Channeling Nino Rota's iconic score from The Godfather, Vladimir Simunek's soaring re-recorded soundtrack still resonates, while the 30s tunes on the radio provide swingin' period sounds. Voice performances are also uniformly excellent, although some may prefer the original game's portrayals.
Save for the very occasional visual bug, Mafia: Definitive Edition is one of those proper, full-blooded remakes that looks like a completely new game. The city of Lost Heaven looks stunning, while character models and performances are up there with the best the genre has to offer.
Overhauled controls and masses of improvements over the 2002 original literally make this version of Mafia the definitive edition. Combat and driving alike has been entirely revamped, ensuring the entire experience feels fantastic. As remakes go, Hangar 13 has gone to great lengths to freshen things up.
For an open-world epic, 15-20 hours may seem a bit on the slender side, but this is a case of quality over quantity. There's plenty of extra stuff on offer here, not least in the Free Ride mode, which lets you loose in Lost Heaven with bonus challenges and features to discover. Everything is impeccably well-presented, too.
Much of the list is devoted to simply completing the story, while the remainder demands unearthing every single collectible in the game. You'll also need to complete the story at the demanding 'Classic' difficulty, which won't come easy. There are some neat little vehicle-based tasks to tackle, too, making for a decent enough list.