I remember 2002, the year Brazil won the fifth title, and when we received the masterpiece of Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien in theaters. However, it was also when I first enjoyed Mafia. And now, 18 years later, I had the privilege of playing the new version of Hangar 13.
So put on your gangster hat, your black suit and prepare for a journey back in time with this analysis, more specifically for the period when the Italian mafia took over some neighborhoods in the United States.
Living a quiet or busy life?
You are Tommy, a young taxi driver who lives a good life despite the difficulties. He’s already used to being mistreated by surly customers who have no love for life.
However, his trajectory would change dramatically overnight, after being halfway between two Mafia families in the town of Lost Heaven: Salieri and Morello.
One of the gangs invades your work area and points a gun at your head. To drive! His specialty is driving that charming 1930s taxi, but this time you will have to drive your car in the best possible way so as not to get shot at. But it is good to be successful on your journey otherwise your passengers will not be satisfied. Basically if you run the bug, if you stay, the bug will eat.
After escaping and being rewarded for the task, Tommy Angelo’s thoughts are divided as to whether he should continue his peaceful taxi life or live a luxurious life entering the mafia world. The choice does not seem difficult as the period includes Prohibition and the Great Depression that devastated the United States.
The story is essentially the same as the 2002 version, with all the ingredients that characterized the classic. As much as Hangar 13 has been expanded, the main arc of the taxi driver’s life has been preserved. You may even notice some changes to the old dialogues, with the company’s inserts practically doubling the playing time.
In the classic, the story can be completed in about 15 hours, but in the Definitive Edition, the ability reaches almost 30 hours. Of course, everything depends on your style of play, after all, some prefer to explore everything in the world of Lost Haven, collect items and get to know the city, and others don’t.
Game mode turns game into sandbox
When Mafia launched in 2002, the world of sandbox games was unimaginable, very different from what we currently see in games like The Witcher 3 and GTA 5.
Giant maps and a huge ability to find places and items were practically impossible, so it’s important to note that Mafia’s adventure is divided into chapters and the story’s progression depends entirely on the completion of each goal.
With the current head in mind, the developer has implemented a mode called Free Direction. The idea was excellent, especially to notice all the graphic detail and the immersion presented, something we’ll discuss later. However, serving for a walk alone is dull and boring as I couldn’t find pleasure blowing things up, shooting people in the street, or just collecting magazines.
The Veiculopedia is still in the start menu. In it you can view the cars available to drive in the game as well as trucks and motorcycles. There is even an ice cream truck for a test drive!