Mafia: Definitive Edition
Mafia: Definitive Edition is a computer game in the genre of action-adventure and third-person shooter, which is a remake of the game Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven. The remake was developed by Hangar 13, the creator of Mafia III. As in the original, the game takes place in the fictional city of Lost Heaven, and the main character is a taxi driver Tommy Angelo, who became a gangster in one of the mafia groups in the city. Mafia: Definitive Edition brought several original improvements to the story and gameplay of the original, and recreated the Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven setting from scratch.
The remake was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 25, 2020. The game is sold as part of the collection Mafia: Trilogy, which includes re-releases of Mafia II and Mafia III, or separately. Mafia: Definitive Edition has received positive reviews from critics and gamers alike, with the graphics, preservation of the original storyline, and the open world of the 1930s being the most appreciated.
Main article: Gameplay of Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven
Comparison of the original Mafia (above) and the remake of Mafia: Definitive Edition (below). The Definitive Edition not only inherits the plot of the original with some innovations, but also has a rebuilt Lost Haven on the engine from Mafia III
As in the original 2002 game, the plot of the remake takes place in the 1930s in the fictional American city of Lost Heaven, now located in the state of Illinois, and tells the story of Thomas Angelo, an ordinary taxi driver who was forced and unexpectedly himself becomes a member of one of the two powerful mafia gangs in the city, competing with each other. In doing so, the game expands on the original storyline. One example of plot expansion is in-game dialogues. In the original game, the heroes hardly talked to each other outside the cutscenes, in the remake, each trip is accompanied by conversations that further reveal the characters’ characters. In one scene, a client indicates the nationality of the protagonist (he is Italian) – this was not in Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven.
Mafia: Definitive Edition is a completely new game from the ground up, so it has a completely new gameplay and extended story, although missions and gameplay features from the original have been carried over to the remake. As in the 2002 game, players control Tommy Angelo throughout Mafia: Definitive Edition. A distinctive feature of the remake is the presence of motorcycles, which were not in the Mafia series before.
In addition to the main story mode, Mafia: Definitive Edition has a Free Ride mode, where the player can explore Lost Haven without any goals or objectives. This mode is also taken from the original Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven, but the original also had a Free Ride Extreme mode. In the remake, the “Big Walk” is combined into one mode.
Development and exit
On May 10, 2020, a message containing the word “Family” was published on the official Mafia Twitter page. Considering that it was the first post posted on the page in the past two years, it caused a stir in the fan community of the series and the media.  Soon, two other messages appeared on the same page, consisting of the words “Power” and “Respect”, respectively, after which, on May 13, 2020, the development of the collection Mafia: Trilogy was announced. On the same day, information leaked in the Microsoft Store, according to which it became known that the main part of the collection will be a new game in the series – Mafia: Definitive Edition, being developed by Hangar 13, the author of Mafia III, as a remake of the first game. At the same time, the game’s publisher, 2K, announced that the remake was being developed on an updated version of the Illusion Engine, previously used in Mafia II and Mafia III [, but later representatives of the Hangar 13 studio stated that the game was being created on a new unknown studio engine. However, it was later revealed that the game was made on the Mafia Engine – previously named Illusion Engine, but modified by Hangar 13. Composer Jesse Harlin took part in the creation of the game – he was the composer of Mafia III before the remake. In an interview, he said that the plot and characters will remain much the same as in the original game. The game was originally slated for release for PC (Windows), PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 28, 2020 [but was later postponed to September 25, 2020.