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How to enable PhysX in Mafia 2: Definitive Edition (Steam and Epic Games Store)

PhysX in Mafia 2: Definitive Edition
Mafia 2: Definitive Edition Screenshot

Mafia 2: Definitive Edition is now available on PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. This is a remastered release of the original that came out in 2010. Despite being a free update for existing owners, the definitive edition does have some problems. Players have reported a lack of Physx in this release when compared to the original. Here’s how you can enable PhysX in Mafia 2: Definitive Edition.

PhysX is an interesting realtime physics engine middleware by NVIDIA that adds another layer of graphical flair to titles. Mafia 2 originally used it to simulate cloth physics, but for some reason isn’t available in this version.

Enable PhysX in Mafia 2: Definitive Edition

To enable PhysX, follow the steps below.

  • Head over to the following location
Documents\My Games\Mafia II Definitive Edition\Data\profiles\<ProfileID>
  • First, right-click on the settings.xml file, and open its properties.
  • Make sure the “read-only” option has been checked, as shown below. This ensures that the settings aren’t overridden when you launch the game again.
  • Now, open the file using any text editor like Notepad
  • Here, find the following
<Apex>0</Apex>
  • Change the value from 0 to 1 for Medium and 2 for High. These are values for PhysX quality in-game
  • Save the file and exit

Next time you run the game, you will notice subtle graphical changes that were introduced with PhysX.

Mafia 2: Definitive Edition on Steam and Epic Game Store

You can now purchase the definitive edition of the classic title on both Steam and Epic Games Store, from the links below. If you already own Mafia 2 on Steam, you will receive the new version for free.

There is also a trilogy collection available that includes the remake of the first title in Mafia 3’s engine.

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