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 driven, which certainly makes the city of Empire Bay feel rather restrictive.
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. The downsides are mentioned previously the very limited replay value and non-linear world in which the game is set.
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. This is only for the most hardcore Mafia II fans! Tweet This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.
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nothing new, ever; linear to a fault; big world to play in, but it feels dead; gunplay is broken and feels completely outdated; there\'s pretty much nothing to do outside of the main story.
Excerpt: 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. The big problem with this is there’s nowhere really to go.
Gripping, violent, GTA-type mob story for mature players.
Common Sense Media
8 November 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Mafia II is most definitely not for kids, tweens, or teens. It is full of intense, realistic violence -- most of which is performed by you -- as well as immoral behavior, sex, drinking, drugs, and profanity. Characters you kill will spray blood, shout in agony, and fall to the ground in a realistic fashion.
Excerpt: Mafia II puts you in the role of Vito Scaletta, a Sicilian-born immigrant who spent his formative years on the tough streets of Depression Era Empire City (Mafia II's stand-in for New York City). Busted while committing a petty crime with his best friend Joe, Vito opts for military service in lieu of jail time. He soon finds himself back in the old country as part of the US invasion of Sicily where he is wounded in combat.
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. For a lot of game's 10-12 hours lead character Vito does, for want of a better term, odd-jobs - and not the kind that require guns.