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Old 05-29-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
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Anybody else thought the original Mafia was better than GTA III?

I haven't got red dead yet. I'm thinking that, given the Mafia/GTA III comparison, I might be better off waiting a few months and getting mafia II instead.

It seems like the info around the game is rather sparse, and I haven't been able to find out much. All suggestions/comments appreciated.
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Old 05-30-2010, 09:27 AM   #2
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Red dead is amazing mate even given for individual tastes there is something for everyone in there.

I rated the original mafia up there with GTA3, was still playing mafia years after I was done with GTA3 though.
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Old 05-30-2010, 09:35 AM   #3
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totally agree with scud - although my personal experience is all pc-related

mafia, on my rig ran like a charm, whilst gta3 caused all sorts of problems (found out it was because i had a momo-racewheel)

i also preferred the story of mafia and wanted it to continue forever
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:16 PM   #4
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Mafia was a great game. The story and atmosphere had a great Godfather feel. GTAIII and GTAIV couldn't keep me interested, and I never completed them.

Currently, playing Red Dead Redemption and it feels more like the original Mafia than a GTA game.

Looking forward to playing Mafia II when it releases.
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:40 PM   #5
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Mafia is one of the best games of all time! It beats GTA 3 by a long shot!
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:47 AM   #6
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Mafia is one of the best games of all time! It beats GTA 3 by a long shot!
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Old 06-28-2010, 08:30 PM   #7
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GTA III is superior to Mafia in so many ways. And they are totally different games. Try playing'em both today and tell me Mafia is better than GTA III. If you really think so, I want a detailed list of what makes it better
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Old 06-28-2010, 11:55 PM   #8
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GTA III is superior to Mafia in so many ways. And they are totally different games. Try playing'em both today and tell me Mafia is better than GTA III. If you really think so, I want a detailed list of what makes it better
i like the old time feel, the missions are way better, i like the gameplay better, the voice acting and the cutscenes are better, i like the races you can do in mafia, i like how in free ride mode you can do taxi mission i know you can do it in gta 3 but it was better in mafia, and i like the cars better.
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:47 PM   #9
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Nope he is correct. It clearly beats GTA III which was an pretty overrated game to begin with.
GTA II is a much better game overall.

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Old 06-30-2010, 09:56 PM   #10
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GTA III is superior to Mafia in so many ways. And they are totally different games. Try playing'em both today and tell me Mafia is better than GTA III. If you really think so, I want a detailed list of what makes it better
- Better atmosphere, I've been gaming for over 20 years and I've seen very few games that can rival its atmosphere
- Better story, GTA III's story was mediocre at best IMO
- Overall more fun and immersive gameplay
- Soundtrack suits the game and mood better than the one in GTA III
- Better graphics (on the PC that is)

Basically everything was better, I don't see how GTA III is "superior in many ways". To me that sounds false.
I replayed both games back in 2009 and Mafia is clearly the winner. GTA III as of today doesn't feel that great anymore, it has aged horribly. Mafia however is still top notch and very little games have come close even after all those years. GTA III is a good game but that's about it. Mafia, however, is a true classic and that is something really rare in the game industry.

How about you? Why don't you state why GTA III is so much better? I'm intrigued how you can say GTA III is much better because I don't see it. Not in the slightest.

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Old 07-14-2010, 01:21 AM   #11
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Mafia will be one of those games from that era which stands the test of time, much like Max Payne, it had it's own style and was truly loved by it's fans.
Hell, I still play it them both because they have intense, engaging story lines.
GTA III will always come second best to Mafia; Mafia stood on it's own, GTA (as good as it is, and I love GTA III) has been bested by it's own franchise.
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Old 07-15-2010, 05:46 AM   #12
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I never played Mafia, but I have played GTA III and found it to be stiff and overly hard. Vice City would probably kick the shit out of Mafia
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:45 PM   #13
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No. GTA3 is still one of the best GTA's ever made. Mafia 1 was no competitor to it.
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:05 PM   #14
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Mafia was better (on the pc anyway). Vice City in my opinion was better than GTA3 but thats probably just because i enjoyed the setting.
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:19 AM   #15
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I think I liked both GTA III and Mafia about the same. Can't wait for mafia II to be released not gonna stop playing it until I complete it!
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Old 07-21-2010, 03:05 AM   #16
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I can't really decide they both have similaraties and differences with their differnces making it tough to choose.
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Old 07-21-2010, 06:09 PM   #17
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I thought Mafia was far better than GTA III and I think Mafia 2 will be far better than GTA IV.

That said I was one of seemingly only a few people who thought GTA IV was massively over rated.
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Old 08-05-2010, 03:53 AM   #18
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You are all crazy... Yes Mafia (PC) was good, but better than GTA? Not even close. GTA: Vice City is my 2nd fav game of all time (Kotor 1 & 2 rule all).

Reasons (that I can recall) GTA is better:

Remember how (painfully) slow the cars were? With the exception of the midgets (race class). I wanted to get out and sprint away the opening car chase in Mafia.

Plus only certain cars were jackable without story progression in GTA you could grab anyone you saw.

Most importantly (for me personally) GTA had the bobcat I love that little 4X4 pickup fast, agile tough and awesome looking (as good as it could be at the time) GTA IV killed it though by making it a "greaser" truck.
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Old 08-05-2010, 04:40 AM   #19
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mafia was set in its time period - what did you expect a lingenfelter corvette?

mafia had a prescribed picking skill, gifted through progression - you didn't need to jack cars unless you were careless

as to the rest Darth, its personal preference....
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Old 08-08-2010, 04:40 AM   #20
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It also doesn't help that the original Mafia is WAY harder than GTA III. Yeah, there's mouselook, but it doesn't help when you die from two shots via a shotgun that's half a mile away from you. It was a great game, and I enjoyed the story immensely, but it has not aged nearly as well as GTA III, in my opinion. Maybe I'm not that good at games, I don't know, but I tried a mission in Mafia the other day, and got my behind handed to me promptly.
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Old 08-13-2010, 08:32 PM   #21
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I prefer the 40's atmosphere in Mafia over the GTA 3 atmosphere.
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