Finding the Best Gaming Laptop for Mafia 2: Definitive Edition
The results around Mafia are turning out very fast. Besides the remake of the first part, Mafia 2 Definitive Edition is scheduled for release on May 19.
Mafia 2 is in the starting blocks
In the Microsoft Store there was already an indication that Mafia 2 will be available from May 19. The offer was deleted again, but the message behind it clearly stuck. Assuming that the store did not use a placeholder, you can play a remaster version of the second part as early as next week. This is also indicated by the leaked trailer of the game:
Earlier this week it was announced that the Mafia Trilogy will also be released sometime in the future, probably on August 28, 2020 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. However, the first part is not only supposed to be a remaster, but a remake in its own right. This does not apply to the second part, which will be released for PS3 and Xbox 360 at that time. Here you can adjust to higher resolutions and more beautiful textures. At least we assume that the 3 DLCs Jimmy’s Vendetta, Betrayal of Jimmy and Joe’s Adventure are included in the package.
The graphics of Mafia 2 Definitive Edition will be absolutely stunning. In order to enjoy the game to the fullest you should think about upgrading your Gaming Laptop set up so you can play anywhere. In this review we tested three different Gaming Laptops at different price points which are great for Mafia 2: Definitive Edition.
Test Results: Best Gaming Laptops for Mafia 2: Definitive Edition
Ranking First: Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED
- Intel 9th Gen Core i7-9750H
- Very good performance
- Good build quality and slim, compact design
- 15.6-inch 4K OLED screen
- Power consumption
Best performing Gaming Laptop for Mafia 2 Definitive Edition
According to its own statement, Gigabyte is the only manufacturer that uses Microsoft’s Azure-AI in a notebook: The artificial intelligence is supposed to improve speed and battery life locally or via cloud. In combination with a 4K OLED panel, eight CPU cores and Geforce Super Graphics for creative people, this sounded so interesting that we had the Taiwanese send us a sample of the current Aero 15.
The laptop is a studio device because it meets the requirements of Nvidia. This includes the appropriate graphic drivers, at least 16 GByte RAM and a calibrated display. The Aero 15 doesn’t look like a typical gaming notebook either, but is kept simple – only the decorative element and the white illuminated lettering look a bit aggressive. Less nice: We leave fingerprints on the lid.
With 356 x 250 x 20 mm at 8.6 lbs., the Aero 15 turns out a bit less compact than, say, a Razer Blade 15 (2020). In return, Gigabyte has a keyboard with full-size arrow keys and above all a number pad. We welcome this as an exclusive equipment detail in everyday work life, as it’s missing in other flat 15 incher models.
The typing feel with a rather soft pressure point is decent, but doesn’t keep up with a Thinkpad. Gigabyte has preset a two-stage white illumination, if you want you can configure RGB colors for each key. The Precision clickpad works perfectly, the Windows Hello fingerprint sensor in the upper left corner doesn’t disturb. The 720 webcam sits under the display and centres behind the power button, which is why participants in a video conference see us from a frog’s eye view. After all, we can simply turn off the camera with a sluggish aperture.
On the left side of the Aero 15 there is an HDMI 2.0b and a mini display port 1.4, plus a USB 3.2 Gen1 Type A socket (5 GBit/s), a 3.5 mm audio jack and an RJ-45 for Gigabit Ethernet from Realtek (Killer E2600). On the right, we find the power connector, a USB C port for Thunderbolt 3 (internal PCIe Gen3 x4), a UHS-II card reader with half depth and two more USB 3.2 Gen1 Type A sockets. These are positioned far forward, as on the left, and may therefore interfere when a mouse is used.
4K-OLED is great for creative people
For the display, Gigabyte relies on an IPS model with 1080p resolution and 144 Hz or on a 4K OLED panel from Samsung: This has a fine resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and has been Pantone calibrated, the corresponding ICC colour profile is set by default. We measured a coverage of 93 percent in the Adobe RGB color space and 99 percent in the DCI-P3 color space; the contrast ratio is typically OLED towards infinity. The maximum average brightness with a white desktop background is 402 cd/m², which is why the device is also certified for DisplayHDR 400 True Black. Unfortunately, the panel is somewhat reflective, so that we can only work with it indoors or in low sunlight.
In the Aero 15, Gigabyte uses various graphics units, whereby a Geforce RTX 2060 (Refresh) is soldered at a minimum, as such a model is the minimum requirement for a studio laptop. Our test sample, on the other hand, is equipped with a fast Geforce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, optionally there is also an even faster Geforce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q available.
The Geforce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q is suitable for 1080p- and in many titles even for 4K-gaming. On the other hand, meanwhile all kinds of applications support the hardware integrated in the Turing graphics units to accelerate certain workloads: The RT cores take over the intersection check for raytracing and the Tensor cores perform inferencing, i.e. the local execution of an already trained neural network.
Verdict: Best performing Gaming Laptop for Mafia 2 Definitive Edition
The Aero 15 is a pretty unique Gaming laptop for Mafia 2 Definitive Edition: We like the combination of the 4K OLED panel and the keyboard with number pad, plus the powerful hardware with eight CPU cores and Geforce RTX 2070 Super. We also find the fast SD card reader, as well as the Thunderbolt 3 port including USB 3.2 Gen2, to be useful features for a notebook aimed at creative people. Instead of the Intel chip we would have liked to see a faster and more efficient Ryzen chip, but the Aero 15 is an upgrade of the previous model and not a new development.
We are a bit disappointed with the SSD, though, because the Optane Memory H10 is the wrong model for a notebook on which we regularly copy large video project data. After all, there is a second M.2 slot, where we can mount a suitable SSD with a high permanent write rate. The Microsoft Azure-AI proved to be quite useful in the test, as the software automatically raises the power targets of processor and graphics when we render in Blender, for example. This way we get (almost) maximum performance, but don’t have to manually adjust the settings for CPU/GPU and the fans themselves. If you’re looking for a slim 15.6-inch device, you should definitely take a closer look at the Aero 15. Especially for Mafia 2 Definitive Edition.
Ranking Second: Dell G7 17
- Shows excellent performance
- Best price-performance ratio
- RGB keyboard options
- Doesn’t use PWM to adjust screen brightness
- Little bit noisy under load
Best price-performance ratio Gaming Laptop for Mafia 2 Definitive Edition
Away from Alienware, Dell also offers various gaming notebooks under its own brand with the G-series, including the G3 and G5, and in the USA additionally the G7. Dell is refreshing two of the notebooks with thinner display edges and new GeForce RTX graphic cards from Nvidia for the CES 2019.
Dell leaves the entry-level G3 untouched for the trade fair in Las Vegas, instead there are changes to the G5 and G7. In addition, Dell has also introduced a new 17 inch version of the G7, which wasn’t previously available for the German market and was only offered in 15 inch in the US. Whether the availability will change with today’s announcement is not yet known at this point.
G5 with thinner edges and GeForce RTX
The new G5 bears the model number 5590 and stands out in terms of design with significantly thinner display edges. Four displays with 15.6 inches each are available: Full HD IPS with 60 Hz and up to 220 cd/m², Full HD IPS with 60 Hz and up to 300 cd/m², Full HD IPS with 144 Hz/G-Sync and up to 300 cd/m² and Ultra HD OLED with 60 Hz and up to 400 cd/m².
In terms of the CPUs offered, there are no changes to the last model number 5587 with the Intel Core i5-8300H and the Core i7-8750H. Both processors belong to the Coffee Lake generation and have four (i5) and six (i7) cores respectively, including hyper-threading. The main memory can be ordered from the factory in configurations with 8 GB or 16 GB DDR4 with 2.666 MHz, but the notebook can accommodate up to 32 GB in total by the user.
More interesting are the changes to the graphic cards, which have all been changed to the new Nvidia GeForce RTX, except for the beginner. As before, the smallest graphics card is the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB GDDR5, followed by the Turing graphics cards GeForce RTX 2060 with 6 GB GDDR6, GeForce RTX 2070 with 8 GB GDDR6 and the GeForce RTX 2080 with 8 GB GDDR6.
CPU and GPU are supplemented by up to two optional memory media. Between 128 GB and 1 TB PCIe SSDs or a 1 TB SSHD are installed as standard. With the option of a second drive, which is only offered for the SSDs, there is also a choice between a 500 GB, 1 TB or 2 TB HDD.
Verdict: Best price-performance ratio Gaming Laptop for Mafia 2 Definitive Edition
The hardware accommodates Dell in a 11.7 x 15.91 x 0.98 inches sized case in “deep space black”, which also accommodates the optional 60 Wh (4 cells) or 90 Wh (6 cells) strong battery. The case also offers the following connections: one HDMI 2.0, three USB 3.1 Gen1 Type A, SD card reader and headphone jack. The other connections depend on the selected graphics card. Equipped with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, there is an additional USB type C socket with DisplayPort via alternate mode and Ethernet. Thunderbolt 3, Mini DisplayPort and also Ethernet are available on the GeForce RTX cards.
The new G7 has the model number 7590 instead of 7588 and accommodates the technology of the G5 in a more compact case. The same options are available for CPU, GPU, RAM, SSD/HDD, battery and connections. All in all the Dell G7 17 offers the best price-performance ratio Gaming Laptop for Mafia 2: Definitive Edition, you get the most perfromance for your money.
Ranking Third: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme
- Matte 4K panel with decent image quality
- Premium and robust aluminium/GRP build
- Excellent input devices
- Easy to maintain and upgrade
Great performing Gaming Laptop for Mafia 2 Definitive Edition
They are considered the measure of all things in the notebook world: The Thinkpads X1 Carbon from the Chinese manufacturer Lenovo are the reference in the upper class, noble models for CEOs and managers, robust, mature and thus an object of desire. The good name counts, as HP, Dell and other manufacturers naturally also lure with attractive Windows devices, and most of them are even significantly cheaper.
The Thinkpad X1 Carbon has been available since 2012 and now the seventh generation is about to be launched. The new model is thinner and lighter. It loses two centimeters in width, so that the dimensions are now 14.20 x 9.70 x 0.70 inches. The weight reduction is only in the oz range, the new X1 Carbon weighs 3.8 lbs and therefore remains an especially light notebook that is a pleasure to carry in a briefcase. Another striking feature is that the on/off switch is no longer located above the row of function keys, but is moved to the right side of the case. The combination slot for micro SD and sim cards on the back gives way to a slot for an optional LTE module with a sim card.
To stick with the outward appearance: If you buy the Thinkpad with the top display, you can order the lid with a woven carbon fiber structure on request. Then there’s the option for a webcam, which combines two features: The camera lens can be blocked with a physical aperture, an optimal protection against spying. An infrared camera for biometric authentication is also integrated.
You may be spoilt for choice when it comes to the right display. With a fixed diagonal of 14 inches, there are five displays available, the cheapest in Full-HD resolution with a brightness of 300 and 400 candelas per square metre. In our opinion, the display more suitable for business use has a resolution of 2560 × 1440 pixels, but isn’t particularly bright at 300 candelas per square meter. Our test device offered the 4K resolution (3840 × 2160 pixels) with HDR and 500 candelas per square meter. That’s all well and good, but the catch is that this 4K display is reflective, a reason for exclusion for us. It should not be concealed that the display otherwise locks perfectly at any chosen angle and can be turned backwards by a maximum of 180 degrees.
On the right side, Lenovo accommodates the connection for a Kensington lock as well as a conventional USB port next to the power switch. On the left there are two USB type C ports with Thunderbolt, another USB port as well as HDMI and a headphone-microphone jack. Bluetooth is now supported in version 5, and four microphones are built in, Lenovo says, but you can’t see them. Even the cheapest version of the Thinkpad X1 Carbon is expensive. With an eighth-generation Core i5 processor, 8 gigabytes of main memory and 256 gigabytes of SSD, as well as a Full HD display, 1650 Dollar are already called up. For the first time Lenovo equips a professional notebook only with Windows Home, which is embarrassing. Only in the more expensive versions is Windows 10 Pro installed, the prices start at 2100 Dollar. In the top configuration with 16 gigabytes of memory and a 2-terabyte SSD, the 3000 Dollar limit is exceeded.
Our device came largely unmodified without the annoying software input, as it can be found on new Windows computers of other manufacturers. Thus, the obligatory clean-up action at the beginning is limited to deleting those unreasonable demands that Microsoft itself puts on business customers, namely Candy Crush or Bubble Witch as well as several other annoying applications. It is noticeable that Lenovo, like some other manufacturers, couples the agreement to its terms of business with Microsoft’s Windows terms of business. You have to agree to the latter, otherwise Windows won’t start. Thus, Lenovo is also granted many rights at the same time.
Verdict: Great performing Gaming Laptop for Mafia 2 Definitive Edition
The keyboard of the new Thinkpad unfortunately has to make do with a reduced key stroke in comparison to the previous model. The fan starts less often than in the previous model. The shrinking cure for the case is also accompanied by a reduction of the battery performance. Instead of 57 watt hours, there are now only 51 watt hours. Nevertheless, the manufacturer states a battery life of 18.3 hours, which can’t be achieved in practice. One rather reckons with around eight hours. All in all, the Thinkpad X1 Carbon remains a robust, optimally manufactured device for business managers. But not all the changes of the latest generation are a plus, and the competition is stronger than ever. All in all a great gaming Laptopfor Mafia 2 Definitive Edition. However, the price seems a bit too high cmopared to our second and first rank in this test. If you need a dual laptop, for gaming and as a work station, the X1 Carbon is a great option.
Mafia 2: Definitive Edition – Review
The American Italian Defamation Association (AIDA) is fighting a hopeless battle: The organization from Chicago is fighting against the prejudice that all Italo-Americans have something to do with the Mafia. A noble goal, but with Mafia 2, 2K Games of the AIDA goes into the parade. The action game delivers the whole range of Mafia clichés with gang wars, protection rackets and traitor executions. After all, unlike in TV series like “The Sopranos”, it is not the real New Jersey that serves as the setting, but the fictional city of Empire Bay.
It cannot be said often enough: Mafia 2 is not a GTA. Yes, it has an open game world. Yes, like Liberty City in GTA 4, the city of Empire Bay is inspired by the real New York. But still Mafia 2 is not a “GTA 4 with old cars”. But the biggest difference is the serious atmosphere. Where GTA 4 plays with clichés, overdoes them and introduces partly grotesque characters, Mafia 2 always remains sober and even depressing at times. This is the great achievement of the developers of 2K Czech: to deliver a game that, despite this seriousness, doesn’t become stuffy or even boring. On the contrary, with Mafia 2 you get the leading role in an enthralling gangster drama — which nevertheless has to struggle with some weaknesses.
Mafia 2: Prologue
The game starts in the home of the Mafia, Italy. As the young Italian-American Vito Scaletta, you have come to Europe with the US Army and experience the final phase of the Second World War in Sicily. In this tutorial you will shoot on mediterranean piazzas and storm the town hall of a small town. Stupid: A few seconds before the victory Vito is shot and has to return to his American hometown Empire Bay. There he has to recover and then return to the front. But Vito’s old buddy Joe frees him from all army duties through his “connections” and introduces him to the world of Dons and families. Now Vito doesn’t have to wear a uniform anymore, but Empire Bay is not much more peaceful than the Italian front. After all Mafia 2 is an action game!
Mafia 2: Story and characters
The highlight of Mafia 2 is the story. In 14 chapters it tells the story of Vito Scaletta’s career from a young soldier in Sicily to … of course we won’t tell you. The chapter structure helps the game to do so, as it allows big time jumps in some cases. So you’ll experience the first few missions in the late 40s, before it continues after a longer, uh, stay abroad in the colourful 50s. And colorful can be taken quite literally here: In the first few chapters the look is gray and dreary, later it becomes much more gaudy.
In the elaborate cutscenes of Mafia 2 the comparison with GTA 4 is right. Just like in the rock star game, you meet credible, sometimes multi-layered characters — from cheap street thugs to the top-class bosses at the Mafia dinner. And all of them are superbly dubbed in German. And if you like, set your console to English and enjoy the original voice output. And it doesn’t bother you that the sequences are often quite long and rather leisurely staged. Players with itchy trigger fingers might even find them too boring, but those who like to immerse themselves completely in the story will appreciate these cinematic film inserts. Moreover, the leisurely pacing matches the actual missions. There, too, you often drive through the city for several minutes without any events — before brutal outbreaks of violence occur at the destination.
Mafia 2: Shootings
Of course there are wild shootings in Mafia 2 — that’s what you expect from this genre after all. However, if you want to get right into the middle of the action with two Tommy guns in order to shoot wildly around you, you will soon get a family funeral. Clever mafiosi take cover, aim in peace and work their way forward enemy by enemy. Often it is also possible to duck and sneak around the enemies and fall on their flank or back — very satisfying! Those who act cautiously usually get through the battles well. And if you do bite the dust, at least you’ll know where the enemies will show up at the next attempt — their positions are always the same. In general, the AI of the opposing gorillas is not far off. Surrounding maneuvers or such simple tactics as barrage fire are unknown to them.
Even if the opponents don’t behave very cleverly, they can still aim pretty well. In the crossfire of two or three opponents, your mafia career is over in seconds. Then you get angry about the sometimes very far apart checkpoints, which sometimes force you to repeat uneventful mission approaches for minutes. Despite the comparatively extensive gun arsenal, Vito occasionally lets his fists do the talking. Again and again you will be forced to box within the missions. These passages don’t look like Fight Night Round 4, but the fighters look very good in the close-up with their detailed faces. The controls in the fights are not quite as good: Whoever cowardly blocks and then quickly counterattacks, puts even the biggest chunks on the mat without risk.
Mafia 2: Cars
Empire Bay is big. It’s so big, Vito’s best just to move around in his car. Unlike in GTA 4, the cops are on their toes: If a foot or car patrol catches you speeding or even breaking into someone else’s car (with a key-cracking mini-game), you’ll be in trouble immediately and you’ll be followed. Even if you escape the cops (just drive away), your car will still be on the wanted list. The only thing you can do is to go to the garage and exchange the license plate for money. To prevent Vito from getting into trouble with the law because of such banalities, there is a practical speed limiter that you can switch on at the push of a button. This will keep you within safe limits (40 miles/hour in town, 60 on the highway). Only during chases should you deactivate the speed limiter and press the gas pedal.
Mafia 2: Game world
Despite its strictly linear plot, Mafia 2 is an open world game. No, the other way round: Mafia 2 is a linear game that for some reason has an open game world. Although Empire Bay has clothing and weapon shops, gas stations, a garage, a scrap yard, and a car exporter where you can go anytime you want, it’s never really necessary in the game — except in a few missions! Yes, Vito can rob shops, but what should he do with the captured money? There are plenty of weapons to pick up for free in the missions, Vito’s shop automatically gets prettier and prettier as the game progresses, and his clothes never really matter. Only for the car-tuning in the workshop you can spend considerable money, but even that is more jewellery than playful.
What remains is the feeling that the game in the packaging is not the Mafia 2, which the developers had originally planned. For example, why does Vito have a phone in his apartment, if he can only call his contact person, who is given by the mission. Was there a friendship system planned in the style of GTA 4? And what about the gang wars that are actually obligatory for a Mafia game, such as those in GTA San Andreas or The Godfather 2? Protection rackets? Assassinations? A backyard fight club, when you already have the boxing element in the game? As successful as the story is with their missions, there is always a whiff of missed opportunities blowing through Empire Bay.
Mafia 2: graphics and sound
In Mafia 2 you have to travel long distances — entertainment in the car is important! Three radio stations fill you with about 100 songs from the 40s and 50s. They range from the sugar-sweet Andrew Sisters to the wild “savages” Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry with their early rock’n’roll anthems “Come on everybody” and “Johnny B. Goode”. In the cutscenes there is an elaborate orchestral soundtrack, which 2K Czech had recorded by their compatriots from the Prague Filmharmonic Orchestra. With so much acoustic finesse, you can easily forgive the fact that weapon and car sounds sound a bit pathetic.
Mafia 2 is barely exposed when it comes to visual presentation. Although there are often line shifts and staircase formation, the lighting mood is unique. No matter if at sunset or during night drives, reflections and effects create a dense atmosphere. In addition, there are the partly extremely detailed characters with tiny scars and pimples, which captivate you with realistic facial expressions. The fact that Vito’s comrades and adversaries correspond to all Italian clichés may well bring AIDA back on the scene, but we as players should not care.