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Post by Pirroh @ 05:35pm 10/08/10 | 67 Comments
2K have released a demo for their soon-to-be-released Mafia 2 and it is now available on Steam. No standalone download available just yet.

For those who came in late, you can find out everything you need to know about Mafia 2 (including stacks of screenshots and trailers) from our Mafia 2 game page.

If you're still on the edge about making the purchase you can now check out what it has to offer. promoted/edited forum item

Update: A stand-alone (non-Steam) installer for the demo is now available - you can download the 1.2gb demo locally from AusGamers!



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Latest Comments
Trauma
Posted 05:53pm 10/8/10
Sweet thx for heads up.
Ivonin
Posted 05:57pm 10/8/10
Cheers!
Khel
Posted 06:57pm 10/8/10
Hrmm, when I quit the game, my whole desktop is dimmed. Turning on the physics slaughtered my PC too :(

Seems pretty cool though, but I think I'll get it on 360
thebigdog
Posted 06:57pm 10/8/10
anyone played it yet?
McGarnacle
Posted 07:16pm 10/8/10
Sweet! Cheers for the heads up, will report back on how it plays.
StageName
Posted 07:27pm 10/8/10
First game to start chugging my system and it still looks like ass. Thanks Mafia 2.
DM
Posted 07:34pm 10/8/10
Same problem as Khel. Dimmed screen when I quit. Used the default "optimal" settings with AA turned on and it ran smooth as hell for me. Was thinking this could be shaping up to be a pretty money worthy game... then I got into the car. Jesus christ monkey balls what is it with making cars handle like shopping trolleys full of bricks? Thanks GTA4 for ruining it for everyone.

I want to be able to be able to drive around the city at a reasonable speed without losing it after going around a single corner. Got onto the highway after being chased by the cops (smashed into the first 50 parked cars I saw) and the slightest direction change sent me into a series of fishes that sent me headfirst into another car. Dead. Exit game.
d^
Posted 08:21pm 10/8/10
Waiting for the stand alone. Have pre-ordered the CE for this, hoping it contains the first Mafia.
Tepid
Posted 08:51pm 10/8/10
oh noes the game isnt like every other game ive ever played whatever shall i do
d^
Posted 09:13pm 10/8/10
Speaking of different versions, did Steve ever find out the differences between steam version and boxed copy?
HyperJ
Posted 10:10pm 10/8/10
how big is the download?
DM
Posted 10:15pm 10/8/10
Only around 1.2gb?
kirkoswald
Posted 12:04am 11/8/10
small demo ... 1.2 gig..
Trauma
Posted 01:20am 11/8/10
Just played the demo, runs great at 1080p high details with PhysX off... not so good with it turned on using my GTX275.

The game itself seems really good, detailed and plenty of cool features, load time was very short... like 1 second short, but of course it's just a demo. Really like the speed limiter to match speed with the traffic easily. I think I might get this over SCII.

Was thinking this could be shaping up to be a pretty money worthy game... then I got into the car. Jesus christ monkey balls what is it with making cars handle like shopping trolleys full of bricks? Thanks GTA4 for ruining it for everyone.

I want to be able to be able to drive around the city at a reasonable speed without losing it after going around a single corner. Got onto the highway after being chased by the cops (smashed into the first 50 parked cars I saw) and the slightest direction change sent me into a series of fishes that sent me headfirst into another car. Dead. Exit game.

I had no issues with car handling at all, got around corners fine didn't hit parked cars, your not trying to take every corner flat out are you?

Oh and no dimming of the desktop on exit for me.
kirkoswald
Posted 01:18am 11/8/10
Runs easy on my pc

80 bucks though .... would have bought it for 50 bucks forsure!
Enska
Posted 01:20am 11/8/10
ya physx smashed my gtx260
the combat is pretty cool. shotguns feel so brutish haha.
Trauma
Posted 01:20am 11/8/10
Runs easy on my pc 80 bucks though .... would have bought it for 50 bucks forsure!

Buy it from the UK. I use GAME UK.
kirkoswald
Posted 01:24am 11/8/10
how much is it from GAME UK ? in Aus dollars ?
Trauma
Posted 02:12am 11/8/10
how much is it from GAME UK ? in Aus dollars ?


$57 inc. postage and it's the special edition.
The GuVna
Posted 03:25am 11/8/10
I noticed the Ausgamers Mafia 2 page mentions this:
Players: 1 (2 Online)


I couldn't find any details on multiplayer for this, has it been confirmed somewhere which isn't in my realm of google searching?
Snakeman
Posted 09:12am 11/8/10
I maxed it all out on my gtx280 and turned PhysX off as well. It runs great and I love the feel of the cars. Can't wait for this to come out.
kettels
Posted 09:56am 11/8/10
anyone else notice that if you pick up the magazine on the counter in the first room you get a nude cover girl pic, plus there should be 4 more or something in the demo. This must have been the playboy deal they had going. Game itself seems pretty fun but the map didn't look that big. (i know there are 2 different times in the game)

Edit* Supposedly if you collect the 5 centerfold magazines it adds and extra minute onto the time
E.T.
Posted 12:19pm 11/8/10
So I have steam set to the download region "Australia - NSW(Telstra) and it downloads from E-Club Malaysia. God I wish they would fix this aspect of Steam.
kirkoswald
Posted 01:20pm 11/8/10
woah 57$ thats a massive savings! thats crazy how they inflate the prices like that .... does anyone know why ?
Trauma
Posted 01:25pm 11/8/10
Cuz they can.
kirkoswald
Posted 01:38pm 11/8/10
haha good point
E.T.
Posted 01:39pm 11/8/10
Hrmm, when I quit the game, my whole desktop is dimmed. Turning on the physics slaughtered my PC too :(

Seems pretty cool though, but I think I'll get it on 360


Yep, all the same here. Cant seem to fix the desktop settings now :( Grrrr
MatchFixah
Posted 01:49pm 11/8/10
Seems pretty cool though, but I think I'll get it on 360
Ditto. My pc will be on its knees trying to run that s***.
E.T.
Posted 02:45pm 11/8/10
Seems pretty cool though, but I think I'll get it on 360
Ditto. My pc will be on its knees trying to run that s***.


Which is crazy when you think of what BC2 is doing with really no problem at all on a modern PC. I think their game engine needs a LOT of work.
Geyejoe
Posted 03:35pm 11/8/10
not bad, combat is pretty good guns and fists. as for the car handling thats proberly what a car that era drove like. a brick on wheels. make sure you turn on simulation for driving handles better i think. and yeah the desktop dims for me too. also i have noticed something keeps diabling dx11 with ati cards. have to install the driver each time when i fire up my rig even thou. avp wont run dx11 unless you reinstall the driver after boot up too. anyway mafia 2 is a definite buy for me
Trauma
Posted 03:43pm 11/8/10
Seems pretty cool though, but I think I'll get it on 360
Ditto. My pc will be on its knees trying to run that s***.
Which is crazy when you think of what BC2 is doing with really no problem at all on a modern PC. I think their game engine needs a LOT of work.

I think the demo plays really well, and I really really doubt BC2 could reach the level of detail mafia can in terms of PhysX. Sure you can bring buildings down, but the come down in large pieces, shoot the concrete pillars in the factory in the demo and the debris that comes down and stays in the game world reacting to the surrounds far surpasses what you see when someone puts a mortar strike on a building in BC2. The devils in the details.

not bad, combat is pretty good guns and fists. as for the car handling thats proberly what a car that era drove like. a brick on wheels. make sure you turn on simulation for driving handles better i think. and yeah the desktop dims for me too. also i have noticed something keeps diabling dx11 with ati cards. have to install the driver each time when i fire up my rig even thou. avp wont run dx11 unless you reinstall the driver after boot up too. anyway mafia 2 is a definite buy for me

Lol ATI fails again.
Khel
Posted 04:20pm 11/8/10
Yeah, the shotguns were pretty fun. The cover system felt a bit s*** though, no easy way to run from cover to cover, or hurdle over cover, and you can't break cover just by moving away from it, you have to press the cover button again.

I didn't like the driving much either, but I'm just putting that down to the fact I was doing it with a keyboard, hopefully its better with an analogue controller of some kind.

In game cutscenes seemed a little bit amateurish at times too, like the guy drinking from the bottle of booze that is clearly still sealed with a top on it, and I think graphically, it falls a little bit short of hitting the mark.

I didn't go round and try out all the shops, but the clothes shop was a bit annoying, cos you can't see what anything looks like on your character until you buy it, and in the gun shop you don't get any stats or real info on a gun until you buy it. Nice touch though being able to kill the shopkeeper and just steal everything.

I dunno, it was a fun game, but I think it falls short of where the bar has been set for these sorts of games. I also think it was un-necessary to go and try and make it like GTA with the full open world thing, I quite liked the way the first Mafia did it, with a more directed experience that still made you feel like you had a bit of freedom. That set it apart and made it its own game, now it just feels like a bit of a cheap ripoff that doesn't quite hit its mark.

shoot the concrete pillars in the factory in the demo and the debris that comes down and stays in the game world reacting to the surrounds far surpasses what you see when someone puts a mortar strike on a building in BC2


The pillars still get destroyed the same way whether you have physics switched on or switched off, the only difference is the debris that spawns. All that happens when you turn physics on is it adds some kind of emitter that spawns a bunch of little "chunk of concrete" physics objects that fly out from where you shot the pillar. Its a neat effect, but its hardly dynamic destruction on the scale of BC2 or Red Faction.
orbitor
Posted 04:19pm 11/8/10
seems pretty good to me. graphics have nice little details, NYC looks great, cars handle great - yes old cars like that should pitch, wallow, oversteer etc.

looking forward to the full version!
Enska
Posted 06:17pm 11/8/10
Meh,im just buying it for shotguns and pornos,w00t.
Trauma
Posted 06:23pm 11/8/10
shoot the concrete pillars in the factory in the demo and the debris that comes down and stays in the game world reacting to the surrounds far surpasses what you see when someone puts a mortar strike on a building in BC2
The pillars still get destroyed the same way whether you have physics switched on or switched off, the only difference is the debris that spawns. All that happens when you turn physics on is it adds some kind of emitter that spawns a bunch of little "chunk of concrete" physics objects that fly out from where you shot the pillar. Its a neat effect, but its hardly dynamic destruction on the scale of BC2 or Red Faction.

I was merely saying there is more to be processed not that its better destruction.
E.T.
Posted 06:36pm 11/8/10
Well, must just be my ATI card then. Thats a bugga.

Edit: Taking offerers on ATI 5870, lol. PM me :)
DM
Posted 06:36pm 11/8/10
Ok so I fired this up and had another go. I think the reason I sucked butt at driving was that I picked a bad car in the garage. It was some huge clunker thing. This time I picked a more chevy looking thing and it handled 100x better and made it to the warehouse without crashing into more than 2 cars and hitting 1 person. Huge upgrade!

Gun combat is fun but felt things were at a bit... I dunno easy maybe? Pistols getting headshots the first shot, while the crosshairs are at full spread mode? Makes it way more deadly than a shot gun. Tommy gun is awesome as to be expected. Voice acting seems rather decent enough with exception of the guy who speaks perfect american despite him saying he comes from italy. Much better time playing it than my first attempt.

Still though, i'm not sure it's as good as what GTA4 is since you can spend 100s of hours in that and not get anything done. I apparantly have 98 hours on that game and I havn't even finished the Packie missions yet.
Fuzzy
Posted 06:37pm 11/8/10
Demo is out on XBL now, and I haven't checked, but pretty sure it's out on PSN too.

Anyway, tried the XBL demo for about 5 minutes... pretty good stuff. Never got very far in the first Mafia, but I'll admit the problem I had with the first one was fairly silly.
Enska
Posted 06:46pm 11/8/10
DM didn't that dudes dad send him to America when he was a kid but? Iono maybe I'm thinking of the other Italian gangster. ha.
Trauma
Posted 06:49pm 11/8/10
Well Vito asked why his English was so good... but they were rudely interrupted. Wait for the full game to find out!
ctd
Posted 07:15pm 11/8/10
Fark it chugged like a b**** with full detail and physx high in that distillery fight. Have another go with physx off.

1920x1200
i5 2.5ghz
gtx 470
Pirroh
Posted 08:31pm 11/8/10
Apparently physx is broken on the demo so that's why it's chugging so much.
rrrocket
Posted 09:17pm 11/8/10
I have steam
I downloaded the demo from Internode.
When I run it after installing it, it loads it up via steam and begins to download it all over again :(

why? I can't fix it.
Mr.Bumpy
Posted 10:04pm 11/8/10
Damn, was hoping to build a new computer before this game comes out.
ravn0s
Posted 10:29pm 11/8/10
is this a timed demo?
rrrocket
Posted 10:56pm 11/8/10
Okay this is the best loooking sandbox game I've played period. The graphic details in astounding, physics amazing, sound supurb, handling brilliant on foot and in car, and action is great, reminds me a lil of mass effect 2 crouching and it works!

This demo has convinced me to buy it. Just need to find the best deal now.
Mitch
Posted 03:42am 12/8/10
Demo has just been updated with a new physx installer. Running game on Max settings/ Physx High no issues now.

1680 * 1050
Phenom II 550 @ 3.8
GTX 460
Enska
Posted 11:24am 12/8/10
lol f*** time for an upgrade.
my comp still gets hammered with physx on medium
E.T.
Posted 12:09pm 12/8/10
I downloaded the Xbox360 version last night and it looks and runs great. At this stage, I think I'll be getting that version.
Trauma
Posted 01:57pm 12/8/10
Runs much better with the update still disabled the PhysX on my 275, avg. FPS of 21 on bench at max settings, just a bit too low, but better than the 5 odd I was getting before that.
kirkoswald
Posted 02:43pm 12/8/10
my 5850 i7 930 even struggles a little..

That dimmed thing when u exit is soo annoying...

Anyway, back to sc2 :)
Snakeman
Posted 03:07pm 12/8/10
Runs much better with the update still disabled the PhysX on my 275, avg. FPS of 21 on bench at max settings, just a bit too low, but better than the 5 odd I was getting before that.


F*** dude, I'm running a gtx280 with a 2.6 cpu and with physx turned off I'm getting an average of 39fps. There can't be that much of a drop ?
Mr.Bumpy
Posted 03:53pm 12/8/10
I'm planning on building a Phenom II X4 965 system with a GTX460 1GB. Curious if anyone have his system or similar and what kind of performance you get from Mafia II, especially with PhysX.
Mitch
Posted 03:57pm 12/8/10
Well im playing it with a gtx 460 768mb version and a Phenom II 550 OC'd to 3.8 and i can play it without any significant issues, Physx is on high so i wouldn't think you will have any problem. Especially if you plan on overclocking
trog
Posted 06:41pm 12/8/10
updated OP w/ new downloadable demo
Trauma
Posted 06:57pm 12/8/10
Runs much better with the update still disabled the PhysX on my 275, avg. FPS of 21 on bench at max settings, just a bit too low, but better than the 5 odd I was getting before that.
F*** dude, I'm running a gtx280 with a 2.6 cpu and with physx turned off I'm getting an average of 39fps. There can't be that much of a drop ?

Sorry that was poorly worded, with the update I get 21 FPS avg. with everything including physX maxed, previously it was almost a slide show. Max settings with PhysX off is about 50-55 FPS, at 1080p.
TiT
Posted 07:47pm 12/8/10
i have 2x 260GTX and put phys x on and had no lag issues..... game ran great...
Khel
Posted 08:46pm 12/8/10
Yes, its been fixed now.
rrrocket
Posted 08:46pm 12/8/10
so I'm gonna buy it from game.co.uk

Do they send it to you so it gets to you on the release date (18th Aug) or will they dispatch it on the release date?

I'm thinking the latter. If you want it day one you'll have to pay more from gay bees (eb's) or steam (price hike due to gay bees)
rrrocket
Posted 08:49pm 12/8/10
howcome at cdwow.com.au they don't have the collectors edition?

http://www.cdwow.com.au/games/mafia-ii-pc/dp/4759443#bc=aa5c
E.T.
Posted 09:04pm 12/8/10
So, although they have apparently now fixed the demo, the Steam version doesn't auto patch!?
I just started Steam and it hasn't downloaded anything.
Pirroh
Posted 09:52pm 12/8/10
Mine downloaded a 21mb patch...?
Snakeman
Posted 09:56pm 12/8/10
So, although they have apparently now fixed the demo, the Steam version doesn't auto patch!? I just started Steam and it hasn't downloaded anything.


Yeh worked fine for me dude. But I must say the physx is still chugging my machine.
E.T.
Posted 10:50pm 12/8/10
So, although they have apparently now fixed the demo, the Steam version doesn't auto patch!? I just started Steam and it hasn't downloaded anything.
Yeh worked fine for me dude. But I must say the physx is still chugging my machine.


Ok, maybe someone at my place fired up steam earlier today before I got home. I'll check it out tomorrow.
Trauma
Posted 11:39pm 12/8/10
so I'm gonna buy it from game.co.uk

Do they send it to you so it gets to you on the release date (18th Aug) or will they dispatch it on the release date?

I'm thinking the latter. If you want it day one you'll have to pay more from gay bees (eb's) or steam (price hike due to gay bees)

They will dispatch it 1-2 days early but the weekend always gets in the way so expect it to take a week or so.
DM
Posted 08:40am 13/8/10
Well well well, for those of you with a PS3 and in line to get mafia 2 you may want to reconsider.

Via Sankaku
PS3 owners looking forward to playing GTA-alike Mafia II have been dismayed to learn that the game features notably degraded graphics on the PS3 as compared to the Xbox 360 version, a repeat of the minor fiasco surrounding the release of Red Dead Redemption.


360


PS3


And a video showing the 2 side by side. Now while I can't see any major differences between them, apparantly there is a huge amount of "tearing" on the PS3 version. Upwards of around 45%, while the 360 version keeps it at around 0.5 - 1.5%. Yet again another reason I love having a PC.




Trauma
Posted 01:21pm 13/8/10
Just turn V-sync on bro!
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