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This page is for the original 2002 game. For the remake, see Mafia: Definitive Edition.

Mafia cover
Illusion Softworks
North America Gathering of Developers
Europe, Australia, New Zealand Take-Two Interactive
Brazil Tech Dealer
Poland Cenega
China SunTendy Interactive
Russia, CIS, Baltics 1C Company
Digital 2K Games
Release dates
Windows August 28, 2002
Metacritic 88
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Open world, Shooter
Vehicles Automobile
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, Interwar, North America
Series Mafia
Mafia on IGDB
Mafia guide on StrategyWiki
Mafia on MobyGames
Mafia on Wikipedia
Mafia 2002
Mafia II 2010
Mafia III 2016
Mafia II: Definitive Edition 2020
Mafia: Definitive Edition 2020

Key points

The game may fail to start or load settings correctly on modern systems; use Mafia Widescreen Fix as a workaround.
Licensed music tracks have been removed from the digital versions.[1] See Restore original music (digital versions).

General information

Mafia Wiki for the series - Game fan site Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1]. Released on 3 CDs.
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Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
A demo version is available.

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.3 updates the game to the latest version. Some sources list this patch as version 1.2.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete or rename video files[4]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Delete or rename all files starting with logo.

Increase draw distance[edit]

Use Mafia Widescreen Fix[5]
  1. Install Mafia Widescreen Fix.
  2. Open Mafia.WidescreenFix.ini.
  3. Set New Distance to a high value (e.g. 1000).

Restore original music (digital versions)[edit]

Licensed music tracks have been removed from the digital versions.[1]
All GOG copies are affected. Steam copies activated before November 2017 re-release keep licensed music as DLC.
Download audio files from the original game[6]
For those who don't have the original version installed
  1. Download the archive.
  2. Extract the sounds directory to the installation directory.
Copy the audio files from the original game[6]
The following requires a copy of the original version
  1. Install the digital version and CD version of Mafia.
  2. Download MafiaDataXtractor.
  3. Copy MafiaDataXtractor.exe to the CD version's installation folder.
  4. Open MafiaDataXtractor.exe and select ab.dta - Music from the list. Wait for the program to extract .ogg files.
  5. When extracting is finished, copy the sounds folder to the version's installation folder.


Doesn't restore the scripted music played during specific missions. For example the band on the boat during the mission Happy Birthday! may appear to dance and sing but remain silent due to missing song file.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Illusion Softworks\Mafia\[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/40990/pfx/[Note 3]
Stored as binary

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame\[Note 4]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/40990/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


External options menu.<path-to-game>\setup.exe
External options menu.
In-game video/audio settings.
In-game video/audio settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Vert- on digital distribution version. HUD is stretched. Use Mafia Widescreen Fix.[5]
Use Mafia Widescreen Fix.[5]
Native Hor+ support on digital distribution version (strange because 16:9 is Vert-). HUD is correct but FMVs are 4:3 and aligned on left of screen. Use Mafia Widescreen Fix to correct.[5]
4K Ultra HD
Vert- on digital distribution version. HUD is stretched. Use Mafia Widescreen Fix.[5]
Field of view (FOV)
See the WSGF entry.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Mafia Widescreen Fix.[5]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
2x or 4x FSAA. MSAA can be forced in the graphics card control panel.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Vsync and triple buffering are available. Use Mafia Widescreen Fix or D3D8to9 to work on Windows 10.[4]
60 FPS
Frame rate is capped at 63 FPS.
120+ FPS
See High frame rate.

High frame rate[edit]

Use Mafia Widescreen Fix
  1. Install Mafia Widescreen Fix
  2. Set desired FPS Limit in Mafia.WidescreenFix.ini.


High FPS causes several issues
  • Cars have unusually good traction, this results in much relaxed steering than intended
  • It can be almost impossible to fully park car at mission marker without turning its engine off (game still thinks it's moving)
  • NPCs can get stuck on any elevated surfaces e.g. sidewalks, stairs, this can break any mission with NPC companions and cause Trams to stay in one place waiting for passenger indefinitely


In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

The game has refined Force Feedback support (options presented on screenshots).


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound effects, Music, Vehicles, Voiceover
Surround sound
Option to turn it on/off its located in "control" settings in "other" menu.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 3.0[8]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail release only.
Brazilian Portuguese
Retail release only, official translation by GreenLeaf. Fan translation for retail english version by GameVicio (was made before GreenLeaf distribution), download

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 v 2.55.4, see profile introdution.
Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game doesn't start/Settings aren't saved[edit]

On 64-bit systems, the game may write the configuration to the wrong path of the registry.[9][10]
Use Mafia Widescreen Fix[5]
All registry settings will be saved to settings.bin in savegame folder.

Flickering shadows[edit]

Use Mafia Widescreen Fix[11]
The fix is pre-configured to have D3D8to9 enabled.[12]

Controller deadzone issues[edit]

Use Mafia Widescreen Fix[5]
Deadzone for sticks can be adjusted in Mafia.GenericFix.ini.

No fullscreen mode on Windows 10[edit]

Use Mafia Widescreen Fix[5]
If windowed mode is selected in setup.exe, the game will launch borderless.

Free Ride Extreme frame rate bugs[edit]

The Exploding Celeste and Bridge Bombing Zeppelin missions have a bug that makes completion difficult when playing at a frame rate above 15-20 FPS.[13]
Limit frame rate to 15-20 FPS[14]
  1. Install Mafia Widescreen Fix.
  2. Open Mafia.WidescreenFix.ini.
  3. Change FPS Limit = 0 to FPS Limit = 15.

Game crashes on startup ([edit]

Set Fullscene antialiasing to "OFF" in setup.exe[citation needed]
MSAA can be forced in the graphics card control panel.

Red blocks/black lines on screen[edit]

Example of the issue
Example of the issue
Change rendering method[15]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\Setup.exe
  2. Click on Open expert settings...
  3. Select Multipass rendering rather than Hardware Transform&Lighting.

Error 4205 Generic[edit]

Download the freeware Indeo codec[16]
Input your actual screen resolution and refresh rate in the Setup launcher[17]
Set Fullscene antialiasing to "OFF" in setup.exe[citation needed]
MSAA can be forced in the graphics card control panel.

Error 4214 Unsupported[edit]

Fixed in the version.[18]
Install DirectPlay[19]
Copy SysWOW64\dpnhpast.dll to <path-to-game>\dpnhpast.dll[citation needed]
If you don't have such dll in your SysWOW64, install DirectX.

Error 8815 Generic[edit]

Input your actual screen resolution and refresh rate in the Setup launcher[20]

Low and unstable frame rate when sound is enabled[edit]

The issue may occur when the Sound checkbox in the external options menu is checked.
Use IndirectSound[4]
  1. Download and extract IndirectSound.
  2. Move the dsound.dll file to <path-to-game>.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio DirectSound3D
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.5p


Mafia Water Shader Mod (updated) - Makes water reflect and refract on the city; there is also a simplified Fresnel effect.
Xbox Rain Droplets - Basic implementation of Xbox rain droplets from SkyGFX.
Footpath & Road Mod - Changes roads, sidewalks and parking textures to be better and more realistic. Requires MafiaDataXtractor to extract maps folder to Mafia folder.
Mafia Community Modpack - Collection of carefully chosen graphic mods improving the game visuals, maintaining the game atmosphere.
Mafia Retextured - Changes textures to the higher quality counterparts, remade from the scratch, but retain the atmosphere of the original ones.
Busy Mod - More traffic, more pedestrians and therefore a more crowded city. Vehicles can now have passengers inside.
High quality characters mod - There are two types of character models in the game. Detailed, which we see in all cutscenes and the ordinary ones that we have the opportunity to admire during normal gameplay. The modification replaces those visible during the game with those visible in cutscenes.
Interface renovation - The modification improves the quality of fonts and the arrangement of some menu items. Polish language version of the game required (although it is possible that it also works with English) and patch 1.2
Updated interface - Interface textures created from scratch in high quality.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 500 MHz
System memory (RAM) 96 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.8 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]
  2. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).
  3. 3.0 3.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/40990/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (40990) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  4. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  1. 1.0 1.1 Release: Mafia -
  2. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  3. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Verified by User:Orzelek303 on 2021-06-07
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 GitHub - ThirteenAG/WidescreenFixesPack: Widescreen fixes for old games - last accessed on 2021-06-07
  6. 6.0 6.1 [Tutorial] How to restore the original music - Forum -
  7. Mafia 1 Xbox 360 controller issues? - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  8. EAX Featured Game: Mafia - EAX.CREATIVE.COM
  9. mafia update · ThirteenAG/WidescreenFixesPack@0a25bf9
  10. can't start game - gfx settings menu keeps coming up for non-English versions - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  11. Shadow Flickering Problems - Forum -
  12. Release Xbox Rain Droplets for Mafia · ThirteenAG/XboxRainDroplets · GitHub - last accessed on 2021-06-07
  13. Exploding Celeste (Mafia) | Mafia Wiki | Fandom
  14. Talk:Exploding Celeste (Mafia) | Mafia Wiki | Fandom
  15. Weird lines/colors - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  16. Mafia hlasi chybu -
  17. Mafia Error: Init error error: #4205 Generic... - ForumPlanet (retrieved)
  18. Mafia Error #4214 Unsupported, page 1 - Forum - - last accessed on 2021-06-07
  19. Error: #4214 - Forum -
  20. error : #8815 Generic - Forum Bar Mafieuso