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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.
A Masterpiece of Atmosphere and Little Elsezeekthegeek | March 20, 2015 | See all zeekthegeek's reviews »
Mafia II nails one thing and it nails it well: the feel of being in a specific place in a specific time period. While the open world is mostly empty of side content and distractions, the world itself is the star of the show with changing time periods as the story progresses. Details like Snow in the winter really add a certain special feeling. If this level of craft were applied to a bit more of a standard open world game I might never stop playing.
Good game, Poor DLCShaide | Feb. 12, 2015 | See all Shaide's reviews »
I personally enjoyed this game, though it wasn't anything to write home about. Although it is more enjoyable than the original game in the franchise. It wasn't anywhere near perfect, but still an enjoyable experience. It has the look and feel of GTA games, as well as other free roam games, except it's not REALLY free roam.
The game is very linear, you have one mission, and once you complete it you can move onto the next. Sure, you have a whole city to cruise around, but there's no side missions to discover, so "Exploring" is pointless. Although it is fun to just drive around, and listen to the radio, because the music in the game is FANTASTIC.
Despite the linear nature of the game, the storyline is pretty fantastic, and follows Vito through the 40's and 50's as he rises from an associate to a made man. You get to witness his rise and fall, and while he is a bad guy, you still care about him and can sympathize with the main character.
Once you finish the game, there's no real free roam though, but there IS the DLC, which to be honest are very poor. They don't play much like the main game, and are mainly text based missions, that are more action oriented and have stricter time limits. They only useful purpose of these DLC is to serve as a Freeroam, and just muck around with the poorly constructed missions.
Better than GTAandreacdc98 | Feb. 5, 2015 | See all andreacdc98's reviews »
Mafia II is a open world kind of game, which takes place in the 40s. The gameplay is very similar to Grand Theft Auto, but in my opinion it is even better! The campaign itself already makes it one of the best games out there, but also the free roam is really good. The only thing that is bad is that the game is linear, you are expected to do what the developers want, making you finish the campaign really fast. This game has really good graphics and a great gameplay experience as a gangster! I would recommend this to everyone who likes open world and GTA kind of game, because this one will impress them!
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.