Posted: November 22
-Driving is solid, especially fun in the winter season.
-Graphics are excellent. Great care was put into the appearance and visual details of this game.
-Gameplay is polished and smooth, as were the cutscenes
-Empire Bay is convincingly alive, especially at first, and the time period is presented very nicely with artwork, music, etc.
-Some would say the story would be a "pro" but I found it far less enjoyable, and far more predictable when compared to the previous installment. Still deeper than GTA V, for exmaple, but it just depends on what you like. Only had me for 1 playthrough - the original survived 3. Might be some nostalgia bias at work, I admit.
-The missions. Not bad, but forgettable. I didn't feel the missions added as much to the story as the cutscenes.
-The protagonist. Not as dull as Commander Shepard, but I did not sympathize with him. I think it makes a huge difference on your overall satisfaction when you like the protagonist compared to when you don't.
-A tad too linear. Again, this is not that bad when you consider this is 95% a story driven game, but when the story lets you down there is nothing to fall back on.
Verdict: 8/10. If you like driving around in a 40s-50s New York type setting, you will most likely enjoy this game. It is inevitable to compare it to the GTA series, and the most concise way in which I can do this is as follows: Mafia 2 is more linear than GTA and there is less to do outside the story, but the story drives the game a lot more than it does in GTA, and the gameplay is on par. If you played the original, I would say this game is less interesting overall but it did not let me down. I anticipated it's arrival, and I anticipate the arrival of Mafia III just the same.