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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.
Like GTA but not.Obsessor | May 28, 2015 | See all Obsessor's reviews »
Even though there is a big city you can roam free in Mafia 2, this is not, and should not be, GTA. It is a linear, story rich game. It takes about 15 hours to finish. But it is one of the best games ever. Not in the genre. Mafia 2 sits there on the perch among other games everyone, no matter who you are, or where you're from, talk about. The plot is amazing. What's even more amazing, is how it was developed and presented in the game. Game's world change in between chapters. You begin the game in early 40's. There are clothes, cars, music in the radio - all from that period. After few chapters, it's 50's. Everything changes... There are different cars. People dress differently, there is new music on the radio. The illusion is complete. You are immersed in a true, changing world. You can drive around, steal cars and add them to your garage. Buy yourself new clothes. And experience a great story of a man who had nothing to lose, but everything to gain. But did he fulfill his dream? Play the game and see for yourself.
Simply a must have.Godzzila | April 28, 2015 | See all Godzzila's reviews »
A great game that I consider to be one of the most undervalued of the last years. This game is just genius, upon getting it, I had heard good things, but certainly didn't expect this. Great story, great map and completely pinpoints the era it is trying to represent, great atmosphere and you actually feel like an old school mobster. The collectibles used in the game go from Playboy Covers from the time and Wanted Posters that can be found throughout the story, an interesting take on collectibles. The only thing that stops this game from being an easy 100 is the lack of open world (and if you get the DLC, lack of open world interactions, there really isn't a lot to do) and the very linear campaign that doesn't allow you to forge your own path. It feels a lot like a movie, while still being an amazing game, if you feel like trying something new, try this!
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!