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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: 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. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    80
    You're missing the point if you barrel through this trying to complete the chapters like a workman ticking off his list of tasks. For better or worse, Mafia II sometimes feels like more of a guided experience than a game but then you'll be totally engrossed some of the most epic firefights ever seen, and the sound design is amazing. [Oct 2010 p.68]
  5. The PS3 version of the Mafia II, however, features more content, due to the fact that all new copies ship with a unique code that will allow you to download a game add-on called "The Betrayal of Jimmy." It's this add-on content that makes purchasing Mafia II on the PS3 (if given options) a no-brainer.
  6. Mafia II's strong points are the story and believable gameworld, as well as an authentic atmosphere. Unfortunately the game doesn't take enough risk and as a result makes less impact than the original. Players don't get enough freedom to come up with their own creative solutions during missions. It also doesn't help that there is a lot of filler during the missions.
  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: 62 out of 91
  2. Negative: 12 out of 91
  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 complainHaving 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 26, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. i had a lot of fun playing it last night, it is just amazing looking, one of the best out there. not so much to do in the city, but i never expected this to be gta. Expand
  3. Oct 21, 2020
    9
    Fantastic!

    "You must have 75 characters."
    "You must have 75 characters."
    "You must have 75 characters."
  4. Apr 29, 2011
    8
    I didn't see many of the problems that others report as far as glitches etc. The game was good overall and it delivered what I was hopingI didn't see many of the problems that others report as far as glitches etc. The game was good overall and it delivered what I was hoping for. An enjoyable game to kill the time and relax. The AI are a little dumbed down, the story is ok, but the game is pretty linear. Which is ok. I wasn't expecting the reinvention of the wheel, but I was expecting a decent game that is fun. It delivered on that front. Worth a try, but maybe a rental before you buy it. Expand
  5. Jun 3, 2014
    8
    Mafia II is a good game, but its not without flaws. We can start of with the good part and that is, when the credits roll, you feel that theMafia II is a good game, but its not without flaws. We can start of with the good part and that is, when the credits roll, you feel that the it was worth it. There are two things which holds this game together, The story and the mid-game switch (which Im not gonna spoil). These two things alone really shows how much time that went in to this title. The subtle flirting with the original Mafia is great, and the world are nicely modeled. My main complaints is about the very rough start. The early missions is nothing else than crap. Prepare yourself to stack boxes, sell gas tickets (terrible) and other boring stuff. The thing is, we all know that they want to get the feeling of starting from square one, but making us bored and frustrated isn't the best idea. These missions could have been much better if you had someone with you telling stories on that gas ticket selling tour but nope, you had to it all by yourself... yawn. This along with a bad AI and bugs makes the game not as good as it could have been. Expand
  6. Aug 19, 2013
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Mafia II manages to engross the player in it's well crafted story with interesting characters and surprising plot twists. Without going into too much depth you play as Vito Scaletta, an American immigrant sent to fight in the war after being arrested for steeling. When you return you take on your daily missions that help you to establish a name for yourself and being to gain trust within the 'Families' of Empire Bay.

    Similar to the style of GTA you can free roam the streets or go straight to your next objective, however unlike GTA I can't recall ever having two main story objectives at once, which works well to give more of a deeper plot driven story since you have a clear path to take at all times.
    However, this work also to somewhat hindrance the games, as there is never really much things to do outside of the main story since there are no side missions.
    This makes me wonder if they originally intended to go a different rout other than the open world sand boxed style game, deviating from the predecessor.

    I did encounter a number of bugs the worst of which was that my PS3 froze on several occasions, once during a loading screen (luckily my file had saved and was not set back). This becomes a frustrating very quickly.

    Overall Mafia II manages to deliver a great package to gamers with an imersive story, but lacks in anything to do once it is over. The game will keep you entertained for a while but can be completed rather quickly, making it something worth picking up at a discounted price rather than full retail. It is a great weekend experience, if you have a free one.
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  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, ato 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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