The original Mafia was released almost a decade ago to unanimous praise.  Now, the time has finally come to see if Mafia II has what it takes to run this town, or if this game is gonna sleep wit’ the fishes.

Check out the full HD video review and my final thoughts below:

So, as you can see, Mafia II is definitely a wonder to behold for PC gamers.  Technically and graphically superior to all other versions, Mafia II for PC is nothing short of a classic “playable” mobster movie.

If Mafia II were a movie, I’d see it twice and then buy the special edition DVD the day it came out.

Yet, like I said, if a 12 hour linear campaign isn’t enough to warrant your hard earned money, then perhaps Mafia II isn’t the game for you to buy this season.  It is however a game that you should “play“, so rent it if you must.  While it is extremely linear, the line you follow to get through Vito’s tale is a great one that will draw you in deeper with each twist and turn of the story.   That being said, I firmly believe that this game lives up to, and in fact surpasses it’s predecessor in every way.

Here’s the rundown:

+ Incredible technically

+ Incredible visually (PhysX and 3D Vision take the immersion to a whole new level)

+ First rate storytelling and direction

– Too linear for some gamers

Disagree or just wanna tell me you think I’m oobatz!?  Let me know @DaveOshry on Twitter or email me at Dave@Ripten.com

5 COMMENTS

  1. Great video review. I’m no everyday PC gamer, but that video made me wish my PC could run Mafia 2 with the best settings. I’ve been hearing from a lot of people Mafia 2 is a very linear game, but personally playing the demo I spent quite a few hours just roaming around driving, killing people, store shootouts, and all sorts of crazy stuff. Even though there is no side missions I think people with enough creativity can find their own things to do in the city, as I found just driving around to be fun because I love the driving mechanics in the game. The cutscenes you showed looked very well done, which is good because Mafia has always been about its story. Looks like I might be picking this game up after all.

    • Thanks for the feedback!!

      If you aren’t into a 12 hour linear game for $60, then definitely rent the game. Even if you don’t buy it, you should definitely play it. You won’t regret it.

  2. Yo! Read the review. I’ve been having some trouble deciding if I should buy this or not. I played a bit of the beginning, and the story seems awesome, but I’m not sure if the story is enough to warrant a 60 dollar purchase.

  3. Interesting choice of rhetoric given the recent dialogue going on over at Penny-Arcade about used games. From your review, I honestly believe that no matter the length of the game, the sheer amount of work that the creators put into it make it incredibly worthy of supporting the developer.

    I think that I should be a MADE man because of this:

    In West Empire Bay, born and raised,
    Burying bodies is where I spent most of my days.
    Tanning out, basking, relaxing by da pool,
    Eating some pasta outside of Fazouli’s,
    When a couple a’ guys, they were up to no good,
    Starting capping wiseguys in my neighborhood.
    I got in one little shootout and my girl got scared,
    So I slapped her in the face because it’s the 1950’s.

    I whistled for a cab and when it came near,
    I pulled out the driver and shot him in the ear,
    If anything I could say that I needed some air,
    So I outran the cops and thought, “On to Times Square!” (Or whatever it’s called in the game)

    I pulled up to a strip club about seven or eight,
    And I ditched the body in the pier as fishbait.
    I looked at my kingdom, I was finally made,
    And I’m known all around as “The Guido in Suede”.

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