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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 easilyFeaturing 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46
  1. Dec 20, 2010
    97
    I walked into my experience of Mafia II with no real expectations other than hearing my colleague's praise. What I walked away with after playing through the story was a sense of awe and amazement that I haven't had since Alan Wake.
  2. Mafia II has a good plot, rude, violent and with a wonderful narrative. But Mafia II is also a good action where the adventure and the free roaming create the perfect gameplay mix all together with the fast shooting and the realism of the driving sequence.
  3. Mafia 2 is a great, story-driven action game which offers great cut scenes and a believable game world. Its characters, graphics, music and sound are outstanding, but it lacks good AI and side missions at the same time. After ten to twelve hours of gameplay you finish the game with no possibility to deal with the game furthermore – compared to other open-world-titles like GTA IV. Anyhow, Mafia 2 is a great old-school-action game, with few faults.
  4. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    80
    Technically flawless and a lively world with attention to every detail cannot cover the fact some elements have been wasted. Still, it's a great game but with a much bigger potential. [Issue#195]
  5. PC PowerPlay
    80
    A game with real soul. The gut impact is huge, but it may leave some with a faint appetite for just a little more. [Nov 2010, p.56]
  6. 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.
  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. Negative: 40 out of 354
  1. Aug 25, 2010
    10
    The game's plot like is basically a mixture of the Godfather, and Goodfellas, you're a war hero, come back from the war and fall into a lifeThe game's plot like is basically a mixture of the Godfather, and Goodfellas, you're a war hero, come back from the war and fall into a life of crime with your friend. The open world nature of this game is not the same as GTA, which to me is a good thing, there aren't a million half-assed mini-games to play. Each section of the city feels different, China-town feels different than Little Italy. I'm not going to list any spoilers but I do feel like this plot is decent, the voice acting is pretty good for the most part, the in-car conversations are pretty humorous a lot of the time. The driving is a HUGE improvement over the first game, the cars feel like real cars would from the 40s that is spongey suspension and sluggish acceleration, this is not bad design, it's how the actual cars behaved back then. The map is actually displayed in the radar instead of the lame "map" that's in the first game.

    The guns are all fun, though the pistols pretty much all seem the same power, even the magnum (and the magnum sound a little goofy, like a cartoon gun). There is an actual cover system in the game, and overall the fights are much improved over the first game. This is a great game, it's heavy on graphics card, so I recommend looking into mods on how to disable the physics of the clothing in the game.

    Overall I've really enjoyed this game and don't understand why people are criticizing it for NOT being just a GTA clone, it's a game I honestly find more fun than GTA.
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  2. Aug 3, 2012
    10
    Mafia 2 is more than just a game, this is the real Mafia adventure! It can be safely put next to a series of Godfather movies! Once you sitMafia 2 is more than just a game, this is the real Mafia adventure! It can be safely put next to a series of Godfather movies! Once you sit down and you do not come off until the very end, this is not even a story about tough mafia, and the two dream of Fool money, cars, women ... But in fact they are common sixes! Expand
  3. Sep 25, 2021
    10
    Mafia 2 is an absolutely masterful sequel to Mafia 1. Again an absolutely great story, characters and scenario. Graphics, city and locationMafia 2 is an absolutely masterful sequel to Mafia 1. Again an absolutely great story, characters and scenario. Graphics, city and location are divine. Mafia 2 is also one of my favorite games of all time 10/10. Expand
  4. Apr 11, 2012
    8
    I enjoyed most of the game. It is a gritty game with an enjoyable storyline. You follow Vito Scaletta, a war hero. Vito chose to become aI enjoyed most of the game. It is a gritty game with an enjoyable storyline. You follow Vito Scaletta, a war hero. Vito chose to become a soldier rather than go to prison, and so we start fighting as part of a three man team in a town during Operation Husky. Upon completion of the mission, Vito has his first real contact with the Mafia, as Don Carlo attempts to persuade the Axis troops to surender to the Americans. 2 Years later, Vito arrives back at Empire Bay, where he begins his life in the Mafia. Mafia was an interesting game. I enjoyed the extensive collection of 40's and 50's music (my favourite era of music) and the authentic weapons for its era. I also enjoyed driving the cars around, and with a speed authentic to the times (40's cars drive annoyingly slow, while the cars from the 50's are more supercharged). I also enjoyed just the general authenticity- it made me feel like i'm travelling around a city in America in the 1950's. The downsides however are unfortunately quite numerable. Firstly, I was quite annoyed there was no melee weapons. Although they are seen at points during the 1950's part of the game, I was annoyed that i couldn't use any of them. Also, i believed that there was not as many weapons in the game. I would of enjoyed a larger array of weapons, such as the BAR, a larger slection of Rifles and maybe even an STG44. A few Russian weapons would of been nice also. I also didn't enjoy the size and depth of the storyline. I found that it was a nice touch that Vito went to prison, but i would of liked to have seen more emphasis on working for the Mafia and being able to see the inner sanctum of the Mafia. The end was also somewhat of a disappointment, although at the same time it left me hungry for more. I cannot wait for Mafia 3 to come out, but I hope they roll out the kinks in the game but still retain that authentic feel. Overall, its a good, solid game. I cannot give it a perfect score, however i can still say i thouroughly enjoyed it, and i hope to see more in the future Expand
  5. Nov 8, 2021
    8
    story is good,game play is smooth, graphics are good, music is really awesome
    if you haven't played it yet, give it a shot you won't regret doing so
  6. CBZ
    Mar 8, 2011
    7
    The graphics are good, the physics are ok (not as impressive as they advertise it) and the gameplay is not innovative. There is nothingThe graphics are good, the physics are ok (not as impressive as they advertise it) and the gameplay is not innovative. There is nothing impressive about this game, since the nice graphics are almost a given for new games. The story can be fun sometimes and boring other times, but nothing outstanding. In my opinion its too similar to GTA and Godfather games, its not worth the money because the replay value is almost 0. Expand
  7. Oct 25, 2021
    0
    Игра говно Ваня так сказал , сосите хуй быдло ёбаное
    ( игра рил хуйня , купите лучше радугу - почти одно и тоже) ( те кто поставил 10 у них
    Игра говно Ваня так сказал , сосите хуй быдло ёбаное
    ( игра рил хуйня , купите лучше радугу - почти одно и тоже) ( те кто поставил 10 у них нет родителей )
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