Zero Punctuation: Mafia II

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phoenix352:

nope... all you got is your main story line and the ability to drive .... thats it.
you can steal cars and smash them in the junk yard for cash or rob stores, either way you probably get the police on you and then its an annoying situation where you either kill every one that sees you or drive away and have the cops on your tail then you need to go through the trouble of changing clothes again and again so police doesn't suspect you. there's like one ramp in the whole city where you can jump it but doesn't give you anything. that's all you do ... for hours drive back and forth between your house and the next job.

Well, that's me certainly not buying it. Sounds really boring :p

Love the ending. DON'T REVIEW DUKE NUKEM FOREVER! The one you made is perfect already.

Bud the Wise:
Quick question, who is that one guy in each of the new ZP videos? I have no clue who he is nor was it ever explained but it is a real face of some dorky guy in each of the new videos. His face shows up even if it isn't needed or warrented. Thats fine and all, but who is he?

Yahtzee uses the image to express blandness, normality and regular grey mass everyday Joes. The photo was taken by some fairly unknown photographer of one of their family members ( or at least that's what the theme was ).

I honestly cannot remember who the person was, but to be honest, it doesn't really matter either :)

The review wasn't as funny as last time, but it is about as accurate as an atomic force microscope. There are significant dampers on fun, and it is priced way too high to be "interactive theater".

mjc0961:
I love pretty cars and fast hookers!

I don't get one thing though: Mafia 2 gets blasted with the shit cannon because you have nothing to do outside the missions but look for playboys. And yet over here was inFamous, a game that gave you nothing to do outside of the structured missions (so story missions + clean up city missions) but look for electric rocks and satellite dishes, and it gets treated like one of the best games on the PS3. If anyone figures that one out, let me know.

I think its the "treated like one of the best games on the PS3" part. The PS3 doesn't have very many good games. It probably was one of their better games...

Was the ending a reference to The Sopranos?
I'm sure it kinda is.

Heh, the final gag right before the credits was very sweet indeed.

I quite enjoyed this game, but I enjoyed this review more. The game is very repetative but the story is great. Although, Yahtzee put the predictability into perspective...

Hilarious and also perfect review, reflected my experience completely... funish game, but with too much wasted potential and shitty gameplay mechanics to embrace completely. And if the story was a river, Mafia 2 just skipped along the stepping stones of cliches. It's well executed, but that doesn't really make the story itself, the plot, good. I could see each chapter coming a mile away.

Also much agreed on the whole CRIME DOES NOT PAY thing, it's entirely unnecessary. It was great in the first game imo, because the story was fantastic and it executed that part well, you start out right away saying how you got into the life of crime and how you want out. Mafia 2 on the other hand just chucks bullshit at you. You can kill half the bloody city, blow up/set buildings on fire, steal a million cars, but

Well I'll be, the first Yahtzee review with the blue background. Only took 9 pages to get there.

Blackpool, represent!

I got nothin.

The ending made me jump so bad

This gave me a much-needed chuckle. Nice work!

Fabian Stetter:

Jedi Sasquatch:

wooty:
I'm still perched on the fence about whether to buy this one or not, and this review hasnt really helped me to jump to either side.

Yeah, I know what you mean. Sometimes Yahtzee tends to miss the good aspects of games.

You watch zp to decide if you buy a game? I just watch it for fun and fun it was^^ Otherwise you end up with maybe 3 games in 5 years, excellent games at least.

Well, no, I was just saying that I don't watch zp to decide if I buy a game, because like I just said, "sometimes Yahtzee tends to miss the good aspects of games."

Wow, I totally forgot about this game until I saw the review. Same thing with Kane and Lynch last week, I'm really off nowadays!

Vrach:
Hilarious and also perfect review, reflected my experience completely... funish game, but with too much wasted potential and shitty gameplay mechanics to embrace completely. And if the story was a river, Mafia 2 just skipped along the stepping stones of cliches. It's well executed, but that doesn't really make the story itself, the plot, good. I could see each chapter coming a mile away.

Also much agreed on the whole CRIME DOES NOT PAY thing, it's entirely unnecessary. It was great in the first game imo, because the story was fantastic and it executed that part well, you start out right away saying how you got into the life of crime and how you want out. Mafia 2 on the other hand just chucks bullshit at you. You can kill half the bloody city, blow up/set buildings on fire, steal a million cars, but

I think the length of the prison term was determined because gasoline was rationed due to the war.

BlueInkAlchemist:
It seems that Yahtzee has run afoul of Candleja

Come on now, we all know Candlejack is merely a myth.

OT: I tried out the demo and felt underwhelmed. It was decent, but not wo

Color me boring but the very things that Yahtzee takes issue with are the very things that attract me.

Just proves people are different and have different tastes. Funny how Russ Pitts' take on Mafia 2 and Yahtzee's are at the exact polar opposite opinions.

Thankfully the game universe has grown so much that we all have a fantastically diverse array of choices today. It is so great to be a gamer today.

And Yahtzee is far more enjoyable for me when he dislikes the game he's covering. He doesn't care for Mafia 2.

Hooray!

Great review, dumb game. Someone force Yahtzee into slave labor where all he does is reviews for the fan base! Oh wait sorry, I was reliving a dream again...

Nice for entertainment, but like most of the reviews for this game, not really a review.

Think of it like going into Zelda: Wind Waker and critiquing it on it's puzzle abilities because it had a sliding puzzle. It gets a 6/10 because the puzzle was simple and there was only one. Reservoir Dogs gets a 4/10 because it's a shitty action movie. Machete gets 5.5/10 because it didn't hold up as a romance film. Get my drift?

Same idea when you critique Mafia II based on its open world environment and limitations. It's a simulation game, not a sandbox game. It simulates the life of Vito, a gangster in 1940s and 50s America. You want side missions? Why would Vito be doing side missions? He's a made man. Like hell is he racing around, doing dirty jobs for someone other than who he's told to do jobs for, or doing pretty much anything else. I'd say the trash compactor and robbing grocery stores is kind of lame in that respect; it should have only been included in that one mission where you have to get $27k.

As I usually say when I post a comment on these videos, I wouldn't mind so much if people took the "reviews" as what they are: entertainment. But the problem is that there's much more sheep on this site that take these as fact than there are people who can think for themselves.

Jedi Sasquatch:

Fabian Stetter:

Jedi Sasquatch:

wooty:
I'm still perched on the fence about whether to buy this one or not, and this review hasnt really helped me to jump to either side.

Yeah, I know what you mean. Sometimes Yahtzee tends to miss the good aspects of games.

You watch zp to decide if you buy a game? I just watch it for fun and fun it was^^ Otherwise you end up with maybe 3 games in 5 years, excellent games at least.

Well, no, I was just saying that I don't watch zp to decide if I buy a game, because like I just said, "sometimes Yahtzee tends to miss the good aspects of games."

Most of the time if Yahtzee doesn't at least half like it I'll stay away from it, but hey what can I say, I am sheep! I'd love for him to review Naughty Bear, it just seems like the kind of cutesy violence that he would have a field day with.

Alandoril:
I think the length of the prison term was determined because gasoline was rationed due to the war.

Well what can i say! ZP+Brownies+Dr.Pepper = WIN!!

I thought that he would also rag on the melee, but no...

Strong episode this week. Though I do wonder if you lifted the pretty cars and fast women joke from "A bit of fry & laurie"

Yahtzee made a Shawshank Redemption joke?

I fucking love him more now than ever.

And the review somewhat captured my thought on Mafia, job well dumb Yahtzee.

He's more than right about the ending unfortunately. Great game though!

I completely agree about the freedom it gives you. The game could've been awesome if there was more you do in free roam.

I also liked the ending, that was

Mafia II is an anright 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 or 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. Mafia II is like GTA4 crashed its badly controlled 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.

Bud the Wise:
Quick question, who is that one guy in each of the new ZP videos? I have no clue who he is nor was it ever explained but it is a real face of some dorky guy in each of the new videos.

Does this answer your question?

Sturmdolch:
Nice for entertainment, but like most of the reviews for this game, not really a review.

Think of it like going into Zelda: Wind Waker and critiquing it on it's puzzle abilities because it had a sliding puzzle. It gets a 6/10 because the puzzle was simple and there was only one. Reservoir Dogs gets a 4/10 because it's a shitty action movie. Machete gets 5.5/10 because it didn't hold up as a romance film. Get my drift?

Same idea when you critique Mafia II based on its open world environment and limitations. It's a simulation game, not a sandbox game. It simulates the life of Vito, a gangster in 1940s and 50s America. You want side missions? Why would Vito be doing side missions? He's a made man. Like hell is he racing around, doing dirty jobs for someone other than who he's told to do jobs for, or doing pretty much anything else. I'd say the trash compactor and robbing grocery stores is kind of lame in that respect; it should have only been included in that one mission where you have to get $27k.

As I usually say when I post a comment on these videos, I wouldn't mind so much if people took the "reviews" as what they are: entertainment. But the problem is that there's much more sheep on this site that take these as fact than there are people who can think for themselves.

I think the problem here is that the game felt like a sandbox game. Looked like a sandbox game. Was made similar to other games that were sandbox games. But wasn't one. However short of an interview with the designers of the game one wouldn't know that ahead of time. Thanks for calling people sheep though. Ya know that's always nice.

SamStar42:
Black Books reference was win.

Indeed it was. Now that I think of it, Yahtzee is basically an Anglo-australian Dylan Moran anyway.

I know Yahtzee thought the scenery boring, but I think it's rather nice and a great step forward from the brown and grey bland-o-vision of the general FPS genre. Indeed, it's a perfect setting for a rampage style game, which must be why you can't do a bloody thing in it. They wouldn't want you to fuck up their hard work.

I want to request that sandbox games stop featuring driving sequences. Without a real driving interface, the cars invariably control like pile of bricks on a skateboard. Even the racing games that specialize in driving suck balls without a race wheel. Likewise, the mouse is not an appropriate control for fighter planes (harking back to the BF1942 days).

Your reviews never fail to entertain, unlike the games you review.

thanks

Huh... my Godfather gave me an Erector-set, but after a year I lost a Quaker of all the pieces and all I could build was a Trolley :(

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