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@ About, Gameplay, Content @
I have been playing Mafia II for over a year now and i really love the big city style layout and the missions but the longevity is not great and i wish there was a free roam mode. Best thing to do is load mission ten and rather than drive to the hotel just drive around the city. Its a fantastic city but you never really get to explore it, so it seems a waste. The are plenty of collectables such as wanted posters and playboy magazines which you can interact with in the menus. These add a little something to the game and at 80 gamerscore for both, quite high value achievements.
The missions and storyline are relatively simple to follow because as a Sicilian gangster working his way up in 50's america, there isn't really much to get confused about. Every mission leads to another with great cutscenes and a script with more harsh language than grand theft auto. There are a great number of classic american cars in the game but relatively few are based on actual cars. I found that the driving physics were great but where speed is concerned are not realistic. The driving, steering and acceleration is fine but since when was 100mph a realistic top seed in the 40's? Some cars can even do over 140MPh when tuned.
There are lots of customisable features in the game where you can put with the latest weapons and body kits for your car but for me its the little things that make the biggest impact - for example you can pick locks on cars pr smash the window. Your choice, and for me this is fast and easy to do, it just takes time to learn how to pick them. Police AI are quite thick in this game and i hate the car chases because they seem to pit manoeuvre themselves or get stuck constantly. If the were smarter i would be pleased but I'm sorry, its like grand theft auto 3 - poor ai programming.
@ Graphics, Sound @
Graphics are fantastic no matter what distance or size of an object. Its the attention to detail that makes it something special - you can customise licence plates, read small text on buildings and the game will play in full HD.crisp and clear gameplay without any blurred text or images where the programmers simply could not be bothered. The gun sounds are spot on and i think they do have some similarities to the real life weapons but the engine sounds from cars are only realistic at high speed when the engine is hard a work. When you run on tick over in a diesel engine (bear in mind this is the 40's) the engine just has a quiet grumble and even when you start the engine, it needs more oomph.
@ Overall @
I love this game its like grand theft auto gone back to the 40's and 50's but better because there is so much attention to detail, its realistic and it has a huge map but the main flaws for me are no free roam and poor longevity.
Still a recommended game though!
With the initial success of the original Mafia game, it was simply a matter of time before 2K games made a sequel to the mobster loving franchise. Set between the 1940s and 1950s, Mafia II puts the player in the shoes of Vito Scaletta, an Italian born American immigrant that found himself falling in with the wrong crowd from a young age.
Vito's story starts as the teenager is caught stealing with best friend Joe Barbaro. While Joe would avoid the law, Vito was given an ultimatum, he could either spend his time in prison or take up arms in world war II as the military needed Italian speaking soldiers to help in the invasion of Nazi Italy. While returning to his home town while on leave, Vito runs into his old friend Joe who has apparently got himself involved with organized crime syndicates and pulls some strings to get Vito out of the military and back into the real world.
It is here that the game starts to take off as Vito finds himself taking work with his friend Joe to help pay for his deceased fathers debt. The first portion of the game takes part in a snowy 1940s America while the second half takes part in the sunny, vibrant 1950's. These two parts of the game feel significantly different with the 1940s having a darker, grim feeling as Vito attempts to save his family and find a way to earn some money for himself while the second half of the game is a much brighter look as more vibrant cars and radio stations pop up around the city.
The cities are huge and believable, it's just a shame that you'll rarely find yourself exploring the city as there is literally nothing to do in it. For an open world game, you'd expect to have some third party missions available to you but that simply isn't the case. Mafia II shows players the world they created through main story missions. The only problem is that you'll likely forget the city in a heart beat as you attempt to chase down a foe or speed to a friends need. This is where Mafia II falls flat on it's face. Almost all open world games alow the players to explore by themselves and learn the lay of the land. Those that have ever played any of the Grand Theft Auto games will know how easy it is to recall certain parts of the city just because they've spent so much time driving around it doing side missions and just exploring.
Overall Mafia II feels like a rushed game. It looks like the team over at 2K spent so much time building the city and making the missions that they completely ran out of space to really make the city come alive with things to do. It's a shame too as the game itself had so much potential but alas, maybe if Mafia III ever goes into production, a real fully fledged 1950s America can be realized.
Despite it's flaws, I give Mafia II three out of five.
Following on from the original Mafia, this is another great addition to the series. Again set in a 3rd person Grand Theft Auto style gameplay it excels in both content and delivery. The rich storyline is well worth following and adds to what is an already fantastic and large game. Being a free roaming game the entire city is explorable, from roads, alleyways, gardens and houses to businesses and strip clubs, whatever takes your fancy. There is a large array of weapons to chose from and collect, starting out with bats and working up to the classic tommy guns and petrol bombs. As you progress through the storyline you begin to take over more and more of the city until there is only one other gang left in the city to be beaten for total domination. Very similar to Mafia in this respect.
The game took me around 25-30 hours to complete however I didn't free roam to much, I tend to stick to the story line. This could easily be doubled or tripled if you take more time to explore the city and do all the additional achievements.
The graphics are excellent and if you have a HD TV this can make it an even better experience.