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Mafia: Definitive Edition – Review Thread

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Game Title: Mafia: Definitive Edition


  • PC (Sep 25, 2020)
  • Xbox One (Sep 25, 2020)
  • PlayStation 4 (Sep 25, 2020)


Developer: Hangar 13

Publisher: 2K Games

Review Aggregator:

OpenCritic – 80 average – 93% recommended – 30 reviews

Critic Reviews

ACGJeremy Penter

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AusGamersKosta Andreadis – 8.2 / 10

Underneath the beauty, there’s a morality tale that slowly unfolds amid the sometimes overblown spectacle. An element that was present in the original but feels more prevalent and potent here. The ending backs an even bigger gut punch this time around.

DestructoidBrett Makedonski – 9 / 10

All this time, the first Mafia was the best of the trio. It just took a phenomenal effort from Hangar 13 to do it justice with Mafia: Definitive Edition. This feels like the rare necessary remake that elevates and builds upon the original. It's truly an offer you can't refuse.

Digitally Downloaded – Harvard L. – 4.5 / 5 stars

Hangar 13 have done an amazing job in modernising Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven into a truly powerful narrative experience, one which I hope that fans of the original will be pleasantly surprised by.

DualShockersOtto Kratky8 / 10

Mafia: Definitive Edition shows the true potential of this long-running series making it the franchise's new high-point.

EurogamerChris TapsellNo Recommendation / Blank

A mostly thorough remake of 2002's original, Mafia: Definitive Edition has its moments – but it struggles by the standards of today.

FilmwebJacek BorowskiPolish8 / 10 stars

Mafia: Definitive Edition stays faithful to the original game's plot points while improving greatly on character development.

Game InformerJeff Cork5.5 / 10

Faithful almost to a fault, Hangar 13's remake puts a glossy finish on a title that is fundamentally musty by contemporary standards

GameMAGЕвгений ИванцовRussian8 / 10

We have a solid remake, that simultaneously stays true to the original game, but also gives it a fresh coat of paint. Some much-needed changes are made to both the narrative and the gameplay, even if not all of them will sit right with the core fans. Mafia: Definitive Edition is a great way to experience one of the best games in it's genre in a completely new light.

GameSpotRichard Wakeling6 / 10

Dated gameplay drags down this impressive remake of an 18-year-old classic.

GameWatcherMarcello Perricone9 / 10

A real remake that thoroughly updates an 18-year-old title into a proper next-gen game, and actually makes it better than the original.

GameblogCamille AllardFrench7 / 10

Especially if you know and love the original game, Mafia Definitive Edition is pure joy. We follow the adventures of Tommy Angelo like we would follow those of a character of a good move form Coppola. Beyond nostalgia, we take part in a wonderful ganster story. Despite every issue the game suffers at the moment (random freezes, crashes…) and some terrible optimizations on PC and PS4, it's still a captivating game, but it's hard to ignore its flaws.

GamingBoltShubhankar Parijat8 / 10

Mafia: Definitive Edition's narrative and visual strengths help it overcome issues in other areas to deliver a worthy remake of the best game in the series.

Hobby ConsolasDavid MartinezSpanish85 / 100

This Definitive Edition is a perfect example of what every remake should be. It keeps the original storyline, great characters and style, but improves every technical aspect, adds new gameplay mechanics (such as hand to hand combat or motorbikes) and deepens the story. It still feels like a Martin Scorsese movie.

IGNLuke Reilly8 / 10

Oozing with 1930s atmosphere, Mafia: Definitive Edition is a successful rejuvenation of the best story in the series.

KakuchopureiJonathan Leo80 / 100

The Mafia remake makes the original 2002 title obsolete by improving and upgrading everything, which is the whole point. Archaic gameplay, tropes, and controls are refurbished to make the new game and its cast all the better while preserving the core of Tommy’s rise and subsequent fall in the game’s thrilling narrative.

MondoXboxMirko RossiItalian7.5 / 10

Mafia: Definitive Edition is a two-sided coin. On one side we find stunning graphics and a great plot that still manages to captivate us after 18 years, while on the other side we find some meaningful shortcomings that could have been avoided re-designing some aspects of the original game. Despite this, it's still a suggested buy both for people who loved the original game and for the ones that never played it.

PC GamerAndy Kelly79 / 100

A decent, if unremarkable, cover shooter, elevated by artful scene-setting and memorable set-pieces.

PCGamesNCarrie Talbot8 / 10

With a gorgeous graphical overhaul and smoother gameplay, Hangar 13 delivers what a remake should. Just don't expect as much content as a modern open-world game.

PlayStation UniverseGarri Bagdasarov8 / 10

Mafia: Definitive Edition is the best Mafia to date. With an amazing story and gorgeous visuals, Hanger 13 have done a great job at remaking a cult classic. Though it still suffers from sub-par shooting mechanics the overall package is more than worth the asking price.

PolygonCarolyn PetitUnscored

In 2002, the original Mafia may have felt like an epic, but in 2020, Mafia: Definitive Edition feels more like a quaint mafioso side story. “Small-time,” as Tommy describes one of Don Salieri’s operations.

PowerUp!Leo Stevenson9.7 / 10

When it's all said and done, Mafia: Definitive Edition earns its name. It's the definitive Mafia videogame

Press StartToby Berger8 / 10

Hangar 13's remake of Mafia is great. The story is as interesting as ever, and only minor technical issues take away from what is otherwise a welcome reintroduction to Tommy Angelo and the Salieri crew.

Push SquareLiam Croft7 / 10

You'll be hard-pressed to find a remake more faithful than Mafia: Definitive Edition. It pays a great deal of respect to the source text with excellent cutscene direction, voice acting, and a cast of characters you can't help but fall in love with. The game definitely shows its age with frustrating controls and vehicle handling, but the next story beat is enough of an excuse to continue pressing forward. Mafia: Definitive Edition's narrative and everything that comes with it holds up to this day, and it's one worth revisiting even if you know it like the back of your hand.

SECTOR.skPeter DragulaSlovak9.5 / 10

Gorgeous remake and feturn of classic Mafia game in great form. Do not be afraid, join a Gang.

Sirus GamingErickson Melchor8.5 / 10

For series veterans and first-timers, Mafia: Definitive Edition is a labor of love for more than just the original game, but for the Mafia community whose support made this game possible. Series veterans will also take note of the changes in the story. The changes aren’t groundbreaking by any stretch of the imagination, just the framing of some story elements have been changed to make the story more in line with the current series of games. This is yet another amazing remake that fully embraces many of the things that made the original so special to so many people.

SpaziogamesPaolo SirioItalian7.8 / 10

Mafia Definitive Edition is an ambitious undertaking, partially mined by glitches and lack of game progress from Mafia III but faithfully remaking the original game and adding nuances that surprisingly keep staying loyal to 2002's masterpiece.

StevivorBen Salter8.5 / 10

It presents as a modern game but retains the essence of an old one, and it’s that combination that well and truly entrenches the original Mafia, now reborn, as the best in the series.

VideoGamerJoshua Wise7 / 10

If you're hoping for a sombre tale of lives brought low by the touch of darkness, my advice would be to go for a ride and take in the sights instead.

WellPlayedKieron Verbrugge8.5 / 10

This from-the-ground-up remake takes a certified classic and makes it even better with a thoughtful modern update that absolutely nails the storytelling and atmosphere of great mafia fiction

Windows CentralJez Corden4.5 / 5 stars

Powerful characters, nuanced story-telling, and stunning visuals make Mafia: Definitive Edition one of the best story-driven games of the year.


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