CFD!'s Nate Andrews shares his thoughts on the first Mafia:
"Though at a cursory glance Mafia would appear to be a post-GTA III wannabe, its style was quite contrary to the open world fervor everyone seemed to be caught up in. There was an open city, albeit slightly boxy and far less flashy than Vice City, but it served a different purpose. Lost Heaven was, for its time, a fairly impressive approximation of a mid-1930s city. In contrast to Vice City’s gaudy 1980s nostalgia and bombast, Lost Heaven was a bit like a good character actor in a film; it didn’t hog the spotlight but nevertheless added a necessary dimension to the events occurring in and around it.