â€œMafia 2â€ is 2K Gamesâ€™ follow-up to 2002â€™s Italian mob hit â€œMafia: The City of Lost Heaven,â€ 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 â€œMafia 2.â€ The characters are pretty average and made me feel like I was reliving a â€œGrand Theft Autoâ€ moment.
However, thatâ€™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. â€œMafia 2â€ is unfortunately only single player.
A few of the characterâ€™s voices in â€œMafia 2â€ sound tinny. It was almost as if the voice actors were poorly recorded and nobody bothered to go back and reread lines.
Iâ€™m not saying I could do a better job (I could), I just think itâ€™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 gameâ€™s atmosphere nicely. From intense battle music to jolly Christmas carols, â€œMafia 2â€ doesnâ€™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 â€“ your character â€“ 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.
â€œMafia 2â€ 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.
Itâ€™s almost like going back in time and reliving history, and thatâ€™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.
â€œMafia 2â€ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.