Mafia: Definitive Edition is fascinating to play in 2020.
It’s both beautifully modern and a relic of outdated design. It’s a showcase for modern sensibilities and aesthetics, and also a clear reminder of how game mechanics have evolved over the last twenty years.
The writing, performances, and visuals result in a truly compelling crime story that’s up there with some of the best traditional narratives in gaming, and this part of the Mafia experience absolutely holds up in 2020. Good writing is mostly immune to age, but the same can’t be said for gameplay.
That’s where Mafia: Definitive Edition struggles, and where it starts to show its wrinkles.