If you're one of those people who really want to sample a game before buying, you'll definitely want to sign on to the PSN or Xbox Live Marketplace in a few weeks time.

Because that's when the playable demo for Mafia II will be available to download. According to a new print advertisement for the promising game, as noticed by CVG , the demo will be ready for a test spin on August 10. We knew it would be released next month – remember, the full game releases on August 24 – but we didn't have an exact date until now. Mafia II is the type of game that should appeal to most Grand Theft Auto lovers; the dark, gritty, open-world sandbox style with a solid storyline is very reminiscent of Rockstar's gargantuan franchise. We're just getting a different atmosphere for this potential summer gem, and we're really hoping it turns out to be a worthwhile experience for fans of this gaming type. The original was decent but fell a little shy in some technical and gameplay aspects, so we're hoping the sequel addresses those issues and gives us a more refined product.

Well, they've had plenty of time and there are far more powerful consoles at their disposal, so it should turn out well. We'll have to see.

Related Game(s): Mafia II