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Such a Shame!,
This review is from: Mafia II (PS3) (Video Game)I waited for a long time for this sequel - the teasers looked great and even when I first started the game it gave me a buzz and I thought it was going to be really amazing, lovely scenery, great music, classic cars... sadly after chapter 2 it ended up being a very short linear game.
There is a vast and beautifully detailed city full of potential and I got the sense that there should have been so much more - even on a parr with or actually a lot better than GTA 4. Its as if the budget was cut half way through because even on the map legend it indicates side missions but there are not any... all way round the city when your searching for collectibles you find large areas that look like mafia compounds - there's barbers, casinos, nightclubs etc... that look like they were going to be used but have been shut up, there are even suspicious looking ramps for stunt jumps all over the place which you never need, pool tables you don't play on. There are 2 BIG areas that no missions etc ever go near. There's nothing wrong with the missions but it feels so unfinished or cut and what happened to the church covered in christmas lights from the teaser?
I would at least like some honesty from 2K because normally their games are good - this was delayed again and again and I was hoping for an open world experience that would last me at least a few weeks not 3 days (and I really stretched it out!). Why put in so much detail like car boots that open and filling up with petrol - if there was no intention of free roaming activity - Yes, you can rob a shop, but I think they intended to put in more ways for to earn money outside of story missions. It is basically a real waste of a game that could have been a massive hit and should of had us 5 starring it like mad.
If you have never played any classic PS2 open world games then this will be a fairly good game for you, but if you loved GTA 3, Vice City, San Andreas or Scarface, then you will be gutted like me! Come on Next Gen game makers give us what we want... take a look at Fallout 3 and start from there.
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Initial post: 7 Sep 2010 08:37:36 BDT
Mr. R. Hadfield says:
absolute spot on review - i completed in 2 days as like too carry out the missions then see the rest but there was nothing else on offer.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Sep 2010 01:43:43 BDT
M. McCann says:
I also have to agree- so much potential ruined- I couldn't believe it when after Vito gets into the car after the mission at the observatory that the credits then began rolling- even downloadable extra games doesn't make up for it.
Posted on 21 Sep 2010 16:59:19 BDT
A. Clarke says:
I havent played the game (only the demo) but I must say this seems a spot on review, exactly how all good reviews should be. Thanks for taking the time to share.
Posted on 29 Sep 2010 15:14:15 BDT
I enjoyed the demo but this review has helped me make up my mind. With so many sandbox games out there these days this clearly doesn't sound anywhere near good enough. Think I'l replay Sabotuer instead
Posted on 27 Nov 2010 18:37:41 GMT
D. Knights says:
I would definitely recommend The Godfather II. Although, it is another game where the controls feel slightly rushed and interacting with the scenery eg. jumping can definitely be an issue. It offers a good storyline, the ability to build your own family and control of the financial side. The Storyline is not the same as the film's but is linked in places such as Cuba and so can excite those that have watched the film a little.
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