Review: Mafia II


Posted August 23, 2010 - By Dana Leahy

Mafia II

Joey, do you like videogames about gangsters? Do you, perhaps, wish to immerse yourself totally in a bygone era of American history well documented in popular culture and filled with fodder for myth? Then you'll want to check out Mafia II, the new open world game from 2K.

Taking place in New York City stand-in Empire Bay and spanning the years 1943-1951, Mafia II transports you to a different time and allows you to take control of your own seedy destiny. There's nothing "disorganized" about the crime in Mafia II, and as Adam Sessler writes in his review, the attention to detail in the game is astounding:

"The first time you are driven through Empire Bay, it’s a snowy evening in 1945 with “Baby its Cold Outside” playing on the radio. The elegance and innocent hope of the city is laid forth and continues throughout the game as a continual comment on the unsavory role Vito plays.  The cutscenes are choreographed with equal attention, evoking the requisite moodiness and menace. In particular a scene involving a loan shark where the minimal lighting, dingy setting, and menacing music playing with perfect pianissimo conspire to make the sequence drip with Shakespearean foreshadowing and dread."

Click here to read the rest of Adam's Mafia II review and to see the game's score.

Review: Mafia II


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