Scheduled release date:
Spring 2009
Publisher:
2K Games
Developer:
2K Czech
Number Of Players:
1
Genre:
Action/Adventure


There's no doubt about it that the first Mafia game was nothing short of a
fantastic crime-sim. If there was one game worthy of the Godfather name, it
would be Mafia. Its release followed the launch of Grand Theft Auto III, but
unlike GTA's more cartoon-like presence, Mafia boasted superb visuals that aimed
for grit and realism, in addition to an amazing story, coupled with great
gameplay. Unfortunately, the console versions of the game weren't as great as
the PC game was. But we're in a new generation, and the sequel is being
developed primarily for consoles, this time around.

Mafia II takes place in Empire City, and is set in the 1940s and 1950s. Just like
the first game, you can expect to see many similarities to 1940s/50s New York
when driving around Empire City, as it will feature the Empire State Building,
the Brooklyn Bridge, and other landmarks. The game's story revolves around Vito,
and picks up with his return from World War II. He chose the military over jail
time, after getting caught for robbery. Upon his return, he reunites with his
long-time friend Joe. A plan is devised between the two, and so their underworld
campaign begins. Take-Two is claiming a very story driven game with two hours
worth of game cut-scenes, and a script that consists of 700 pages, which is
almost two times larger than the first game.

Mafia's writer and director, Daniel Vavra, spoke about the creation of the
game's story and said: "The old game was a tribute to gangster movies, a
romantic vision. Mafia 2 is grittier, real, a darker world, and the effects are
based in reality". Mafia II will take you up the criminal ladder by starting you
from the bottom, almost simulating the life of a gangster. But if you think
you're going to be all alone in the underworld, you're sorely mistaken.

Your crime-battles will consist of three other families: the Falconis, the
Vincis, and the Clementes. Situations are all yours to control, as different
outcomes shape different gameplay paths, and ultimately bring you to a different
ending. Screwing up a mission won't always result in having to replay it, but
instead will result in suffering a consequence of some sort. And full-scale
firefights will be rare, as Vito and Joe choose to run silently, and kill using
stealthier measures.

With Grand Theft Auto IV boasting one of the best implementations of a living,
breathing city, you can bet your bottom dollar that Take-Two wants to make sure
that their other crime-game does all of that and more. An extensive list of
features has been made available and it details a plethora of incredible things.
For example, cars that update as the years go by; damage more realistic than
anything available, including exploding gas tanks; piloting airplanes;
non-playable characters with their own agendas, such as waiting for a bus,
smoking, reading a paper, bums looking through garbage, etc; gyms to upgrade
fighting styles and combos; gun-play somewhat similar to Gears of War;
environmental interactivity that'll let you use sink faucets, switches, chairs,
bottles, and radios; environmental interactivity is for either normal use, or
violent use; and much more.

Take a look at the remainder of what else you can expect to see:

Visually, Mafia II is looking fantastic. If these screenshots are any
indication of the final product, I'd go as far as to say that we're looking at a
game that may soon topple Grand Theft Auto IV from a purely aesthetic level. If
2K Czech indeed manages to make a world that is every bit as superb as GTAIV's,
then the technical bar for a living, breathing city will be rising yet again
next year. Thankfully, in terms of console leadership, Mafia II doesn't have a
lead-console, as the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC are the lead-platforms in
development.

Mafia II is still about a year away from release, so the wait is on. A simultaneous launch is expected for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC next Spring.

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Fabi
Fabi
12 years ago

Wow.

I always wanted traffic signals and violations to be noticed in GTA. It took away from the realism when you could pass through a redlight in front of a cop and he didn't notice.

Sounds awesome.

orangpelupa
orangpelupa
12 years ago

I love mafia 1

and mafia ii look awesome

Qubex
Qubex
12 years ago

Being Italian, this game will be most welcome! Only trouble I have with it are the Surnames used for the mobster families. They really do not sound very good or authentic… the "Clementes"… lol, surely they could have come up with something better?

Q!

ArnoldK PSXE
ArnoldK PSXE
12 years ago

Well, it's Clemente. But yeah, that one is a bit off.

KidCallaway123
KidCallaway123
12 years ago

I can't wait for this one!!

It sounds totally awesome! I love reading previews!

Thanks for the heads up Arnold!!

coolistic
coolistic
12 years ago

I'm just…so excited about GTAIV that I can't think about this one yeet.

But after one year – this is will be a must have.

opsdaddy
opsdaddy
11 years ago

Man, just saw the Christmas-themed trailer, and it was impressive! Here's hoping that the game quality approaches the humor and quality of those CGI scenes. Even though I was underwhelmed by The Godfather: The Don's Edition, I still loved the old-school gangster feel of the whole thing. If this thing is brought into being with a lot of TLC, I think 2K Games will have a huge hit on their hands!