Mafia series has created the whole world for those who love retro shooters about gangsters. The game has made a long way from being quite inconvenient to turning into an exciting playable story, which continuation we expect to see in Mafia 4. So history of Mafia game series is here.
Mafia I – The Legend
The game was released in 2002. You could play it on PC, Xbox and PS2. The game was quite praised by critics for being realistic.
The story takes place in 1930. The main character is Tommy Angelo who wants to escape from his former friends so he makes a deal with the police. Tommy has a family which consists of his daughter and his wife. She is the daughter of his former boss. Tommy tries to save his family from. In fact this is a typical cinematic story which is made well.
The game is third-person shooter which involves chases so you can use cars. All the interiors are made in a detailed way. The game also involves changes of weather and time. Perhaps the game is too strict in terms of law. For example, if you run a red light the police start chasing you which is annoying.
Mafia II – The Story of Vito
Mafia games history was bound to have a sequel and it was released in 2010. Once again the story was available for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, OS X version arrived later. The plot of the game was praised a lot but a narrower world was criticized.
This part describes 1940s-1950s years. You play in a fictional city Empire Bay. The main protagonist is Vito Scaletta. He is a war veteran who comes back home to know that his family is in debts and poverty. So Vito becomes a member of criminal clan and makes good money. The story involves jail scenes and typical gangsters’ attributes.
Once again it a third-person shooter with a lot of chases and action features. The game is less strict in terms of law and if you run a red light no one will arrest you. Now you can use weapons from the World War 2 era. There’re a lot of opportunities to customize cars, choose clothes and so on.
Mafia III – The Most Controversial
The third part of the story was released in 2016. It’s made for PC, Xbox One and PS4 while OS X version is on the way. The game has received mixed reviews. Its story, characters and new themes are highly praised. However the game is criticized for the gameplay, empty world and a lot of bugs.
The story tells about 1968 now. The main character is Lincoln Clay who comes back from Vietnam War and lives with his father and brother. Lincoln gets into debts and becomes a member of the gang to pay them off. This is how the story begins and continues in a classical for Mafia series style.
It’s another third-person shooter set in a fictional city New Bordeaux. The open world of the game has become much wider. The map of the city is divided into districts now. You can choose different approaches to complete the objectives. The cars of the era are also here.
Mafia IV – Will it Continue The Story?
Will history of Mafia games develop? Now that the third part has been released there’re a lot of questions concerning whether it’s possible to play the Mafia 4. Developers don’t reveal anything so far. All you can find is rumors saying that this game may come. If it will the first news will probably come sometimes in 2019 only.