Sessler's Soapbox: Mafia II's (not so) Open World

Posted: August 24, 2010
Sessler's Soapbox: Mafia II's (not so) Open World
Adam discusses how the interesting and compelling story of Mafia II is a result of a directed experience through the living city.

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  • Heartland

    Right Adam,
    A good video game story has to be told in a way that prevents the player from imposing his/her own self into the story, in that the characters themselves are so well developed and treated, that he/she will be satisfied just to play as the character. An example, well, maybe not so good in this age, was Final Fantasy X. I was young then and into fantasy novels with their epic scopes, and to play as a character who was about my age, with an original back story (it was my first FF game), and who was running around in this incredibly detailed world (at the time) was such an incredible experience, and probably better than books because of the fact that what I saw (graphics and vision of artists) was translating so well.
    This is something that books offer; especially fantasy genres; an escape from our world and into another, which doesn't necessarily mean that we're apart of but, like Tolkien's works, as long as we can see the world and its characters develop in an intriguing and organic story, that's fulfilling.

    Posted: August 24, 2010 4:40 PM
  • ShonenZero

    Was that an Inception reference at the 1:20 mark?

    Posted: August 24, 2010 4:31 PM
  • ShonenZero

    Was... was that am 'Inception' reference at the beginning?

    Posted: August 24, 2010 4:29 PM
  • defiredude

    TOMS ad sweet!!!

    Posted: August 24, 2010 4:08 PM
  • topgamer101

    Gald to see your opinion changing on story and things like that Adam. I remember reading about your opinion on Legacy of Kain years ago and I had to completely disagree with you on it since when I played Soul Reaver (the title I believe you talked about, that or Soul Reaver 2) I fell in love with the story and the writing of it.

    I of course didn't bear a grudge against you, because people are different and that's just how it goes. I'm sure you'd wish more gamers were people like that some days huh? ;P

    Anyway good soapbox, keep up the good work.

    Posted: August 24, 2010 3:57 PM
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    Posted: August 24, 2010 3:41 PM
  • ProjektX13

    I just dont get it, when it came to Shadow of the Colossus the one thing that praised it as an artistic because of the fact that it gave you an open world with nothing to do, because it didnt need anything else to do. Did Mafia II need more objectives? Was the story not enough? or is it that we are so used to mindless round abouts that we need something to set the pace for the story?

    Posted: August 24, 2010 3:28 PM
  • lowkevmic

    Good Soapboax. I still thinkI'm going to pass on the game. Only because I'm over the underworld crime open world games we see all the time. I will say that I never really explored the entire city whenever I played sandbox style games. Every single GTA I've ever played, I pretty much stuck to the story, and never really ventured too far away from it. Same for Saints Row, The Godfather, and the first Mafia game. I think sandbox games was a novelty back during the days of PS2 and Xbox. It gave you a sense of realism in a game, during an era of side scrollers and pretty linear action adventure games. But with today's gaming, an open world environment is a cool feature but to me it's just that, a feature. What would really be cool in a open sandbox game, is the ability to explore everything. Not just the streets, but be able to open any and every door. GTA4 played with the idea a little bit, but to be able to acess any building is really make the gamer fully involved with the world he's playing in. When I see a game like that, then I'm sold.

    Posted: August 24, 2010 3:17 PM
  • kayderek18

    I must say Adam, i never feel like i've waste my time when i spend it listening to your poetic wisdom.
    I need to go read that Mafia 2 review.

    Posted: August 24, 2010 3:14 PM
  • Shaggy_32003

    Perhaps they'll encourage exploration in future dlc's?

    Posted: August 24, 2010 3:14 PM
  • InhumaneSociety

    5:16.... watch the GTA screen funniest crash ever

    Posted: August 24, 2010 3:10 PM
  • whatchel

    Picked it up @ lunch. Hope I don't regret it.

    Posted: August 24, 2010 3:02 PM
  • yayap001

    adam does the old spice guy- im waving my arms now im spinning a top

    Posted: August 24, 2010 2:59 PM