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on 29 October 2009
Mafia is a very engrossing game. The voice acting is excellent, the story compelling and the narrative perfectly paced. The missions are varied and challenging and combat is always satisfying, be it by sneaking up behind people with a baseball bat or going all out with a vintage 1930s tommy gun. Unfortunately, in between the story and the action sequences lies a rather sloppily designed game that had this reviewer screaming at the screen in frustration.

The main problem is the save system. It's one of those old school autosaves that don't allow the player to save freely. Presumably this was included to make the game more challenging or provide it with a more authentic feel. I don't have a problem with the saving per se, but it becomes a real issue in combination with some of the other problems this game suffers from: For one, the insane amounts of driving in old cars that aren't allowed to do more than 40mph. You WILL spend most of your time in this game driving around the streets of Lost Heaven, in cars that struggle to go up the several inclines dotted around the map with policemen who will stop, fine and potentially arrest you if you do more than 40mph. Add to this that almost NONE of the missions take place in any sort of reasonable vicinity of your home base and what you have is a game that makes you drive the same old routes over and over and over again. Note this is not GTA type driving, whizzing into the sunset in sports cars, these cars are slow, and the police will stop you if you jump a red light, speed or cause a crash. Now here's where the save system comes in. A lot of the time the game doesn't save for you until you've actually achieved or activated something at your destination, so a lot of the time you end up spending 10 minutes driving to a mission only to have something go wrong early on and find yourself having to repeat the drive every single time until you advance far enough into the mission to activate a save point. I don't mind redoing missions until I get it right, but having to go through the whole slog of getting there time and time again is a bit too much to bear. Similar problems exist with the AI of your gang members who occassionally assist you on a mission. Quite often they will do incredibly stupid things to get themselves killed like keep running into the flame of an exploded molotov cocktail. A lot of games have stupid AI and this is in principle forgivable, but if you find yourself having to repeat long stretches of a mission because the game hasn't saved and your squad members keep killing themselves in ridiculous ways you will be pulling your hairs out.

Technically the game seems to have its problems too (I run it on an ATI graphics card which it supposedly doesn't like). Hours of smooth play will suddenly be interrupted by long periods of complete framerate crash and stalling, other times you walk into a building only to find the walls haven't loaded properly and you're somehow stuck in some half-generated door.

So, overall, I did finish this game because it is great fun in parts and the story is certainly absorbing. I only wish the framework in which the core gaming experience is delivered wasn't quite so shoddy.
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on 21 March 2018
great for a collectionist ..

but refuses too run on anything above xp ..
BUT .. as it is now available on steam again WOO .. there version runs on windows 7 and windows 10 this game on disk is obsolete ..
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on 12 March 2011
Mafia is an excellent game the graphics are excellent for a game created in 2002 they still look top notch today the storyline is flawless. A lot of effort went into creating this game and it shows when you play Mafia, to the music which suits the game perfectly, and the cars which are real life models from that era but obviously without the real names. The missions differ from running around town to collect protection money for Salieri to robbing a wealthy judges mansion Mafia never fails to entertain. excellent game 5 stars get yourself a copy you won't regret it!.
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on 9 February 2014
I enjoyed this game, it has a nice setting in the 1930's gangster era. The gameplay is good fun and i believe its even considered somewhat of a classic now?
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on 5 April 2013
Ottimo negozio, spedizione nella norma senza problemi alcuni.
Ottimo prezzo su quasi tutti i giochi anche i più recenti. .
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on 16 April 2015
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on 23 November 2016
Disc 1 missing
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on 25 August 2013
Brilliant game cant fault the story line and how the game developers seem to drag you into the heart of the story. Recommend this game
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on 17 September 2014
thx, great game
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on 21 June 2007
This is a brilliant game, absolutley amazing scenes missions and graphics!

Overall there is 20 missions set in the 1930s era You are a Taxi Driver aka "Tommy Angelo" who later becomes A MAFIA Mobster! Each Mission isn't easy sailings, so don't expect to get through by using 1 life! After each mission is complete certain cars are unlocked and freeplays + bonus extras! Each mission is varied around the city, in the country, farm houses, shipping port,onboard a ferry, bank heists, whore houses, churches, hotels, assasinations, car stealing etc... there's even a car racing mission(yes you actual take part in a race) and you gottta get 1st place....2nd or 3rd is not good enough..it took me 10 attempts to get 1st place! I give this game 10/10 and the price i paid for it puts other gangster games to shame..by far!! The only con is the infrequency of game saves, so when you are near the end of a mission and you get killed you gotta go back to the beginning (which is very frustrating) this is the only down side!

If you like MAFIA - you will love this -BUY it you wont be disappointed!!
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