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So good I would join the Mafia to get it! Capisci?! Unicorn Lynx (181446) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars
One of the most revolutionary games of all time Clark Gable (92) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
One of my all-time favorite games. kbmb (435) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
A good story, and great fun, if a bit short Dave Schenet (138) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
A stunning but flawed action title. Sycada (191) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Ha ha! Game over, DORK! Alex Man (32) unrated
Excellent game, its got it all. ThE oNe (184) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 4.3
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.2
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.4
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 4.5
Overall User Score (158 votes) 4.2

Critic Reviews

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Gameplanet (Oct 11, 2002)
All in all, Mafia sets the level - for what we are not sure, as there have been no games quite like it before. You can bet there will be some like it to follow though - this game will be cloned, that is a certainty. Similar in style to Grand Theft Auto 3, Mafia differentiates itself with its pure style and realistic portrayal of 1930's gangsterland. This game is a must-buy that no discerning gamer should be without. Go and buy it - now. Right now.
Time for a final summation. Is this game for you? A driving, shooting, story-based game about a crime family in the 1930s US that has no save feature and can be insanely difficult at times? If ever there were a description for "don't touch it with a ten-foot pole," that would undoubtedly be it. Yet Mafia oozes class, polish, and style like no other game so far this year. To not "experience" Mafia is a far greater crime than any in the Salieri family ever committed. No doubts here, I award Mafia a [5/5]. Thus far it gets my GOTY award also. Gentlemen, take a bow—what you've created is nothing short of brilliance! Damn, it feels good to be a gamer!
UOL Jogos (Dec 13, 2002)
"Mafia" é mais do que um jogo: ele é um filme e uma experiência na recriação de como poderia ter sido a vida de um mafioso. Apesar de não oferecer muitas das opções que tornaram "Grand Theft Auto" um clássico, o jogo sueco tem qualidades de sobra para garantir sua excelência por conta própria.
God Games is good. How good? Well, let me tell you. If you're going to make a game that (to me) is in the mold of Max Payne, it better be really good. It better look good, sound good, play well and have a great story line. So, if the aforementioned 'big four' are the criteria, Mafia is hitting 4 for 4 with a Louisville Slugger right to the kneecap!
JustPressPlay (Nov 06, 2006)
Although the game may be eerily reminiscent of Grand Theft Auto:III; its possibilities by far outweigh its counterpart. Much like GTA:III gamers will be able to steal cars but only after you are taught thespecifics of how to gain entry to each car by one of the mafia’s manyspecialists. Each mission will require a different type of vehicle,which the player will be rewarded with should they complete what isasked of you. There are roughly 50-60 different models to choose from.Since this game is set in the 30s’ the speed capabilities of thevehicles are low and sometimes tedious to drive. Unlike GTA the localpolice will expect players to obey the laws of Lost Heaven. This meansobeying speed limits/traffic direction devices, not brandishing weaponsin public, and not causing accidents. Players can expect to be cited bythe police or arrested at gun point depending on how severely theyinfringe upon the law.
PC Team (Oct, 2002)
Au final, Mafia est un jeu palpitant qui vous fera passer des heures d'extrême jubilation devant votre PC. Vous ne risquerez pas de vous ennuyer car la diversité dans les missions demeure un atout considérable. Un titre à ne louper sous aucun prétexte.
Bonusweb (Sep 11, 2002)
Jedna z nejočekávanějších her tohoto roku je konečně na světě a i když se její vydání obešlo bez jakéhokoliv humbuku, začala se na její adresu okamžitě snášet samá slova chvály. Podívali jsme se tedy, jak vypadá její česká verze – a byli jsme velice mile překvapeni. Ne, to je slabé slovo. Vyrazilo nám to dech.
94 (Nov 07, 2002)
I could go on and on about all the magnificent things that make this game a must have (and to be honest : it’s hard to stop rambling about it) but a conclusion has to be made and it is this : What “The Godfather” was for movies, Mafia is for games.
93 (Sep 03, 2002)
Mafia ist ein absoluter Must-Have-Titel in diesem Jahr, dem sich eigentlich niemand entziehen kann. Das Spiel bietet einfach alles: Eine komplette Mafia-Welt, Spaß und natürlich jede Menge Spannung - Langeweile wird also bestimmt keine aufkommen. Ob nun Schießereien aus dem Fahrzeug, Überfälle auf gegnerische Konvois, Schutzgelderpressung oder hinterhältige Attentate. Wer Mafia nicht spielt, ist selbst schuld.
GameZone (Sep 05, 2002)
The question here is: why don't you own this game already? This is an excellent game, it takes you into the thirty's, and places you in the shoes of a taxi driver turned to a big time crook. If you ever wanted to know what it was like to be in the mob, this is the game for you. It will take you numerous hours to play through all it offers, and you will not regret it, or else you will be sleeping with the fishes!
Mafia is een verbazend spel, dat twee vormen van actie naadloos integreert: gangster-shootings en automobiel-racen in de jaren ’30. De geweldige setting en goede graphics duwen het verhaal naar een eenzame top, waar het zich nestelt tussen de groten van 2002! Must-have!
Pelit (Sep, 2002)
Haluamatta mitenkään glorifioida järjestäytynyttä rikollisuutta, Mafiassa on imua. Jopa arkisena Anthony Soprano -versiona, saati sitten Kummisetien rikollisromanttisessa maailmassa, jossa perinteet ja kunnia vielä merkitsevät jotain. Perheen asioista ei selosta edes Antero Omertaranta, miehet pukeutuvat tyylikkäästi ja käyttäytyvät kuin herrasmiehet, paitsi silloin kun tempaisevat jotakuta pesismailalla opetusmielessä päähän.
GameSpot (Sep 04, 2002)
Quite simply, Mafia is one of the best games of the year.
DarkZero (Apr 10, 2006)
Overall, Mafia is a fantastic title, and one that I can do nothing other than recommend. The game takes elements from Max Payne, Grand Theft Auto and the The Godfather films mixing them to create an incredible single player experience. An absolutely essential purchase for fans of the genre.
IGN (Aug 29, 2002)
Mafia is a great game with some minor problems that are easily forgotten once you get into the meat of the game. While I still wish that I could skip through some of the driving, it isn't anywhere near a big enough failing for me not to heartily recommend this game to anyone that likes action and especially those that love the depression gangster era. Mafia is dripping with style and class and has certainly shoved itself into the ranks of the best games of this year, which as you know has already had some incredible titles.
GameStar (Germany) (Oct, 2002)
Ich mag Filme wie Der Pate oder Goodfellas - aber nach Mafia können mir derartige Streifen ernsthaft gestohlen bleiben. Hier bekomme ich nämlich viel mehr: erstens eine toll erzählte Story. Und zweitens eine, in der ich die Hauptrolle spiele. Für mich ist die Handlung mit all ihren Überraschungen, Betrug und Liebe sowie Verrat der eigentliche Glanzpunkt. Allein schon die Möglichkeit, durch das gewaltige Lost Heaven zu fahren, kann mich für Tage beschäftigen. Auch die schönen Oldtimer und die abwechslungsreichen, hochdramatischen Einsätze gehören mit zum Besten, was es in Sachen Missionen und Autos derzeit am PC gibt. Eigentlich habe ich kaum etwas, das mich ernsthaft stört. Mir ist eine ständige Speichermöglichkeit sonst am liebsten - hier bin ich aber, von einer Mission abgesehen, gut damit klargekommen. Ein bisschen mehr Übersicht in den Kämpfen, eine etwas weniger für Blei anfällige Hauptfigur und spannendere Waffen sind Wünsche, die der hohen Wertung nicht wirklich im Wege stehen.
Game Revolution (Sep 01, 2002)
Aside from a lack of replayability due to linear mission structure (even still, you get a couple "take a drive" options for filler) and the demanding control, Mafia is a top-notch game offering a lot more than just shoot 'em up craziness. The graphics are incredible, the story is well told and the gameplay is fun and exciting. Lost Heaven's density and vibrancy will suck you in for hours at a time. Definitely worth your pennies.
Sector (Sep 24, 2002)
Mafia splnila očakávania, výborný príbeh skombinovaný do jedného celku s akciou a naháňačkami na autách, okorenená dvoma ďalšími módmi a českým dabingom. Bohužiaľ s chýbajúcim multiplayerom a podivnou AI. Jedná sa o titul, ktorý jednoducho treba mať bez kompromisu.
90 (Sep 13, 2002)
Mafii se dá vytknout jedině občasně přehnaná obtížnost, místy nedořešená umělá inteligence, již omílaná absence multiplayeru a čistě individuálně i způsob ukládání misí. Skuteční hnidopichové mohou poukazovat ještě na lineárnost v základním příběhu. Rozhodně však jde o velmi kvalitní hru, která naplnila očekávání. A protože ji za necelou tisícovku dostanete v kompletní české lokalizaci, myslím, že v otázce koupi není vůbec co řešit.
90 (Sep 03, 2002)
"Danny, Danny, hey, wake up you've got work to do. It's 11 o'clock in the morning and you're still sleeping with your head on the keyboard? Again? Come on, go freshen up a little because the meeting just started a few minutes ago."
Absolute Games ( (Sep 10, 2002)
Игры, подобные Mafia, принято проходить по несколько раз на "бис", а затем бережно ставить на полку, рассказывая всем друзьям и знакомым о безумных днях, прожитых в городе Lost Heaven. Мы уверены: это будут яркие, красочные воспоминания.
Atomic Gamer (Sep 09, 2002)
Some players are absolutely going to hate Mafia because of a few key bad decisions in the missions, but if you can get through the ones that are really tough, the end is definitely worth it. Even with its problems, Mafia was a joy to play, and I really hope we see more games that expand on the Grand Theft Auto formula. But if you are going to do a GTA3-alike game, a unique setting as well as a few major gameplay additions are absolute musts. Luckily, Mafia delivers in those areas.
GameSpy (Sep 18, 2002)
In the end, a game hasn't oozed this much style since the release of Max Payne. The gameplay, the story, the graphics -- the entire presentation is topnotch. Many developers have very ambitious goals but end up leaving a lot of the substance on the cutting room floor. For the most part, the team at Illusion Softworks set their sights high and came close to nailing the bulls-eye.
PC Games (Germany) (Sep 13, 2002)
"91!", "88!", "Na gut, 90.", "Nein, 89!" - die Wertungskonferenz glich einem arabischen Bazar. Die einen finden es besser als GTA 3, die anderen nicht. Warum wir uns für 89 Prozent entschieden haben? Hinter der grandiosen Story, der Topgrafik und dem abwechslungsreichen Spielablauf verbergen sich KI-Tücken, die den Sprung in den magischen 90er-Bereich verhindern: Blinde Gangster, die sich wie beim Topfschlagen auf Knien im Kreise drehen, während Sie dicht hinter ihnen stehen, Polizeiwagen, die in aller Seelenruhe Massenkarambolagen verursachen und Passanten, die sich vors Auto werfen, sind Dinge, die mir übel aufstoßen. Verstehen Sie das jetzt bitte nicht falsch! Mafia ist ansonsten ein wundervolles Spiel, voller Dramatik und zum Zerplatzen spannend. Gerne würde ich deshalb noch weiter schwärmen, aber leider reicht der Platz in diesem Meinungskasten nicht aus ...
PC Zone Benelux (Oct, 2002)
Nogmaals: Nee, dit is géén GTA 3 kloon. Heb je genoten van de Godfather-serie, hou je van auto's (vooral klassieke), van zwoele muziek, of voel je je een gangster in hart en nieren maar mag je niet van je moeder: ontdek dan de wereld die Lost Heaven heet! Haal vooraf wel even de nieuwste, duurste, snelste PC in huis...
GRY uważają, że Mafia to jedna z najlepszych gier komputerowych, jakie kiedykolwiek powstały. Perfekcyjnie wykonanemu programowi towarzyszy świetny scenariusz. Gra nie jest ciągiem poziomów, na których strzelamy i uciekamy przed policją. To opowieść o zatracaniu się bohatera w przestępczym świecie. Kolejne etapy pokazują jak łatwo wplątujemy się w kłopoty i jak trudno wydostać się z prawdziwej mafii.
Game.EXE (Oct, 2002)
Долгожданный хит, обернувшийся...чем-то иным. Mafia слишком проста для наших ожиданий и даже для своего собственного графического и сценарного оформления. Команда Illusion Softworks справилась со всем, кроме геймплея.
86 (Sep 06, 2002)
En pysty mitenkään välttymään ajatukselta Mafiasta, jossa valtavan kaupungin mallintamiseen ja tarkkaan teksturointiin uhratut tuhannet miestyötunnit olisi keskitetty pelkästään erilaisten toimintakohtausten suunnitteluun, jotka ovat jo näinkin upeimpia ikinä. Pakolliset takaa-ajokohtaukset ja muut olisi varmasti voinut toteuttaa jotenkin helpomminkin. Näin käteen jää jonkinlainen sekametelisoppa, joka tarjoaa jokaiselle jotain, mutta ei täyttä kymppiä oikein kenellekään. Illusion Softworks ei ilmeisesti oikein ole osannut päättää onko kyseessä kilpa-ajopeli, toimintapeli, seikkailupeli tai kenties peräti elokuva ja on panostanut hirvittävästi aikaa ja vaivaa sellaisiin pelin osa-alueisiin, joita ei edes niin hirvittävästi olisi kaivattu. Hyvä silti näinkin.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Sep 30, 2002)
Een zeer sfeervolle en meeslepende 3D shooter, die echter niet zonder enkele irritante schoonheidsfoutjes is.
85 (Aug 28, 2002)
Spannend erzählt und toll präsentiert - ein Baller-Schmuckstück!
85 (Sep 05, 2002)
Un titre remarquable et qui laisse une fois encore à penser que Take Two a vraiment le chic pour nous lâcher de petites bombes. Mafia est à conseiller à tous les fans d'action et de ce type d'univers, son ambiance et sa réalisation sont à tomber raide, bref, un titre à découvrir absolument !
85 (Nov 28, 2006)
Vous avez aimé GTA 3 ? Et Hidden & Dangerous ? Et les années 30 aux Etats-Unis, la prohibition, tout ça, ça vous branche ? Quel est le rapport ? Facile, Mafia, le dernier né du studio tchèque, Illusion Softworks. Un jeu qui a l’ambition d’un GTA, l’ambiance d’un H&D et la qualité technique d’un blockbuster ricain. Un must have à l’univers original et réaliste, qui entraîne le joueur dans une aventure unique et jubilatoire.
Netjak (Sep 12, 2002)
I'd have to say Mafia's worth your dough...and that's even without a gun pointed to my head. Probably a little violent for the kiddies, but honestly, parents, if you've got a well-adjusted kid, and you've talked to him about the difference between real and fake violence, and you've set consequences for your kids, there really isn't anything to worry about from a violent video game. Billy's going to know not to go hitting people with his car...well, on purpose at least. Anyway, I'm not going to go all Gamespot and say this is one of the best games of the year (although, looking back on the year, it probably could be in contention.) but it's definitely worth your time. An enjoyable romp while it lasts, I just wish driving wasn't such a big part of it all.
Mafia är ett allsidigt storydrivet spel som verkligen lyckas engagera spelaren med nya grepp hela tiden. I sina sämre stunder känns det emellertid som om man endast medverkar i en interaktiv film, men då är det bara att tacka för att filmen i fråga är riktigt spännande.Grundspelet tillsammans med staden Lost Heaven och möjligheterna att på egen hand åka runt i den sprudlande staden gör att Mafia har en given plats i spelhyllan för alla de som tänder till då de ser en klassisk gangsterfilm.
Mafia is not only at the very top of its genre, it’s also head-and-shoulders better than its nearest competitor. With gorgeous graphics, an enthralling story, nifty sound and music, and fun gameplay, it’s a blast from beginning to end. The designers clearly used exceptional care in creating this masterpiece, and with minor exceptions, the attention to polish and detail is consistently evident. You’ll get to fulfill your fantasies not only of being part of the mob, but also of growing and changing while in this sordid profession. Most importantly, you’ll really feel as though you’ve been magically transported back to the 1930′s. If you don’t mind being seduced by the sinister exploits of organized crime, you cannot miss Mafia.
Armchair Empire, The (Oct 02, 2002)
But in the end, I have to admit that I enjoyed the life of a mafioso. While I didn't appreciate the sudden difficulty of the racing mission, it doesn't wreck the game as a whole. It's a nice change to be one of the bad guys: I invite others to do the same.
ActionTrip (Sep 02, 2002)
Okay, so what have we learned here today? 1) The Godfather is a kick-ass movie, if you haven't seen it, you're missing out. 2) This game looks and feels like GTA3, only better looking and not as funny and 'open-ended.' 3) 2Lions is a tool. Wait, we knew that already....scratch that. (I'll have your ass, Six - 2Lions) Put it all together with a swanky 3D engine and you sum Mafia up in the following equation: Godfather + Grand Theft Auto 3 - the brilliant illusion of an open-ended game world = Mafia.
The experience of playing Mafia is a good one, but this reviewer felt like it could have been better. Throw in a save-anywhere feature, utilize more of the city and countryside for the missions, and get rid of the slow parts and you’d have a certified classic. Instead, what you’ve got is an offer that’s quite able to be refused.
Joystick (French) (Oct, 2002)
Sur le papier, Mafia avait tout pour être un titre d'anthologie : réalisation somptueuse, terrain de jeu immense, ambiance travaillée, gameplay varié... Mais une fois qu'on y joue, on ne peut s'empêcher d'être un peu déçu. Les passages en voiture sont au mieux ennuyeux, au pire carrément frustrants. Une fois qu'on lâche le volant et qu'on exécute les missions à pied, ça devient nettement plus agréable, notamment grâce à la beauté des décors. Mais ça n'a tout de même rien de bien franchement exceptionnel par rapport à un Max Payne. Dommage.
70 (Mar 26, 2004)
Mafia is a mixture of a great mobster-movie feeling and not as great controls. Many things from the city of Lost Heaven to the way the story is told makes you feel like part of the family. The graphics and sound hold their own and the extra game modes really add some length to the game. But the ported PC controls don’t translate well on the PS2 and drag the game down. The controls don’t feel as bad as other made for PC games but there is a lot of room for improvement. Mafia definitely is an enjoyable game but you may want to consider buying the PC version.
40 (UK) (Sep 06, 2002)
Mafia was a great idea and the storyline is brilliant, but we're here to play the game, not admire its narrative structure. At times it can be a lot of fun, but there are so many dumb little design flaws and annoying niggles that you'll need a lot more patience than I have to perservere with it. If you can overlook the AI and graphical flaws and don't mind repeating a few excessively difficult missions over and over again until you get them perfect, then you might find some enjoyment here. Otherwise I'd recommend you wait for GTA Vice City, which will hopefully fulfil all our gangster fantasies Scarface-style.

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