This is the treatment the Mafia franchise deserves.
Coming as one final treat ahead of its September 25th release, Mafia Definitive Edition received a brand new story trailer during Gamescom Opening Night Live. The trailer does a spectacular job highlighting just how far we’ve come from the original 2002 PC release, especially as we approach the end of this current-gen console cycle.
The story of Tommy Angelo, as he goes from civilian taxi-driver to a full-blown mobster and Captain of the Salieri crime family, is widely regarded as some of the finest storytelling the medium has to offer, and an absolute must for those fascinated by the crime genre.
However, it’s worth noting that despite how often 2K’s marketing will tell you otherwise the Mafia franchise is not an open-world Grand Theft Auto contemporary. Rather, the games tell a more linear story set against a fictionalised Chicago backdrop, with little in the way of side-missions or set dressing to distract from the narrative, players are encouraged to make their way to the next story event with little diversion.
Despite a lack of distractions sprinkled throughout the world Mafia Definitive Edition is shaping up to be an absolute delight, combining the excellent characters and story of the original release and combining it with the best gameplay developments the series has had over the last couple decades.
Oh, and it’s absolutely stunning.
It’s also worth the reminder that while Mafia: Definitive Edition is available as a completely standalone release, it can also be scooped up alongside remasters of Mafia 2 and 3 at a discounted price as a part of the Mafia Trilogy.
Mafia Definitive Edition will be releasing September 25th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.