The action-adventure trilogy about La Familia is now complete with Mafia II and Mafia III on GOG.
It was only recently that I covered the third instalment when discussing the April Humble Bundle Monthly and I missed out on the news of the first Mafia that was released on GOG a while back, probably because there was and still is an issue with the missing music due to licensing problems (see what happened to Alan Wake being removed from digital platforms). However, this doesn’t mean that the first one shouldn’t be bought. I have to say that I’m one of the few people who simply don’t get The Godfather, having found the first two movies extremely boring and overrated. So I was surprised and very impressed with the first game telling the story of cabdriver Tommy Angelo who is thrown into the world of organized crime with the Salieri family. Showing the rise and fall of a man has been done in other games, like the GTA series, but never quite like here with the 20ies/30ies/40ies setting. It’s not a perfect game, with high difficulty, but it’s surely a very memorable experience.
Then we have Mafia II which comes in its Director’s Cut that includes the base game and the DLCs Joe’s Adventures, The Betrayal of Jimmy, Jimmy’s Vendetta, War Hero, Greaser, Vegas, Renegade, and Made Man. It’s set in the 50ies, this time with another protagonist, Vito Scaletta, who together with his friend Joe wants to climb the Mafia family ladder. Thankfully, the soundtrack works in this version, and with new graphics, it still looks pretty amazing. Despite parallels to Rockstar Games, this is a pretty linear storytelling experience, so one completes one mission after another without much impact on characters or storylines, let alone bonus missions. Of course this isn’t a bad thing, as it’s still a very good sequel and I remember playing this almost as fondly as the original.
Finally, there’s Mafia III that can either be bought in its standard edition or the Deluxe Edition which includes the DLC packs Sign of the Times, Stones Unturned, Faster, Baby!, and Family Kick Back. The Mafia III: Judge, Jury and Executioner Weapon Pack is also part of this deal and is the only DLC that can’t be bought separately. This game is set in the late 60ies and has Vietnam veteran Lincoln Clay deal with racism and gang wars, so it’s quite a different take on the action-adventure formula, leaning more towards open-world and decision-making than the former games.
All games are now available on GOG with a 50% discount for each individually or 66% off if one purchases them together. The offer lasts until April 05, 6pm UTC, so be quick and grab this deal before it expires. As publisher 2K still has some very exciting games in their portfolio, let’s hope that more make it to the DRM-free platform, which is another reason to dip in.
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