Reviews for Mafia II
Wonderful game, with slight shortfalls.TwelveGaugeSlug | Dec. 9, 2013 | See all TwelveGaugeSlug's reviews »
I really enjoyed my time with Mafia II. Its been a couple of years since I played and beat this game, but I really enjoyed it. The graphics were about average for last gen (xbox 360) and the controls were a tad less than perfect, but once you got the feel they worked fine. I liked the story, it was pretty easy to keep up with and interesting to boot. It was open world, but there wasnt much to do besides the main quest IIRC. But I didnt even care to play any side quests because I enjoyed the main story so much. All in all a definite buy, especially if you can get it on sale.
Better than expected...harrykirkby | Dec. 5, 2013 | See all harrykirkby's reviews »
Not sure how I ended up with this game, and frankly, however I did I'm grateful. For a game that is years old, my first expectation was for it to be quite lame, not very fun or just a plain copy of GTA.
Boy was I wrong. Mafia 2, being my first Mafia game anyway, enriched the whole series into one full throttle, action packed game that kept me in love ever since day one. The game proved me that GTA can be beaten, such as GTA 4 being slaughtered by this game, and I can't recommend this anymore. The transition between 1940-1960 throughout the game is outstanding, recaptures all my history lessons as a kid.
Could have been bettermcofdiablo | Dec. 4, 2013 | See all mcofdiablo's reviews »
I had very high hopes for Mafia 2, because I liked the first Mafia very much. But what came out...Let's call it the game of unfulfilled promises and dreams.
To start with the pluses of the game, I have to admit the graphics look great even now. Considering the game was released in 2010 the facial animation impresses, and the game itself looks better than some modern ones. The shooting and driving mechanics are very well done. You feel different weapons and cars differently, you have to adjust which is really great.
What concerns minuses, the main character and story itself. It's just boring and poorly written. The main character is so plain and not interesting, you can't relate. The story has some bright moments, but for the most part you just drive the car. Over and over again. I felt that I was playing taxi driver simulator and not mafia game.
All in all, the game is not bad,it's mediocre. It could have been much better.
Good game, but a bit repetitiveRedFrix | Dec. 2, 2013 | See all RedFrix's reviews »
Mafia 2 is a good "what life would be if you're in the mafia" type of game and it really impresses it's storyline. Sadly, I did not find really fully satisfied by it as it seemed a bit lacking of character development for me, something that did not happen on the first Mafia game. While it has an open world map, you can not roam completely free as you still have a message box saying to the mission, but if you're able to ignore it's a really fun sandbox experience. What I don't like about Mafia 2 is that the first chapters you'll basically doing "Go here, do this, go there, do that" since there's low action and a lot of cutscenes. Later on, you'll really have a good experience.
Fun, but has it's shortcomingsBytrine | Dec. 1, 2013 | See all Bytrine's reviews »
Mafia II is a very wonderfully made game. It looks great, feels great, and has a really good story. Not only that, but the voice acting is really good, as well. Whilst playing through the game, I felt like I was in the Mafia, and I felt as if I was actually doing all of the dirty work that was required in the early 1900's mob. It's very action-packed and you will fall in love with this game! However, towards the end it just seems as if the developers dropped an anchor and it slowed to a crawl and then lost it's way. It's a good game, but has a few major issues, You should still atleast rent the game and play it that way.
Building to Great But Lost Its WayStuman31 | Nov. 29, 2013 | See all Stuman31's reviews »
3rd Person city games are being released on a more regular basis, so they need to do something new to stand out from the crowd. Mafia II started out amazing, without going into any details that could be possibly spoilery i was blown away. It looked good, and it felt like it had the courage to do things, story progression wise, i hadnt seen much in games before. However, the final 3rd of the game was a let down as it abandoned this progression and suddenly just felt like a game that had lost itself purpose and was just setting itself up for a sequel. Still enjoyable though
Not badTekilaShot | Nov. 28, 2013 | See all TekilaShot's reviews »
Ah mafia II, it was so underestimated, you really feel like you live in that area. I liked the fact they give you the choice between the driving , either simulation or arcade.For me the graphics and the music are the best part, the story is fine but too linear maybe? If you play it doesn't expect it to be LA noire or GTA, it's just another type of sandbox maybe not that fun but a good one. If you love the 30's - 40's go ahead you won''t be disappointed, if it's not your cup of tea you should get another game this one will felt too short to justify the price.
A fun game for action fans.iiilker99 | Nov. 24, 2013 | See all iiilker99's reviews »
This game has a good campaign and a story but could be even better. Because it was VERY easy while I was playing in normal. Your health regenerates if you don't take damage .But it makes the game fun :) .Also, missions are a bit short but not boring .
Graphics are exciting and very realistic. Also It doesn't lag like other games. The voice is not bad and music is awesome. Good game for action fans.
A cinematic masterpiecesunshine_avis | Nov. 20, 2013 | See all sunshine_avis's reviews »
At the end of the day, this game really is a different experience. It is probably one of the only games that I have truly enjoyed watching all of the cut scenes because they were so well-written and animated. In short, it is a story-telling, cinematic masterpiece. And it is ridiculously fun to play. The story draws you in; you really become invested in the characters, which is a fairly hard thing for some games to accomplish. The mechanics are great, very smooth and easy to pick up. I've only played a little bit of GTA so I don't know how the driving holds up to a title like that but I really, really enjoyed cruising around town in a really nice car I stole. The car customizations are nice, though writing your license plate can get tedious if you were using a controller like me. The missions are a lot of fun; they are varied so you don't get bored. Best of all, the ending was brilliant; I was scared that the game would build up so much tension and than fizzle out but it was a great ending. I would have liked to have seen this game be a bit more open world in the traditional sense with side quests and more NPC interactions (which were sadly a bit lacking) but overall really great game.
The best game ive ever playedmarvthecrashkin | Nov. 11, 2013 | See all marvthecrashkin's reviews »
Mafia 2 puts you in the life of Vito Scaletta shortly after World War 2.He just came back from Italy,when his friend Joe helps him to earn money with criminal activities.You punch and shoot your way through bar and gang fights,blow up hotels,rob stores and many more things.The developers did a great job at making the game.You literally feel like you were in that time. It still has some bugs,but still,id give it a 95/100
Enjoyable, easy and short gameTofik2000 | Nov. 7, 2013 | See all Tofik2000's reviews »
I'll start from things i liked in this game. First advantage is stylisation of the world. World is created just as it was back then. Architecture, music, behavior of NPC (like driving off when you're going head on or telling you to back off when you are too close to women), are created perfectly. Especially chit-chats in car while driving on missions. Unfortunately every other experience in the game will be neutral or negative. Storyline is too short and way too easy. You can easily beat the game in hardest difficulty in about 10-13h of play without any problems. Gameplay is .. lets say neutral, because even if you pointing at something, you will take action on nearests object. It's very annoying from the start, but you can get use to it. Storyline is as linear as possible. You will surely enjoy playing the game but will be disapointed how quickly it ended.
Good, but no GTARedPhenx2000 | Nov. 6, 2013 | See all RedPhenx2000's reviews »
Mafia 2 is a period sandbox game taking place in the 1940s, against a backdrop of Mafia family dealings. If you go in expecting wild driving, etc like GTA or Saints Row, you will be disappointed.
However, knowing that it is not case, you will easily get 15-20 hours out of the game. The car handling is supposedly similar to 1930s-40s era cars, the voice acting is good, and the missions are fun. The only downside is the linearity of the game.
Great for gangsters fans.DrDeath | Nov. 6, 2013 | See all DrDeath's reviews »
This game opens up as an interesting story that keeps going until ends up on an even more interesting story, going from a thief wanna-be that joins the US Army Light infantry Airborne unit to ends up as one of the biggest Mob leaders of New yor...... Empire city.
The first mafia has been just a rip off from The Godfather (IMHO, best PS2 game ever). But this game REALLY does a good justice to the genre of mobsters sandbox. Of course, there are flaws, but nothing too big. The weapons are somewhat lacking, and the ammo is not universal between some of them like how it should be (the .45 ammo used in both M1911, and both Thompsons) and the Crosshairs are not really useful either at all... but this is not the first time we have seen this, so its not really game-breaking.
The graphics DOES looks dated somewhat, then again, we are talking about an 2010 game here, but trust me, it won't look like that in a lot of times, the biggest complaint would be also that the Cutscenes are not rendered with the same quality than the in-game engine, but that they are inferior too (something odd and EXTREMLY rare in games). But the shadow quality is at least, good, and i cant say much bad about the textures either.
The game tries too hard to be interactive, maybe a little bit too hard. Some parts of it itself are glitching because the interaction is up to where your character is looking, not where you are pointing at, and being a Third Person Shoter, that's not a good idea. Not that its a big problem, after all, almost nothing that you can do inside your house is really useful... you will be only using the fridge, the guardrobe, maybe the radio, and the phone for certain missions.
Talking about the radio, a big complain would be the lack of radio stations, in the first part of the game that takes in the 1945 has just 3 radio stations (too little) but at least the song in them its not bad, its pretty good. Then, after the second half wich takes you into the US of 1951, the radio stations are there, with the music of the time, not even their names changed.
Now that i mentioned the second half, i have to say, its REALLY well done as an enviroment, some places changed, the cars changed, and you can see everything by yourself how the whole US changes in the time of the war and after the war.
The main difference of the 2 parts would be the weather, wich in the first part is snowing (vehicle handling is affected) and the second part is Autumn/Summer.
About vehicle handling: Its no TDU or car simulator, but its doing a pretty damn good job at it. I haven't touched the arcade setting, but the realistic vehicle handling its just fantastic.
The AI its just the good old classic Sandbox AI, TERRIBLE. And the cops may look like if they took car driving lessons from the ones in GTA. But at last, the Cops AI its not so bad, it does behaves somewhat in a realistic manner, the only exception would be that going over a red light its not considered law infringement, or at least i haven't been chased by passing over a red light.
This game is FORCING YOU to stay in cover, wether this is good or bad, its up to you. Also, i should be explaining that the AI only reacts to you, yes, granted, this is better than COD, friendly AI actually does something, but the game really put the spotlight on you.
The system to buy things is bad. You cant buy cars, the tunning its not good until you have unlocked everything in the last section of the game, and the cloth stores do not tell you wich item you have already bought before, or wich one you haven't. This is turning the game into a more GTA IV style approach, as you cant even buy houses (not that it really matters, as there are just 4 houses for you, starting one, first half, mid half, and a bad last half one).
The dialog is greatly written, and there is nothing else to say that i just love it.
You WILL have to remember that this game doesn't give a thing about your money, as in 2 parts of the game they force you to leave everything behind.
There is a lotpicking minigame to steal cars, but dont get too excited, it may be silent, but its still attracting cops, its not really realistic at all (how hard would it be to make it realistic? really!), but its a nice add to the general game.
There is no much thing to say about this game other than:
DO NOT trust the demo, in that demo you are with a suit and a house that comes up later in the game, with weapons that you unlock, but at the end you dont have nothing of it in the final game.
Salieri sends his regardsVaderJacobs | Nov. 6, 2013 | See all VaderJacobs's reviews »
The story stands alone from it's prequel, but has the best reference to it I've ever seen in game series ever. The story is great, the missions vary a lot are and are always fun. You don't have to drive too long to get at the destinations and the ending made me want the sequel even more than I thought. The gameplay is surprisingly good, all the driving, shooting, fist fighting goes smooth and feels right and the graphics are really nice too, let's put it this way: if the game was published today, no one would have serious critic on it when it comes to the graphics. The mechanics are good too but I've seen some odd things happening trough out the game like a spastic tie and uh, lets call it "magic climbing". And to finish, the pros and cons list: pros: - good story that drags you in and has very cool characters - good gameplay and graphics - very varied missions - good atmosphere and map - nice radio stations and cars - playboy cons: - the open world doesn't offer a lot - hard mode isn't very hard
Conclusion: a well earned 9.
Best Gangster game out thereHighlander9782 | Nov. 5, 2013 | See all Highlander9782's reviews »
The graphics of the game are still topnotch and the story is equally as good. You get to play through different historical eras of time like World War 2, and New York in the 1950's. The level design and maps are large and great to explore. The gameplay is great as well, with crazy shootouts breaking out from nowhere. Lots of nice little touches let you feel like you're in the 1950's especially with the great soundtrack on the radio, and clothing customization for your character. Definite buy if you love open world gangster games. The only con I can think of is that its hard to get away from the cops when they're chasing you. There's also DLC that adds to the story campaign with Joe's Adventure and Jimmys Vendetta.
Good, but...bauwan | Nov. 2, 2013 | See all bauwan's reviews »
At first, I almost fell in loved with Mafia II. First mission was amazing and then it all got worse. Don't get me wrong, the game itself was pretty cool, the setting was really interesting and it has many great features (like for instance, changing the license plate to get rid of police), but I expected something else. Great story with good characters, many interesting features that you won't get in GTA or SR series, but despite the open city, I haven't found anything interesting, beside the main story.
An excellent mobster storycommanderhavoc | Oct. 30, 2013 | See all commanderhavoc's reviews »
Out of all the gangster games I've ever played, this one has to be the best when it comes to well written characters and an engaging story about trust, family and betrayal. 2K Czech did an outstanding job at capturing the spirit of the 50's in the US, back when people still believed in the elusive American Dream. And the main character Vito Scarletta and his longtime best friend Joe are great protagonists, especially Joe as he sometimes gets himself in rather silly situations that Vito has to bail him out of and even when he sometimes nearly end up killing both himself and Vito, they still stick together as the best of friends. Of course, the music is also important for the game and they also did an outstanding job here at choosing some great songs for the radio stations to play as you cruise through the city, including John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" and many others.
I am a gangsterMOSCOW456 | Oct. 30, 2013 | See all MOSCOW456's reviews »
Mafia 2 throws into the life of Vito Scaletta an Italian immigrant whose father moved over to Empire bay when Vito was a boy. Money is always a trouble for the Scalettas and when Vito turns to a life of crime and gets caught he is forced to fight in WW2 and this where the story truly begins. While the gameplay certainly isn't anything new or innovative it isn't bad either, it is the same with the graphics. What really sets this game apart is how it makes you fee.l You really do feel like a gangster the atmosphere and setting are awesome. 85/ 100. Would reccomend.
One of the best games everTeh_Thrasher | Oct. 29, 2013 | See all Teh_Thrasher's reviews »
This game is simply awesome. I've played it till the end and the only thing i gotta say is that it's one of the best games out there. Worth the time.
RecommendedWebciu | Oct. 28, 2013 | See all Webciu's reviews »
Realistic gun fights, good graphics, well written story and much more! Mafia II is absolutely worth playing.
Addictive in its Own RightRvnBlk | Oct. 24, 2013 | See all RvnBlk's reviews »
Played through the storyline on the weekend, I just couldn't put it down. Everything from the setting to the characters and the story...it kept me hooked. Often I find myself humming along to the songs on the radio. A real throwback to the 40s and 50s.
Gameplay does have its faults. Like Vito would take cover at the nearest surface and not where I'm pointing him to. Missions can be repetitive. Anyone can gun you down. And this game is a limited open world.
Despite all that, this game is a must have for anyone interested in gangster games, 3rd person shooters and action/adventure fan.
Fun mobster gameeL_Jay | Oct. 24, 2013 | See all eL_Jay's reviews »
I expected GTA in an old setting and therefore got somewhat disappointed.
However this game is a solid sandbox game with a very good story line, great style and graphics and great gameplay (handling). You do feel like you are a mobster during the 1940's on your way to power and glory.
The biggest draw-back is that the story is really lineair which kinda sucks in sandbox games.
By far superiour to other mobster games like the godfather.
For the Nvidia fanboys, this game features Physx.
Mafia II: The Real Mafia ExperienceAzrael360 | Oct. 18, 2013 | See all Azrael360's reviews »
Mafia II is a fantastic sandbox-action-driving game. With an excellent story, superb graphics, sound and music, great gameplay and ambiance, it is highly recommended for anyone looking for a more mature sandbox game.
The level of details that this game has, is sometimes unbelievable. From simple things like pedestrians, houses and cars, up to bigger things, like buildings, streets and roads; and that includes even the smaller of things, like a cup of coffee or a newspaper. And don't forget the "playboys"...
You'll get easily, at least 15 hours out from it, and probably more. I have this game on Xbox 360 and now on PC, and always get at least 25 hours going for everything this game have, and that's just playing the base game without the DLC. And never get tired of it, that's how I really enjoy and love Mafia II.
As for the game itself, the story is amazing and the characters believable. Starting in the '40s and followed by the '50s, you will see that everything will change according to the years: cars, clothes, even the aspect and the climate of the city. The driving is also good, and every type of cars drives differently. Also the action is good and feels right, you can aim properly and also protect yourself behind something, and still be in control of your character to do what you want. And with a great selection of weapons at your disposal, you can always try different types of weapons according to your preferences.
With a big and beautiful city to explore, good cars to drive, and missions to unlock, you can't go wrong with Mafia II. Again, highly recommended.
Nice Atmospere and storyroelgort | Oct. 18, 2013 | See all roelgort's reviews »
I really liked Mafia II. The story was good, nice characters. Driving mechanics felt good, and I really like the feature where you can cap your speed to what's legal. The city was nice to drive trough, too bad there wasn't much to do and the game stops after the final mission. Do not expect a GTA-style game in the 50's, but a good (linear) story.
Epic SettingKevster123 | Oct. 18, 2013 | See all Kevster123's reviews »
I love the setting in this game. 1940s New York is the perfect backdrop to your mafia adventures. The architecture and fashion of the time is represented very well. The soundtrack works very well with it too. My only concern is that free roaming with these 40s cops can be a bit difficult. Otherwise, this game is great.
Good Game!nasirdude3211 | Oct. 16, 2013 | See all nasirdude3211's reviews »
Good game very good story line. Plays like a dime with a controller. I enjoy the 3rd person view a lot. 2K did not cheap out on the details. Driving is the only thing that bother me. It take forever and since the cars are older the slide more.
Overall: Great game pick it up if your looking for a 3rd person story mode shooter.
Best Mafia Game Everel_pelado95 | Oct. 15, 2013 | See all el_pelado95's reviews »
This game is awesome. The graphics are supreme and it runs smoothly on a medium range computer (without any trouble). The 1940`s are perfectly recreated (costumes, cars, enviroment, buildings and even animals) and the driving gameplay is ok (maybe too easy). You can do Stealth missions or nice shoot and covers (with cool bullet effects and explosions). Extra points for the Playboy magazines. For me, an epic game.
An eternal masterpieceMisterRay97 | Oct. 15, 2013 | See all MisterRay97's reviews »
This game is, in truth, a masterpiece. The storyline is amazing. The graphics are breath-taking and the game physics and gameplay is enjoyable. You play the character of Vito Scarletta. Each and every mission in the game is interesting and you'd only want to play more after completing each mission. The storyline is very beautifully written and you'll engage with what Vito and Joe are upto. The beauty of the city of Empire Bay and it's time is very amazing. This game immerses you into the character. You'll feel like you are the character; this game makes you feel his emotions. The gameplay mechanics are fantastic. The shooting is decent, the driving is amazing and the game feels really good to play. The physics are realistic and the missions are perfectly balanced; not too easy, not too hard. There's also some Playboy magazine collectibles well placed around the city to collect. The game will put you a load of hours spending on the missions. This game provides the perfect lively feel of the good ol' times and the Mafia. The soundtrack is good and the game feels that it has been worked on well. I'm giving it 8 points less than the perfect 100 due to it's lack of actual proper free-roam after the completion of the story.
Overall, this game is a well made game and is a must-play for all the single-player fanatics (like me) out there.
Fan-diddly-tasticGedehamster | Oct. 8, 2013 | See all Gedehamster's reviews »
Well, well well... Will you look at this... Mafia II ! This is a great game, I enjoyed it so much. I'd go as far as saying that I enjoyed it more than GTA 4,Max Payne 3 & L.A. Noire. If you ever thought of ''how is it being in, you got it, the mafia?'' you should definitely try this game out! I went in with the thoughts of something somewhat like ''Ehh... I hope it's worth my time.'' And I can tell you, holy shit it was. Point is, buy this fucking game. You won't regret it.
Fantastic gameJimmysil | Sept. 19, 2013 | See all Jimmysil's reviews »
The first thing you will notice about Mafia 2 is the atmosphere in the game. Graphic is really nice, and you don't need the best PC on the market to run it on full details. The gameplay is really good, gunfights feel real, and you can set up if you want arcade or simulation driving. Story is also well written, and you won't have a problem with getting closer to game characters. The city could be more alive, because there is not much to do after you finish the game.
Great Story, Graphics, Fun MissionsHighlander9782 | Sept. 14, 2013 | See all Highlander9782's reviews »
Entertaining game where you get to experience life in the 40's and 50's. It has a great soundtrack, making you feel like you're in that time period, eventhough technically some of those songs came out after the year you're playing in. The graphics are the best for a open world game, better than the Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row games I say as well, until GTA 5 comes out lol. The missions are very diverse and you work your way up to be a badass mafia man. Only bad thing is when you get chased by cops in the game, its hard to lose them.
Fantastic storyDinosawrr | Sept. 10, 2013 | See all Dinosawrr's reviews »
This is such an improvement on the original. The story, and mechanics of the game are really fun, but the only downside is that there's no real free roam feature when you complete the game.
A fun and enjoyable experience.ShadowViper0010 | Sept. 9, 2013 | See all ShadowViper0010's reviews »
While I have not yet beaten the game, I feel I have played it enough to give it a review. The game's firefights and all around gunplay is satisfying, the characters are enjoyable, the story has been good and fun to go through. All around it has been a great game. It goes on sale very frequently so I wouldn't recommend paying full price for it, but it really is a fantastic game.
Excellent game!mkyprice | Sept. 1, 2013 | See all mkyprice's reviews »
I have played it for more than 100 hours and feel that it is the greatest mafia game out there. It has a very alive open world that makes you really feel like you are in that time period more than any other game can.
A great gametulsamadman | Aug. 30, 2013 | See all tulsamadman's reviews »
i preordered this game months before it came out, and after my first play through it had become one of my favorite games of all time. i love this games to death and have invested about 18 hours into each play through. great lovable characters and amazing story
Was hooked on this game while playing.Caputalis | Aug. 26, 2013 | See all Caputalis's reviews »
Mafia II is one of those games where you feel like the character have come to life, and you begin to find yourself angry at being screwed over, or relieved when your buddy comes to help you out. Although the driving could have been worked on a little, this game had very good controls. Aside from the story, my favourite part of the game was the music, whether it was the game's soundtrack, or some of the classics featured on the radio. If you're into the 1940s and 50s, I'd highly recommend, if only to stroll around in the beautiful setting modelled after the late 1940s New York City.
An enjoyable gamegarybermuda | Aug. 25, 2013 | See all garybermuda's reviews »
I quite enjoyed playing this game, though I found the draw sort of petered out towards the end. I did not like how the chapters really broke the sandbox aspect of the game up in to sections, but that would be the easiest way to simulate significant periods of time passing. Good overall.
It's hard to stop after we startthesorrow47 | Aug. 24, 2013 | See all thesorrow47's reviews »
I'll be honest, I really love the original Mafia, the story of the game is excellent. Everything on the first game worked 100%. So I was curious to see what they would do now, and they didn't disapointed too much. The worst problem is that this game looks like more incomplete than the first one, We feel like "you should put more things here and there". So it's good, but when we reach the end of the game we though "It's the end?". Besides that, this game deserves all the attention.
Worse than the first one, but still definetely worth the timeThoosa | Aug. 18, 2013 | See all Thoosa's reviews »
Packed with action and a good story, which is usually bashed by many people, but it is certainly good. Even though, it is advertised usually as a sandbox action like GTA, do not be mistaken: This is not the truth. The game itself lacks almost anything to do besides the main story, but of course, if you like to drive in you stylish vehicles, doing nothing except listening to stylish music from the 40th to 60th, go ahead. The DLCs are fine aswell, but nothing spectacular. Jimmy is worth the price, but Joes Adventure, just lack cut scenes except for the main missions, and it gets repetetive and boring too soon.
Great, but not nearly as good as the firstdarkyhbk | Aug. 17, 2013 | See all darkyhbk's reviews »
Mafia is my favourite game of all time, so I had really high expectations from Mafia 2, considering the lengthy production time. Mafia II is a fantastic action game in itself, but pales in comparison when coming against its predecessor. The graphics are really amazing, and the game treats you with some of the best cutscenes ever made- it's a pleasure to watch them. Everything looks fantastic, from the snow on the roads to explosions and character faces. The sound is also brilliant- perfect quality and variety of effects, alongside a great and perfectly chosen soundtrack, much of it consisting in jazz and blues, and some of the finest voice acting present in a videogame. The story is a mature one, featuring a number of really jaw-dropping moments, and some really brutal ones, as well as a number of laughs. However, it is not nearly as good as Mafia's story, which is really in a league of its own. The gameplay is exactly what a Mafia game should be, sacrificing GTA's complexity in favour of more storytelling, which is fine by me. Although it is all very solid, the attention to little details that Mafia showed, such as having to stop at red lights, speeding above a limit or simply blinking your lights when turning, is gone, and none of the moments seem as memorable as in the first game. Again, Mafia II is a fantastic individual game, but just not as good as I'd hoped it would be.
Great gamepbjallday | Aug. 14, 2013 | See all pbjallday's reviews »
I got this game right when it was released but just found out i could write reviews now. This game is very fun and has a great story and even when you're not doing the story, goofing around in cool vehicles just running around in the open world is enough for me to buy this game. I highly recommend this game to anyone.
Great 1940s mob GTA style gamebashscrazy | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all bashscrazy's reviews »
This is a great game. It is open world but not free roam. The game is very linear. There are several chapters to go through and you are always on mission. You don't have to do the missions and can just "free roam" if you would like but the game is meant to be played quite linearly.
The story is great! The characters are very good! I fell in love with Vito (the protagonist) and Joe his friend. I was always wondering what would happen next in the story.
The driving is different from modern games because the cars are older. They come with speedometers! You have to keep track of the speed you are driving because the police will come after you for speeding! That's pretty cool in my opinion. The fistfighting is quite unique and fun and the gunplay is quite enjoyable as well.
If you are into GTA style games and are also into good stories and characters this is the game for you!
A good game with an interesting storyPro_Fish | Aug. 9, 2013 | See all Pro_Fish's reviews »
Being the sequel to one of the best open world games of all time is not easy, especially when the company making it has had 8 years to do so. Unfortunately, this game does not quite live up to the hype set for it, but, you will find plenty to enjoy and will find that this is the closest thing we will get to GTA 1940s until Rockstar decides to do so.
GTA: Backwards in time.08woodh1 | Aug. 7, 2013 | See all 08woodh1's reviews »
This is without a doubt what you'd imagine GTA to be like if it were based in the 1940's - 1960's. Explosions, gun fights, exotic cars, classic songs, great models, this game has it all. The realism in this game is one like no other when it comes to cars: petrol gauges that run out, a speed limit enforced by cops, and damage is applied to the player in car crashes. One thing however, is no matter how many times you try to hit a pedestrian with your car, they will always somehow dive out of the way; there is no ragdoll in this game so it takes some realism out, but I have always loved this game.
Great game for a mature audiencetomdoughnut | Aug. 7, 2013 | See all tomdoughnut's reviews »
Like the original Mafia this game is more suited to a mature audience, not a 14-year old with an attention span of 5 seconds. The car handling is better than most racing games (with simulation physics), the gunplay and cover system is fantastic (again better than most shooters), music is great (no hip-hop, just the good classics :P). The game is rather realistic so your character can't take too many bullets, another feature reviewers rated as a flaw.
Some reviews claimed this game has unskippable cutscenes, which is untrue. You need to press start to skip cutscenes.
This is not really an sandbox game like some have mistakenly believed, it's an action adventure which takes place in an open world. This means there isn't that much to do outside of story missions, but the game still clocks in at a reasonable 10 hours. Everything good has to come to an end, but at least in this game you don't need to go bowling every 10 minutes.
Welcome to late 1940s mob underworldsuvojit91 | Aug. 7, 2013 | See all suvojit91's reviews »
Mafia II is an action-adventure video game, the sequel to Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven. It was developed by 2K Czech, previously known as Illusion Softworks, and published by 2K Games.
The game is set in the late 1940's - early 1950's era of Empire Bay, a fictional city based on New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and Detroit.There are 30-40 vehicles in the game (45 with downloadable content) as well as licensed music from the era. Many firearms from the previous game return, such as the Thompson submachine gun and Colt 1911, as well as a pump-action shotgun. New World War II-era weapons like the MP 40, the M3 submachine gun, the MG 42 and the Beretta Model 38 also appear in the game.
The city looks amazing and has that 60's feel, great shooting mechanics, and a somewhat interesting story.This game was a very enjoyable game with a great, though a rather short story. There was plenty of stuff to do besides the story such as go back looking for collectibles or just roaming the streets and doing the side jobs for money. It's very immersive and shows the times the game was based in very well. There are beautiful visuals and plenty of weapons at your disposal. Lastly, vintage playboy magazines to be collected! All in all, it is worth the $29.99 and would recommend buying it.
Rating: Gamespot: 8.5/10 PC gamer: 78% Game Informer : 9/10
Interesting at first but dull further onhasib11m | Aug. 6, 2013 | See all hasib11m's reviews »
Positives: The city looks amazing and has that 60's feel, great shooting mechanics, and a somewhat interesting story
Negatives: The world is mostly dead (no side missions), most of the cars are fairly slow (given the time period), the main character lacks emotion, the game is fairly hard even on normal (causing you to repeat the mission several times), speeding and hitting other cars is prohibited (causing police to chase after you) which makes for extremely boring driving sequences.
All in all, the game is enjoyable for a short period of time and make sure not to play the game around family because there are nude vintage playboy magazine collectables also beware that your forced to look at them before putting away when picking them up.
Very very good gamesimodeso | Aug. 5, 2013 | See all simodeso's reviews »
It's the sequel of Mafia (story is not linked) and it's very very good. Gameplay and story are awesome, if you enjoyed the first mafia this i think it's even better! There are also some dlcs but this game is a must BUY it's so well made that you can't even imagine, if you play it you will realize how it can immerge yourself on 60's.
Classic 1950's "Free Roam"lucaswrite | Aug. 1, 2013 | See all lucaswrite's reviews »
First off let me just say, I loved this game. The story drove me to fall for the main character, Vito, and motivated me to get behind his cause. The story and atmosphere are the two big factors that make this game amazing, but it could've improved slightly in some areas.
What I loved:
The story, the characters. Vito's best friend Joe makes for an amazing character that helps propel the story.
The environment. It really sets you in the late 40's, early 50's and it's beautiful environment of cars and buildings also helps set the tone. But unfortunately a lack of interaction with the city makes the game a little shallow.
The playboy collectables. It is just amazing to collect one of these HD centerfold pictures around the city and looking at them. It's one of the best side-quest collectable missions a game has ever offered.
What I disliked:
As I've mentioned, the lack of interaction the city has to offer is pretty depressing. When compared to games like Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row, True Crime, and Red Dead Redemption, Mafia 2 is low on the scale as far as world interaction goes. It just makes the city feel empty, and depressing.
Other than that, the game's story and missions are extremely fulfilling. I love this game, but it did have the potential to be one of the best ever.
Live and feel the "Family"XenonPK | July 11, 2013 | See all XenonPK's reviews »
I have to say, this game made I'ts message come through like few others did... It usually gets trashed all-round, by GTA and whatnot fans... What people forget is that GTA by itself is not a genre, and is unfair to expect a "clone" and forget that people behind the scenes really poured dedication and time into the game... Sorry it's not as open as most people were expecting, but it is a game with identity, and It's own message... Totally worth it!
Enjoyable Gamearthur12345 | July 11, 2013 | See all arthur12345's reviews »
This game was a very enjoyable game with a great, though a rather short story. There was plenty of stuff to do besides the story such as go back looking for collectibles or just roaming the streets and doing the side jobs for money. It's very immersive and shows the times the game was based in very well. There are beautiful visuals and plenty of weapons at your disposal. Lastly, vintage playboy magazines to be collected! All in all, it is worth the $29.99 and would recommend buying it.
MUST BUYTGAlan | July 11, 2013 | See all TGAlan's reviews »
This game takes you back in time to the 60's when mafia ruled the cities and there was polices that you could bribe with money. This game is like gta but better if you like sandbox games like gta saints row etc. this is a must buy.
One of the best games i've played in years!Saggy1 | July 6, 2013 | See all Saggy1's reviews »
Mafia II follows the story of Vito Scaletta as he becomes a mobster and later a made man. The game has a great narrative that drags you head first into the story and gives you a sense of sadness when a character dies. Mafia II has a great soundtrack as well with songs from the late 1940s to the early 1050s , and from what i understand got a lot of gamers into the music from that era which is always great.
Hopefully the rest of you will love this game as much as i have because of its soundtrack and characters.
Good Ol' MafiaDocNuka | July 5, 2013 | See all DocNuka's reviews »
I’d never played Mafia before, so when the second game came out I wasn’t really paying attention to it. However, I saw some gameplay and I bought it when it was on sale. To start of with, the graphics are great, and the voice acting is top-notch, and it really immerses you into this historical fiction world 2k Czech have created. The gameplay is rather bland, however, as it basically uses the typical third-person mechanics, and it has taken on the chest-high wall cover system that is used by almost every third-person shooter these days. I do wish they innovated a bit in the gameplay department. The story is great, and it is a realistic tale of crime. However, it’s story is almost exactly the same as GTAIV’s story. I also do wish there was more sandbox action, and free-roaming multiplayer would be awesome if it was in. As it stands, Mafia 2 is still a good game which you should definitely pick up if you have the chance.
More Mafia funKiwislash | July 3, 2013 | See all Kiwislash's reviews »
Mafia 2 is a great game, though a little bit short. There's a reasonable variety of weapons that are fun to play with. My personal favorite was one of the pistols, solely due it's accuracy (made head shots a lot easier), but every so often, I'd let loose with the shotguns, or machine guns. There's just something satisfying about using a machine gun while wearing a classy suit.
The music is era-specific (and while most of it wasn't really to my taste, it did add to the atmosphere), as are the cars. The cars were great. Some of them have terrible handling, but that just adds an element of challenge to the game. It's also quite fun seeing just how fast you can try to get them going, though it often leads to a fatal car crash...
Immersive storylok0812 | July 3, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »
This is one of those game that delivers on the story, it is very immersive and very enjoyable that makes you feel like you are in the mafia environment. Gameplay wise is similar to other types of open world game with shopping and collectibles. Down side about the game it is very linear and short, the game duration should only be about 8-10 hours but there are collectibles that can prolong the period. Another great thing about the game is the cutscene, it is very amazing and beautifully done so even if it is only 10 hours, the game is greatly worth giving a try.
Decent Gamecammyk123 | June 28, 2013 | See all cammyk123's reviews »
Mafia II is a pretty good game with a lot to do in it like buy guns and nice suits but I thought that they main story was quite short. Even though they were short they were really enjoyable to play through, definatley worth a buy.
Much better than reviewers seem to thinkLauridsA | June 25, 2013 | See all LauridsA's reviews »
Just finished the game after buying it on an edge since so many reviews on different websites seem to put this game down but I think the story and the setting of the game are absolutely phenomenal. Most reviews critisize the game for the open world being dead with nothing happening, and I do agree that there is a lack of stuff to do, if you don't do the collectibles but I don't really mind, since that's not what the game is really focused around. The game is focused around the story and the characters, and while I agree the characters are rather flat as many reviews are saying I believe this is intentional since the game seems to be more of a commentary on the Mafia life rather than, say, being about the characters per se. All in all, a great game, definitely worth playing.
Mafia IITabbo7 | June 25, 2013 | See all Tabbo7's reviews »
This is by far the best Mafia game I have ever played out of the two that had been released. This takes everything the first one was good at and just multiplies it 10000 times. The gameplay is mostly based around driving and the driving controls are really solid and tight just how I would expect them to be in a game of this nature. Not to mention the graphics are just wonderful and absolutely high fidelity when you look outside the window of your character's apartment its like you took a step back in time and its completely believe-able almost like you're right there with him. The gunplay is excellent although I wish there was more of it in this game. This is a pretty great game and I recommend everyone try it out.
Most awaited sequel fails to deliver yet it's intriguingspycid | June 23, 2013 | See all spycid's reviews »
Despite the highly anticipated sequel being a great game both storywise and gameplay wise, the game wasn't successful since the expectations were sky high. The real reason is, the game didn't have enough side missions and free roam. If they had added those even in dlcs then the game would've have been. It's a must play for Mafia fans and those who love retro setting.
Very Immersivethegaminglyfe | June 22, 2013 | See all thegaminglyfe's reviews »
Mafia 2 is an amazing Mafia experience. You feel like you're in a Mafia movie. The story is great, the gameplay is great, and the graphics and sound are both exceptional. The gameplay gets a bit hard and frustrating at times but still fun. The game looks like you're actually in a WWII New York and it sounds like it to. Highly recommended to fans of gang and sandbox games.
Great gameOne3rd | June 22, 2013 | See all One3rd's reviews »
I picked this up in a another sale a number of months ago and definitely enjoyed the game and expansions. If you enjoy Gangster movies made in the 80s and 90s, then you will enjoy this game. It's got a great story and the execution of the game play and excellent graphics really are well done.
I was actually quite surprised at how good the game play was even on my older GPU (560Ti). The PhysX implementation was pretty good as well, adding to the immersion into the game.
Decent, but not brilliantpickyourcliche | June 21, 2013 | See all pickyourcliche's reviews »
This is a good game, though lacks a certain feel that was in the first game. This feels generally somehow "off," which is a little frustrating because it is a pretty game, very fun in places. I guess more than anything it's the standard gangster fare, you know exactly what's gonna happen, and roughly when. Some missions will continue the story in a different way depending on whether you succeed or fail, which is a nice touch, and may convince you to play through it again to see the other way it turns out. For my money it's well worth a couple of quid, but I'd never buy it if it wasn't on offer.
A Pretty Good Open World Gameravestar | June 21, 2013 | See all ravestar's reviews »
Mafia II is right up there with GTA, Saints Row and Scarface as one of the best open world gangster game. You play a guy, who works his way up in the Mafia by constantly following orders (Shooting, driving, beating up people, climbing, sneaking, make money, etc.)
The story takes place over years and is set up with black humor and exciting scene. Weather and climate of the huge city varies from chapter to chapter (day, night, winter, summer, rain, etc.). The feel from the fifties has been designed with great attention to detail. You always discover new sights and.NPC passersby have witty conversations with each other.
The only negative is that there are no side missions that you can choose freely from, the story is linear. An online or multiplayer mode is not included. All this did not bother me in the slightest. Overall, an entertaining excursion into the 50s is what Mafia II delivered..
Verry goodBolo | June 21, 2013 | See all Bolo's reviews »
A pretty good game, runs nicely, great graphics, has nice characters and voice acting. It's an immersive game that makes an old style game with a 1940-50's setting feel fun. It has a great story, a great graphics (with physx is really awesome) and music and a great gameplay. The only problem I see is for those people looking for a sandbox. Be aware that this is not a sandbox and it is very linear.