PS Plus Essential offers a 'free' PS3 game it gave away 10 years ago

PS5 and PS4 players may be disappointed with Mafia 2 being a PS Plus Essential giveaway for November 2023. The game has already been a 'freebie' on the PS3.

PS Plus Essential offers a 'free' PS3 game it gave away 10 years ago
Sean Lawson

Sean Lawson

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You'll soon be able to snatch up those Mafia 2 Definitive Edition trophies as part of the PS Plus monthly games of November 2023. However, eagle-eyed fans may realize that the inclusion of Mafia 2 on PS Plus Essential isn't the first time the game has been given away for 'free.'

Mafia 2 was given away to PS Plus users back in 2013 on PS3

Mafia 2 (PS3) was a 'free' redeemable game for PS Plus years nearly exactly 10 years ago! It was given away on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. The game was accompanied by Need for Speed Most Wanted (PS3), Spec Ops The Line (PS3), When Vikings Attack (PS3, PS Vita), and Lego The Lord of the Rings (PS Vita). Honestly, that was a pretty sick line-up back in 2013 and we would love to see Sony have that same momentum in 2023. However, seeing Mafia 2 again — even after 10 years — feels like a really odd moment in the subscription service's history.
Granted, this time around we are getting Mafia 2 Definitive Edition which was released for PS4 alongside a remaster of the original Mafia title. So, there will be a few noticeable upgrades within this version of the game not seen in the PS3 release. However, all in all, it's pretty much the exact same game as before with an identical trophy list.

Mafia 2 Definitive Edition marks the fourth time games in the Mafia series have been given away to PS Plus users. Mafia Definitive Edition came to PS Plus Essential in February 2023 and Mafia 3 (PS4) was given away in August 2018. Mafia 3 has also received the Definitive Edition treatment alongside the other two Mafia titles, so, we may see Mafia 3 Definitive Edition being given away as a 'freebie' on PS Plus sooner rather than later.
I'm not all that upset about the Mafia series being given away so many times on PS Plus. Back when Mafia 2 was given away to PS3 users, I didn't have PS Plus. So, I completely missed out on owning the game. Now, I have the opportunity to own all three of the games and can experience the full story and world of Mafia. So, I'm pretty pumped for Mafia 2 Definitive Edition to come to PS Plus Essential.

What do you guys think about this? Are you disappointed by the fact we technically received Mafia 2 years ago? Would you add Mafia 2 Definitive Edition to our best PS4 games list? Let us know all your thoughts and feelings in the comments below!
Written by Sean Lawson
Sean is a Staff Writer with a focus on the geekiest Sony news. He writes stories about unobtainable PlayStation trophies, the best PS Plus games, as well as RPGs and Fighting games. He is also excited for Tekken 8, Dragon Age Dreadwolf, Baldur's Gate 3, and Dragon's Dogma 2 to launch on PS5. Sean’s favourite games include Mass Effect, Tomb Raider, Tekken, and Persona.
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