Mafia II PC Game ReviewnVidia_Freak - October 5, 2010
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Despite the few shortcomings, Mafia II isn't a horrible game. The story is a large part of what makes it an alright game, despite being very predictable if you're familiar with movies like Goodfellas or The Godfather trilogy. It's an old, tried and true formula that churns out something interesting each time. It helps if Mafia II is thought of as an interactive movie. Some of the movie is given to you, in this case these are cutscenes, and in between those, there is stuff for you to do. The point isn't for you to change the outcome of the story, but to involve you in it. That's essentially what happens when you play Mafia II. The dialogue is well delivered and each character has his or her own personality. In addition, the atmosphere and visuals are appealing with the roughly period music to accent it. It's immersive enough that you almost forget about the sloppy driving, pseudo-open world, and lack of manual save games, and if you don't watch yourself, you can easily end up playing hours at a time.
Both the good and bad make Mafia II what it is. If any of it was different, it would be another boring shooter. Mafia II is a mixed bag that is, on the whole, an enjoyable experience, but some things could've been tweaked and expanded upon to make it much more. In all, a 7.5 on a 10 point scale.
- Entertaining combat
- Enjoyable story
- Visually pleasing
- Great atmosphere
- Out of place and unfinished levels
- Driving mechanics
- Game world limited
- No manual game saves, only checkpoints
- Abrupt ending