Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven

A 3D action game that takes the players to the 1930’s USA, the time when criminal underground flourished. The game was created by Czech developer Illusion Softworks, mainly known for the highly acclaimed tactical shooter Hidden & Dangerous. The story focuses on a rookie gangster named Tommy, who takes his first steps on the path of criminal life by doing jobs for an influential mafia family. Gameplay comes down to exploration of a virtual city and completing a string of story missions, featuring many subplots. While playing, you will engage in street shootouts, bank heists, car pursuits, and assassinations. The creators did their best to recreate the evocative atmosphere of the USA in the 1930s, and implemented weapons and cars from that period. Insanity 2 game engine made it possible to generate interactive, bustling city with road traffic and changing seasons.

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PC / Windows
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Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven

Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven | PC

Action, TPP, for automobiles, Gangster, TPS, Interwar period

Companies responsible for Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven

2K Czech / Illusion Softworks | game developer

TalonSoft Inc. | publisher   Official website

Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven release date for PC:

game language:
English

29 August 2002 | Worldwide

29 August 2002 | Europe

Game mode: single player
Game score 9.4 / 10 calculated out of 18334 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 2
Game Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven (PS2) Cover
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven

Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven | PS2

Action, TPP, for automobiles, Gangster, TPS, Interwar period

Companies responsible for Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven

2K Czech / Illusion Softworks | game developer

Take 2 Interactive | publisher   Official website

Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven release date for PS2:

game language:
English

28 January 2004 | Worldwide

13 February 2004 | Europe PAL

28 January 2004 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.9 / 10 calculated out of 1522 players' votes.  

Microsoft Xbox
Game Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven (XBOX) Cover
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven

Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven | XBOX

Action, TPP, for automobiles, Gangster, TPS, Interwar period

Companies responsible for Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven

2K Czech / Illusion Softworks | game developer

Take 2 Interactive | publisher   Official website

Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven release date for XBOX:

game language:
English

28 January 2004 | Worldwide

13 February 2004 | Europe PAL

28 January 2004 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.7 / 10 calculated out of 969 players' votes.  

Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven is a third-person gangster action game for PC / Windows, portraying the criminal underworld of 1930s America. The Czech studio Illusion Softworks is responsible for the creation of the game, known mostly for a criticaly acclaimed tactical war shooter Hidden and Dangerous. The world distributor is Gathering of Developers, a part of Take Two Interactive corporation.

Plot

The action of Mafia has been placed in fictional American city of Lost Heaven (based on Chicago, New York and San Francisco), and is set in the years 1930 to 1938, but the cinematic epilogue of the game shows the further course of events, up to 1951. During the gameplay, we assume the role of a young taxi driver, Thomas Angelo, who wishing to earn a living, hadn’t avoided even the most dangerous fares to the “shady” areas of the city. During one of them, he was attacked by Morello gangsters, but he managed to escape and hide in a nearby bar. There, he received an interesting job offer, made by Don Salieri – the owner of the bar and a mafioso, who rules the entire Italian neighborhood. This way, following an unexpected course of events, our protagonist entered the ranks of a famous criminal organization.

The plot of the game was presented in the form of flashbacks, during a conversation the main hero has with a detective interrogating him. In exchange for protection and status of a key witness, Thomas Angelo reveals further secrets of the criminal underworld and its boss, Don Salieri, to the police. The players assume the control of the gangster, and take an active part in his subsequent memories during the gameplay.

Mechanics

The mechanics of Mafia share certain similarities with the last installments of Grand Theft Auto series, and both games are linked through various elements, such as third person perspective, the ability to drive cars, and an open world, filled with various side activities. The Lost Heaven map encompass more than a dozen square miles of a living, bustling city, which can be freely travelled on foot, as well as in cars (taking a tram is also possible). More than 60 car models had been mapped for the game, including a number of iconic models from the era. Unfortunately, due to the lack of licensing, their names had been changed. What is interesting, we should obey the traffic rules during driving, as any committed offenses can end up with a ticket or an intense police chase.

The main storyline consists of 22 missions, enriched by numerous subplots. During the gameplay, we carry out various tasks like collecting extortion money from the bar owners, taking over the transports of illegal alcohol, transferring the stolen cars to special drop-off points, or elimination of traitors and members of competing crime family. During the missions, we make use of a sizeable weapon arsenal, created on the basis of authentic 1930s firearms. We can also undertake extra tasks from non-player characters, including beat downs, warning or saving friends, or acquiring and bringing a certain type of vehicle. The plot advances are accompanied with cut-scenes, realized in a typical movie manner, showing the characters’ fates and moral dilemmas.

Game modes

Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven for PC / Windows is a single player-only game. The developers prepared extra modes of gameplay, in order to provide some activities after finishing the game. The first of them is the free ride mode (unlocked gradually with the progression in the game), in which we earn a living by transporting people by taxi, killing members of the opposing family or destroying cars, and the goal is to earn as much cash as possible. The second mode is free ride extreme, available after finishing the main plot, which gives us the opportunity to undertake a number of difficult and often quite abstract tasks (for example, chasing the alien ship). The rewards for doing those tasks are exclusive and often very fast car models.

Technical aspects

Released on PC / Windows, Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven was originally developed on the same graphic engine as the mentioned Hidden and Dangerous from 1999. As the engine didn’t live up to the developer’s expectation, a completely new and much more refined, original engine called LS3D had been prepared. The noteworthy aspect of the game is the suggestively recreated climate of 1930s America, and the appearance of Lost Heaven, created based on historical architecture and design of that era. The game contains numerous references to pop culture, and cult classic gangster movies like The Godfather or Goodfellas.

System requirements

Recommended: Pentium III 500MHz, 128MB RAM, graphic card