Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven (2002 Video Game)
User ReviewsAdd a Review
Mafia almost literally transports you to 30's prohibition-era Chicago (the city the town depicted in Mafia is based on) with slow cars, hats, and tommy guns. It's a little bit like Grand Theft Auto in the style of play, and like "It Came from the Desert" in its historical richness.
If you have a PS2 or high-spec PC it would be a crime to pass up this game.
overall this game was excellent and is one of the best games i have ever played note: if your wondering my system is Win Xp, 2.7 GHZ, 256mb, Radeon 7000 64mb, it the game went smoothly for me.
Great graphics, voice acting straight from actors from Goodfellas and the Sopranos (those Czechs were smart to get top-quality voice acting), atmospheric music you can listen to for the entire game and not get sick of.
The physics used in the way the cars and weapons work is really top notch - totally realistic. The AI was very good. The storyline is the best I've seen in an action game (and I've been playing them for years). This was a really polished product.
There are a few things people might not like: a linear plot, your game is saved automatically at points throughout the mission, but you can't autosave yourself. These things hardly bothered me at all, because I got sucked into the story, and the autosaves were frequent enough at logical locations.
The only problems are that sometimes you have to drive all the way across a vast, detailed city to get to your mission while obeying traffic laws. This does make the game more realistic, but its somewhat annoying at times. Another thing that after you beat the game, there is Free Ride and Free Ride Extreme. Neither of those options come anywhere close to being as good as the actual game.
The game is so realistic and lifelike. This is one of my favorite games along with Grand Theft Auto 3 and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
Let's take a look at a scenario which is the best I ever experienced in a game. U r told by ur boss to go to a hotel kill the manager & some bitch, steal some documents & blow of the Hotel. There u will face also the bodyguards. After placing the explosives u will have to jump through a window on the neighboring roof where u should escape from the police on the top on roofs. until u find ur way downstairs to a church. There u will find the funeral of someone u killed from the other gang in the city!!! His friends see u the start firing at u. U will have to kill them and have a little chat with the priest. When u go out the police will be searching for u so u should either 1-escape 2-kill them and escape 3-stay hidden till they stop their investigation. then u drive 8back to the Cafe.
There will be a great shootout in a garage with cars exploding here and there. u can drive any parked car use it as a shield or blow off the cars the enemies are using as shields.
One thing I have to mention is the Camera which is fluent. I never had a problem with placing it wherever I wanted. Its third person perspective becomes 1st person when there isn't enough place behind u. While driving u have a bunch of camera angles u can select from. u can see left and right as well.
Easily that's a perfect game. 10/10
The story is truly magnificent, and i had problems putting this game down at night.. it makes you want to stay up forever and ever, until you have completed it.
The game features a nice 3d world that looks very 30's'ish, and cars with physics, that according to the developers, surpasses Gran Turissimo. All weapons and dialogue are realistic to the ones used at the time.
The level of difficulty is also wonderfully balanced, ensuring that it never gets tedious.. Missions vary from mob hits, robbing banks, stealing cars to walking your girlfriend home and so on; all blended into the great story.
Synopsis; The taxi driver Thomas Angelo gets mixed up in a car chase between the Morello gang and the Salieri gang, and after helping the Salieri's out, he is offered work for them. As the days go by, Tommy is soon their prime hit-man, together with Sam and Paulie (who is a clear Joe Pesci parody). But mobster life can be treacherous..
I'll give this 9/10, no doubt.
i think that reviewing video games on the IMDB is kind of odd, but this game expands the boundaries. it really truly is almost like a movie in which you take a part in. the voice acting is great, the graphis are of course amazing. the city of lost heaven lives and breathes, the car models change as the years go on. the story develops nicely. some people complain about the driving being slow. i think its nice to cruise around the beautiful city, enjoying the lazy old music. its a nice contrast to the intense gunfights and car chases!
yes, there will be bugs. guess what? this isn't PC gamer. i dont think people should be complaining about technical issues or difficulty here. that's like saying 'i hate reservoir dogs because i can't get the disc into my DVD player'. grow a brain!
this game gets my highest rating... 4 stars, 10 out of 10, 2 thumbs up, whatever!
The Game is fun, its better than GTA 3 but not as good as Vice City. Very Good Graphics and very Realistic.
5 out of 5, one of the greatest of all time!