Mafia II: Definitive Edition launched on PlayStation 4 yesterday (at the time of writing) and... Well, let's just say that it leaves a lot to be desired. This is a remaster of Mafia II, which launched on PS3 all the way back in 2010. It's the same game, but it's been given a bit of a visual overhaul. Better textures, lighting, performance -- all the stuff you'd expect from a modern remaster.
However, a number of issues are currently holding the re-release back, to the point where hordes of fans are expressing their disappointment on forums and social media. Simply put, Mafia II: Definitive Edition is rough on PS4. It's certainly not unplayable or broken, but it has problems that really shouldn't be there.
For starters, an unstable frame rate stops the return of Vito Scaletta from being as smooth as it should be. On PS4 Pro, the title appears to aim for 60 frames per second, but it never stays there for very long. There are also reports of consistent stuttering, especially during some main missions.
And then there are the bugs. Some players say that they've had to restart entire missions because button prompts and other interactions simply don't appear. Others say they've had Vito get stuck in the environment, forcing them to reload on multiple occasions.
There are even audio issues. Numerous gameplay clips already on YouTube highlight incredibly loud cutscenes, while the gameplay itself is relatively quiet. And during certain scenes, the audio mixing appears to be all over the place.
In short, this isn't the remaster that many were hoping for. With any luck, these problems will be patched sooner rather than later.