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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: 53 out of 68
  2. Negative: 11 out of 68
  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 30, 2010
    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
    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. May 5, 2011
    Mafia 2 is a great game has a wonderful taste in Sandbox driving is fun and messing around just to explore is fun to, BUT the game seems to lack on a few things: Black levels, Anti Aliasing, and comparing PS3 version to both Microsoft veriants "XBOX360,GAMES FOR WINDOWS" you will see the lack Mafia 2 suffers in PS3 but overall its a fun game and check out the demo on PSN 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. Sep 23, 2010
    What I was expecting from Mafia 2 was a game set in the 1950's exactly like the GTA series, with a massive free roam area and side missions to get money etc. So I was a little disheartened towards my purchase when i realised that the story is set in chapters, which just play through chronologically, sometimes only vaguely leading on to the next one. The graphics are good, however they don't seem to make up for the general shortness of the game-play (First run through in a pretty laid back fashion with allot of exploring took me only about 9 hours). Overall its worth the purchase if you like mobster games and movie's, because you can go back to chapters, and replay your favourite parts as many times as you like, good game, just too short 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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