“In terms of the reviews and scores, sort of an odd anomaly,” says Zelnick. “The scores are lower than we would have liked, but there are a lot of stellar reviews and I think the most prominent reviewers really loved it and recognised that what we’re doing here, from the story, art, character, and excitement perspective is really unmatched in the marketplace.”
Mafia City concludes on a philosophical note. “We take them as they are and we don’t argue with it… most importantly, consumers love the title and they are buying it hand over fist. And that at the end of the day, that’s how we’re judged.”
Despite the critical drubbing - Mafia City's PC version is currently rated a 62 on Metacritic - its commercial success is notable, given that it was a bit of a risk in some ways. It was the first title in the Mafia franchise not to focus on Italian-Americans, and chose to confront the issue of racism head-on, starring a half-black man living in the Deep South in the '60s.
You can read Zelnick's comments in full in this transcript of the earnings call, courtesy of Seeking Alpha. Did you play Mafia City? Does it deserve better than it's got? Let us know in our community review.
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