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WHAT A STORY..! That's the first thing that came to my mind as soon as it eneded and actually part of this came within an hour or so into the story. This game has a great story and so many twists and turns that you could never have guessed it.
I won't tell you much about the story as i don't want to ruin it but I will state a few things that you would want to know if you were considering buying this. The game is set in the 40's and 50's and it starts off with your character Vito Scaletta fighting in WW2 in Italy. When he goes back home to Empire City he meets up with his best friend Joe and they remain together through the entire game, well almost but i'm not going to say what happens otherwise it will ruin it. You join different families and there is alot of betrayal and helping out and things you wouldn't have guesed which makes this game a great story. There are so many charcters and plots that makes the story truly amazing and loved every minute of it.
Empire City is a made-up place which the game is set in and it takes certain things from New York, Chicago etc. As it is set in the 40's and 50's, the music on the game like when your driving a car has licensed music from that era. Another thing which is great is the fact that some of the missions are from that era and gives you an insight as to what happened in those days. For example in one mission you have to steal a load of fuel stamps while the country needed to save as much fuel as they could, and another mission you have to sell cigarettes which nowadays we take for granted (I don't smoke, just saying lol)
However, despite the great story, the game is a let down as a 'game'. There is alot of action but nowhere near enough as i thought it should contain unlike the GTA series etc. There is alot ALOT of driving and in fact it is way too much driving and half your time on the game will be spent doing that. However, the driving isn't hard as some reviews have said but it's still annoying that you have to drive so much and have little action.
The controls are nice and simple by using the L2 button to aim and the R2 button to shoot, the R1 button to reload, L1 to run, the D-Pad to change your weapon and so on. The gameplay is very similar to the GTA series and has the same style map and pointers. In the game box you even get a massive map showing Empire City as did the GTA games.
The game took me just under 10 hours to complete which i thought was ok, not the best but longer than some games i guess. If i payed £40 however it would be dissapointed in the length. There is no 'proper' free-roam on this game which is a huge let-down as that could have made this game really great.
#### One thing to note is that this game is an 18 or over game and it means exactly that. There are magazines on the game which you collect which show nude playboy and women pictures which is deifnately not what a child should see. There is also alot of swearing on their and the most i've ever heard on a game. So if parents are reading this review then don't buy this or let your kids have this game. ####
Overall, decent game with a great great storyline. However, it's not perfect as there isn't enough hands-on action and just too much driving involved.
For the price i payed which was £14.99 and it's currently around there or cheaper, then i would definately recommend.
It is set in the 1940's and you are tring to make your way in life but not always the legal way. You have to complete jobs set by the different Mafia bosses and make your name heard. The bigger the job the more cash and respect. You are always trying to be in everyone's good books but doesn't end like that...
The game is everything you can walk, drive, shoot and do a bit of collecting.
Mafia II is a very good game, the developers must of put a lot of effort into it to make such a good game, from little details like buying fuel, pick-locking cars and changing car number plates to keep the cops off you, I don't understand WHY? go to all that effort and not put a free roam option, it's a game similar to GTA and Driver (PS2). It has a brilliant story line but is really short so the only way to go back is to load a chapter and ignore the tasks.
I also like the collection things like the playboy magazines very good idea so is the bribery, you can bribe the police directly or over the phone.
The price of the game seems very good and it is, but it doesn't last very long and will end on selling it on or pushing to the back and forgetting about it.
Graphics: they are really good for a game like this.
Sound: while driving you can tune in to several local radio stations, which is a really good idea
Controls: On the PS3 they use the the triggers for accelerating and shooting which is good as some games don't use them.
Mafia II is my game of the year so far its has its similarities with the grand theft auto series but is original its adaptation to to the 1940s 1950s. The main character is Vito Scaletta and has a nice image yet a lacking of changing his physical appearance except clothes is a missed opportunity.
I love the music in the game and believe that it plays a big part to the game it adds that 40s/50s atmosphere which is crucial in the game and its certainly hard to argue with the extensive yet top range music that is supplied.
I never played the original so cant comment on the updates but the graphics in the game are brilliant the city looks bright and colourful with the highways which I find myself cruising round just to see the city. The storyline is relatively good throughout and can be tricky at times with an increase of difficulty although not impossible to complete.
Vitos family I feel though could have been extended as in a way it feels as if they fade from the game within minutes. The element of business in The godfather could have also been a nice touch to the game but in its own right Mafia 2 is certainly fun but just maybe lacks the replay value of other games to improve on this I believe introducing online multi player could just make this game a first choice of any gamer.
This game is based on the late 40's / early 50's and I would compare it a lot to grand theft auto, however, would honestly rate it higher. I really enjoyed the game and genuinly played it for hours on end when I first got it. Whereas on other games the missions can get quite repetitive and boring, this game really wasn't like that. The story is consistent throughout and the variation in the missions is great. Everything about the game matches the 50's lifestyle perfectly, the cars are done very realistically.
The game has been made to be realistic and they have done it perfectly in my opinion, if you are speeding... the police will come after you. If you are wanted, you stay wanted and have to be extra careful around police. The police except bribes (realistic to the 50's). These are just a few things that for me made the game so unique.
The story is about Vito (your character) who starts off in the war after being arrested. He has had a poor childhood, with his father being killed and his family being left in debt to the mob. When he comes back from war he meets an old friend who is already somewhat well known and he helps Vito to make some money. Things lead on and Vito becomes more and more succesful leading to the opportunity for him to avenge his fathers death.
I really would rate this game 5 stars and love the way everything is so realistic to its time. Not at one point did the game get boring, a break from the missions led me to roaming around, robbing cashiers and stealing suits until having to fend myself from the police!!
One of the best games of the year, incontestably the most accurately image of the late '40 early '50 that a video game can provide for us, Mafia II is made around a story that is suited for Hollywood and give us the thrill to be for a little moment, a real "Mafioso".
The graphic of the game is sublime. The city is like a living organism, surrounding in fist chapters by snow seems like you actually drive on the white sloppy roads.
By far it has the most magnific soundtrack (I refer here mostly at the song on the radio) that I ever hear in a game. You don't have to be a fan of the old songs to be amazed by it, the atmosphere of that "époque" is simply capture on these songs who's written and played on that period.
Coming back on the story, you will play Vito Scaletta a Sicilian, who came in his early years on Empire Bay, in America. Here his dad died working on the docks on lives his family with a debt to the mob. Vito became arrested and his only chaise is to go at war. When he came back, he is help by his childhood pal Joe to become "successful". After his became a member of a famous "family" he has to make the decision to revenge the "accident" of his father.
Because his is the PS3 edition you don't need to worry about the
requirements, but if you choose to play PC version you will need a pretty good piece of "machine"
I personally love this game, and if you are a fan of the genre you will love it too. I guarantee it!