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  • Summary: Featuring a deep mobster-driven narrative packed with both behind-the-wheel and on-foot action, Mafia 2 is the sequel fans have been clamoring for. Like the original Mafia title, Mafia 2 immerses players in the mob underworld of a fictitious late 1940's-early 1950's scenario. Players easily become engaged in the game's cinematic Hollywood movie experience with strong, believable characters in a living, breathing city. [2K Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 61
  2. Negative: 2 out of 61
  1. Mafia II is a fulfilling mob tale, and you will want to play it to the end. Just don't say I didn't warn you about the finale.
  2. Great storytelling, great characters and a lot of drama. If you're looking for a classic Free Roaming you can leave Mafia II on the shelf, but if you are in need of an interactive blockbuster, this game will catch you.
  3. Mafia 2 is a great experience, thanks to a believable cast of characters and a wonderful setting. Sadly, the lack of longevity and some technical flaws somehow spoil the global experience, especially if compared with other recent free roaming experiences.
  4. 80
    A deeply flawed game, where the story is the highlight - and far more engaging than most. I certainly enjoyed my 11-12 hours with Mafia II, and those looking for an authentic-feeling mob tale should definitely check it out. This one is more than the sum of its parts.
  5. Flaws and linear nature taken into account, Mafia II is a beautiful, gripping, engaging game-and where it doesn't allow you to go is more than made up for by where it does.
  6. The sequel is far worse than the original game. We don't know if it was lack of development time, budget or ideas, but Mafia II is not what 2K promised to fans.
  7. Here's how to sum up Mafia II : 12 hours of repetitive, linear missions, with but a few gameplay mechanics. Shoot, drive, punch, a tiny little bit of stealth, that's it. There's nothing more to be done than to follow the unfolding of the plot, which is clearly sub-par, especially when considering how easy it is to watch a rerun of The Godfather or a season of the Sopranos instead. Replay value is nil, there's no multiplayer. You can't even roam freely in the city after the ending (what for anyway, one may ask). Combat is way to easy, cars don't provide much thrill. In the end, Mafia II is a very pretty box, but an empty one. 80% of what has been developed doesn't serve any real purpose. The rest isn't enough to make a great game. If you're a die hard fan of the 50's atmosphere (nicely rendered), and the Mafia genre, you might still enjoy it. Otherwise...

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 69
  2. Negative: 11 out of 69
  1. Aug 24, 2010
    Having already marathon played this game, I can say that it is not a GTA game, but still great. These negative reviewers repeatedly complain about this game's linear nature and lack of sub-missions, but (because I began playing the game knowing it was a linear action title) I was very pleased with it. In Grand Theft Auto games, you are given many activities to do - but none of them are very refined. In Mafia II, the opposite is true. Shooting is very satisfying, the cars are fantastic simulations, and the game - particularly the cutscenes - looks amazing. This game is much shorter than GTA at around 12 hours, but the action is much more focused. Expand
  2. Aug 31, 2010
    Mafia II is a fun game, but there are others with similar gameplay that are much better. Fans of the mafia theme shouldnâ
  3. Aug 27, 2010
    Kudos to the dev team, this is a fantastic game. You can tell they spent alot of time doing their research. From the WWII radio news to the streets, they worked hard to capture this moment in American history. From the dialog to the minor details, you can see the hard work these guys put in. In my platyhrough you can see the attention to detail for the time period. This is not GTA, nor shall it be judged on it. This is a mafia crime simulator like no other, you will truly appreciate the final product. Thumbs up, this an experience to be remembered. Expand
  4. Sep 11, 2011
    i absolutly loved this game the only reason it does not get a 10 from me is because it doesnt have much replay value and once you beat the story there isnt much you can do. saying that though the story in itself is amazing the voice acting is great i was compleatly hooked to this game and could not stop playing it because i wanted to see what happened next and i wanted to get to the next mission. one thing you must realize is that this game is not like gta at all except that it has guns and cars but the similarities stop there you cant go into this game expecting gta or you wont like it this game is at least worth a rental if you only plan on playing through it once but if you like it and plan on playing through again defenatly buy it and you wont be dissapointed Expand
  5. Oct 1, 2013
    Mafia II for me in few cases unrealized potential. In comparison with a first part of game your feelings of immersion start working on full power after second half of game. Real empathy for game characters born after long time of play. And in my opinion this is a main mistake of developers. In first part of game this fears, pain and hate begin to torture you from the first seconds of play. Here you long deed post-quests and don't feel your hero.
    Second dissapointments large world. Understand me right large world is a great place, but only if you can do something in this world. World of Mafia II too empty. Many streets, houses, and locations just waiting for filling by life. But this isn't happen. Too large world and too small count of interesting quests. You understand this when you get come to crazy weapon trader or for master of lockpicking. You can see incredible detalization of world and locations, think that behind all of this stand the huge world... and you are wrong.

    But in any case, this is a very catchy and charming game. Retro-style, incredible cars, old city, full of emotions. Colorite people, gangsters and pieces of old music. Game fully impregnated by atmosphere of gangsters movies. I sure you are remember this game for the fast, hard and bloody firefights, chases and romantic feelings of old wild times. Maybe after you understand that you want feel more than you have. Explore game world more than you explore. Maybe then you understand what I mean.

    Good and strong game. Mandatory to purchase and play.
  6. Nov 17, 2010
    I would recommend this game to those people who enjoyed mafia I, and enjoy watching mafia movies. If that is you, buy it, if not- just rent it. This game is rather short so unless you are a big fan of mafia games, this will collect dust once you beat it. The graphics are good, the storyline is absolutely excellent and the cut scenes look like movies. This game delivers on being a great predecessor to mafia I. However, i must complain about the linear storyline, scripted events, and dull moments in the game. The fact that you lose everything half way through sucks as well. I hate working my ass off only to see it all for null. Good game though. Expand
  7. Sep 4, 2010
    to easy to win, to short (only about 9 or 10 hours), no free savegames, only about 30 different cars (and trucks), no additional missions, a very small city, a real bad gps/satnav, stupid enemies, no free-ride

    to expensive (5â

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