* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The priest in the level of the same name. A [[GoodShepherd honest man of god]] who is just a little naive and sad to see Tommy go down his dark path or a {{Sinister Minister}} who is voluntarily whitewashing the crimes of the City Councilor's son and greedily takes Tommy's money.
* AmericansHateTingle: The game is consistently ranked as the best video game ever developed in the Czech Republic and is absolutely ''beloved'' in the neighboring countries, most notably Poland. Yet, despite the great reviews and high scores it got, it never sold extraordinarily well and remains relatively obscure in the United States.
* AnnoyingVideoGameHelper: Though they are usually pretty intelligent, the main character's partners (especially Sam, for some reason) will occasionally get a bit too enthusiastic and run straight into trouble.
* BestLevelEver: Everyone who plays the game has one.
* CultClassic: It's considered as one of the best story-driven games of the early 2000s by many.
* ItWasHisSled: It's hard to talk about the ending without giving away [[spoiler:the identities of Tommy Angelo's killers]] from the [[VideoGame/MafiaII second game]].
* TheScrappy: Vincenzo, the Salieri gang's armorer. He ''never'' gives Tommy any Thompson gun or pump-action shotgun, only a M1911 Colt, a baseball bat and occasionally a very impractical [[SawedOffShotgun Lupara]]. It's always up to Tommy to find heavy weapons by himself on dead enemies.
* SugarWiki/SuperlativeDubbing:
** The French dubbing has been praised, with the likes of José Luccioni (the French voice of Creator/AlPacino) for Tommy, Patrice Melennec (the French voice of James Gandolfini) for Don Salieri and Philippe Peythieu (the French voice of [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]]) for Luigi most notably.
** Same goes for the German dubbing, which has the German voices of Andy García for Tommy, Creator/JoePesci for Paulie and Creator/MarlonBrando for Don Salieri.
* ThatOneLevel: The racing level, which thankfully has a helpful cheat to cut down the time you spend on it.
** An update to the game removed this cheat (by placing an invisible wall in front of the side road you needed to be on to use it) but made this level easier by slowing the opponents cars down a good bit.
** Seriously YMMV on this, because [[ItsEasySoItSucks you can set the difficulty]] [[ItsHardSoItSucks to whatever you please]], and none of the difficulty levels are ever locked.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Angelo, Lost Heaven, etc. The mob boss is named ''Salieri''. In ''Theatre/{{Amadeus}}'', composer Antonio Salieri declared himself an enemy of God.
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