I originally planned to go all-out and include some superlatives and other categories for this list. After some pondering, I would rather keep it simple but sincere. I mean, that’s basically been my M.O. for the past 9 months I’ve been writing at GameCritics.
Family Is Forever
HIGH The quiet scenes when Tommy talks to Sarah.
LOW Noticeable glitches. Also, I suck at driving.
WTF This game had me craving whiskey.
Actually, it is for Nothing
HIGH Eddie and Joe singing along drunkenly to "Return to me" in the car.
LOW The preceding half-hour, during which they vomit constantly.
WTF I failed one mission because the guy I was tailing ran into a taxi of his own accord.
While the story is a great one presented in an engaging fashion, it's just not enough to save Mafia as a whole. The bland graphics, clunky controls, and atrocious load times (nearing 40 seconds in some instances) are nearly insurmountable shortcomings. Mafia and publisher Gathering may make you an offer, but believe me, it's one you can (and probably should) refuse.