Posted: April 15
PLEASE NOTE: I was playing this game on a laptop with Intel Celeron Quad Core at 1.7ghz, and idk if it has a graphics card, though i believe it’s an intel HD one. Either way, my point is i was by no means on high graphics, and often i encountered lag. This does not affect the storyline, but it does affect the gameplay, so this review will be based MOSTLY on MY experience of the game. Please enjoy.
Indeed not the most popular game ever, and it doesn't compare to games like GTA or COD. Mafia 2 will take you through a story, in the shoes of an Italian by the name of Vito Scaletta. Starting out as a teenager who commits mild crimes, you are captured and used in the army for the invasion of Sicily, as you speak the language. You are heavily outnumbered and outgunned, but you hold off the enemy force long enough before someone to come to your rescue. Having served your time in the army you come back to the streets in a hope to lead what you could call a life, but naturally, life bites back. His family are in debt, he needs to earn money for himself too, and due to the fact he doesn’t know what to do, he runs to his oldest mate, Joe, and starts a life of crime.
I tried not to give too much away there for the purpose of spoilers, but in this review i endeavour to cover at least enough of the game to either make you hit purchase or cancel.
So, where do i start?
This game has a brilliant story line, and it is one that you will really enjoy playing. The idea of playing as one person through his life is something rarely seen in games today, it's normally just a character that you decide to kill people as. There are highs and lows in Vito's Life, and some moments are quite emotional, but it is not the story line that makes the game, but it is indeed a good foundation. i do not want to give too much away, but if you are sensitive to spoilers, do not read any further than the end of this sentence, but skip to the next paragraph. The storyline is very powerful, and while i was playing it i could not help but feel for Vito, especially due to his bad childhood. He sets out as a very poorly educated man, the only thing he knows how to do is kill, and he needs a job. The story creates some nice side-missions, and you really feel the desperation and pressure that Vito is living in. He is naive, and stupid, and lunges at the first chance he gets to earn megga bucks. Morally 'right' and 'wrong' never came into it. 0It is definitely more fun to play the path that Vito took, than a more peaceful one, which will be why the designers did it, but at the same time it is very repetitive, and this is what annoys me. You start killing people in the army, then you do it for cash, then for the Mafia. Each shootout is very different, but in another way they are almost identical. Weapon choices are not very good, the most interesting come off the people you have killed. Gunfights are not as satisfying as i would like, and it is really annoying when you kill a load of enemies, and loads more randomly appear. The worst scene i found for that was the last one, before the end of the game. That leads me on nicely, the end of the game.....what a disappointment. When the game finishes there is not really much to do, due to the fact it was a story, when the story ends...it is over. There is no option to free-roam, but if you read on in the review i will tell you why that is probably a good thing. You can but a DLC named Jimmy's Vendetta, where you get to play as another guy, and it does offer more free roam Later i will talk about the DLC's, as i have them all, and the difference they really make to the game. If you enjoy just screeching tires and shooting, this will be a game that requires thought, as it offers both, but i believe it is too unbalanced.
I rate the story 9/10 for its creativity and sheer emotional impact. I was quite sad when i'd finished it, but at the same time i was glad because it had taken so long and at times been quite boring.
Well, there are a lot of these. Good voice acting does make this game very enjoyable to listen to, but maybe that was it, it should have been listened to. People do swear, especially in combat, which is nice really, because all Total War games have little speech at all, and no swearing. I was taken back really by the quality of sounds in this game, and they really add to the atmosphere of the scene, making it very enjoyable. I can't remember if there were things like birds and wind that you could hear, but nonetheless i think the sound is to a good quality. I also like the touch of the radios in the cars, and they play authentic (♥♥♥♥) songs. I only ever found about 2 that i liked. Dreeeeeeeem.......dreem dreeem dreeem.... that one was catchy. (Spelling dream was wrong on purpose for those that care, that is how it sounds in the song). Anyway, back on track. Main characters in the game all sound different, making it feel more real, as in some games like Total War, they all sound the same. The civilians have got a sense of humour, they ask you thinks like 'Are you a pedo?' etc. if you 'invade their personal space. I do not really know why, but i think they are funny.
Overall, 8/10 for the sound, everything considered, the engines are a bit annoying over the radio.
Awesome. Blood sprays off people when they are shot or punched, and pools of blood lie on the floor next to them. Snow looks really realistic, as does grass. Really the graphics make the game what it was, even down to the cut scenes. There were parts that looked a bit cheap, but it was still believable, and that’s what you have to do to play Mafia 2, believe, because none of it is true. I cant think of a lot to say about the graphics, from dust to textures on houses, by my standards its all there.
Well, shooting it satisfying, though gets boring for the long extents of time you end up doing it. Mafia 2 includes 2 moves everywhere you go, there is a good/Peaceful move, or a bad/violent one. The whole game works around this basis, and though the choice is limited, it works well. O n a good, fast computer I find that shooting it all too easy, a bit too light, same with fist fighting, and rarely is the desperation there to kill the enemy and leave. It is always something you seem to enjoy, but get too much of, and because you enjoy it, it loses realism. You follow a story as I said before, and in the time between missions all you can really do is yet again…more shooting. You can steal cars, but getting the money to upgrade them is impossible unless you do the next mission, or scene in the story. It is annoying how things would go wrong all the time, and in some cases would never be put right. The gameplay is basic, and sometimes there is a long boring, and un necessary drive from one end of the map to the other. Despite a lot of time and care being put into the city, I don’t need to see it again and again every 5 seconds of my life. Most missions are very similar, and towards the end of your journey you just do the missions as a job, and you get to the point where you just want to see the next cut scene. In all fairness, that was the best part of the game, and I think with some good actors, it would have made a better movie.
Overall I rate the game 7/10. The quality of it is generally good, but you really wish there was a fast forward button for all the wasted driving, and more to do in the free roam world. Vito never gets Hungry, so really you never NEED to eat, until you are injured. Personally I liked the game, a lot, but even with the DLC which provides a more ‘free roam’ experience, there is little to do, consequently I have no desire to play it again for a while. It’s like watching the same film 10 times in a row, it’s just BORING.
I hope you enjoyed this review, or at least I hope it helped. Thanks for reading, and Bye for now ;D