A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game's primarily a portal into the criminal underground of the Prohibition era. The story's one of survival, a warped sense of loyalty, and ultimately facing the consequences of one's decisions.
Positive Role Models
Although Tommy seems to be a good person at his core, but he's far from a "good guy". After becoming a loyal member of the Salieri crime family, Tommy takes part in or commits numerous crimes, including drug trafficking, robbery, extortion, and murder (to name just a few).
Ease of Play
Mafia: Definitive Edition plays surprisingly well, especially considering the game was originally released nearly two decades ago. Players can follow the main story or switch to Free Ride mode and cause all kinds of criminal chaos. The controls do show a bit of age, with a slower pace than many current games of the genre.
Violence & Scariness
Violence isn't only central to the gameplay, but the story features regular scenes of graphic and brutal violence, including a close shot of a character getting shot in the head, a character getting shot in the chest with a sawed off shotgun, and other characters getting executed in cold blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
While there's no nudity, there are still some strong sexual themes in certain parts of the game. One part of the story in particular takes place in a brothel, with lingerie clad prostitutes trying to engage the player's interests.
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There's frequent use of profanity in its dialogue, including "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and more.
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Products & Purchases
The game is a remake of the original Mafia game released back in 2002, complete with updated visuals, new voiceovers, new gameplay, and more. It's also the last of the "Definitive Edition" releases for the series, with all three titles available (Mafia II and Mafia III) now separately or as part of a newly released "Mafia Trilogy" collection.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bootleg alcohol, illegal speakeasies, and drug trafficking were all parts of the mafia's criminal enterprises during the Prohibition era. This is all ingrained into the game as well, with smoking, drinking, and drugs regularly used or referenced.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mafia: Definitive Edition is an action/adventure game available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Stadia, and Windows based PCs. The game's a remake of the original 2006 Mafia game and is available as a standalone purchase or as part of the Mafia Trilogy package, which also contains the "Definitive Edition" of Mafia II and Mafia III. Players take on the role of a gangster in 1930s America during the height of the Prohibition Era. In both story and free roam modes, players commit a variety of crimes, including but not limited to bootlegging, extortion, assault, and murder. The game contains scenes of graphic and brutal violence in both gameplay and in cinematic cutscenes. Drinking, smoking, and drug use are also shown and referenced regularly.
Is It Any Good?
It's been eighteen years since gamers first experienced the Prohibition era criminal empire of the original Mafia game. With two sequels under its belt and two generations of consoles having come to pass, Mafia: Definitive Edition returns with a long overdue revisit to the fictional city of Lost Heaven. It delivers with sharp visuals, new voiceovers, and a few new tricks and gameplay elements. The result is a city that's more alive and characters that are more engaging than ever. As vibrant as the bump in quality is, it also makes the violence feel much more brutal. There's no sugarcoating things here. This is a world rife with bootleggers and button men, where gamblers and prostitutes are more common than businessmen and housewives, and where mafia kingpins give "mob rule" whole different meaning. It's a fantastic noir setting with an equally fantastic story that stands the test of time. But the same can't always be said for the gameplay.
Mafia: Definitive Edition has been rebuilt from the ground up, but that doesn't mean things haven't be recycled from the past. For starters, the game's engine borrows heavily from Mafia III. While this makes it less stiff than the original, it's still using a four-year-old system that wasn't exactly groundbreaking even at the time. It gets the job done though, allowing players more interaction with the environment. Combat feels a little sluggish, but somehow still fits the sort of gritty, street level violence. Driving through the city, whether in slick classic cars or the newly added motorcycles, can be a touch finicky. While players can go crazy flying through the streets in Free Roam, trying to play it safe to not draw undue attention can be a pain in Story mode. While there's no doubt that certain portions of the remake can feel a bit dated, especially by current standards, Mafia: Definitive Edition still manages to feel like a fresh take on a classic game that plays to its nostalgia without getting smothered by it.
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