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Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
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  1. Sep 24, 2020
    91
    Rather than burn me out, Hanger 13 has done a fantastic job overhauling the original Mafia while staying true to its spirit in this remake which has left me itching to fire up Mafia II Definitive Edition – so do yourself a favour and pick up the trilogy set if you haven’t already.
  2. Sep 24, 2020
    90
    Mafia Definitive Edition is a lovely redressing of a game I carry fond memories for and to experience it again in a comfortably playable fashion was a joy.
  3. 90
    Ultimately though, I just want to play the story mode over and over. The missions in Mafia: Definitive Edition are artfully made – they’re eventful, emotionally rich, and deeply fascinating in their representation of the human psyche. It’s the exact same appeal as watching a movie like The Godfather, and wondering just what the characters must be thinking as they hold a gun up to another man’s face. Mafia: Definitive Edition’s narrative means something. It forces players to critically assess the life and crimes of Tommy Angelo as he tells his story to a police informant. Do we, the player, forgive him? Do we understand him? Could the impulses which drove him to do what he did, also exist within us? These questions were in the original Mafia, buried beneath the complex gameplay and 2002 era production values – but in Definitive Edition, they’re right at the forefront, staring the player in the face. 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.
  4. Sep 24, 2020
    89
    This is what a remake should look like. Hangar 13 did everything right with Mafia: Definitive Edition. The new edition looks fantastic and brings out the great strengths in the narrative and staging of the original has been even better. The changes blend in seamlessly and make sense of the game modernizing so that it works for both newbies and old hands.
  5. Oct 30, 2020
    85
    Mafia: Definitive Edition manages to place a great gangster adventure among the great titles of its genre by the end of this generation of consoles due to the excellent renovation of its graphic and sound section.
  6. Oct 20, 2020
    85
    Mafia: Definitive Edition takes an old title and adds polish in the places where it counts most — story and character — while delivering a solid experience in most other aspects. The driving isn’t great and there are a few bugs that need to be squashed, but diving into this wonderfully tragic tale is an offer that no one should refuse.
  7. Sep 27, 2020
    85
    Mafia: Definitive Edition is a great way to experience one of the best crime games in recent history. Both old and new fans will enjoy the great ensemble of characters. story and soundtrack, though it's bugs can get a little annoying.
  8. Sep 24, 2020
    85
    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.
  9. Sep 24, 2020
    85
    Mafia: Definitive Edition oozes style and substance, harking back to a time when story was everything. The gameplay can be a little clumsy, but entwined with these awkward moments come excitement.
  10. Sep 25, 2020
    83
    Mafia: Definitive Edition is a remake done with plenty of passion, and the charisma it oozes shows it. Hangar 13 rebuilt a great classic without losing track of the original work. Lost Heaven is a shining jewel and there’s plenty of fun to be had. Character animations and the driving system can be a bit wonky sometimes, but those are minor issues in what is overall a great remake.
  11. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 15, 2020
    80
    One of the best-loved games on PS2 gets a pitch-perfect remake. Thick with atmosphere, Mafia: Definitive Edition just about manages to mask over any agerelated decrepitude. [Issue#181, p.91]
  12. Oct 31, 2020
    80
    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.
  13. Oct 8, 2020
    80
    If you look at Mafia: Definitive Edition as an action adventure game that released in 2020, you can have some great moments with it, although it's not flawless, but if you have already experience the original Mafia game back in 2002, you'll probably feel that something is missing. The Definitive Edition looks much, much better visually and packs some cool new gameplay mechanics, but it is just not the good old Mafia that everyone fell in love with.
  14. Oct 8, 2020
    80
    Mafia Definitive Edition is a loving and faithful remake of an underappreciated gem. The story, atmosphere, and sense of place have aged particularly well. The cover-based shootouts feature memorable scenarios, but the controls and Free Ride mode have room for improvement. After 18 years, Tommy Angelo’s violent tale of organized crime is still as memorable as ever.
  15. 80
    I’m going to level with you, reader: I went into Mafia Definitive Edition expecting to be underwhelmed. What I ended up playing was far-and-away, infinitely better than I was expecting, featuring fantastic storytelling, compelling, yet immensely flawed characters (in a good way), and a world that is teeming with life. You don’t have to be a fan of the original game in order to feel like a member of the family. Don’t worry! There’s more than enough hot lead to go around.
  16. Oct 2, 2020
    80
    Mafia: Definitive Edition is a complete remake of a classic crime game. It looks better than almost any other open-world crime sim you'll see this generation and has a story that'll keep you engaged to the end. It might not be the most revolutionary or innovative title in the genre, but it'll certainly keep you playing. This is an excellent story to play over the course of the weekend, and you're almost certain to be recommending it to your friends once you're done.
  17. Sep 28, 2020
    80
    Mafia: Definitive Edition is a stunning recreation of a classic game, adding competent gameplay upgrades and a polished recreation of its plot. As solid as the overhaul may be though, it doesn’t do much else to evolve the experience beyond the bare essentials. Not that you heard that from me, capisce?
  18. Sep 25, 2020
    80
    Mafia: Definitive Edition is a stunning remake that improves upon so much while staying true to its original vision. As you'd expect, this balance between new ideas and old concepts has its advantages – and its drawbacks. But it remains an exciting experience with a nostalgic warmth that'll keep you coming back to explore its expansive yet conservative map, free from the bloat that similar games in this genre have been subject to for far too long now.
  19. Sep 24, 2020
    80
    Mafia: Definitive Edition is an excellent remake that significantly enhances the narrative of the original game, giving an unprecedented depth to the characters and modernizing the gameplay just enough to make it enjoyable and engaging.
  20. Sep 24, 2020
    80
    Mafia has finally regained its splendor and this remake will be a very good entry point for anyone who wants to discover a game that marked its time, with a little indulgence, while fans will appreciate this facelift that never betrays the essence of the original experience, while modernizing it despite its sometimes aging aspects.
  21. Sep 24, 2020
    80
    Dripping with atmosphere, Mafia offers a strong story with engaging characters, great voice-acting and an intriguing setting. The game does fine in the gameplay department as well, but strafing feels a bit clunky and there's quite a bit of screen-tearing to spoil your fun. You'll still have a good time, though.
  22. Sep 24, 2020
    80
    Oozing with 1930s atmosphere, Mafia: Definitive Edition is a successful rejuvenation of the best story in the series.
  23. Sep 24, 2020
    80
    Hangar 13 packs the perfect remake, suspended between innovation and tradition.
  24. 80
    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.
  25. Sep 24, 2020
    78
    Even on a technical level, the work is not flawless: although the city has postcard views and sets up an atmosphere of refined elegance, in fact, some graphical updates show the side of obvious, yet never limiting, uncertainties.
  26. Sep 24, 2020
    78
    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.
  27. Sep 24, 2020
    78
    This is, graphically speaking, as well as technically, one of the most impressive remakes of the past years. Especially the improved cinematics do the story of Mafia justice. And that's why Mafia: Definitive Edition is the best reason for players of the original Mafia to return to Lost Heaven! But there are little scratches on this layer of newness, causing a somewhat hollow and unsatisfying experience for newcomers.
  28. Oct 1, 2020
    75
    The Definitive Edition brings back one of the best, if not the best story in the series. Although, it retains some of the negatives of the original release with lackluster cover shooting segments.
  29. Sep 28, 2020
    75
    Overall Mafia Definitive Edition is a solid remaster, that despite its numerous flaws should be experienced by the original gangsters and the new wave of players as well. We can comment about the technical errors, about the holes in the revamped story, and other shortcomings, but all in all, Mafia still proves to be am immersive experience, even after 18 years. This Mafia is not the same as the original, but it is better because you can enjoy it in 2020. The hardcore fans of the original will find a lot to nit-pick. But they can return to the original, to remember how archaic it is, or can they try to beat the game in classic mode, “enjoying” the quirks of the original recipe. Despite the criticism, we have to admit that Hangar 13 managed to take an 18 years old game and make it work in 2020, without crushing its soul.
  30. Oct 16, 2020
    70
    Excellent pacing and plot over the course of 10-12 hours mean it will keep anyone hooked. That said, it feels like a game pushing this hardware to its limit and the limitations do catch up with it in a lot of ways. Anyone who has a PC capable of playing the game would be well advised to maybe opt for that platform. Additionally, some unnecessary bugs and controls that can be difficult on a console controller sour the experience somewhat. However, there are not many alternative titles of this genre and Mafia: Definitive Edition certainly delivers a rip-roaring tale for those who wish to experience it.
  31. Oct 9, 2020
    70
    The new coat of paint is an eye candy and the experienced and older gamers will meet again with a really friendly acquaintance, but Mafia (level design and structural-wise) shows its age and not in a good way.
  32. 70
    A good looking and competent retread of a second rate original, which improves on everything from the graphics to the driving model, whilst maintaining the game’s cinematic essence.
  33. Sep 29, 2020
    70
    Mafia: Definitive Edition’s gorgeous open world is weakened by its mediocre campaign and flat combat mechanics. Driving through the bustling streets and open countryside of Lost Heaven in classic vehicles is fun enough at low or high speeds, and the story, while rushed, does ultimately put players in cool locations and situations. But without any unique storylines or exciting on-foot gameplay to keep the player invested, and a restrictive focus on missions over open world exploration, there’s little here that stands out for those who don’t already have a fascination with mafia stories or mid-twentieth century history. For all the emphasis Mafia: Definitive Edition places on history and creating a legacy, this well-made but largely forgettable journey doesn’t do enough to earn its spot in the family.
  34. Sep 24, 2020
    70
    Hanger 13 has crafted a gorgeous remake of an action classic, but the picturesque city of Lost Heaven and the characters that call it home are sadly lacking in substance, resulting in an adventure that could have been so much more.
  35. Sep 24, 2020
    70
    Those looking for a nostalgia trip will find it here, but there are some huge asterisks to consider before diving in. Mafia: Definitive Edition is just right for those looking to kill a few evenings before the fall's bigger games start rolling in, or those that have fond memories of the franchise. It's got a pile of problems to sort out, but at the same time, it scratches an itch that few other games can.
  36. Sep 24, 2020
    70
    It’s in the art direction of the Definitive Edition, led by Petr Motejzik, that you catch the developers’ obsessions: their love of long-coated ne’er do wells; of chrome shining through the wet; and of crime fiction, free of the emotional collateral and ruin of real crime.
  37. Sep 24, 2020
    70
    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.
  38. Sep 24, 2020
    65
    Mafia: Definitive Edition is enough to bring back fond memories, but won't make newcomers understand the legendary status of the original.
  39. Sep 25, 2020
    60
    While it's clear that the publishers of the game recognized the limitations of the remake by employing a reduced price overall, this is one case where I imagine a remake of the mechanics and story would have taken the game to new heights and made this a more fulfilling experience.
  40. Sep 24, 2020
    55
    The original Mafia was well-received at its release, and I’m sure a lot of people remember it fondly. For me, it’s something that’s probably best seen as a foundational statement in a series that got better over time and subsequent entries. As part of the Mafia trilogy, it’s an interesting footnote on what came before. As a standalone game that can hold its own against modern titles in the open-world genre? Fugetaboutit.
  41. Sep 30, 2020
    50
    Mafia: Definitive Edition is tedious enough as it is by 2020 standards. Clunky gunplay and lousy vehicle handling make the shootouts as frustrating as the getaway drive. The promising setup can’t avoid getting whacked either as it disappoints through its inability to meaningfully execute on its multiple beats. The talented cast and better realized 1930s world outdo its 2002 counterpart, but the rest of its blunders come together and result in an offer that’s relatively easy to refuse.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 624 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 99 out of 624
  1. Sep 26, 2020
    10
    Mafia definitive edition is pretty great game ever i playing.. graphic look great, gameplay is decent but need more polished. story is prettyMafia definitive edition is pretty great game ever i playing.. graphic look great, gameplay is decent but need more polished. story is pretty awesome.. Tommy is awesome character Full Review »
  2. Nov 12, 2020
    3
    Consistency and originality of the gameplay - Probably the worst of the worst, the gameplay in this game was dull and super boring. The gameConsistency and originality of the gameplay - Probably the worst of the worst, the gameplay in this game was dull and super boring. The game followed a linear pathway in almost every single mission.
    Also why no classic soundtracks? The music is classic version is so much better. In this remake, music is the boring. Further, there is no weather change/rotation in Free Ride Mode, which makes Free Ride Mode pointless after a couple runs. The city is filled with an overpass ,for trains , he is all filled with them moving and communicating with NPCs, but my access there is locked, is that a mockery? Very little replay value and little value freeride.
    Definitive Edition it certainly did bring back some memories of the old game, the story, graphics, characters were all enhanced, but it all boiled down to a typical nasty new age game design. I would say that if they stayed loyal to the old game formula and just made it look and play better, it would be a masterpiece of a remake and a game, but instead, it turned out to be just another **** .
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  3. Oct 3, 2020
    0
    game ruined by a stupid off-centered camera. the original was center, why do you have to screw up?