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GrudgefromSanAndreas

Grand Theft Auto VS Mafia series - stories

Which franchise has better stories?  

21 members have voted

  1. 1. Which franchise has better stories?

    • GTA
      4
    • Mafia
      8
    • That depends
      4
    • They're incomparable
      5


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GrudgefromSanAndreas

Ciao a tutti GTAFrutti!

 

Which of the two franchises has better stories in general? Now i'm mostly not interested in stories in games in general but i like comparisons so i made this thread, and i'd be interested how many of you GTA fans actually love the Mafia series... i mean it really makes sense to me if someone's a fan of GTAIV they'll also love Mafia II. I've heard Mafia 3's story is great, same i heard about 2 from some people and sources. I also heard Mafia games are played with more focus on story than GTA.

So what do you think?

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TheSantader25

I personally divide the concept of "Story" into 3 parts:

 

-Dialogue:GTA

 

R* nails this aspect perfectly. Even in GTA V while the main narrative had flaws this part remained spectacular. IMO R* dialogues are among the best in the industry. 

 

-Characters:GTA

 

Once again here R* use awesome voice acting and varied personality types and win it here for me as well. 

 

-Narrative:Tie

 

This is where the real debate is IMO. I think IV and SA beat any Mafia game in this regard as well but Mafia does this part pretty good as well. I'd say it's a tie. 

 

Overall:GTA

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Algonquin Assassin

Asking this on a GTA forum.😛

 

Anyway voted for "That depends". GTA IV is the only GTA story I would put on the same level as a Mafia game in regards to writing probably because it was the real attempt of a more story centric GTA. I'd pick the story of any of the three Mafia games over other GTA games, but I would pick GTA IV's story over any of the three Mafia games.

 

This is where it gets confusing lol.

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Jabalous

They're incomparable. The stories in GTA are intentionally made to be more parodical of organized crime, so satire and unconventional characters have a large presence in the story. In contrast, the writing in the first two Mafia games is more grounded and reflective of the actual Italian crime families. Except for GTA V and Mafia 3, I like what both games have been doing, each with its own direction and atmosphere. 

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Copcaller

Mafia

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Yinepi

I always felt more emotion and connection with the characters in MAFIA compared to GTA. Even when GTA characters try to be serious they still feel like a parody of themselves. There is also a lot of inbetween the scenes that is missing with GTA in comparison to MAFIA. We're always jumping from one story arch to another in GTA without ever progressing gradually. Where as in MAFIA the archs are slower paced and feel connected better. The only GTA game that felt like it progressed naturally to me was GTAIV.

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perennial

Incomparable, I would say. Not just the tone but the fact Mafia I & II tell more cohesive stories by deliberately sacrificing the continuous open-world aspect. It helps that the linear chapter-based progression leaves out timespans and proceeds from one highlight to another. It is an approach GTA games cannot afford.

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jaylenpizarro12
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mafia

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universetwisters

I'd say GTA is superior than Mafia, just because GTA is at least topical and changes around while the only thing the Mafia really focuses on is, well, the mafia.

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Nico

Mafia 1 and 2 are more situed for mature gamers. People who don't need crazy jetpacks or pink afros to have fun.

 

In most aspects they aren't technically superior to GTA, but in terms of storytelling only GTA IV comes close to them. Driving mechanics is also a strong point of them. It doesn't feel overly simplified like San Andreas or GTA V. Hell, in Mafia 1 you can drive with manual gears and clutch if you want. How many other open world games let you do that?

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Ryo256
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If we were including gameplay, I would say Rockstar games are better even with their current stories.

But based on pure story comparisons, Mafia games always seems like they know what they're doing and therefore are just simply better IMO.

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