Mafia PlayStation 2

Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
Buy On
  1. It hasn't lost much of its charm from the 2002 PC edition and they seem to have used the PS2 hardware in the best way possible.
  2. While the plot and Depression-era ambience still held me rapt, the gameplay itself was, quite frankly, pretty dull at times. [Mar 2004, p.104]
  3. One of the best storylines I've seen for a while, but to my surprise it also had poor game play. It's probably one of the first times I've seen such reverse psychology.
  4. A strong story line and graphics that are merely ok for the most part will have you seeing everything in Tommy’s eyes.

Awards & Rankings

#43 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#14 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Sep 23, 2015
    7
    Mafia does a great job at recreating the atmosphere of the 1930's american-italian underworld. The voice acting is good, the graphics are notMafia does a great job at recreating the atmosphere of the 1930's american-italian underworld. The voice acting is good, the graphics are not so special. Especially if you try to shoot enemies who are hiding in a far distance it can be very annoying because you can't see them, while they are emptying their tommy-guns in your chest and head.

    The driving is also not very good. Just slightly hitting the sidewalk makes your car spin around like a wet piece of soap on an ice rink.

    The shooting will require some time to get used to. There is no auto-aim and you'll have to shoot the enemy a lot of times to make them sleep with the fishes. At times it even feels like you're hitting R1 (the shootbutton) like crazy and nothing happens, which will result in a bullet in your brains coz the enemy rarely misses its target.

    Even with all those little annoyances Mafia is still a game that's hard to put down, thanks to an engrossing story and believable characters. Especially the main character Tommy Angelo feels like a real guy, and by the end of the game you feel like the whole story happened to you. Don Salieri is also very real and makes some funny comments.

    Every mission starts at the Don's bar, where you'll receive your instructions from Salieri. Then it's off to Vincenzo to get a weapon (or two) and then you'll visit Ralph for some wheels. All these little details makes you feel like you're in a real gang, a tight mafia family if you wish.

    After 22 missions the game ends with an interesting twist (which i wont reveal here) and there is little replay-value. There is a racing and freeride mode that allows you to take up Tommy's old job as a taxi driver, and you can replay all the missions, but that wont keep you busy very long. But the storymode of Mafia gives you the feeling of being in a 1930's gangster movie and that is pretty nice. As Don Salieri would say: "Forget about it!".
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  2. Jul 30, 2016
    10
    Graphics in this game is normal for 2004, in this game there are races on old cars, storyline is amazing and very interesting and in this gameGraphics in this game is normal for 2004, in this game there are races on old cars, storyline is amazing and very interesting and in this game was die Tommy and I cry when Tommy was die, good open world and I love this game for Good Open World and very interesting storyline, but I don't wait Tommy Angelo Deaths . Full Review »
  3. Jun 28, 2016
    10
    This game is a true masterpiece!

    This Mafia game is like a time machine, a great perspective of Retro USA. You will time travel back to the
    This game is a true masterpiece!

    This Mafia game is like a time machine, a great perspective of Retro USA. You will time travel back to the 1930's & experience the early Italian American Mafia era.

    Note: The early American Big band music, classic cars, vintage classy fashion, technicolor looks, beautiful antiques, early American Italian accents, old fashion steamboat ferry, classic weapons, & lots more goodies. Enjoy this gem of a game, if you can find it. (I'm glad I own the game)

    This game is a must buy !
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