Recently I played Mafia 2 through and I though that maybe I should make an actual review of a game for once. Well, here’s what I think of the game.
I’ll begin by introducing the game. Mafia 2 tells the story of Vito Scaletta, an Italian immigrant, who gets involved with some less-than-legal business with his childhood friend Joe. The game basically consists of driving and shooting: in each of the game’s 15 chapters you must drive around the city, completing different jobs, which usually boil down to a firefight, though it must be pointed out that this is not always the case.
Even though you have the whole city of Empire Bay to explore, the game isn’t a Grand Theft Auto clone. It’s a story-driven game and not a sandbox game (and this is what many reviewers on the web fail to see). The story itself was surprisingly immersive and the ending actually will evoked strong feelings in my case. But I’m not gonna spoil it anymore than that.
The gameplay is above average. The cover system in the game is probably the best one I’ve ever seen, but the shooting somewhat balances it. It’s fluid, but it isn’t all that exceptional. The cars in the game might divide some opinions, because they are quite hard to handle. For some people this might feel like an unnecessary pain in the ass, but I actually feel that if they were very easy to handle, the driving sequences would just be boring sequences in between the actual missions. But this way even the driving feeks like you were actually playing a game. Regarding cars, you’re actually able to forcibly take possession of any car you see in the game world (you might wanna check if there are any police nearby, though) and also bring them to a mechanic to tune their engines or “legalize” them by replacing the license plates.
The bottom line is, that Mafia 2 is quite a good game, with a good story and quite working gameplay. But if you’re looking for an open-world game, this isn’t the game you’re looking for. Instead, if you like story-driven action games, I can honestly recommend Mafia 2 for you.
Bellow is a short gameplay footage video (mainly consisting of shooting and aimless driving) I made to show how Mafia 2 actually looks like.
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