Postat: 5 martie
Hours played, 378 (and counting)
Why? cause this game is just so freaking good lol (yes i do have all the dlc, wich accounts for half the total number of hours played)
Let me clarify a few things first, if you dislike story driven games, and only want to shoot and kill, then this is NOT the game for you.
Those who think this is a gta clone, also will be disappointed, cause simply, it is nothing like gta (altho the dlc missions are somewhat like the style of gta).
Can this game be compared to the first mafia? hmmm, not really, it has a few elements of the original game, and 1 mission in particular has all of it, but still, this game is certainly holding its own as a true mafia game.
If you are all about modding a game before you decide its good or not... get your head checked lol, games cant be rated by the mods for it, rate the mods, or rate the game, but dont rate the game for the modding you have installed, and the bugs that can come with adding mods.
And if you do not like stereo typing and strong language, then you wont like it much either, and i take a wild guess you then dont like popular movies like "the godfather" and "casino" (both filled with stereotypes and strong language)
Ok, on to the good stuff:
Eventho its a older game, the graphix are really nice, great lighting and the overall atmosphere of the game just feels right, it is set in the 40's/50's and that is the feeling you get from the city, the radio and the naration.
The story is good, could have been a little more indepth maybe, and a bit wider set as it is, but, non the less, its a good story wich plays out, more or less, like a movie.(for this reason there are no actual sidequests to do, so free riding, eventho fun, is a bit pointless to do, other then gathering some extra cash and maybe buy some ammo and guns, there is no real reason to free ride in this game)
About the freeriding bit, you can do that after having done your missions for that day but before turning in for the night, going to sleep in the game, will take you to the next chapter and to the new missions for that day. (make of this what you want, is it a drawback? yes and no, but the story doesnt really need the free ride option)
The radio stations got it right too, the music fits well with the game, and the commercials are just great (and accurate too, as they were like that in those days)
Onto driving, with keyboard is ok, can handle just fine, but a controler will be better (yes the game supports controlers) anyway, driving is fun.
The city itself has a good layout, it feels like a city, it has landmarks you can navigate by when free riding and it feels alive, weather changes too.
I do recommend the dlc too, eventho that is more gta style.
Both dlc have decent storylines, and 1 does adds to the main story of the game itself in a small way, as they take place in the same time era (joe's adventures)
The rest of the dlc only adds a few cars and such, but no story lines or missions, still good fun to get when on sale tho ;)
To me, the replay value has been great, sure you know what is coming, but like any good movie, do you only watch it once? i dont, if the movie is good, i can enjoy it time and time again, just like this game.
In conclusion, eventho i feel this game is worth full price, i would buy it when its on sale, simply because of the dlc that will be on sale as well then, so getting the entire pack will be more affordable then.
Well, thats my 2 cents on this game, hope you'll enjoy it as much as i do :D