Preview: Mafia II

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Preview: Mafia II

Russ Pitts gets a look at Mafia II and likes what he sees ... and hears.

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This looks fucking great. That's pretty much all I can say on the matter.

I loved, scratch that, adored the first Mafia game. It remains to this day, one of my favourite sandbox games.

Nothing I've seen of Mafia II has convinced me that it's going to be any less brilliant.

There was nothing like cruising through Hoboken, keeping under the speed limit while cops were around, listening to some ragtime and watching the trams go by.

I only hope that they make it a bit more freeform this time. Free Ride was great, but a little bit shallow. A GTA style integration of the sandbox and the missions would be brilliant.

Thanks Russ, you just made my day.

Furburt:
This looks fucking great. That's pretty much all I can say on the matter.

I loved, scratch that, adored the first Mafia game. It remains to this day, one of my favourite sandbox games.

Nothing I've seen of Mafia II has convinced me that it's going to be any less brilliant.

Well said.
Mafia is, to me, the shining example of a story done right in a sandbox game.
Even if you disregard the amazing period sets and cars, the satisfying gun play, the fun missions, and the amazing music, the story alone lofts the first Mafia above so many other sandbox titles. GTA4's story, lauded as the best in the series, has nothing on Mafia's tale. I can only say that I teared up at the end. No joke.

I'm very much looking forward to the sequel!
It'll be a day-one buy for me, no question.

Great preview Russ! I'm incredibly jealous.

Cannot wait for this game. The first Mafia was excellent and from what i've seen and heard, the second one is going to be just as good, if not better.

Sounds interesting. I never played the first one, but I'll be checking this one out.

Sounds pretty good and immersive. like the use of music to get the mood going. GTA was more realistic but getting in a car after giving a serious beatdown only to have that inane chat radio wash over did soil the mood somewhat.

Oh and also that song is pure awesome grew up with a CD with that on....off to iTunes methinks

Personally I don't see what all the fuss is about...

WHO AM I FUCKING KIDDING?!

The past 3 years since it's announcement have been absolute agony; I would sell my soul to play this game right now.

No game beats the original Mafia in story, ambition or characters. It's my all-time favourite, and this looks set to beat it's (God)Father.

third paragraph:
"Everybody says 'driving around listening to music,'" says Denby Grace, Senior Producer of Mafia II, talking about what gamers appreciated most about Mafia.

I cannot appreciate what I don't enjoy. quote from Special Teamz-big top:

the music you puttin out sucks, so what's the purpose?

Finaly The Day is drawing closer! Played trough the firts game five times. And while waiting for the sequel played the Godfather series twice as well Max Paynes. Finaly Mafia is coming back. Just have to wait untill the end of the next month.

Anyone know where I can get my hands on Mafia 1?

Wish it would be available via Steam though. Just checked, it doesn't appear in the Steam Store. I prefer steam for a few reasons:

-No CD/DVDs to worry about - whether its a dvd check, or a year later I want to play/reinstall and who knows where the discs went in the meantime.
-Automatic patch updates
-And sometimes the DRM scheme is removed in favor of Steam's inherent drm.

Alpha Centauri:
Anyone know where I can get my hands on Mafia 1?

Go to Amazon... multiple platforms are listed there through some of their resellers. If you've never used their resellers before, I have. Fully reliable. No worries. Including returns if you're not happy - though of course, you usually can't return a game due to piracy issues. Just saying, in general, the resellers are a perfectly safe buying option.

Played the first game, didn't enjoy it. Who knows, maybe I was too young to appreciate the atmosphere
I'll definitely give this one a try.

Weird coincidence: I'm not a big fan of radio, but the one station I actually like in my country is - you guessed it - Delta Radio.

Looking forward to this game so much!

I want it so bad.

Every time I see this game, I'm overcome with excitment

Then I forget about it...again. It's taking too long, dagnabit!

An open-world crime game. Set in the 50s. With a particular eye to capturing the 50s feel. 50s fashion and 50s music? With a blues channel? Including Muddy Waters?

Where the hell do I sign up? Seriously, this sounds like the game of my dreams. Someone was reading my mind when they designed this. When does this come out? I'm going to preorder the shit out of it as soon as I can.

Mannish Boy is an amazing song, by the way. In fact, I think I'll listen to it right now.

EDIT: Preordered for PC. Can't believe I hadn't heard of this before. Thankyou Escapist.

Oh my god... being as music-centric as I am, this sounds like one of the most fantastic things... I really, really want to get this game now. The concept of that is ingenious, and because so much of the game is built around driving, they can pull it off without it seeming forced. I should play the first one to get ready for it maybe.

Do they ever write anything critical in previews?

It's just that every preview I've ever read on this site reads like a godforsaken advertisement. Now I realize that is how it has to be in order to be invited to play them but come on now this is getting ridiculous.

H0ncho:
Do they ever write anything critical in previews?

It's just that every preview I've ever read on this site reads like a godforsaken advertisement. Now I realize that is how it has to be in order to be invited to play them but come on now this is getting ridiculous.

Did you not read their last preview of Final Fantasy 14?

H0ncho:
Do they ever write anything critical in previews?

This is something we've talked a lot about in the office here. The problem with previews is that they're very limited in terms of what the publisher is showing, and they're almost always going to show you the best parts of the game. So, unless the game completely sucks (in which case they won't do a preview) it's hard to spotlight the terrible bits.

We try to make up for that by focusing on the experience of playing the preview, rather than the graphics and other elements. And by keeping in mind that the final review may be different.

At the end of the day, it's a preview, not a review. You couldn't buy the game right now even if you wanted to. So, if you want to read about it, we write about it. And we ask that you come back when it's review time so that we can tell you if it really is worth your money.

Also, if you're telling me I didn't write anything negative about this preview, then you didn't read it closely enough. That boxing mini-game was kind of lousy.

I'm not swayed. Is there still a market for this sort of thing? It just feels to me that these type of games are the washed up remnants of the PS2 era, the sort of thing that gets released at the end of a consoles life to scrape up those last few sales from the people who don't plan to upgrade their system right away.

So, there is music, driving, more driving, music, driving, some shooting, music and driving...
oh, and a stealth level.

Wow Russ, that review was so deep, like a puddle after summer rain. When I think of Mafia, I think about the culture of mafiosos, organized crime, the family, the fashion of the time with fedoras and long coats, art deco, speakeasy...etc. It's not all about cars and music. This review did nothing to peak my interest, better luck next time...

Playbahnosh:
So, there is music, driving, more driving, music, driving, some shooting, music and driving...
oh, and a stealth level.

Wow Russ, that review was so deep, like a puddle after summer rain. When I think of Mafia, I think about the culture of mafiosos, organized crime, the family, the fashion of the time with fedoras and long coats, art deco, speakeasy...etc. It's not all about cars and music. This review did nothing to peak my interest, better luck next time...

It was a preview.

Mafia was an awe-inspiring experience. The ending was one of the finest I've ever seen in a video game. The best part of the game though was how it made me want to live in the 30's. Wear a suit, tie, and hat. Smoke cigars. All good.

It`s going to be a busy summer between StarCraft 2 and Mafia 2 .

Just need to come up with a good excuse not to go to work for a couple of months. Any ideas ?

I like the radio mood setter idea. Lucasarts did a fairly good job(considering when it was done, but it still got repetitive with the limited tracks) with soundtracks set to the situation in Tie Fighter, but actually walking by someone's house and hearing some song that gets a tap in your step is a plus to me.

Woodsey:
Personally I don't see what all the fuss is about...

WHO AM I FUCKING KIDDING?!

The past 3 years since it's announcement have been absolute agony; I would sell my soul to play this game right now.

No game beats the original Mafia in story, ambition or characters. It's my all-time favourite, and this looks set to beat it's (God)Father.

If anyone deserves a first post on this, it would be you. Were you off playing Alien Swarm when the article posted? Tsk tsk.

Killerbunny001:
It`s going to be a busy summer between StarCraft 2 and Mafia 2 .

Just need to come up with a good excuse not to go to work for a couple of months. Any ideas ?

Yesterday I read about a guy who has been 2 years on sickleave because the hospital has screwed the surgery on his leg 12 times already. You may or may not want to try that way.

Also I take it that Mr. Pitts has also played trough The Godfather series. So how come hes's not so good in fistfights?

Mafia 1 was a brilliant game. I will be keeping my eye on this one, even if I don't think i'll be buying it right away. :o

samsonguy920:
I like the radio mood setter idea. Lucasarts did a fairly good job(considering when it was done, but it still got repetitive with the limited tracks) with soundtracks set to the situation in Tie Fighter, but actually walking by someone's house and hearing some song that gets a tap in your step is a plus to me.

Woodsey:
Personally I don't see what all the fuss is about...

WHO AM I FUCKING KIDDING?!

The past 3 years since it's announcement have been absolute agony; I would sell my soul to play this game right now.

No game beats the original Mafia in story, ambition or characters. It's my all-time favourite, and this looks set to beat it's (God)Father.

If anyone deserves a first post on this, it would be you. Were you off playing Alien Swarm when the article posted? Tsk tsk.

I hope 2K can forgive me, in time... :/

Playbahnosh:
So, there is music, driving, more driving, music, driving, some shooting, music and driving...
oh, and a stealth level.

Wow Russ, that review was so deep, like a puddle after summer rain. When I think of Mafia, I think about the culture of mafiosos, organized crime, the family, the fashion of the time with fedoras and long coats, art deco, speakeasy...etc. It's not all about cars and music. This review did nothing to peak my interest, better luck next time...

I actually felt just the same after reading this preview. Was actually more interested in the game before reading this..
If it is all about driving, and nothing else but driving i would instead buy a car racing game, and they usually have shitloads better car mechanics and handling than sandbox games do..

Mafia 2: drive here, now drive there, then back, then drive to A, then drive to B.. Loose cops, drive home.. ??? sounds boring..

Corpse XxX:

Playbahnosh:
So, there is music, driving, more driving, music, driving, some shooting, music and driving...
oh, and a stealth level.

Wow Russ, that review was so deep, like a puddle after summer rain. When I think of Mafia, I think about the culture of mafiosos, organized crime, the family, the fashion of the time with fedoras and long coats, art deco, speakeasy...etc. It's not all about cars and music. This review did nothing to peak my interest, better luck next time...

I actually felt just the same after reading this preview. Was actually more interested in the game before reading this..
If it is all about driving, and nothing else but driving i would instead buy a car racing game, and they usually have shitloads better car mechanics and handling than sandbox games do..

Mafia 2: drive here, now drive there, then back, then drive to A, then drive to B.. Loose cops, drive home.. ??? sounds boring..

Playbahnosh:
So, there is music, driving, more driving, music, driving, some shooting, music and driving...
oh, and a stealth level.

Wow Russ, that review was so deep, like a puddle after summer rain. When I think of Mafia, I think about the culture of mafiosos, organized crime, the family, the fashion of the time with fedoras and long coats, art deco, speakeasy...etc. It's not all about cars and music. This review did nothing to peak my interest, better luck next time...

Yeah, It's a preview. Don't worry, they only showed him what they wanted him so see. Have you two played Mafia 1 by the way? It's got all that 'culture of mafiosos, organized crime, the family,' and the sequel will too.

I'm not a fan of mafia stories at all but the idea of a randomized soundtrack just sold this to me (And I'm also wearing a Mafia II shirt right now, so I kind of owe it to them).

The preview has firmly placed this game on my radar. How unexpected. Chief Pitts has a very pleasing, organic way of writing about all things computer related and would be able to sell running shoes to a snake. Bravo sir. You always supply a good read, and I look forward to your review down the road.

As a side note, I thought I'd make an update to my earlier post. Mafia II is now available for pre-order on Steam. Pre-orders receive a copy of the original Mafia game as well. The game will be using steamworks, including achievements and leaderboards.

I guess I'm just ignorant on what made the original game great but I just don't like the sound of it's best part being "driving around listening to music".

Honestly, I don't think the game sounds that fun. I'll try it out anyway, but from what I've read... It might suck. Who knows though?

Necrofudge:
I guess I'm just ignorant on what made the original game great but I just don't like the sound of it's best part being "driving around listening to music".

That's not the best part. The best part was the story, the characters, the realistic driving (speeding tickets doesn't sound like a fun implementation until you've been pulled over for one in-game), the rather high level of difficulty, and the sense of being in that time period.

XinfiniteX:
I'm not swayed. Is there still a market for this sort of thing? It just feels to me that these type of games are the washed up remnants of the PS2 era, the sort of thing that gets released at the end of a consoles life to scrape up those last few sales from the people who don't plan to upgrade their system right away.

What type of game do you think it is?

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