Mafia Definitive Edition (Series) Review

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Author: Andy Robertson.


Mafia is a series of action/adventure game about being in the Mafia. You play Tommy Angelo, a poor hard-working cab driver who gets caught up in a fight between two crime families. You explore a large open city taking on criminal activities to rise through the ranks of organised crime.

You explore and discover missions from mafia figures that you complete to progress the story. Like Grand Theft Auto you can use vehicles, enter buildings, interact with characters and generally live the life of a gangsta in a living breathing city.

The three games in the series are set in fictional locations in different time periods. Mafia is set in Lost Heaven in the 1930s. Mafia II is set in Empire Bay in the early 1950s. Mafia III is set in the late 1960s in New Bordeaux.
  • Mafia (2002) is on PS2, Xbox, PC
  • Mafia II (2010) is on PS3, Xbox 360, PC and Mac
  • Mafia III (2016) is on PS4, Xbox One and PC
  • Mafia: Trilogy (2020) is on PS4, Xbox One and PC
  • Mafia: Definitive Edition (2020) is on PS4, Xbox One and PC
  • Mafia II: Definitive Edition (2020) is on PS4, Xbox One and PC
  • Mafia III: Definitive Edition (2020) is on PS4, Xbox One and PC
The definitive edition offer improved graphics, redone voiceovers and a larger story including the Great Depression and the American Prohibition.


Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 29/08/2002, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing, Shooting and Simulation.



Duration: This game will take between 12 hours and 16 hours to complete. Each of the games takes a minimum of 15 or so hours to complete, although it will take a lot longer to see everything. With three games in the Mafia Trilogy this offers around 45 hours or so of story.
Players: This is a single player game.


Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

Story expansion packs are now free:
  • The Betrayal of Jimmy
  • Jimmy's Vendetta
  • Joe's Adventures
  • Faster, Baby!
  • Stones Unturned
  • Sign of the Times
The separate games offer the others in the trilogy as an in-game purchase. You can purchase the three games in the Mafia Remastered trilogy in the Mafia: Trilogy bundle for less money.

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Rated PEGI 18 due to violence against vulnerable and defenceless characters, motiveless killing of innocent characters, graphic violence, and use of strong language. Violence is a strong component of the gameplay, with the player witnessing and engaging in a wide variety of violent acts. These run from beating people to death with baseball bats and tyre irons to gun fights with enemy families. Examples of the strongest violence include a scene in which a man, who is hanging by his wrists, is beaten for information before being executed, and a scene in which mobsters open fire on a restaurant full of innocent diners, killing them all before destroying the place with explosives. Strong language occurs throughout, including '*!@?*' and '*!@?*'. There is also milder bad language, including '*!@?*', 'dick' and '*!@?*'.

ESRB MATURE 17+ for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes and Strong Language. Players engage in a variety of crime-related missions: hits/assassinations, shootouts, racketeering, robberies. Players can engage in melee combat using their fists as well as weapons (e.g., bats, pipes, knives) to kill enemies; several missions involve gun battles with realistic firearms (e.g., pistols, rifles, machine guns). Melee attacks and gun fighting result in large splatters of blood, with corpses seen in pools of blood. Finishing moves during melee fights can depict characters smashing enemies' faces, or stabbing enemies in the chest repeatedly. Cutscenes also depict intense acts of violence: a man shot in the head at close range; wounded/restrained men shot to death. During the course of the game, players can engage in a mission set in a brothel; prostitutes are depicted wearing lingerie as they speak suggestively to players (e.g., "...We can do whatever you want.”). Sexual moaning sounds can be heard during one cutscene. The game contains brief references drugs in the dialogue, and one mission depicts a crate full of drug packages. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” appear in dialogue.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

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