You've seen The Godfather and you want to be a gangsta. Well, here's your chance. This game gives you the opportunity to work your way through a huge city in America, completing missions on foot and in vehicles.
What's The Big Deal?
It's from the developers of Hidden & Dangerous, and it's using an enhanced version of the Insanity engine. The level of detail is unbelievable, with more than 30 vehicles to steal and smash. We reckon this could be a Classic.
Here's the rub. It's prohibition time. Jobs are scarce and moral is low. The city is effectively being run by two rival crime families. If you've got a job you're lucky, and if you've got any sense you'll stay out of trouble. Get involved and you're a marked man, and marked men normally end with extra ventilation.
Take Tommy. A cabbie who kept his head and foot down. Getting people from A to B was his craft and he was good at it. Until the day he managed to get in the way of a hit. Losing the job was only the start of his troubles, and his career as a full-time gangster. Mafia is the latest project from the Hidden & Dangerous team, which is just one reason why we're hugely excited about its prospects. Set in an imaginary US city, Lost Heaven, Mafia is going to be built around an enhanced version of the Insanity engine. And the prospect of a finetuned version of Hidden & Dangerous set in the gangster-riddled prohibition era is almost too much to bear. It gets better though. Lost Heaven is big (10sq km, surrounded by 40sq km of suburbs) and rumoured to be extremely detailed. None of the buildings will be repeated and designs are based on historical photographs and photo-realistic textures.
Vehicles and pedestrians make the city live and breathe, with the police on hand to ensure that law and order is maintained. And that includes you. Commit an offence in public and you're likely to be hounded, clapped in irons and left to rot in some dingy dirthole - unless you've got them in your pocket, of course.
Throughout the game you're given missions by the Don. Some of these involve car chases, others are going to follow the more traditional Hidden & Dangerous route, in third-person mode, creeping and shooting your way around the city streets, cracking safes and even the odd assassination involving public dignitaries. Unlike H&D you only control the main character. Where other characters join you the game's AI is going to be tested to the limit.
The potential of this title is huge. By using such a rich and interesting setting, Mafia is sure to attract every would-be hood, and with the promise of the improved Insanity engine and the talents of the H&D development team behind it, the reality might just be as good as the concept.
We do have a few concerns though. The AI of your companions is going" to have to be spot on, and a lot better than in H&D. Also, the driving sections may dilute from the stealth 'em up action we all love. If these fears prove unfounded then we might possibly have a brand new Classic on our hands.
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features: Single game mode
2018-10-31 Mafia game added.