Excerpt: When you think about Mafia II , you think about the game’s story. The captivating mob tale of Vito Scaletta and his quest to escape his past and survive his present is what made the game such a solid open-world title.
Excerpt: A couple of years back, I embarked upon a self-imposed mission: to bring back the spirit and style of the 1940s and ’50s. I began wearing a tie to the office every day. I bought a fedora and brown derby, and made sure to wear one of the two Monday through Friday.
Excerpt: With Mafia 2, developer 2K Czech has created a game with the atmosphere of Goodfellas and characters that are fun to spend time with, but somewhere in development the studio forgot that gamers generally want to do things they can't do in real life.
Excerpt: If you took a look at the score up there, you already know that I was not as hot on Mafia II as FenixDown. That's not saying that Mafia II is bad by any means. In fact, it is better than many other games that came out this year.
Conclusion: Mafia II is exactly the sequel Mafia fans have been waiting all these years for. It's a brutal tale of underworld family business and killing without a second thought that will have you hooked all the way. You'd do well to grab yourself a copy. Capeesh?
Conclusion: An average score for a mediocre game. Mafia 2 is a step backward for this franchise, failing to innovate or learn from the mistakes of the original. A nice setting and potentially interesting story is wasted by a lack of creativity and polish.
Conclusion: Mafia II is indeed a wonderful product of history and creativity on the part of 2K Czech and 2K Games. The game provides a riveting narrative that will keep you entertained from beginning to end.
Conclusion: No matter what lengths were taken to mask it, Jimmy’s Vendetta is still a vanilla attempt at milking a property that should have been richer in content to begin with. A lackluster mission pack combined with the already-established dry game mechanics are not the most compatible ingredients on this...