2K throw Mafia II: final edition as a remastered title for current generation game consoles and the PC, and it’s part of a larger Mafia trilogy which is reconditioned for fans of the detective series.
Mafia II: Definitive Edition debuts today, remastered in high definition (4K compatible graphics) with all campaign add-ons and content packs released for the game.
Take-Two Interactive’s 2K Games label owns the Mafia series. The first game in the series, Mafia, debuted in 2002 and was developed by 2K Czech (Illusion Softworks). The second match, Mafia II, started in 2010 and was also made by 2K Czech. Hangar 13 created Mafia III, which debuted in 2016. All told, the series has sold more than 10 million copies.
Why start with Mafia II?
A good question is why 2K first launches the new edition of Mafia II. Well, Mafia III is a new title that doesn’t need to be remastered. And the original Mafia is so old that remastering it would be like starting a whole new game. And the Mafia remake isn’t ready yet. So I guess that’s why the first remaster we get in this series is Mafia II.
Mafia II took place in the 1940s and early 1950s in New York. The main character is the Sicilian immigrant Vito Scaletta, who returns from the United States military after the Second World War and finds his family indebted to a lender. He works for the crowd to pay off the debt, and your job as a Scaletta is to climb the ladder of the crowd.
I started playing the first two chapters of the remastered game. At first, Scaletta was sent to fight in the United States Army during the Second World War, after being arrested in a jewelry robbery. I thought the street imagery was magnificent, with artistic touches like reflections in the windows. But the game shows its age a bit with the stiff movement of the characters and the less realistic rendering of the faces.
The game therefore seems to have been created in 2010, but the environment seems to come from a more recent game. I don’t think players will be as picky about this, as the highlights are the characters, the story, and the game action when you fight other criminals in the crowd. This game has never focused on fantastic characters.
The game uses a new engine. It has an updated script, new cutscenes and additional gameplay sequences. Hangar 13, a studio under the 2K label of Take-Two Interactive, was in charge of developing the game Mafia II: Definitive Edition, while D3T Limited took care of the remastering of the work of art. Hangar 13 does all the work on Mafia and Mafia III.
Mafia III: final edition
Mafia III: Definitive Edition is also available today to play. It’s the same game that debuted in 2016, where you play Lincoln Clay, an orphan and a Vietnam veteran determined to take revenge on the deaths of surrogate family members. The game comes with a free add-on download that includes all of the game’s campaign add-ons and upgrade packs. So I guess you would call it a repackaging, rather than a remastering or a remake. Note: Mafia III had a lot of bugs, and I hope Hangar 13 has fixed them.
Mafia: final edition
Finally, Mafia: Definitive Edition is a remake of the original title, and it will debut on August 28. Mafia III and Mafia II will sell for $ 30, while the Mafia title will sell for $ 40. The entire trilogy is available for purchase for $ 60. The games will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam and the Epic Games Store.