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Mafia II

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Released
Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
74
3.9
Windows
76
3.8
Xbox 360
79
3.7
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Description

Vito Scaletta is an Italian immigrant in the United States. Born into a poor family from Sicily, he grows up in the city of Empire Bay and soon becomes best friends with Joe Barbaro, who convinces him that crime is just a way to get easy money. After having attempted a robbery, Vito is arrested and offered a choice by the authorities: go to jail or join the army. Choosing the latter, he is drafted and sent to Italy to fight Mussolini and his followers. After being injured and discharged, he returns to Empire Bay and learns that his deceased father owed a large amount of money. Willing to protect his family from debt collectors, Vito contacts Joe, and the two gradually begin to steer their lives towards organized crime, unaware of the price they will have to pay for that.

Mafia II shares the theme and the basic gameplay concept with Mafia; though it takes place at a later time and follows the life story of a different protagonist, the game's plot has a few connections with that of the predecessor. The game's story begins in the 1940's and extends into the 1950's. The story follows a linear path and is divided into chapters, each telling a separate episode in Vito's life and his trials and tribulations after getting involved with the mafia.

Like its predecessor, the game combines free-roaming driving with third-person shooting stages, focusing on the latter. Though the player is free to explore the city (driving a car or on foot), most of the driving gameplay is confined to the missions, which involves getting to the destination, stopping to buy items, hijacking different cars, etc. There are noticeably less chases or violent encounters during the driving sections than in the previous game. Police may arrest Vito for speeding or violent behavior; the player has the option to bribe officers in exchange for freedom.

The third-person shooting mechanics have been overhauled, featuring a cover-based system similar to that of Gears of War. Vito's health regenerates over a short period of time and cannot be restored by other means. He can be easily killed when running in the open; therefore, taking cover and periodically shooting is the prevalent tactic. In addition to firearms from the previous game (Colt 1911, tommy gun, pump-action shotgun, etc.), there are World War II-era weapons in the game, such as the MP 40 and M3 submachine guns. Vito is sometimes assisted by Joe or other characters during the shooting stages.

One portion of the game, which takes place inside of a prison, has melee-focused brawls. Players can explore interiors to find collectibles, more specifically vintage Playboy magazines to unlock the erotic photos within. The PlayStation 3 version of the game includes exclusive access to the DLC, The Betrayal of Jimmy. It is available for free only to those who purchase the base game.

Screenshots

Mafia II Windows The player getting fined. He can accept the fine or decline it and run from the cop.
Mafia II Windows Outside of Joe's house, one of the most commonly visited locations in the game. Wearing his leather jacket, Vito is thinking what to do next...
Mafia II Windows The first mission in the game takes place in Italy during World War II. Vito the soldier climbs into a house
Mafia II Windows The city is very detailed. All those 40-ies commercials and other paraphernalia

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User Reviews

Mafia II is a sad example of how an undeniable masterpiece can be turned into a total disaster. Windows Kadath Bird (712)
The storyline saves this from getting the hit. Windows dreamstealer (146)
Wins the award for best presentation Xbox 360 Pixelspeech (955)

The Press Says

GamersGlobal PlayStation 3 Aug 23, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Play.tm Xbox 360 Aug 24, 2010 90 out of 100 90
GameSpot Windows Aug 23, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
GameStar (Germany) Windows Aug 23, 2010 85 out of 100 85
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Aug 27, 2010 80 out of 100 80
Thunderbolt Games Windows Sep 05, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Factornews Windows Aug 31, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Gamer.nl Windows Aug 23, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Mana Pool Windows Sep 13, 2010 7 out of 10 70
PCActu Windows Sep 03, 2010 5.5 out of 10 55

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Trivia

Japanese version

In the Japanese version, the collectible Playmate photographs were censored with black bars over breasts and bottom.

References: Mafia

While the game isn't a direct sequel to the original Mafia, there are a few nods to the original game:
  • Excerpts from Tommy Angelo's testimony against Ennio Salieri appear in the loading screens;
  • The music playing in the restaurant at the beginning of Chapter 5 is from the original game;
  • One of the trucks has "Lost Heaven, Brno, Empire Bay" written on the side (the city from the original game, the home of 2K Czech, and Mafia II's city respectively).

References to the game

Mafia 2 was parodied in an episode of "Die Redaktion" (The Editorial Team), a monthly comedy video produced by the German gaming magazine GameStar. It was published on the DVD of issue 11/2010.

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