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4.0 out of 5 stars Delivers an Atmospheric Tale of Brilliance
Mafia II, continues the series of the open world sandbox-style shooter, following on from the original which was released on the previous Xbox in 2004. The game was marked down with average review scores but this was in part due to Mafia initially being intended for the PC and the Xbox version succumbing to a dodgy port, more than anything else. Nevertheless, 2K Games...
Published on 16 Dec 2011 by J. Mitchell

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3.0 out of 5 stars its ok
its a good story, but there aint any real free roaming after you beat the game, not in a GTA way
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delivers an Atmospheric Tale of Brilliance, 16 Dec 2011
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J. Mitchell (Lossiemouth, Scotland, UK) - See all my reviews
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Mafia II, continues the series of the open world sandbox-style shooter, following on from the original which was released on the previous Xbox in 2004. The game was marked down with average review scores but this was in part due to Mafia initially being intended for the PC and the Xbox version succumbing to a dodgy port, more than anything else. Nevertheless, 2K Games have followed up with a sequel which poses the question. In an ever more competitive marketplace can Mafia II stand out from the crowd?

Mafia II puts you in the shoes of Vito Scaletta, who has just returned from a Tour of Duty with the Army which includes a handy tutorial in the section to get players up to speed. One of the "stand out" moments in the game which they're a few, is upon arriving in the wintry conditions of Empire Bay. As the snow falls from the sky in full force you're treated to "Winter Wonderland" in the background which sets the scene perfectly.

Speaking of music, you will find three radio stations within the game which are sadly devoid of "GTA style" humour. The tracks are diverse ranging from blues to soul and classic rock. An eccentric cast of characters features mobsters, scum bags, thieves and your typical criminal underworld. The 1940's setting is authentic and doesn't put a foot wrong. Great storytelling within video games is increasingly becoming a common occurrence which is positive, where Mafia II stands out though is within certain unique quirks within the story that provide a moment of surprise and appreciation.

In terms of a true sandbox-style contender, Mafia II isn't taking GTA's crown. Outside of the main story arc the side missions are very limited if non-existent involving nothing more than stealing cars and delivering them for cash. There isn't much in the way of stores to interact with either with very basic food, clothing stores and bars to explore where there are no little extras or any attempt to expand upon the venues. However, a car shop does feature. Here, you can customise a car from the rims to a new paint job or shake the cops with some new license plates. There isn't a wide range of vehicles in the game which is a little disappointing. Enough, but certainly more cars would have been welcome.

Turning attention to DLC which is handily included in this version, you get Jimmy's Adventures and Vendetta plus Joe's Adventures and some new outfits for Vito in the main game. None of the DLC is particularly engrossing and at times is more of a chore than anything else. Considering Joe, is such a pivotal and likeable character within the main game and the DLC content is a mash of objectives with little direction or input with any semblance of a story, the DLC falls flat on its face.

---Summary---
Graphics 7 Nothing special with pop-in and graphical hitches occurring every so often.
Sound 9 Great voice talent with frequent swearing. Besides that, the music ties into the theme completely.
Gameplay 7 Fun and works. Not much to do outside the main game though so can become repetitive.
Lifespan 8 With all the content factored in I would say you're looking 20+ hours which isn't bad at all. Granted, the main story is the strongest within the package but there's plenty entertainment to be had here. Collector's items from the "magazines" may have some players returning too and is a difference from your typical "fetch" quests.

Mafia II's ace card is the story. The problem is the entire game hinges on this and while it is immersive, afterwards the DLC included with the game comes off as lackluster. There is nothing new to see here but if you are interested in the Mafia or the 1940's, there is something to be found here. 8/10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mafia 2, 15 Feb 2014
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This game was purchased as a present, and appears to be bringing a lot of enjoyment, as long as you don't mind the language.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great value, 9 July 2013
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Mafia 2 is a great representation of life in 1940/50s in the USA. The setting and locations are great and the characters and voice acting are superb.. The story in the main game is very interesting and had me hooked for a while. However the DLCs aren't the most exciting add ons and could have done with more work although they do add quite a few more hours to the game. Overall if you like a game full of character and a great story then this is definitely for you. If you prefer more open world adventure games then this isn't for you as the game is very linear and limiting in the free roam aspect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great game., 13 May 2013
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Great game, came with all expansions, only played 3 hours and already loving the gameplay. Controls a little fiddly but otherwise a great game all round.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 Jun 2014
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Great game. Forgot I had played it before. Would recommend it though. Quick delivery from this seller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars deep storyline and immersive game-world, 28 May 2014
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This could very well have been a Rockstar game because it has the same level of storytelling and immersion.
The storyline is deep and the game-world is impressive in it's details and atmosphere.

Although very different the closest comparison to this game is LA Noire.

Mafia 2 has a linear storyline set in an open-world environment, however there's not much to do in the open-world.
So don't expect something like a GTA game or Red Dead Redemption.

Being more of an action game the game-pace in Mafia 2 is faster than that in LA Noire.

The gameplay is a mix of shoot-outs, fist fights and plenty of driving.

While the gameplay is great if you like action games, you also play this game for the immersion, story and characters.

If you like engaging storylines and immersive game worlds, you should give it a shot.

All the DLCs you get will add many hours of extra content.
I don't think the game's description is wrong when it says the DLCs will double the content of the core game, it felt like it did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it a must buy, 7 May 2014
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i love the story mode even though its short not tried the addons yet excellent game though its hard to get a driving game with older cars in it
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Game..., 27 Mar 2014
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Defo Recommended Game play and the story are perfect.. plus with the dlc, gives you more then would ask for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic game,, 20 Jan 2014
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Loved this game so much ,

the quality and detail is awesome ,

I have completed it 4 times and I still love it ,

just feels like I am in the movie :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars its ok, 21 Aug 2013
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its a good story, but there aint any real free roaming after you beat the game, not in a GTA way
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