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3.0 out of 5 stars Authentic, lively fun, but just too short., 29 Aug. 2010
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Mafia II (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
Mafia 2 is authentic. Really authentic. Never before have i quite played a game that seemed to depict it's era so perfectly. From the music to the clothes to the cars to the general layout and feel of the world in which it sits - Czech 2k games REALLY went above and beyond the call of duty on detail.

They also go the extra mile on game settings too. There are different handling settings for the cars in the options menu, so if some people dont like the realism of handling cars in the snow, they can change it to arcade and get more grip. It's these little things that really make the game stand out.

However, it's unfortunate that Czech 2k didnt take the same dedication to the overall experience of the game itself.

The game is short. Extremely short. 8-10 hours is the best you can expect of it, and when you put that alongside a game of a similar ilk like Grand Theft Auto 4 with its 30+ possible hours of gameplay, or some of the Bioware RPG titles of 40+ then you see where the feeling of being sold short comes in.

Mafia 2's story is good, if a little stereotypical and obvious, - the missions all felt more bland and cliched than Mafia 1's did - and the real disappointment is the ending comes ALL too soon, and you're left after the not-so-grand-final mission thinking "wait... that was the last mission? Thats the end of the game???"

The story leaves it extremely open and doesnt really give any closure to proceedings, be it to what Vito Scaletta was getting up to nor to his life story.

To be frank, if the credits rolling is a surprise to you - it means the story was either cut back by time/money constraints, or it was secondary in the game creators thinking, and when a game which is so linear as Mafia 2 is dependant upon its story, it should be ranking at #1 in their minds.

So, coupled with this knowledge, and married together with its amazing feel, i can only give Mafia 2 a 3/5.

It would be a 5/5 from me if there had been just another 5 hours or so to finish off Vito's life story, or if there had been more "meat" to the gameplay (much of it is driving to and from places, not on errands, but missions like "Drive home".
GTA used to be the "we concentrate on driving" game, and Mafia's was "our cars are slow, 1920-30s, so we concentrate on the action and shooting". Sadly, they dipped over the wrong side of the line in this game, and there could've been SO much more done to maximize its potential.

So for that, and the shortness of the game, its a 3/5.

Buy it if you loved Mafia 1, buy it if you dont mind the idea of just 8-10 hours of gameplay out of your £30.

Dont buy it if you're wanting to try a game out for the first time or using this as a benchmark of its game genre
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Initial post: 1 Sep 2010 09:52:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Sep 2010 09:53:28 BDT
A. F. Allday says:
After Receiving Mafia 2 at a great Amazon price and lightning FREE Delivery I was Discusted to see that Yet another PC Game Title is Ruied (for me) with the inclusion of the Hateful "Steam" system of Game loading! I searched carfully for the "Steam" logo, before buying, which was tactfully omitted from the box cover, with only a vague reference to being "online once for registration" If i had known "Steam" had anything to do with this Game I would never of bought it! "Steam" as far as i am concerned, is the worst invention in the history of Computers and I will never buy ANY Game that demands its use. They single handedly ruined the Total War series for me, and my freinds.

I cannot imagine WHY game makers want to destroy thir potential market by using these Hatefull pointless systems. I look forward to the day Steam go out of business, I wish them nothing but misery and bad luck, as that is all they have ever inflicted on us!

Posted on 7 Sep 2010 11:03:32 BDT
Quote from S.Davis - "Mafia 2's story is good, if a little stereotypical and obvious, - the missions all felt more bland and cliched than Mafia 1's did - and the real disappointment is the ending comes ALL too soon, and you're left after the not-so-grand-final mission thinking "wait... that was the last mission? Thats the end of the game??? The story leaves it extremely open and doesnt really give any closure to proceedings, be it to what Vito Scaletta was getting up to nor to his life story."

That's where version 2 would come in at a guess, the developers cannot finish the storyline off, otherwise, they'd have nothing to put into their next chapter. It's a marketing ploy, commonly used these days, whether the end-users like it, or, not.....

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2010 13:26:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Sep 2010 13:29:13 BDT
Apollo says:
Having played through and enjoyed Mafia (I) years ago, i can understand what S.Davis is pointing to. To be sold a game at full price and only receive around 8-10 hours of gameplay is obviously frustrating. It may be a marketing ploy by the supplier, but from my point of view, this has backfired. It takes no time at all for customers to post their feelings/reviews on a game, thus influencing further sales. They were able to release a full game years ago, with a suitable conclusion, and are now able release a new Mafia (II) years later - with a different story arc (?), i can't see why they needed to sell the story short this time around. I for one was looking forward to getting this game for years, and judging from the reviews here, i will now wait a few more months/years and pick it up when it is at a more realistic price for the content (eg: £10)
Thanks for the reviews.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2010 15:33:51 GMT
Mr Shh. says:
To reply to A.F.Allday, personally I love Steam. I have bought loads of games during their regular sales, such as Mafia 2 for just a couple of pounds. Because I usually buy games for under £5 on Steam it doesn't bother me if there's only 5-10 hours of gameplay. If I'd paid £30 then yes it would bother me but I never spend that amount.

I understand that you probably don't want to be forced to use Steam if you have a slow internet connection or just want the choice of not having your purchases controlled by a third party but as I have about 150 games on Steam I wouldn't want all those boxes piled up on my shelf.

Posted on 27 Mar 2011 20:35:05 BDT
On the whole authenticity thing -the 1951 music is actually mostly from the mid-50s. This anachronism shouldn't anoy me but it does! Why they can't have made Vito fight in Korea and then had his post-prison era in 1956 or 1957 is beyond me.
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