Oct 132010
 
Authors: Ian Hopkins

“Mafia 2” is 2K Games’ follow-up to 2002’s Italian mob hit “Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven,” and it has been worth the eight-year wait.
The premise is simple enough: you are a Sicilian immigrant who needs to make a living, and what better way to do that than to join a mob?

Visually, 2K Games could have done a much better job on “Mafia 2.” The characters are pretty average and made me feel like I was reliving a “Grand Theft Auto” moment.

However, that’s the only complaint with the graphics. The environments and vehicles look realistic and are pleasant to look at, even if you only enjoy it alone. “Mafia 2” is unfortunately only single player.

A few of the character’s voices in “Mafia 2” sound tinny. It was almost as if the voice actors were poorly recorded and nobody bothered to go back and reread lines.

I’m not saying I could do a better job (I could), I just think it’s lazy to spend forever making a game and then not polishing something as simple as a couple voices.

Complaint aside, the sound track is quite fun and fits the game’s atmosphere nicely. From intense battle music to jolly Christmas carols, “Mafia 2” doesn’t leave you reaching for a controller to silence the background music.

Speaking of controllers, this game plays like butter. After learning all of the controls, doing anything with Vito – your character – is almost as easy as walking and chewing gum.

Key word being almost: there were a couple times I felt like the camera was acting like a small child that needed to be disciplined. Thankfully, the camera can be manually controlled and centered behind your character with a simple click of a button.

“Mafia 2” is incredibly engaging, and I would love to keep playing it because it is definitely one of the longer games out there.

There is just something that fascinates me with stories about America in the 1940s and 1950s, and this game replicates the atmosphere well.

It’s almost like going back in time and reliving history, and that’s what makes the gameplay so incredible.

Plus, the game takes place in a wide-open world, so I recommend an expansive tour of fictional Empire Bay at some point for every curious player.

“Mafia 2” offers excitement for fans of action games, and it deservedly earned four out of five stars.

Video game reviewer Ian Hopkins can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

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