I have a soft spot for mafia and mob movies. Ever since watching The Godfather and its subsequent sequels - and not to mention the countless Scorsese films including Goodfellas and Casino - the early 20th century has always been a fascinating time in mid-America when organized crime was rampant and the mafia dominated entire cities. Back when the original Mafia video game launched in the early 2000s, it was everything I had hoped for when it came to an interactive cinematic mob experience. Fast forward several years later, and developer Hangar 13 have once again brought the mob to life in one of the best remakes of the generation.
Mafia: Definitive Edition takes place in the Chicago-inspired fictional city of Lost Heaven during the Great Depression in the 1930s. We follow a hired gun named Tommy Angelo who enters the deep underbelly of organized crime in this era, with several politics involved in the mafia hierarchy. The story branches out in several different directions from here, exploring the tensions between warring mobs fighting for control and dominance in certain parts of the city, all the while a greater crime epic brews beneath the surface. In case you haven't played the original, I'll refrain from talking more about the story, but I will say this: it still holds up extraordinary well, and actually provides some contextual social issues that are relevant till today.
Hangar 13 must be commended for... providing one of the most striking and cinematically gorgeous remakes in modern video games.
There are instances of janky animations, though, often appearing during hand-to-hand combat sections.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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PC, PS4, Xbox One
25 September 2020
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