce pepper their odd jobs with makes an attempt to get one over the rival Morello household.
You would in all probability say that not quite a bit really occurs in the course of the plot then, nevertheless it’s the work of high quality voice performing that gives the look of an epic moderately than a brief story. All of it comes collectively splendidly, actually supplying you with the possibility to each stroll the stroll and discuss the discuss as Tommy Angelo. With implausible characters by his facet, you are feeling like there’s nothing he could not get away with.
That is a fantastic factor for him then as a result of the kind of crimes you’ll be committing would absolutely end in a life sentence. The final gameplay loop solely ever revolves round driving and capturing, with a fast little bit of stealth right here and there, nevertheless it’s the mission selection that elevates it past these derogatory phrases. From a shoot out inside a church and planting a bomb in a lodge by means of to sniping a politician from the highest of a jail guard tower, there’s sufficient right here to maintain issues contemporary.
If solely the controls may match that to permit for some creativity. Some very clunky inputs could make getting about in Mafia: Definitive Version a chore as motion pace takes a nostril dive the extra you wrestle with it. Tommy controls like a tank at even the very best of occasions, and sadly, this additionally extends to the capturing. An inaccurate aiming reticule is nearly all the time accountable for misplaced pictures, however even simply getting it to appropriately line up with an enemy’s head is usually a mission and a half. These mechanics have been borrowed from Mafia III, however even they really feel outdated 4 years later.
Nevertheless, that is only a drop within the ocean in comparison with the woeful automobile dealing with. Look, we perceive that Hangar 13 was trying to duplicate the automobiles of the time, however there additionally comes some extent the place it’s good to create an expertise that is fulfilling to play. Mafia: Definitive Version does the previous and fully forgets in regards to the latter. Turning circles have been apparently hardly a factor again within the Thirties as vehicles crash into each other extra typically than a Formulation 1 driver. Dealing with is extremely stiff, making journeys between missions and any exploration of town more durable than it ought to be.
The remake has additionally made some small adjustments to Misplaced Heaven, however they’re purely an choice that may be chosen firstly of a 15-hour playthrough. The police power is not practically as aggressive as soon as they offer chase, plenty of totally different collectibles will be present in every nook to flesh out the world, and new problem modes allow you to fine-tune the expertise. Once more, although, they’re merely supplied as a selection moderately than the brand new approach to play the sport.
And as for the visuals, they are often each spectacular and insufficient on the identical time. Character fashions, significantly in cutscenes, look excellent and so too do some environments, however introduce some greenery on the outskirts of town and texture pop-in will be replicated on demand. Though, contemplating we’re working with a metropolis structure practically twenty years outdated, it may be forgiven to a degree. Bugs and glitches can’t be although as automobiles discover themselves suspended in mid-air the second you flip your again whereas the body price drops dramatically throughout intense fight sections.
You may be hard-pressed to discover a remake extra trustworthy than Mafia: Definitive Version. It pays an excessive amount of respect to the supply textual content with wonderful cutscene path, voice performing, and a solid of characters you may’t assist however fall in love with. The sport positively reveals its age with irritating controls and automobile dealing with, however the subsequent story beat is sufficient of an excuse to proceed urgent ahead. Mafia: Definitive Version’s narrative and all the things that comes with it holds as much as this present day, and it is one value revisiting even when it just like the again of your hand.