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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
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  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
    10
    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 30, 2010
    10
    Most likely the best gangster game that has been made to date in terms of overall quality. The characters are incredibly enjoyable and the relationships border on legitimately heartfelt in terms of believability.. THE CARS: My favorite part about the first mafia was the believable performance of the cars and this game delivers with more powerful vehicles and some badass customization possibilities. Storytelling is fantastic and the linear nature of the game should be forgiven due to how well it is written and flows. I have never been so happy that I didn't have to choose one of six poorly developed possible outcomes. Then later realized that there was in fact 3 possible outcomes for the given situation that were so subtly implied that I had no idea they were possible. Lastly, if you get 50 of the most beautiful Playboy centerfolds from the era and are collectible throughout the game, I would say that they are worth $50 by them selves. My. God. So if you are wondering if this game is a worthwhile purchase beyond the rental envelope, I say pick it up and let me know if you are disappointed. Expand
  3. Aug 27, 2010
    9
    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
    8
    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. Sep 2, 2010
    7
    If you are looking for a story driven game (story is good but not super amazing), that is strictly mission based (missions are mostly good), then this game is for you. It is nothing more, nothing less. Expand
  6. Nov 17, 2010
    7
    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
    0
    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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