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"Mafia II is exactly the sequel Mafia fans have been waiting all these years for." - StrategyInformer.com
"Mafia II's exciting action and uncompromising mob story make for an impressive and violent adventure." - GameSpot.com
Born the son of a poor immigrant, Vito is a beaten down Italian American who is trying to escape the life of poverty that consumed his childhood. It was on the streets that Vito learns that joining the Mafia is the only route to wealth and respect for people of his standing. Wanting to escape the life of hardship that his father led, he dreams about becoming a “Made Man.”
A petty criminal his whole life, Vito, along with his childhood friend, Joe, will descend into the world of organized crime. Together, they will work to prove themselves to the Mafia as they try to make their names on the streets. Starting with low-level jobs like robbery and stealing cars, Vito and Joe escalate quickly up the Mafia family ladder... but the life as a wise guy isn’t quite as glamorous as it seems.
- Action Packed Gameplay: White-Knuckle car chases, visceral hand to hand combat and intense gunplay
– It will take all that and more to be a Made Man.
Epic Gangster Story: Inspired by iconic mafi a lore, the compelling characters and cinematic presentation will pull players into the allure and impossible escape of life in the Mafia.
Immersive World and Period: Enter the world of Empire Bay – World War II is raging in Europe and the architecture, cars and music and clothing all echo the period. As time passes, hot rod cars, 50s fashion and some of the era’s best music reflects the birth of a cool new time – the golden age of the American Gangster.
Soundtrack Reflects the Mood of the Era: Players will be immersed in vintage America as Mafia II features tracks from some of the 1940’s and 50s most influential artists.
Stands next to itas best gangster games ever madebelinea | Dec. 2, 2014 | See all belinea's reviews »
The key to understand why Mafia 2 can be a great game is to stop listening to those that claim the game should copy GTA, have an open world, side activities etc. Cause Mafia, even tho you get the extensive city map you can freely move through, was designed as a story driven game. It is linear, but that's absolutely ok, because it's gorgeous in that regard.
Story is very good, gripping and thrilling, and to me it didn't have many weak moments, perhaps except the intro part. Main characters are very well written and voice acting is outstanding. I got really attached to them and cared about their fate. Apart from that game looks gorgeous or at least it did when it came out (keeps decent level however even today) and, along with the soundtrack, it easily captures the spirit of the 1940s. Especially during the winter parts - one of the moments at the beginning of the game, when Vito walks through illuminated streets, with the snow falling and 'Let it snow' playing, makes me want to play through this sequence every Christmas
Anyone who hasn't played Mafia 2 yet, definitely should. It eats GTA for breakfast
- gripping story
- great characters
- decent mechanics (gunplay and driving)
- awesome graphics, beautifully crafted city
- linear (as opposed to vagueness of GTA)
rather open ending (which may actually turn into a + if Mafia 3 comes out)
- intro/tutorial part when Vito is in the army is quite boring
Crime does not payZaggeta | Nov. 6, 2014 | See all Zaggeta's reviews »
A classy, story-driven narrative on the life of a mafiaso and society in the 40s and 50s. Do not come looking for a GTA or Saints Row here. Mafia 2 is a serious look at life in the mob and doesn’t pull its punches. There’s no speeding without repercussions, no wanton destruction and definitely no pedestrian murder. However, you can do all those things if you want. Mafia 2 gives you the option but will constantly remind you that there is crime but there’s also punishment.
Gameplay is fun but to be expected. There’s driving, there’s shooting and there’s melee combat. What ties it altogether is the narrative – a deep and clinical look at the lives of criminals and the betrayals that corrupted their lives.
A definite buy for fans of Mafia history.
Good but not greatTompello | Oct. 4, 2014 | See all Tompello's reviews »
Mafia II has a great story and soundtrack that go together with the games visuals and atmosphere. I found the story to be immersive and compelling. The visuals are quite nice, specially when using PhysX.
But throughout playing the game I kept going back and compareing it to the first Mafia game wich is much older yet felt more immersive and varied in terms of gameplay. The squel feels like a bit like a trimmed down version of the first game. Without things like car milage or freeride, and side missions that make the game playable after completion.
But overall Mafia II is a fun game, as long as you dont compare it to the previous game all to much, and enjoy it for what it is.
An underrated masterpiecegeist_der_sonne | Sept. 19, 2014 | See all geist_der_sonne's reviews »
First of all this is NOT Grand Theft Auto. There's a big city to explore and you can drive (and steal) cars, but there isn't much to do. The game is the plot. Mafia 2 is like a new gangster movie. And it's very good. The plot follows the story of a young italo-american guy who has to earn a living after his experience in the world war II. Vito, this is his name, starts from the bottom and with the help of his friend Joe... oh you'll find out! The graphic is good, but the soundtrack is absolutely AWESOME. You can find some of the best songs of the 40s and 50s which create a wonderful atmosphere. Mafia 2 is very worth sequel to the masterpiece Mafia and even if it is pretty much linear, it has a good story to tell. And most important, you'll have fun.
Is it a '40s GTA?WetCouch | Sept. 15, 2014 | See all WetCouch's reviews »
Well, let's start from graphics: it's just sufficient. For our years it isn't really good, but also not ugly. It is just...standard.
Story - well, story is great, interesting, you feel like a USA gangster in '40s. Missions are different (from total demolition, by normal "find and bring" to stealth quests), they aren't really boring. You feel that old school atmosphere. And you see changes in the world, while years are going by. You see new cars, weapons and seasons.
The bad thing is that you won't really see there any options, some different side-quests, or different "roads" in missions. It is like a movie. You need to do everything like it was excepted by designers.
And another bad thing, is that you can't do really much beside of quests. In GTA there was multum of options, different side-quests, funny small events, and still more than one available quest. In Mafia II you won't see this. You have only three options beside of just making quests: -Get the weapon and just demolish everything and kill everyone, mwhahaha! -Just get into the car and ride around the big city. -Steal the cars and bring them to the harbour (only exclusive cars, but a lot of money) or to the dump (all cars, but less money) for money.
So even when you have a lot of money, you can't do anything beside of buying new weapons and upgrading your cars. Well, cars are also funny, riding physic is done well. But it's all.
So: the game is pretty nice and funny, but only when you want to complete it once, with pretty nice story. But it isn't that what i have excepted from the sandbox game.