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25 September 2020 14:36

Mafia: Definitive Edition

Mafia: Definitive Edition remake is out now

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--2K and its Hangar 13 development studio today launched Mafia: Definitive Edition, a comprehensive, built-from-the-ground-up remake of the original Mafia. The remake, which includes an updated script, additional cutscenes, all-new gameplay sequences and features, a re-recorded orchestral score, and other enhancements, is now available worldwide on PlayStation® 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store for $39.99**. The release of Mafia: Definitive Edition completes the full Mafia: Trilogy, a collection featuring the only interactive entertainment series that lets players live the life of a gangster across three distinct eras of organized crime in America. Mafia: Definitive Edition – The built-from-the-ground-up remake of the beloved classic; The built-from-the-ground-up of the beloved classic; Mafia II: Definitive Edition – The ultra HD remaster of the fan favorite; Tommy Angelo's suit and cab; Mafia II: Definitive Edition: Vito Scaletta's leather jacket and sports car; Note that upon its release on May 19, 2020, Mafia II: Definitive Edition was automatically granted to all existing owners of Mafia II on Steam at no additional cost. Additionally, all existing Mafia III owners on PlayStation® 4, Xbox One, and Steam were upgraded to Mafia III: Definitive Edition on May 19, 2020, at no additional cost.

Today also marks the release of Mafia: Definitive Edition's original orchestral score, featuring music by composer Jesse Harlin. Founded in 2005, 2K develops and publishes global interactive entertainment for console and handheld gaming systems, personal computers and mobile devices, with product availability including physical retail and digital download. Headquartered next to 2K in Novato, California, with offices in Brighton, UK, Prague and Brno, Czech Republic, Hangar 13 is the globally diverse game development studio behind the organized crime drama Mafia III. Actual outcomes and results may vary materially from these forward-looking statements based on a variety of risks and uncertainties including: the uncertainty of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and measures taken in response thereto; the effect that measures taken to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic have on our operations, including our ability to timely deliver our titles and other products, and on the operations of our counterparties, including retailers and distributors; the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on consumer demand and the discretionary spending patterns of our customers; the impact of reductions in interest rates by the Federal Reserve and other central banks, including on our short-term investment portfolio; the impact of potential inflation; volatility in foreign currency exchange rates; our dependence on key management and product development personnel; our dependence on our Grand Theft Auto products and our ability to develop other hit titles; the timely release and significant market acceptance of our games; the ability to maintain acceptable pricing levels on our games; and risks associated with international operations. Out now, the Mafia Definitive Edition is an open-world action game not top dissimilar to the likes of Grand Theft Auto.

In addition to spruced up visuals, the Definitive Edition features an expanded story, new gameplay elements and extra music. If you want a physical copy of the Mafia Definitive Edition on PS4 or Xbox One, you can purchase a standalone version, or a bundle containing the entire Mafia Trilogy from GAME, Argos, Amazon and ShopTo. I'd like to think there's a parallel universe where Mafia became as big as GTA. Now, almost two decades later, Mafia 3 developer Hangar 13 has remade the original game for a generous budget price ($39.99/£34.99) on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Mafia: Definitive Edition is a remake of a 2002 classic that feels like a game from 2010, even though it looks like a modern blockbuster. This isn't a bad thing – it's just that Mafia has a lot in common with the kinds of linear third-person cover shooters that emerged in the post-Gears of War era, a type of game that's far less trendy these days. Mafia is pleasingly uncomplicated: you shoot your way through a whole bunch of set piece-heavy missions that follow the arc of the original game.

Well-acted cutscenes break it all up – while the original game looks like it's acted by Thunderbirds puppets by today's standards (though for the time it was fantastic), the presentation of the story in Mafia: Definitive Edition makes it feel convincingly cinematic. Unusually for a shooter, the story is the real reason to play – this is something Mafia: Definitive Edition has in common with its source material. I don't have any other gripes, really, though I do wonder if new players will see the same value in Mafia: Definitive Edition than I do. Mafia: Definitive Edition is a remake driven by a similar approach to 2019's Resident Evil 2. If you're new to Mafia, the Definitive Edition is part of a trilogy collection that costs the same as one regular new game – if you like this first installment, the second is pretty great too.

I had thought that I might be able to shake it loose by returning to the city of Lost Heaven in Mafia: Definitive Edition, the remake which launched this morning, but I've now read that song didn't make it in. Mafia: Definitive Edition is available on Steam and the Epic Games Store for £35/€40/$40.