Mafia: Definitive Edition is a 2020 action-adventure game developed by Hangar 13 and published by 2K Games. A remake of the 2002 video game Mafia, it is the fourth main installment in the Mafia series. The remake brought with it several improvements to the original’s story and gameplay, including a rebuilt setting, enhanced mission dynamics, and the introduction of motorcycles to the series. While most of the veteran Czech Mafia voice cast returned for the new installment, the English voices were recast. In addition, developers created an original score for the remake. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 25 September 2020, both individually and as part of the Mafia: Trilogy pack, which also includes a remastered version of the second game and a version of the third game comprised with its additional story packs.
Set within the fictional city of Lost Heaven, Illinois (based on Chicago) during the 1930s, the story follows the rise and fall of a Lost Heaven Sicilian-American mobster, Tommy Angelo within the Salieri crime family. Although he is offered a job and is compensated for his help, Tommy Angelo returns to his job the next day until two Morello family members attack him in an act of revenge. After Sam and Paulie save him, Tommy asks Don Ennio Salieri for help and exacts retribution upon his attackers, while agreeing to join Salieri’s organization as an associate. Assisting with the operations of Salieri’s rackets across Lost Heaven, overseen by his consigliere Frank Colletti, he befriends Sam and Paulie during the jobs they perform together, while earning Salieri’s respect by thwarting an attempt by the Morello family to take over one of his rackets.
Outside the main story mode, a separate Free Ride mode is included “as a nod to the original game”, allowing the player to explore the city at their own leisure without any mandatory mission objectives. Unlike the original game, however, Free Ride and Free Ride Extreme are merged into one game mode, with the latter’s outlandish and over-the-top side missions incorporated into the main Free Ride segment as hidden secrets to be uncovered by the player. A post-release update released in October 2020 added new activities in the game’s Free Ride mode, including taxi missions and a racing mode which takes place in the autodrome featured in the mission “Fair Play”. Also included in the update is the ability to play the game in black and white, labeled in the game’s settings menu as “Noir Mode” as a homage to film noir movies of the era.
Conceived as a full remake of the original, Mafia: Definitive Edition was built from the ground up with new assets and an expanded story, although missions and arcs from the original game are carried over. As with the 2002 game, players control Tommy Angelo throughout the game’s single-player campaign, and its world is navigated on foot or by vehicle. New to the remake is the introduction of motorcycles, a first in the series. Mafia: Definitive Edition’s gameplay mechanics are based on those of Mafia III. A ‘Classic Difficulty’ setting is also included, serving as the game’s hardest difficulty setting that changes some gameplay mechanics such as ammunition management and police response to crimes, bringing the game closer to the original 2002 game.