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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: 56 out of 85
  2. Negative: 12 out of 85
  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. Jul 3, 2020
    9
    One of my favorite games of all time - and one of the few I've replayed.

    Has an excellent story, with moments you don't expect and moments
    One of my favorite games of all time - and one of the few I've replayed.

    Has an excellent story, with moments you don't expect and moments that make you laugh. Environment is neat - you can't beat 40s-50s NYC. Cars, food and clothing are realistic for the time - don't expect a hypercar or a fancy disco suit. I enjoyed that cars got dirty, and could run out of gas - that's how the real world works. Wasn't a full "open-world" game, but wasn't designed as such either.

    Only negatives were a few bugs and glitches along the way, but that is acceptable. Playboy collectibles were a plus as well!
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  4. Sep 28, 2010
    8
    A friend was gonna buy this game and he turned me on to buying is to i did. I'm reviewing this game after completing it on hard on my firstA friend was gonna buy this game and he turned me on to buying is to i did. I'm reviewing this game after completing it on hard on my first playthrough as well as replaying certain parts. Got 850 gamerscore played it 10 hours plus. First off, i really enjoyed this game but as i'm sure you know its not a gta sandbox style game but its still worth a purchase. Think of it as mission based with the option to explore rather than gta 4 when its an open world when you choose to do missions. You play Vito Scaletta who came to america from sicilly in his youth to live in empire bay (NEW YORK) . After growing up with an alchoholic father in a **** house and making only one friend, Joe Barbaro the two pull a heist, vito gets caught, and is given a choice go to Italy to fight in world war II or jail. Fighting in italy serves as a tutorial for pretty much everything except driving and hand to hand fighting and is a good introduction. After coming back in 1945, joe makes a few calls to get you out of the army and the game really begins. The storyline to this game is main draw. Its a typical mobster gta storyline your a small-time crook trying to make your way to the big time (yes its already a cliche) but this game buts a few spins on it and you really won't expect them. The voice over work is fantastic they sound pissed off, upset, happy, drunk and every emotion thats shown in the game. The characters are all really interesting and have lots of personality mainly vito and joe. Vito and Joe work really well as Joe is pretty much with you all the time but hes a complete contrast to vito and some of the conversations in this game were pretty damn funny (Anyone heard Joes chat-up lines?) Even minor characters are interesting and have had as much work as the main characters. The game takes roughly about 10 hours to complete. Its really a linear game but the city is the level in which you do your missions. Another part i really like about this games presentation were the graphics peoples faces on this game were really good, some parts weren't as good like the detail on some of the clothes but buildings, cars and the backdrops were impressive.The music was also very well done it was music from back in the 40s and 50s, its blues, big band, and rock n roll. Best song on the game smokestack lightnin-howlin wolf. Gameplay The gameplay in this is your usual blend of gta style action but with some notable features. Theres a few stealth sequences ( and i do mean a few i think theres only 2 actually) where its basic but i have soft spot for stealth games so it was gonna be good if not simple and easy. The shooting is good and the variety of weapons is good with old fashioned guns and weapons which are split into 4 catagories with 3 weapons in each and it controls well with it being a pretty realistic as bullets won't hit straight on the mark but slightly hover around the center crosshairs. The cover systems no gears of war but it gets the job done(what a short summary of the cover system). Theres hand to hand fighting sequences which on hard were pretty challenging and i found myself really having to concentrate so i didn't die. Though its still pretty basic, its a heavy, weak, block and counter type of fighting but i wasn't expecting it to be virtua fighter. I will say though some of the executions were pretty brutal especially the kick to the nuts.I cried at that part. The driving is also well done its also the first game i've played where the cops actually try to stop you for going 100 MPH. The ai on this game was good on games like gta enemies will reload while in the open but on this game enemies stay tucked in cover waiting for you to stop firing so they can shoot back, pretty realistic. The police on this game are also set up well. Driving a car with a specific license plate, wearing certain clothes, and FINALLY holding a gun in public will make the police try and arrest you ( a bit of realism, you shouldn't walk the streets with an RPG IN YOUR **** HANDS). I found the allies AI was pretty good they'll kill people but not play the game for you though its not as good as bad company 2 (the allies on that game are perfect). Flaws in this game really is it doesn't really invent anything or do anything stellar in the gameplay department and though the storyline is extremely well told and cinematic, kept me pretty much gripped through the whole thing, it was just mission after mission if i had known this before i bought it wouldn't be a problem but i went in expecting this game to be 20+ hours,,,,, maybe thats my fault though. (forgot to mention the playboys, best collectables in a game ever) Expand
  5. Nov 19, 2013
    8
    Grandisimo juego, accion, innovación y humor negro en un juego con una trama bélica y de rol antiguo, sobre la guerra, represión...etc.Grandisimo juego, accion, innovación y humor negro en un juego con una trama bélica y de rol antiguo, sobre la guerra, represión...etc. Innovación: Muy pocos juegos consiguen innovar con una trama que engancha y un modo de juego que representa esa época. Sonido: Doblaje sobresaliente y sonido ambiente muy bueno, excelente trabajo. Gráficos: Me sorprendio gratamente los graficos de este juego, muy logrados y detallados, geniales. Jugabilidad, el juego supera las 20 horas facilmente, es entretenido y tiene misiones variables. Conclusión: Un gran juego, que no deja de tener algunos fallos sin importancia pero que lo convierte en un sandbox a tener muy en cuenta. Lo recomiendo totalmente. Expand
  6. Dec 24, 2012
    7
    Yes, it's very linear, but the story is good enough that the player is able to sit back and let the narrative do its work, definitely worthYes, it's very linear, but the story is good enough that the player is able to sit back and let the narrative do its work, definitely worth getting if you enjoyed the Godfather movies; Goodfellas, etc. Those expecting a GTA clone might want to look elsewhere. 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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