Mafia

Role Playing Game Retail - Xbox - MPN: 29122
Product Details
Description
Some men do not accept the rules. They create their own.It is 1930. Due to circumstances he couldn't possibly have predicted, Tommy's life as a cabdriver is about to be exchanged for a life in the Mafia. At first he continues his work as a driver and nothing could be better. He soon becomes good friends with his sidekicks Paulie and Sam, and although the work is sometimes risky, he earns more money than he did as a cabdriver. But as time goes on he is ordered to undertake more and more unpleasant jobs and he starts to become disillusioned with the life he has chosen.
Quick Glance
ESRB Rating M (Mature 17+)
Game Genre Role Playing Game
Expert Reviews
Mafia
3.5 Star Review  GameZone - Apr 1, 2004

When the PC version of Mafia hit computers everywhere in 2002, it was hailed as the best action game of the year. Beyond the ability to steal cars and kill civilians with every weapon available, Mafia was completely story-driven from beginning to end. Intermixing convincingly real gun action with not so fast-paced driving sequences, anyone that played the PC version found a place in their gaming heart's for this gangster thriller. Now, after almost 2 years, Gathering is giving XBOX and PS2 owners a whack at the classic. Unfortunately, though the game holds its story-driven significance, ports never meet or beat the original game version and Mafia is living proof of that.

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Mafia (xbox)
2 Star Review  GameSpy - Mar 31, 2004

Here's an idea of how well the Xbox port of Mafia's engine worked out: the in-engine cutscenes of the original PC version were rendered out into video for the Xbox. Of course, that can't be done for the rest of the game, and overall it gives the impression that the port didn't have much priority given to it. From framerate problems, to outright bugs and a poorly adapted control scheme, Mafia shows just what a bad port can do to a good game. Tommy Angelo's happenstance enlistment in the Salieri crime family becomes an unfortunate metaphor for the slapdash approach taken in bringing the game to consoles.

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Mafia (xbox)
3.5 Star Review  IGN.com - Mar 30, 2004

In 2002, Take-Two released a period-piece action-driving game by the name of Mafia. The game offered PC gamers a beautiful, well-organized and engaging story about an ordinary guy swept up in the Italian Mafioso lifestyle. That game was tough, perhaps tilted a little toward the hard side of games, but it captured gamers' imaginations because, despite the natural comparisons to the Grand Theft Auto series, it was true to itself -- the characters were engaging, the story driving, and overall, it was well presented. You felt like you were actually playing The Godfather or Goodfellas in the most genuine way.

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Mafia
3.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Mafia receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 2.71 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #4,095 game of all time, #115 game of 2004 for the Xbox and #532 Xbox game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 56 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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User Reviews
Mafia
3 Star Review   By member shipwreck1 - Sep 14, 2005   

Strengths: Good storyline and presentation

Weakness: Really slow and boring driving missions

Mafia is a good story driven game about a taxi driver that gets pulled into the mob and must make his way up the ranks. The game is set in the 1930's and does a good job of pulling you into the era. This may be it's greatest asset and it's greatest downfall, though. While 1930's gangsters is an interesting premise, making a game that relies on driving cars that go a maximum of 60 mph is not. The early portions of this game are extremely slow as they require you to drive really slow cars around the city while obeying traffic lights and speed limits. (You can actually push a button to make it so your car doesn't break the speed limit). If you are caught breaking a traffic law, you will get pulled over and ticketed. There is no form of money in this game, so you don't lose anything for getting a ticket, but you must stop your car and get out for a few seconds while the cop writes you a citation. This is not fun. There are also some very long loading times between sections of the city. So long, that during an especially boring taxi mission, I actually fell asleep playing this game. Even though the beginning of this game is so slow, though, I actually enjoyed the game as I got to more on-foot missions. These missions have a nice grittiness to them that captures a mobster firefight. There is just something about the story line and the atmosphere that saves this game. It's like watching a good drama and it's what kept me playing the game. Overall, I give Mafia a 3 out of 5. It's easy to find the faults in this game, but the story is good enough to make it worthwhile.

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Mafia
2 Star Review   By member StashEX - Aug 26, 2005   

Strengths: Interesting concept and storyline

Weakness: Slooooow driving speed, too much loading

Mafia is the kind of game I wanted to love but it wouldn't love me back. The press billed Mafia as a GTA game set in the 1930's and I was all over it at first. Early on in the game, Mafia is almost unplayable. You'll be doing a lot of driving back and forth, very slowly, across a huge city that likes to load (for long periods of time) far too often. I know the developers didn't want super fast cars in this game because of the era, but still..... The game does pick up later on when you do more on foot missions but the controls isn't the greatest and you'll be wrestling with it far too often. If you can put with it's technical faults, Mafia is a decent game that can be found in the clearance bins of several stores.

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Mafia
3 Star Review   By member galvatron2k1 - Jul 30, 2005   

Strengths: Storyline

Weakness: Not as good as the PC Version, sloppier graphics, controls

The game features an incredible storyline, but is also hindered by many problems. First off, there are just too many driving sequences early on in the game. Some missions require you to drive across town, and since the cars do not control well, going too fast can cause you to fishtail and lose control. Also, if you do not drive the speed limit, cops will chase you down and fine you which only add to the frustration. The good thing about the game is its engaging storyline. The main character goes from being a standard taxi driver to deep into the mob and its criminal practices. Bottom line, if you have a choice between the PC and Xbox versions, buy the PC version.

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2 Star Review   By member mick16 - Jul 5, 2005   

Strengths: Storyline, GTA like gamestyle

Weakness: Driving is brutal and camera angles

Mafia for the Xbox is basically a Grand Theft Auto game set in the 30's. You rise from a foot soldier in the mob to a respected mobster. The action is decent, but the load times and driving make this game tough to fall in love with the game. Seriously, who thought driving 25 miles an hour without the ability to steer effectively was fun? The graphics are a little weak and suffer from low frame rates at times, but the overall storyline makes it an overall worthwhile experience. If you like a GTA style game and enjoy a mob type of story, this game fits the bill.

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3 Star Review   By member Kuruption84 - Jul 4, 2005   

Strengths: Good graphics, Movie style presentation, good voice acting, realistic car performance, cool cutscenes and the overall mafia theme.

Weakness: Some stif animations, load times are a bit long, the navigation could be better, the cars could handle a little bit better.

Mafia is developer Gathering's attempt at Grand Theft in the age of organized crime. The game starts with the main character offering to snitch on a mob boss in order for protection, the game is then told through a series of flashbacks that start you off as a nobody, to your rise up the mafioso ladder. While the main single player game does not have free roaming like GTA there is a free ride mode where you can do that. So if you're looking for something to play until the next GTA is released, give it a shot, not as good as the GTA games, but a good fill in nonetheless.

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2 Star Review   By member heyyoeddie - May 24, 2005   

Strengths: Retro graphics GTA-style play

Weakness: Poor driving controls No online play

I think this game was pitched somewhat like this: Executive: "Take GTA: Vice City and set it in 1930s Chicago instead of 1980s Miami." Programmer: "OK, we can do that graphically but we don't have the driving controls of the GTA series." Executive: "It doesn't matter. The kids will buy it anyway. Nothing's cooler than Al Capone!" Programmer: "Uhhh, ok." If the controls were improved and if there was online play, this game would have a shot at being really really good -- but it's not and that's a shame because there was such potential there. Let's hope the other "mafia" inspired games like The Godfather and Scarface end up better than this.

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3 Star Review   By member road3283 - May 24, 2005   

Strengths: Successfully captures the 30's mob scene.

Weakness: Less than exciting action. Long load times.

Mafia does a great job when it comes to authenticity. It really brings the 30's to life with its style, guns, and cars. The game has solid production values, sound, and graphics, but nothing that will blow you away. If you've played all the GTA games but still want more, well, this a great way to join the mob. I have to say though I found the action kind of boring. It plays a lot slower than other action-driving games. Controls are a mixed bag, the shooting portions in particular I found awkward. Also, while the open-ended gameplay is nice, I didn't find much incentive to explore and there isn't much to it outside of the core missions. Found at a cheap price, it's a solid buy.

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3 Star Review   By member shrike424242 - May 18, 2005   

Strengths: GTA-style action, good voice acting

Weakness: Some control issues, odd load time issues, slow framerate, 1930's-style cars

Mafia is an attempt to bring GTA-style gameplay to the 1930's. There's the open-ended mission design of GTA, though with cars from the 30's, they're not what most people would be used to from GTA. The voice acting is good, though the controls are a bit sluggish at times. There's some very slow framerate problems, where the gameplay slows down quite a bit, and the load times can be much too long. For an off-beat version of GTA gameplay, this is one to look at, with some reservations.

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3 Star Review   By member FOnewearl - May 11, 2005   

Strengths: Good voice acting, cool cinemas

Weakness: Linear missions, graphic problems, controls are lacking some

Mafia is a 3D action adventure game very much like Grand Theft Auto 3 set in the 1930s. You will do alot of driving type missions which will require you to drive somewhere & alot of times do something once you get there much like alot of Missions in Grand Theft Auto 3. While GTA3 had alot of extras to look for (like the packages) which gave you incentive to explore between missions Mafia doesn't really include any kind of extras to do between missions. I would suggest trying Mafia before buying as they could have done a better job porting the game to the Xbox from the PC version which is better in many ways.

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4 Star Review   By member dtsai24 - May 1, 2005   

Strengths: Graphics, Gameplay

Weakness: Driving

This is a decent game similar to the grand theft auto series. It's set in the 1930's and the gameplay is very fun. The game seems to be cheap in many places now so it should be a must buy. The driving aspect is very boring due to it slow pace and lack of action. The grpahics and gameplay are otherwise good, i think the PC version is probably the best one to get.

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Product Details
Description
Some men do not accept the rules. They create their own.It is 1930. Due to circumstances he couldn't possibly have predicted, Tommy's life as a cabdriver is about to be exchanged for a life in the Mafia. At first he continues his work as a driver and nothing could be better. He soon becomes good friends with his sidekicks Paulie and Sam, and although the work is sometimes risky, he earns more money than he did as a cabdriver. But as time goes on he is ordered to undertake more and more unpleasant jobs and he starts to become disillusioned with the life he has chosen.
Quick Glance
ESRB Rating M (Mature 17+)
Game Genre Role Playing Game
Summary
Product Title Mafia
Manufacturer Take 2 Interactive
Power Score 3.2 | 16 Reviews
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Expert Reviews
Mafia
3.5 Star Review  GameZone - Apr 1, 2004

When the PC version of Mafia hit computers everywhere in 2002, it was hailed as the best action game of the year. Beyond the ability to steal cars and kill civilians with every weapon available, Mafia was completely story-driven from beginning to end. Intermixing convincingly real gun action with not so fast-paced driving sequences, anyone that played the PC version found a place in their gaming heart's for this gangster thriller. Now, after almost 2 years, Gathering is giving XBOX and PS2 owners a whack at the classic. Unfortunately, though the game holds its story-driven significance, ports never meet or beat the original game version and Mafia is living proof of that.

Read the full review »

Mafia (xbox)
2 Star Review  GameSpy - Mar 31, 2004

Here's an idea of how well the Xbox port of Mafia's engine worked out: the in-engine cutscenes of the original PC version were rendered out into video for the Xbox. Of course, that can't be done for the rest of the game, and overall it gives the impression that the port didn't have much priority given to it. From framerate problems, to outright bugs and a poorly adapted control scheme, Mafia shows just what a bad port can do to a good game. Tommy Angelo's happenstance enlistment in the Salieri crime family becomes an unfortunate metaphor for the slapdash approach taken in bringing the game to consoles.

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Mafia (xbox)
3.5 Star Review  IGN.com - Mar 30, 2004

In 2002, Take-Two released a period-piece action-driving game by the name of Mafia. The game offered PC gamers a beautiful, well-organized and engaging story about an ordinary guy swept up in the Italian Mafioso lifestyle. That game was tough, perhaps tilted a little toward the hard side of games, but it captured gamers' imaginations because, despite the natural comparisons to the Grand Theft Auto series, it was true to itself -- the characters were engaging, the story driving, and overall, it was well presented. You felt like you were actually playing The Godfather or Goodfellas in the most genuine way.

Read the full review »

Mafia
3.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Mafia receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 2.71 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #4,095 game of all time, #115 game of 2004 for the Xbox and #532 Xbox game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 56 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
Mafia
3 Star Review   By member shipwreck1 - Sep 14, 2005   

Strengths: Good storyline and presentation

Weakness: Really slow and boring driving missions

Mafia is a good story driven game about a taxi driver that gets pulled into the mob and must make his way up the ranks. The game is set in the 1930's and does a good job of pulling you into the era. This may be it's greatest asset and it's greatest downfall, though. While 1930's gangsters is an interesting premise, making a game that relies on driving cars that go a maximum of 60 mph is not. The early portions of this game are extremely slow as they require you to drive really slow cars around the city while obeying traffic lights and speed limits. (You can actually push a button to make it so your car doesn't break the speed limit). If you are caught breaking a traffic law, you will get pulled over and ticketed. There is no form of money in this game, so you don't lose anything for getting a ticket, but you must stop your car and get out for a few seconds while the cop writes you a citation. This is not fun. There are also some very long loading times between sections of the city. So long, that during an especially boring taxi mission, I actually fell asleep playing this game. Even though the beginning of this game is so slow, though, I actually enjoyed the game as I got to more on-foot missions. These missions have a nice grittiness to them that captures a mobster firefight. There is just something about the story line and the atmosphere that saves this game. It's like watching a good drama and it's what kept me playing the game. Overall, I give Mafia a 3 out of 5. It's easy to find the faults in this game, but the story is good enough to make it worthwhile.

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Mafia
2 Star Review   By member StashEX - Aug 26, 2005   

Strengths: Interesting concept and storyline

Weakness: Slooooow driving speed, too much loading

Mafia is the kind of game I wanted to love but it wouldn't love me back. The press billed Mafia as a GTA game set in the 1930's and I was all over it at first. Early on in the game, Mafia is almost unplayable. You'll be doing a lot of driving back and forth, very slowly, across a huge city that likes to load (for long periods of time) far too often. I know the developers didn't want super fast cars in this game because of the era, but still..... The game does pick up later on when you do more on foot missions but the controls isn't the greatest and you'll be wrestling with it far too often. If you can put with it's technical faults, Mafia is a decent game that can be found in the clearance bins of several stores.

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Mafia
3 Star Review   By member galvatron2k1 - Jul 30, 2005   

Strengths: Storyline

Weakness: Not as good as the PC Version, sloppier graphics, controls

The game features an incredible storyline, but is also hindered by many problems. First off, there are just too many driving sequences early on in the game. Some missions require you to drive across town, and since the cars do not control well, going too fast can cause you to fishtail and lose control. Also, if you do not drive the speed limit, cops will chase you down and fine you which only add to the frustration. The good thing about the game is its engaging storyline. The main character goes from being a standard taxi driver to deep into the mob and its criminal practices. Bottom line, if you have a choice between the PC and Xbox versions, buy the PC version.

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2 Star Review   By member mick16 - Jul 5, 2005   

Strengths: Storyline, GTA like gamestyle

Weakness: Driving is brutal and camera angles

Mafia for the Xbox is basically a Grand Theft Auto game set in the 30's. You rise from a foot soldier in the mob to a respected mobster. The action is decent, but the load times and driving make this game tough to fall in love with the game. Seriously, who thought driving 25 miles an hour without the ability to steer effectively was fun? The graphics are a little weak and suffer from low frame rates at times, but the overall storyline makes it an overall worthwhile experience. If you like a GTA style game and enjoy a mob type of story, this game fits the bill.

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3 Star Review   By member Kuruption84 - Jul 4, 2005   

Strengths: Good graphics, Movie style presentation, good voice acting, realistic car performance, cool cutscenes and the overall mafia theme.

Weakness: Some stif animations, load times are a bit long, the navigation could be better, the cars could handle a little bit better.

Mafia is developer Gathering's attempt at Grand Theft in the age of organized crime. The game starts with the main character offering to snitch on a mob boss in order for protection, the game is then told through a series of flashbacks that start you off as a nobody, to your rise up the mafioso ladder. While the main single player game does not have free roaming like GTA there is a free ride mode where you can do that. So if you're looking for something to play until the next GTA is released, give it a shot, not as good as the GTA games, but a good fill in nonetheless.

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2 Star Review   By member heyyoeddie - May 24, 2005   

Strengths: Retro graphics GTA-style play

Weakness: Poor driving controls No online play

I think this game was pitched somewhat like this: Executive: "Take GTA: Vice City and set it in 1930s Chicago instead of 1980s Miami." Programmer: "OK, we can do that graphically but we don't have the driving controls of the GTA series." Executive: "It doesn't matter. The kids will buy it anyway. Nothing's cooler than Al Capone!" Programmer: "Uhhh, ok." If the controls were improved and if there was online play, this game would have a shot at being really really good -- but it's not and that's a shame because there was such potential there. Let's hope the other "mafia" inspired games like The Godfather and Scarface end up better than this.

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3 Star Review   By member road3283 - May 24, 2005   

Strengths: Successfully captures the 30's mob scene.

Weakness: Less than exciting action. Long load times.

Mafia does a great job when it comes to authenticity. It really brings the 30's to life with its style, guns, and cars. The game has solid production values, sound, and graphics, but nothing that will blow you away. If you've played all the GTA games but still want more, well, this a great way to join the mob. I have to say though I found the action kind of boring. It plays a lot slower than other action-driving games. Controls are a mixed bag, the shooting portions in particular I found awkward. Also, while the open-ended gameplay is nice, I didn't find much incentive to explore and there isn't much to it outside of the core missions. Found at a cheap price, it's a solid buy.

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3 Star Review   By member shrike424242 - May 18, 2005   

Strengths: GTA-style action, good voice acting

Weakness: Some control issues, odd load time issues, slow framerate, 1930's-style cars

Mafia is an attempt to bring GTA-style gameplay to the 1930's. There's the open-ended mission design of GTA, though with cars from the 30's, they're not what most people would be used to from GTA. The voice acting is good, though the controls are a bit sluggish at times. There's some very slow framerate problems, where the gameplay slows down quite a bit, and the load times can be much too long. For an off-beat version of GTA gameplay, this is one to look at, with some reservations.

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3 Star Review   By member FOnewearl - May 11, 2005   

Strengths: Good voice acting, cool cinemas

Weakness: Linear missions, graphic problems, controls are lacking some

Mafia is a 3D action adventure game very much like Grand Theft Auto 3 set in the 1930s. You will do alot of driving type missions which will require you to drive somewhere & alot of times do something once you get there much like alot of Missions in Grand Theft Auto 3. While GTA3 had alot of extras to look for (like the packages) which gave you incentive to explore between missions Mafia doesn't really include any kind of extras to do between missions. I would suggest trying Mafia before buying as they could have done a better job porting the game to the Xbox from the PC version which is better in many ways.

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4 Star Review   By member dtsai24 - May 1, 2005   

Strengths: Graphics, Gameplay

Weakness: Driving

This is a decent game similar to the grand theft auto series. It's set in the 1930's and the gameplay is very fun. The game seems to be cheap in many places now so it should be a must buy. The driving aspect is very boring due to it slow pace and lack of action. The grpahics and gameplay are otherwise good, i think the PC version is probably the best one to get.

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4 Star Review   By member MaxBiaggi2 - Apr 29, 2005   

Strengths: Grand Theft Auto 3 set in the 1930's

Weakness: Cars move very slowly, frame rate issues and load screens the PC version doesn't have

After Grand Theft Auto 3 (and its sequels) took the gaming world by storm, every developer tried to get a piece of the action by making a "me too" version of it featuring their own take on a virtual crime world. Mafia finds our young struggling anti-hero in a 1930's big city struggling to work his way up the criminal ladder of success to eventually become crime boss. Automobiles of the 1930's weren't nearly as quick or nimble as those of today, so you'll quickly find that Mafia's mean streets are a relatively slow and boring affair by today's standards. The graphics and voice acting are average, but the overall package is decent. Get the PC model if you have a decent gaming caliber PC.

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2 Star Review   By member Alive741 - Apr 26, 2005   

Strengths: Good graphics

Weakness: BAD driving

This game is alright I guess. I wouldn't buy it again. The driving in it could be a LOT better. The first mission is hard unless you already magically know how to play. There are much better games out there like this one (Grand Theft Auto)

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