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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 cinematicpresentation 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 refl ects 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.
"Old" GTAphilip08533 | July 23, 2014 | See all philip08533's reviews »
This game is fun. It is open world and has fun game-play and good graphics. It's like an elderly Grand Theft Auto. You basically go around and shoot people. It has a good story even though its linear. Its a good game to add to the collection. Worth every penny.
A nice take on the Noire setting.JesusIsMyLordy | July 17, 2014 | See all JesusIsMyLordy's reviews »
I really enjoyed Mafia II for what it was. A noire crime epic that has it down from the accents of the characters to the detail put into the entire city.
The graphics (on PC) are pretty great (with a few low textures here and there) especially since, just like it's advertised, takes advantage of PhysX by NVIDIA.
The gameplay was alright, one major problem that everyone else has talked about to death also is the linearity, it would be great if there was a bunch to do in your stay in Little Italy like play some pool, grab a drink with some women at your stay, perform hitman operations at the side, favors from people, being a vigilante, that sort of stuff which is one thing that this game lacks. Though I did hear that Joe's Adventure does have a sandbox mode which sort of resembles a free roam mode that's completely missing from the base game. And even when you try to free roam (I'm the type that loves to go around killing bystanders and such), when you die, you have to start from the mission checkpoint, that's how linear it is, no hospital, no police station, no nothing. The gunplay + the cover mechanic does it job, no problems thus far.
The driving in this game is pretty realistic which isn't my cup of tea, I prefer the fun, arcade style driving controls which is another thing this game lacks. With its two driving modes (normal and simulation) they don't seem to have an arcade mode otherwise this game would be really comfy to play. There's also somewhat realistic cop control meaning that if you speed in like a 60 MPH zone and such, the police will go after you and give you a ticket or you could refuse and go into a high speed chase. If you hit the policemen's car, you get arrested, no questions asked.
The soundtrack is very good, in my honest opinion, captures the 1940s/1950s very well and I find myself always turning on the radio when entering a vehicle or resting at my apartment.
Lasting Appeal: (Without the DLC) I didn't find myself a reason to play back again since this game doesn't encourage you, nor let you, free roam this beautiful world that 2K Czech created. Maybe with the DLC I'm probably going to purchase soon, I might find more enjoyment, though I've read that many of the story DLC are very short. I should give the first Mafia a shot when I ever have the chance.
Let's hope the rumored Mafia III fixes these issues.
The best gangster/noir gameJackassman | July 14, 2014 | See all Jackassman's reviews »
Though i never liked the first one as much as everyone else, and i didn't expect so much from this sequel, it really surprised me! It has a great atmosphere, with great characters, and lovely voice acting. I personally love the 50'/60'/70's gangster movies, and stories, and this one is probably the best so far. It has kinda cliche, but dramatic storyline, with a good picture of the mafia. The only downsides are that it is not much of a sandbox (there is not many options besides doing the quests), and it is toooo damn short! This is a deal you cannot refuse... (at least when it's discounted).
An amazingly immersive and historically correct open world gameBlockAgent | July 5, 2014 | See all BlockAgent's reviews »
Mafia 2 is such a beautifully done open world game. It immerses you in 1940's new york city with a ton of accuracy. Nothing seems out of place, everything makes you think "I bet this is really what it was like". From the fact that most residents have accents due to being new to the country, to the billboards, to the music, everything makes you feel like you are experiencing history.
The world of mafia 2 is one that is impressively alive. Every person you see on the streets seems to not just be there to walk by, but that they are living thier lives. I saw a person slip on a patch of ice as I drove by, I stopped on the side of the road to help a woman fix her car, I listened to guys shouting up at a window to a man's wife trying to get her to let him go out drinking with them. This is the level of detail and aliveness the world has. Grand Theft Auto should take note. The gameplay is great as well. The shooting, sneaking and driving all feel spot on and are never cumbersome.
The game runs well and doesn't seem to have any major glitches. I highly recommend this game to anyone who likes open world games. Even if you don't want to play the missions, just exploring the world and interacting with it are worth the purchase price.
Not really a sandbox, but still awesome.reginleifx | July 4, 2014 | See all reginleifx's reviews »
I remember getting this game a year ago, and giving it a try a few months later. Mafia II might not have impressive visuals for the year it came out, however, it's not something you should care about. The gameplay is great, since it's basically a quite linear sandbox. Sure, there aren't many things to do but to follow the plot (Which I'm going to talk about later), but you can still do the basic things almost every sandbox has, like stealing cars, fighting pedestrians, and running from the law. Now, I really love how the police works in this game: Depending on your wanted level, they'll take different actions (1 Star, they'll give you a ticket, 2 stars, they'll try to arrest you, 3 and 4 stars, they will try to kill you). The game is quite realistic, with things that have really happened being talked about in the different radios, which are great as well. However, there's a bit of anachronism (That is, there are things that didn't happen in the game's time period), like songs from the '60s being in a 1945 radio. Soundtrack's actually quite impressive. The tracks made for the game fit really well, and the radios are amazing as well. As for the plot and characters, well, they're awesome. Most of the game is basically a flashback Vito (The main character) is having, in which we get to understand quite a lot of things about his life, like, why he became a member of the mafia, and how he did it. Most characters are charismatic and lovable, and most players I know wanted to get to the end to see whether Vito and Joe (His best friend) got a happy ending, or not.