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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 380
  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. Feb 19, 2014
    10
    One of my favorite games ever!
    This setting is really amazing and original. The storyline is great and feels really life-like.
    The
    One of my favorite games ever!
    This setting is really amazing and original. The storyline is great and feels really life-like.
    The characters could have been from some real story, and the level of depth in the environment is very nice.
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  3. Aug 17, 2022
    10
    Крайне рекомендую данную игру для ознакомления. Сюжет на высшем уровне, играть стоит только из-за него и атмосферы. Геймплей обычен, но неКрайне рекомендую данную игру для ознакомления. Сюжет на высшем уровне, играть стоит только из-за него и атмосферы. Геймплей обычен, но не надоедает. Expand
  4. Sep 1, 2014
    8
    Positives:
    +Storyline: although linear, it was interesting and immersing, with all the Mafia clishés (meant in a positive way), could have
    Positives:
    +Storyline: although linear, it was interesting and immersing, with all the Mafia clishés (meant in a positive way), could have been longer
    +Graphics: for me an unimportant choice, but of course still a plus. Very nice
    +overall feel: the music, the cars, the people etc... Very nice 40's/50's feeling.
    +Characters: Also a great plus. For the short story very deep characters.
    +controls: easy to pick up on, no problem at all.
    +the cutscenes were amazing
    Negatives:
    -as said: could have been longer
    -VERY open ending. Either made up for in "Mafia 3". If left like this a little disappointing
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  5. Aug 31, 2022
    8
    Одна из первых игр которые я прошел. Принесла мне много положительных эмоций. На данный момент она мало кого удивит, но в те времена для меняОдна из первых игр которые я прошел. Принесла мне много положительных эмоций. На данный момент она мало кого удивит, но в те времена для меня она стала прорывом. Стоит попробовать поиграть каждому. Expand
  6. Mar 30, 2012
    7
    I had great fun playing Mafia 2, but it's definitely too short. If you can pick it up for cheap now that the game is getting older, it mightI had great fun playing Mafia 2, but it's definitely too short. If you can pick it up for cheap now that the game is getting older, it might be worth it. I would have felt cheated if I'd paid 40-50 for it. At 20 smackeroos, just about justifiable. Still has a few bugs in it too, one of which required me to replay an entire level. Voice acting etc. is good, but you still can't help thinking that you're playing GTA light. That's not a totally bad thing of course. In general it looks like lessons were learnt from Mafia 1 (the difficulty isn't anywhere near as insane in parts) but I would hope that Mafia 3 has more substance to it. 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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