Now that I have a feel for the real game, I’ll give my thoughts on it.
If you have never played the first mafia game, you will still like this, the story so far is great and it throws in some good twists that you don’t see coming. If you are a fan of the first mafia game, you are going to love this one.
The visuals are fantastic, despite it being a dx9 game. The start of the game is in winter, so the city is covered in snow and it looks convincing. The cars slide like crazy, you leave footprints in the snow behind you, it just looks great. Night time is even better, the street lights just give the game a different atmosphere. Basically, it’s improved big time from the first game, and it’s one of the better looking games out today. I’ll also point out that the city feels alive, the people who have said otherwise are being ignorant, they just have to stop and look around. Turn physx on high, and you get a very realistic looking effects that vary from the way your clothes move, shrapnel off everything you shoot, to tyre smoke that flows like the real thing.
Control wise, it feels like the first mafia, good but nothing to brag about. It does the job. Fans of the first game will feel right at home.
The story started off slow and honestly worse than the first game. The first game set the standard as to how video game stories should be written. The start of the 2nd game lacked originality and sort of felt disappointing. I was a bit worried at that point, luckily the game really picks up later (remembering that I’ve only played 2 hrs so far), it has moments that go beyond what were in the original mafia story. It may yet surpass the first game’s plot, but that’s a pretty hard task.
Some review sites have been complaining that the game makes you do things that are unnecessary, like driving home of a night to go to sleep. They, being hard headed morons, have completely missed the point of the game which is to immerse you into the story, having to drive to every mission, going home, buying fuel, all adds to the experience. Plus, it’s exactly the same system that the first Mafia used to tell its story and those same people were singing its praises back in 2002. Hypocrites.
Everyone who likes open world games with a very strong story element will get a kick out of Mafia 2.