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Mafia II: Game Review - A Made Man's Life
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Life is hard but the life of a gangster is even harder. So you want to be Made huh? Well in Mafia II you will get your wish. the seedy underworld life of a Made Man is the main plot for the storyline of this game, but not only is it the main plot it is the only plot as this seemingly "open" world is really quite closed off. The world of Mafia II is amazing, beautiful, breath taking even and filled with people, going about their daily lives as you Vito Scaletta reek havoc on the world around them. The graphics presented in this game are some of the best I have ever seen and the story itself is great; told perfectly, honestly leaving you to want to know more. But this game falls short for many reasons and that in part is due to the strong storyline push that streamlines your gameplay experience.
As you are introduced into this bustling metropolis of Empire Bay that pulls you into a unquie time period you are left wanting. Usually I am all for having one or two fewer side missions in a game however with Mafia II there are none, zero, nada and even for me that was very dissappointing. The world that surrounds you calls to be explored, however any exploration you actually do is only done to progress the story and therefore many actions become fruitless and boring. There were many times in this game where you must go complete a mission in one part of town just to turn right around after you are finished and drive all the way back home just to park the car and go to bed in order to move on. Gun shops, clothing stores and body shops are located around the city but again are really only used to progress you closer to the end of Vito's tale. With a world that seems filled with oppurtunity it would have been nice to have just a little bit more that our main mission to accomplish.
The story of Mafia II and its characters make the game and with the great fist fights and shootouts that occur you get that in your face action that any Made Man wants. The action in this game is always present pretty much in any mission you must complete but in saying that the fights themselves were not very diverse. Basic skill is needed in order to fight your way through the world of Mafia II. Squeezing off a few rounds and then tucking yourself neatly behind an object will always get the job done in this game and that again can become somewhat off putting. The few fist fights Vito gets himself into are fun but again require basic skills to pull off that needed knock out. Now don't get me wrong even though the action can sometimes seem repeatative the action itself is fun and the stellar cutscenes add a major spice to the action every so often.
There are several missions in this game that were great fun and in the mist of it all your buddy Joe is right there with you. Joe is always ready with a witty and sometimes curde but funny remark. As you will see the characters are to me what really make this game feel real. Even with the short commings of this game it is one I enjoyed. The great detail put into the visual and story aspect of the game makes you want to keep playing until its over. Mafia II might not be that perfect gangster game just yet but it is well on its way. As Vito you will experience the life of a Made man and with that comes many trials and tribulations; but you will face them all and as the fate of any man that lives by the gun...things might not end as expected.
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