Play this game on the PC instead. It should run the game good.

Mafia is an open-world, story-driven action-adventure game that was released in August 2002 for the PC and was an immediate commercial and critical success. Mafia later was ported to the PlayStation 2 in January 2004 and Xbox in March 2004 and suffered greatly in comparison to the PC original.

Why It Sucks

  1. Significantly dumbed-down textures.
  2. Lost Heaven itself is more scaled down and less open-world to accommodate the PlayStation 2's limitations.
  3. Long loading screens.
  4. The gameplay is frequently interrupted by loading screens, especially when driving from one part of Lost Heaven to another.
  5. Poor framerate.
  6. The in-game cutscenes are replaced with pre-rendered cutscenes, which are extremely grainy.
  7. Poor controls, especially for the on-foot shooting sections.
  8. The Xbox port does not support 480p mode, which was extremely rare.


While the original PC version has a Metacritic score of 88, the PS2 version has a Metacritic score of just 65.

In his GameSpot review, Greg Kasavin compared the PS2 version of Mafia to "watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy on a small, black-and-white TV/VCR combo as opposed to the silver screen".