From 2K games comes a title well worth playing:
Set in the 1940’s and 1950’s the story follows Vito Scaletta.
After a botched robbery attempt with his long time friend Joe, Vito chose to join the army where he found himself in the heat of battle in World War 2. 2 years of service go by and Vito finds himself back in the Empire Bay, which is a living breathing city where crime is the order of the day. Vito has dreams and these dreams are to become a “made-man” no matter what the cost, even if it involves the Mafia.
Game-play 1940’ style:
The major factor that pulled me towards Mafia 2 was the vehicles, classic 1940’s style vehicles which are a absolutely pleasure to drive ranging from the Bolt Ace Coupe, 1953 Pontiac Chieftain ‘Potomac Indian, 1941 Dodge Custom Sedan, Crusader Chromium Fordor and many more vehicles which have been beautifully designed to bring the gamer a nice authentic experience.
The music is something that will bring back very fond memories to the older generation of gamers, and enlighten some of the younger generation at the same time; the music includes licensed tracks from: Bing Crosby, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Little Richard and many more featured artists which really set the mood for Mafia 2.
Weaponry ranges from hand to hand combat, to an arsenal of fire power which includes: M1 Garand, Colt M1911, M3 Grease Gun, Pump Action Shotguns, MG42, Tommy Gun and many more as the list is very large.
The world around you:
Mafia 2 has a large living and breathing environment, which can be classed as beautiful and can be fully explored. The NPC’s add great life to the city and so do the law enforcement which seem to tangle with the main character on a few occasions. The law enforcement is tough so expect a challenge when taking them on.
Each section of the city has a different feel and vibe to it, which makes the game so much more enticing to the visual senses.The presentation of the title is one that is crisp clear and brilliant. The character models are great and the fluent movements of the main character and NPC’s is one that is a highly worthwhile experience to encounter. I especially enjoyed the winter effects in the beginning of Mafia 2 it added a great feel to the title, which is somewhat lacking in games of this genre. The visuals of water are also pretty impressive, as most titles seem to get this wrong on so many levels.
Although my review is shortened from my usual style, I am going to have to say if you don’t own Mafia 2, I suggest you stop what you’re doing right now!!! Jump into your car and head on over to your nearest store and grab a copy of this title it is sheer brilliance.
Predominantly reviewed on Xbox 360.