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Mafia 2 Review

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Xtrafresh 24th August 2010, 09:23 Quote
yeah baby yeah! I've been waiting on this since GTA IV turned out to be such a bore, and the demo of this game gave me that awesome feeling that San ANdreas had back.

Plus, it works absolutely perfect with eyefinity. :D
oasked 24th August 2010, 09:26 Quote
Hmmm... I've got this on pre-order. I think I'll stick with it, shame its not quite as amazing as we were all hoping for.
brokenthinker 24th August 2010, 09:44 Quote
It doesn't sound as good as I hoped, but i'm still going to buy it.

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Jack_Pepsi 24th August 2010, 10:06 Quote
:O

BUM!
liratheal 24th August 2010, 10:09 Quote
I've been told by a less than reputable source that you don't get much chance to free-roam the city during the day - If the demo is to be believed, you do get a call in the morning and that's it for the day - But I've not seen a reputable review mention this - Can anyone confirm/deny?
Nikols 24th August 2010, 10:14 Quote
Hmmm sounds like it's all about the pillow talk.... Call me baby, I'm in
CardJoe 24th August 2010, 10:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
I've been told by a less than reputable source that you don't get much chance to free-roam the city during the day - If the demo is to be believed, you do get a call in the morning and that's it for the day - But I've not seen a reputable review mention this - Can anyone confirm/deny?

Not sure what you're asking, really. You often get a call in the morning for the early portions of the game - "Hey, Vito, we got a job, meet me at the bar." type stuff - but IIRC you don't have to rush there. You can get involved in police chases ahead of that.
hexx 24th August 2010, 11:36 Quote
sooooo the main question is: is it better than the first one? i've played the first one so many times and been looking forward to sequel since then.
liratheal 24th August 2010, 11:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
I've been told by a less than reputable source that you don't get much chance to free-roam the city during the day - If the demo is to be believed, you do get a call in the morning and that's it for the day - But I've not seen a reputable review mention this - Can anyone confirm/deny?

Not sure what you're asking, really. You often get a call in the morning for the early portions of the game - "Hey, Vito, we got a job, meet me at the bar." type stuff - but IIRC you don't have to rush there. You can get involved in police chases ahead of that.

Sorry, should have been more clear - I got told (and as much as I don't believe the person telling me, I like to be certain before I buy something), that there was very little opportunity to free-roam Empire City. I'm assuming, though, from your response that this is an outright fallacy, and there is indeed plenty of free-roam opportunities.

To be honest, I'd not be buying the game for the story as much as the fact that I enjoyed the shootouts with the police/guns available to the player - Free roam, as useless as it might be, is my prime interest in this game :D
m0ngy 24th August 2010, 12:50 Quote
I remember you guys gave a very favourable mention to this game a while back. Looks like it wasn't as good as you'd hoped. I never played the original, but I have played the demo of this one, and I can see what you mean about the total immersion in the 40's era middle-America. I dig it so far, but I might not if I wasn't a big Scorsese fan. The free-roam issue is a biggy, so far as replay value is concerned.
LeMaltor 24th August 2010, 12:53 Quote
Wanted at least an 8 game, hoped for a 9. Ow well, at least I cannot bin this like Farcry2, as I bought it on steam lolz :D
kenco_uk 24th August 2010, 13:24 Quote
Did the benchmarks take a back seat or did they get locked in the trunk with a spade?
Spuzzell 24th August 2010, 14:03 Quote
Oh, come on. Realistic dialogue my tiny heiny. It's appalling.

It's like they got a classroom of chav 11 year old boys to re-write The Sopranos because there wasn't enough swearing or mentions of tits and blowjobs. It's embarrassingly try hard.

Good review, though you seem to have enjoyed the game a bit more than I am so far. I'm thinking 5-6 at the moment, but I haven't finished it yet.

@liratheal

You can free roam, but there's literally nothing to do. You can drive around the whole place from very early on, but there's zero reason to apart from to look around and fight passers-by.
kornedbeefy 24th August 2010, 15:02 Quote
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sooooo the main question is: is it better than the first one? i've played the first one so many times and been looking forward to sequel since then.

2nd...So how does it compare to the first?
hexx 24th August 2010, 15:12 Quote
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sooooo the main question is: is it better than the first one? i've played the first one so many times and been looking forward to sequel since then.

2nd...So how does it compare to the first?

i'll let you know when i get it :) it's on my rental list, but long wait
UrbanMarine 24th August 2010, 15:57 Quote
I can't believe it's been 8yrs since the original. I kind of figured it'd be an 7-8 rated game :( I just hope my steam preload is done by the time I get off work.

@Hexx: That's one reason I got rid of GameFly. Unless my rental list was open the day of the release, it took 2wk+ to get the game. Alan Wake was the longest wait for me. It took roughly a month to get it from GF.
perplekks45 24th August 2010, 17:32 Quote
My personal highlight of this review, unfortunate as it is, was the Ross Noble link. :p
hexx 24th August 2010, 17:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by UrbanMarine
I can't believe it's been 8yrs since the original. I kind of figured it'd be an 7-8 rated game :( I just hope my steam preload is done by the time I get off work.

@Hexx: That's one reason I got rid of GameFly. Unless my rental list was open the day of the release, it took 2wk+ to get the game. Alan Wake was the longest wait for me. It took roughly a month to get it from GF.

i'm with lovefilm - works well, i've got red dead redemption and i've received it few days after the release day.

if you wanna try it free for 2 monhts, here's a link with a staff code on it:

http://www.lovefilm.com/9pf6yhyd4/visitor/sign_up_1.html

the code itself is: 9pf6yhyd4

I rent most of the games at first, then i buy
hexx 24th August 2010, 17:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by UrbanMarine
I can't believe it's been 8yrs since the original. I kind of figured it'd be an 7-8 rated game :( I just hope my steam preload is done by the time I get off work.

@Hexx: That's one reason I got rid of GameFly. Unless my rental list was open the day of the release, it took 2wk+ to get the game. Alan Wake was the longest wait for me. It took roughly a month to get it from GF.

i'm with lovefilm - works well, i've got red dead redemption and i've received it few days after the release day.

if you wanna try it free for 2 monhts, here's a link with a staff code on it:

http://www.lovefilm.com/9pf6yhyd4/visitor/sign_up_1.html


the code itself is: 9pf6yhyd4

I rent most of the games at first, then i buy

oh sorry, just noticed, you're a PC gamer, there are no PC titles at lovefilm
UrbanMarine 24th August 2010, 18:13 Quote
I do both actually. Thanks for the info.
PingCrosby 24th August 2010, 19:13 Quote
Who loves ya baby.
stevemor909 24th August 2010, 21:24 Quote
The original Mafia was two great games in one! The missions and storyline were awesome and I spent months playing it and than replaying it the second time through. But the free play with the shootouts and chases with the cops, as well as the bad guys in the cars and walking through the city made A SECONDARY game! It was good enough in itself to spend months playing. I actually stayed entertained for a couple years with Mafia because of the two great elements. GTA does not have as good of free mode, although I have enjoyed GTA III, Vice City, San Andreas, and IV! But even though they spent years making Mafia 2, I never thought they were going to match up to the original. Personally if it holds up as well as the GTA sequels go, they would have done decently. There just arent any other open ended games I like. not even red Dead Redemption which a lot of people like, I couldnt go for the cheesy storyline and cartoonish AI. It just wasn't gritty and realistic enough for me although the graphics and technology were very well done!
ian8415 25th August 2010, 00:07 Quote
Eeek, lots of people missing the essence of these games (including the first), There not here to inovate or have the best driving physics, its to be authentic and immersive in the exprience. I am a big mob film fan, this game really does it for me, and it will for you if you like that type of thing. The cars are beuutifully created and add to the suspense of having an un assured escape in mission, will u run out of fuel, will the engine die, don't crash the wheel might fall off type of thing. I don't want to play game after game of a clone soldier shotting rifles, or aliens attacking something, I want story with depth and mening, and nudey photos!
GiantStickMan 25th August 2010, 06:49 Quote
I'm hanging out for my copy to arrive (i pre-ordered the special edition). The demo wasn't anything revolutionary but I liked the style of it and if the full version is just more of the same I'll be happy enough. Good review, seems about what I was expecting.
batfink 25th August 2010, 13:08 Quote
I'm finding myself playing it just because I want the story to end. It's taken me 9-odd hours to get to 60% completion on Medium difficulty, and several of those hours have been cutscenes, dull A-to-B driving missions or replaying the same shooty level because of the regular sudden death moments.

Do you get a freeride mode once you've completed the game? And a pony? I want a pony.
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