Excerpt: Vito Scaletta is making a name for himself... and gamers get to watch. The word “watch” in the last sentence is meant to be taken literally, as all of the excitement and compelling drama 2K Games’ latest sandbox city title offers comes in the form of its storyline and cut scenes.
Conclusion: I actually think the Godfather game portrayed this lifestyle better for me and prefer that as a game. If you have a passing interest in the mafia and/or a fan of gangster films then certainly give this a go as there's an OK movie feel to this but as a game it was rather lacking on the whole.
Excerpt: We meet Vito as soldier at the end of the second World War. After a solid start with the necessary firing at Germans – a very good tutorial – the man returns to his home country and takes up his old life again, with his family and of course the Mafia.
Excerpt: All games don’t have to be like the Grand Theft Auto series. True, being a crime game featuring driving and shooting, Mafia II was always going to be unfairly compared to Rockstar’s series, but the truth of the matter is that this is actually quite different – the game is more linear and story...
Summary: It goes without saying that " Mafia II " is a fun game, but when compared to other games with open-worlds there is much better out there. If you are a fan of the mafia theme you shouldn’t be scared off by this and I can assure you, you’ll enjoy the 10 – 15 hours you invest.
Summary: Return to Mafia II in yet another unspectacular expansion pack. Joe's Adventure has the potential to be great, but it falls short thanks to boring filler missions, a lack of a checkpoint system and a frustrating timer. And worst of all, it turns out that Joe's adventure is barely worth telling.
Excerpt: A water funnel whips the small fish of the world into the sky and they find themselves in fish bowls floating across the world. Now in desperate need to return to the sea it is up to you to guide them to safety.
Excerpt: Mafia II is to sandbox games what staple guns are to cosmetic surgery: there’s a link there if you search hard enough, but it’s tenuous at best. Empire City, the ten square mile playground for 2K’s new gangster game, is completely open for exploration very early on.
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: Mafia 2 Publisher: 2K Games Developer: 2K Czech Released: August 24, 2010 ESRB Rating: Mature for Blood, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs and Alcohol Available On: Xbox 360 (version reviewed), PS3, PC MSRP: $40 new ( Amazon affiliate link )
Cons: Vito is a dud as a main character; the game does nothing new, ever; linear to a fault; big world to play in, but it feels dead; gunplay is broken and feels completely outdated; there\'s pretty much nothing to do outside of the main story.