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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: 52 out of 83
  2. Negative: 12 out of 83
  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 28, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Frankly fees is very good and the story is also good
    And control is fine, but why can not the hero to jump me anywhere?
    And in some cases there is a comment in the picture for less than n seconds!!!
    And the police if Tardek can kill you easily!!!
    And fees the city is very sweet and beautiful ...
    Were supposed to abolish the system or serial or serial sections!
    Because this game is not a real film or series!
    But in the last game is good and worth is 10/10
    by / adil khojah - from saudi arabia ...
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  3. Apr 25, 2018
    9
    Is a great game, the story is great, the graphics are really beautiful, the game captures you and you cant stop playing until you finish, theIs a great game, the story is great, the graphics are really beautiful, the game captures you and you cant stop playing until you finish, the only thing that i can complain about is tha when you finish the game you have to restart because you`re not allowed to play in the open world. Expand
  4. Sep 9, 2010
    8
    its a beatiful game . its very important.very good very very very very good its gta 4 very very very very very very very very very very goodits a beatiful game . its very important.very good very very very very good its gta 4 very very very very very very very very very very good very important Expand
  5. Jul 2, 2013
    8
    Let's start with the positives. The graphics are stunning, the city design is one of the best seen in video games, and on the surface, theLet's start with the positives. The graphics are stunning, the city design is one of the best seen in video games, and on the surface, the game feels very immersive. The 1940s and 1950s vibes feel very real and the contemporary soundtrack works very well.

    The story is good, albeit very linear and at times unnecessarily brutal. I even liked the action parts in the game. I'm generally very bad at shooters but enjoyed the shooting scenes in this game a lot.

    The negatives: The game is very short by modern standards. This is even more underlined by the fact that there aren't any sidequests and outside the main story, there is hardly anything to do in the game (you can rob shops, steal and sell cars and buy clothes, but that's pretty much it). Like I wrote earlier, the game feels very immersive on the surface level, but beyond that not at all. You can't really interact with the world in any meaningful way (again, outside the main story).

    Mafia II was for me an extremely enjoyable game, but ultimately it still left me a bit disappointed. There was potential for so much more. The designers obviously made a choice to create a very linear game (kind of in a Final Fantasy XIII-esque way), but oh boy what a masterpiece this could've been with more sandbox elements added to it.
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  6. Apr 9, 2012
    7
    The great story will keep you hooked, but once you finished the game, the empty world and mediocre gameplay probably won't want you to playThe great story will keep you hooked, but once you finished the game, the empty world and mediocre gameplay probably won't want you to play through it again. It has a good setting and some great music too. 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, 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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