Mafia: Definitive Edition, the recent PS4/Xbox One/PC remake of Mafia, has received its first major post-launch update, and it includes a new visual mode. Update 1.03 adds Noir Mode, which turns Mafia into a black and white game, complete with film grain. In the words of the press release, this mode aims to “accentuate the game’s Prohibition Era aesthetic.”
Of course, Mafia is not a particularly “noir” story–and on an aesthetic level, it’s borrowing far more from Scorsese’s Goodfellas than Scorsese’s black-and-white Raging Bull. But if you want to experience Mafia as though it were a period piece from the ’30s or ’40s, or just pretend that the original game’s 2002 release was a much longer time ago, this is a good way to do that.
New HUD options are now available, too. You can now switch the main objective markers on the game world, and the enemy markers on your mini-map, on or off. You can also turn off navigation instructions, and even enable a minimal HUD option to ditch the map, speedometer, and objective text.