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ZOOM Mafia
$9.95 (Win98/Me/2000/XP) (DVD Case) (MAFIAPR)

Publisher: illusion Softworks / Gathering of Developers

- Blood and violence

Ratings:

from Games Domain

from Four Fat Chicks

Join the Family!

Hey, paisan! Think you got what it takes to deliver the goods for the capo? Mafia brings the 1930’s underworld to life in this 3rd person 3D action game. Rise from the lowly but well-dress Footsoldier to the envied and feared Made Man in an era of big bands, zoot suits, and Model T’s. Take on the role of a hitman, enforcer, getaway driver, and more in your struggle for respect, money, and power with the Salieri Family

They Came for Freedom:

The freedom to practice their own brand of iron-fisted street justice on the streets of American cities. It was both the ending and beginning of an era; America lost its innocence as organized crime families gripped urban centers and rose to heights of power - power that would not be relinquished until decades later. Their world and their freedom are now yours; a 1930's big-city world of violence, romance, classic cars and hard-hitting weapons.

Mafia brings the 1930's underworld to life with a 3D, 3rd-person action interface. Rise from the lowly but well-dressed Footsoldier to the envied and feared Made Man as you progress through a complex story spanning dozens of missions and sub-quests in a large, living and breathing city complete with surrounding countryside. Take on the role of hit man, enforcer, getaway driver and more in your struggle for respect, money and power within the Salieri family. Put on your zoot suit, strap yourself in to your Cadillac V16 and enjoy the ride.

Features:

20 action-packed missions with subquests - Luxury and riches are yours for the taking, if you do as Don Salieri has requested. From mob hits and car chases to shootouts and more, complete the unsavory tasks the Family needs done and you will be handsomely rewarded.

Explore over 12 square miles of the 1930’s American city, with simulated traffic, landmarks, and surrounding landscapes.

Convincing environments pull you into the 1930’s with their attention to detail and style. From seedy bars and hotel rooms to train stations and airports – every location is rendered in fantastic detail by the 3D “LS3D” engine, such as the Lost Heaven International Airport and Chinatown.

Gun down enemies with classic mob weapons including machine guns, shotguns, and the famous molotov cocktail.

Drive over 60 vintage cars, roadsters and delivery trucks using the most realistic car physics ever made for a game.

Requirements:

Windows 98/ME/2000/XP Processor: 100% PC compatible Operating System: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP with DirectX 8.1 installed (Windows 95 not supported) CPU: Pentium III 500 MHz compatible processor or higher, 1Ghz recommended RAM: 128 MB RAM CD-ROM: 8x or higher Hard Drive Space: 800 MB (minimal installation) Graphics: DirectX compatible 3D Accelerator with 16MB RAM, 64MB recommended Sound Card: DirectX compatible Keyboard & Mouse: Microsoft compatible

Reviews:

Games Domain by Steve Hildrew

"Mafia tells the story of disaffected mobster Tommy Angelo. He's gone to the police to squeal and spills his guts (not literally) to a detective in exchange for protection for him and his family. The game's action takes place entirely in the past as he recollects past events, beginning with his entry into the mob, and continuing as his rise to infamy and criminal heights continues. Rather than the open-ended gameplay of GTA3, where you largely direct your own course of action by mission choice, in its main game Mafia directs you down a linear path, as befits its narrative nature. The story is that most rare of gaming jewels - enticing and excellently told; helped along by some of the most luxuriantly excellent facial rendering we've ever seen in a videogame."

"The action is largely slower pace, fitting nicely with the ‘30s setting, but that doesn't necessarily make it less exciting. Roaring around the town at a maximum of about 60 miles per hour may not sound breathtakingly exciting, but remember you're also leaning out of your window taking pot-shots at the enemy with a tommy gun - now that's lots of fun. Also, the missions are cleverly constructed to suit different styles of gameplay. The ones that aren't entirely straightforward usually have multiple means to completion where you can charge in gung-ho, or sneak around a different entrance, using the environment to your advantage."

"It's pretty hard to find fault with Mafia if you're not entirely turned off by its gangster heritage. Some might find issue with its save system, providing waypoints at important points of missions rather than the gimpy quick-save so many games opt for, but these are numerous and largely well-placed, with only a couple of noticeable exceptions. In fact, it adds to the challenge, which is already fairly large. Be sure about this: Mafia is not an easy game. As missions progress, their difficulty increases exponentially, but never enough to cause game-deleting rage, like some games we can think of."

"Mafia is for those who like a challenge, those who love a bit of De Niro and Brando, and those who enjoy a simply excellent action game; one that happens to have a fantastic storyline backing it up, mixed with what's proving to be some of the most enjoyable gameplay to be seen this year. If you enjoy sinking yourselves deeply into the mystique of a game, absorbing the sights and sounds of a wonderfully rendered time and place, we can't recommend Mafia enough."

Four Fat Chicks by Mike Phillips

"Mafia defies explanation in the traditional sense. It's not an adventure game, it's not a driving game, and it isn't a shooter.

"So what type of game is it? I have serious trepidation even referring to Mafia as a game, as it's the closest thing I've ever experienced to being completely immersed in another time, another life, another place. Mafia is an alternative universe on three seemingly harmless pieces of polycarbonate, a world beckoning one to take a break from real life and slip back into that of Tommy Angelo's.

"Tom is an ordinary Joe, a young cab driver barely capable of paying his bills. In a fortuitous moment, he happened to be in the proverbial wrong place at the wrong time. Enter Paulie and Sam, associates of one Don Salieri. I'm not talking about a nickname for Donald here; Don Salieri is the boss of the Salieri syndicate in the 1930s. What follows is an enthralling tale of betrayal, deception, intrigue, love, violence—you name it, Mafia has it all ... in spades."

"Time for a final summation. Is this game for you? A driving, shooting, story-based game about a crime family in the 1930s US that has no save feature and can be insanely difficult at times?...

" Yet Mafia oozes class, polish, and style like no other game so far this year. To not "experience" Mafia is a far greater crime than any in the Salieri family ever committed."



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