Review: Mafia II

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Yeah, it's pretty good.

I just wish they wouldn't make me drive across the whole damn map for every mission.

SenseOfTumour:
I take it back, the game is only having STUPID accusations of racism thrown at it for that.

No argument there... I was surprised during the playthrough at some of the terms they used during the game. Politically correct, it's not. But, like you said, it is accurate for the times.

Russ Pitts:
This is The Catcher in the Rye, of videogames. Buy it. Even if you don't ever play it, having it on your shelf will someday get you laid.

So my Godfather Collection and matching suit won't do the job. Aww... :(

More on topic; I can't really bring myself to buy this game since there's nothing really besides the story, but the fact that the story is so good makes me want to buy it.
Nothing I love more than a good mob story, and I need something to clear out that bad taste Goodfellas left in my mouth. BLECK

Achievement tip?

I love you, Russ.

Loved it too, finished my second play through on hard. Going to play it again to pick up all the collectibles. Don't know what it is about this game, I usually couldn't give a damn about achievements this one I want them all. XD The PhysX enhanced clothing and effects are really mind blowing. The gunfights at the hotel, Chinese restaurant and the observatory where probably some of the best gaming I have had in a while.

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It was a nice game, tho i think the thing i loved about the most was featuring the old classic "Why don't you do right" as part of soundtrack, mostly known for being Jessica's Rabbit song from "Who framed Roger Rabbit".
Gameplay was solid and story even managed to make some sense from time to time, despite being a little too drawn out at moment's. Could use a little less of annoying joyrides across the map back and forth, but eh, i suppose there is quite a big crowd that just likes riding in cars.

Honestly? I thought Mafia 2 was better. This felt more lite in the story department. Ok, the environments where as detailed as before, and the feel was awesome again, but really, I felt the main character was more of a smug git, heh.

Wait a second, did I just disagree with Russ Pitts about a videogame? Creepy...

In my opinion the game was way to short and the story wasn't that good, but still worth playing.
6.5/10

Sturmdolch:
Finally a reviewer who gets it. I played the game before looking at reviews and loved every minute of it. It was just like Mafia, but better in every way, just like a true sequel should be. And you know what that is?

A linear game set in a non-linear world for immersion.

Did you hear that? Repeat it. Now repeat it again. Do you get it now? No, the game doesn't need a billion pointless side missions. This is not GTA IV. I wouldn't even really call it a "sandbox game", because you're not playing in a sandbox. If anything, I'd praise the game for not using invisible walls in the game world, and for letting you explore it.

I'm on the last mission right now... Stuck. Every time I move forward a step, three guys will come out of corners with shotguns while five more will cover them with Thompsons. =_=

Are you at the bit where you have to walk around a circular side of the building?

Thompson + walking = win.

Woodsey:

Are you at the bit where you have to walk around a circular side of the building?

Thompson + walking = win.

I'm actually inside now. I just made it in, and you go down the stairs. I can do that alright, until you go down a hallway and there's a circular area you can take cover behind. Then guys come out the heezay with shotguns. I think if I try it again a few times, I'll eventually get it. Just made me rage quit twice already xD

Sturmdolch:

Woodsey:

Are you at the bit where you have to walk around a circular side of the building?

Thompson + walking = win.

I'm actually inside now. I just made it in, and you go down the stairs. I can do that alright, until you go down a hallway and there's a circular area you can take cover behind. Then guys come out the heezay with shotguns. I think if I try it again a few times, I'll eventually get it. Just made me rage quit twice already xD

Bah thats nothing: I literary broke my old keyboard while playing the end of the first one.

You know, the PC version isn't hard, the cover system isn't clunky and the camera isnt whatever you said, either. If I wouldn't do the fun stuff like beat up cops while they're shooting at me or unload a whole clip into one guy, I'd be completing the game in no-time.

Well, this glowering review shifted me from "Nah" to "Maybe when it's on sale". Good job.

I'm rather excited to get this game, when gamefly decides to send it to me. It's been on my watch list for some time now, and I can't wait to roll around in the immersion. Hooray for modern vintage appeal!

I'm buying this solely for the future sex.

This was a great game, I cannot deny that. However, I think there are a few elements they could have added to make it truely amazing. First off, to me, the end of the game seemed like a brick wall, and not for the obvious reasons. I won't ruin it for those who haven't played it, but I think the story could have kept going, personally.

Secondly, and this is a complaint I've seen from other people, stop taking my stuff every couple of chapters. It got to the point where I wouldn't buy weapons because I knew I'd lose them in a couple of missions.

And thirdly, I'd have liked a car dealership. It may seem like a minor issue, but I was looking for a certain car I needed to complete my collection, and, as it usual is with me, the moment I started looking for it, they dried up, but as soon as I was preoccupied with a mission, they were everywhere. I'd have liked to be able to buy property as well, but it's just me.

Overall though, this is a definite contender for my overall Game of the Year.

I like Mafia 2 (despite it's mixed reviews).

I like how in Mafia (1) You joined the mob out of desperation, and in Mafia 2 you join out of "Fuck I was probably gonna end up there anyways." A lot of mob stories follow Mafia 1's example, so I half expected this one (Mafia 2) to do the same.

Maybe in Mafia 3, you can be an informant

This game was a huge disappointment

-They removed features they promised (to be sold later as DLC)
-The ending is abrupt with no closure and clearly shows DLC will be sold to continue the story
-playing through 3 of 14 chapters in 20 minutes
-more than one chapter consists of only ONE mission
-My crime family appears to only have about 6 people in it
-There's nothing to do between cutscenes
-I can't shoot from the car (maybe -I- wanted to lean out the window with a tommygun for a change!)
-there's no reason to step into a diner.
-there's way too many cops around
-there's no side missions (no hits, no insurance money, no roughing people up?)
-I'm a big tough mafioso, I wanna give some orders too dammit!
-theres no point in buying guns since you get them during missions and they eventually all get taken away at various points.
-a single GTAIV expansion has more mission content than this game

Okay after reading this review I only have one problem with the actual game, despite the fact that I haven't played it yet. That one problem is this: If there are news reports following the progress of Allied troops in Europe followed by a commercial telling me to "Harness the power of Hiroshima," I can definitely see something like that as breaking immersion. Apparently, in the Mafia universe the Hiroshima bombing happened BEFORE the capture of Berlin.

Anyways, other than the staggering ignorance of history, it looks like a pretty good game.

Excellent review. I'm teetering on the edge of buying this game, when I didn't really even think about it before.

Thedayrecker:

I felt sick to my stomach watching that, it was so well done.

Woodsey:

Thedayrecker:

I felt sick to my stomach watching that, it was so well done.

I agree it too made me sick to my stomach

Thedayrecker:

Woodsey:

Thedayrecker:

I felt sick to my stomach watching that, it was so well done.

I agree it too made me sick to my stomach

Woodsey:

Thedayrecker:

Woodsey:

I suppose it's not impossible, but I'd eat my own face if they pulled a stunt like that.

Did you ever play the first game? You were a bit fucked if you had a favourite character in it xD

Woodsey:

Thedayrecker:

Woodsey:

I suppose it's not impossible, but I'd eat my own face if they pulled a stunt like that.

Did you ever play the first game? You were a bit fucked if you had a favourite character in it xD

I did play the =first one and it left me with one question: "What the hell happened to Sarah (AKA Tommy's wife)!?!?" I mean seriously she's in one mission and then you never see her again.

Thedayrecker:

Woodsey:

Thedayrecker:

I suppose it's not impossible, but I'd eat my own face if they pulled a stunt like that.

Did you ever play the first game? You were a bit fucked if you had a favourite character in it xD

I did play the =first one and it left me with one question: "What the hell happened to Sarah (AKA Tommy's wife)!?!?" I mean seriously she's in one mission and then you never see her again.

Haha, yeah.

I know I hail it has perfect, but that was one of the few problems I had with the game. Especially since she was such a driving force for Tommy to do what he did.

Mafia 2 deals better with that sort of thing, but it's still not fleshed out enough with some of the characters - I know they cut quite a few "side-missions" that were planned to be integrated naturally into a main misson. The idea being that they didn't add to the story overall, but they added to the characters. Most got cut and a few were integrated into the main game; unfrotunately I think that took something from the game that is necessary in a few areas.

Mafia II is good game. Not great nor shit! It lacks what other sandbox games have, lots of gameplay. Sure you fight in Sicily during WWII, avoid getting raped in prison and pretty much become part of the family and wack people. But the game just ends very fast and abruptly. Theres side missions, not many or them,there also not very interesting and you never get to play the god damm things! Killing people is fun in this game, but theres only one way to do it! What about the occasional sniping and carbombs? And the AI, surprise surprise is awful! Bad guys just seem to run into your line of fire, mistaking it for candy of something? Now I know why the Mafia died out, they mistaked bullets for sugar coated heaven.
Some of you may think I'm being too harsh on the game, well I'm not. As a kid most of you wanted to be a cowboy or a astronaut. I wanted to be a mafia hitman. When I brought this game I thought there no way 2K can screw up a mafia game for me... but they did! For christs sake they made Bioshock! Well differrent makers, maybe those czech are too wasted on cheap vodka to make a decent game and not wasted enough to make a great game. And then, I remembered they made Bioshock 2. That had more leaks and holes in the story line itself, than Rapture.
Today, it seems like all games have to be sandboxed based. Mafia II is like Wolfenstein (2009), they put too much effort into making you roam around... BUT YOU HAVE NOT REASON TO ROAM AROUND, DUE TO THE FACT THERE IS NOTHING TO FIND. Also there both safe games. They don't try anything new, it just looks around and coping whats going on, as if its a student during an exam and forgot to study... like me. Wolfenstein, takes off from Bioshock, sorry System Shock, with plasmids, sorry sypowers. And Mafia II is like GTA4 crashed its badly controled car into the Godfather! (Not the original, more like the 2nd one) And the end result is just average. Your sidekick is equally stupid and drunk as that guy in GTA4, that you have to pretty much be this taxi and take him to eat.
Now I can on for days tear apart Mafia II, like the story line is alright, though is bloody predictable, of course that mouthy gun tooting teenager gets killed and whenever that happens someone gets pissy and mows down a bunch of chinks.
I'll stop now.
There really isn't that much to the game. Killing people is basic, though entertaining. Soundtrack is fantastic. Driving is fun and losing cops is evener better. Your environment constantly changes. And most of all, They don't rip off The Godfather. I don't advise buying Mafia II, hell no! I made that mistake. Hire it out instead and spend the money on food and electrity, unless you (still) live with your parents. It only takes two days to finish anyway!
AND HOW THE FUCK WILL THIS GAME GET YOU LAYED, UNLESS YOU TRADE IT IN AND USE THE MONEY ON A WHORE. AND STILL THEN, TECHNICALLY YOUR NOT GETTING LAYED!!! YOUR JUST GETTING CHLAMYDIA. And not to mention the unless pin ups in the collectors edition that no one will ever put on their wall because, their Mother Already thinks your not experienced, unlike Hendrix. And this is a way to pathetically compensate for it and just engages your hormones to make you jack off.
I have one more joke, you can jack off to Mafia II and by the time your finished you'll see the end credits on your screen and yes thats how short Mafia II is, unlike your attention span.

... Um, excuse me, Russ.
Yeah.
Why the hell did you just show me five pictures of naked chicks?
I come here for video games, if I wanted porn, I'd find it.

First Movie Bob and now this? I'm starting to worry about the Escapist.

Woodsey:
I felt sick to my stomach watching that, it was so well done.

True. One of the things in the game is that you know there's gonna be someone dying sooner or later, but it's not IF they die, it's HOW they die.

Otherwise, it's a solid game but it just doesn't do honor to the series. This stands out so much it's ridiculous. There's only the story mode, no free ride or anything; the map has been butchered to pieces which are (I guess) beautifully crafted, yet unaccessible (DLC I guess); There's not much to gameplay aside from driving. The story is also somewhat lacking when compared to the first game where things were going pretty slow and solid. Mafia 2 goes too fast to keep track of all the characters, events and jails you've been through and in the end shoots itself in the foot.

The problem is not the story, though. It's the lack of things to do after it, it seems as if the game in it's current state doesn't justify the price tag. (And in that case Mafia 1 would cost twice as much)

Retardinator:

Woodsey:
I felt sick to my stomach watching that, it was so well done.

True. One of the things in the game is that you know there's gonna be someone dying sooner or later, but it's not IF they die, it's HOW they die.

Otherwise, it's a solid game but it just doesn't do honor to the series. This stands out so much it's ridiculous. There's only the story mode, no free ride or anything; the map has been butchered to pieces which are (I guess) beautifully crafted, yet unaccessible (DLC I guess); There's not much to gameplay aside from driving. The story is also somewhat lacking when compared to the first game where things were going pretty slow and solid. Mafia 2 goes too fast to keep track of all the characters, events and jails you've been through and in the end shoots itself in the foot.

The problem is not the story, though. It's the lack of things to do after it, it seems as if the game in it's current state doesn't justify the price tag. (And in that case Mafia 1 would cost twice as much)

Meh.

Free ride for me was never here nor there, and I've only been on Free Ride Extreme in however many years I've been playing the first game. I'm already nearly halfway through my third playthrough of the second (33 hours in total); I've always been able to find replayability in stories I enjoy.

To say the gameplay is mostly driving is simply wrong. There are a large number of shootouts and some stealth missions (although not nearly enough considering how much potential they show). Mafia had just as much driving, and Mafia 2 does driving better.

I don't really know what you mean about the map.

The story is better in some places, and worse in some places. The ending is not nearly as good for example, and I feel that more missions should have taken place between the time Vito gets made and the time shit starts hitting the fan. Equally, we should have seen more of some characters.

Having said that, the plot is more multi-layered and the acting is better for the most part.

It's a worth sequel, but like I've said a couple of times, they seem to have gone a bit trigger-happy with cutting features. A lot of the interactive elements that were demoed (for instance: the two guys who mug Vito in the GC '09 demo) are simply missing, the only one being where the whore gets started on by the guy who crashes into her. Not to mention the side-missions that would flesh out secondary characters, and arise naturally whilst you're following the main objective of a mission.

The game seems pretty interesting, although I never had high hopes on it, I'm actually surprised it got a good score. I may get it someday, when Steam starts offering insane discounts again.

If anyone actually gets laid over Mafia 2 I will fucking shoot myself.

Virgil:
I'm also really enjoying the game, but as Russ said, the storyline really doesn't seem to leave much 'breathing room' for exploring the city. Unless, of course, you deliberately ignore what you're supposed to be doing.

Mafia 1 (also a masterpiece for its time, but atrocious voice acting), had a "free ride" mode, but also lacked sidemissions...neither of these things are in Mafia 2?

Cause I'm gonna love the game to death once I start playing it...but theres a reason this thing didn't get full marks from The Escapist..

Thedayrecker:
I like Mafia 2 (despite it's mixed reviews).

I like how in Mafia (1) You joined the mob out of desperation, and in Mafia 2 you join out of "Fuck I was probably gonna end up there anyways." A lot of mob stories follow Mafia 1's example, so I half expected this one (Mafia 2) to do the same.

Maybe in Mafia 3, you can be an informant

I wouldn't mind that unlikely as it is. I'd much prefer him as opposed to

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