Mafia II

by G. Christopher Williams

6 December 2010

 

Six years after the release of the original Mafia, 2K has followed up that cult favorite with an open world game defined less by its similarity to Grand Theft Auto or other open world crime games and more to its commitment to building authentic period ambiance and telling a really good, really different kind of mob story.

Vito Scaletta is no Godfather or Scarface, instead he is just one Mafia soldier feeling the pressure of his obligations to his “family,” and in that, this story of a man sorting out his mission and his loyalties really works as both a crime story and as a very human story. Twitch gamers may find this one slow and a little talky, but this title is sure to please the gamer that wants a legitimate plot to drive some good old fashioned gaming mayhem.

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