The terrible PS2 port of Mafia is what made me into a PC gamer in the first place. I couldn't get past that mission where you had to steal the race car in the middle of the night because on the PS2 version, the headlights on the cars don't work!
I got the disc version for PC and I loved it! I passed that mission on the first try! It's such a good game, even for today's standards. It's very unique. I don't know why 2K made Mafia II into a GTA clone. I hated it! Only good thing about it was the graphical improvements and PhysX support.
The story was good, but Mafia's story left a bigger impression on me. Wow what a plot twist! I never did trust Sam!
Anyway, I wish if there was a Mafia III, it would go back to the Mafia I roots.
Also in Mafia I you could shoot a gun while driving your car, sit in the car with the engine off, refuel your car at gas stations (difference here is unlike Mafia II where it's a cut scene, it's done in real time and you have to turn the engine off before you pump the gas), take public transportation, get tickets for running red lights, when making a turn the car's blinker would come on, it had a free mode, mods! (60s car pack was the best), a story mode that I never get tired of, a big city with a country side, and you can switch between manual and automatic transmission for every vehicle available in the game.
I made the mistake of recommending it to a friend when it was released on PS2, when he told me it was sh*t I was slightly shocked untill I played it on ps2, absolute disaster of a port...
And lol at not trusting sam, yea I had a thing with him at the start lol...
Remember the farm mission? One of the best missions in a game ive played, pure class...
I dont know why but Michael reminds me of tommy just in a different era and and circumstances, but there was rumours that some ofmthe dev team responsible for m1 story helped out on gta v, but im not sure if this was ever proved.
I played m1 again about 2 years back, its still a grate experience even after all this time...... the airport mission decision still gets me to this day... and the ending..... omg lol
Yes the farm mission! When I first played that it scared me
The airport mission took me a while to complete because I always got killed either right after arriving at the entrancing or out near the hangers. Same for the dock yard mission. But over time I got better at it and breezed through the game like it was nothing. For the airport mission I let him live... but too bad they found him anyway
When Mafia II came out, many people went out and bought it without even knowing anything about the first game.
What a shame. I think some time ago some guy was converting the game to the RAGE engine.