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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:26am 24/08/10 | 40 Comments
Mafia II is set to drop this week, and we've been given the green light to serve up our review for your perusal. The more discerning of you out there may also note we've now added a "reviewed on" button, with Mafia II being reviewed on PC.

I played the game on a rig sporting a GeForce 8800 GTX (quad core) and ran it at pretty decent resolution with pretty much everything turned all the way up. I didn't experience any problems in frame-rate, screen-tearing or the like, and felt that the team did an awesome job getting the most out of the PC. That said, there's plenty more to divulge about the final product, details of which you can find by hitting the link below.

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Posted 12:26pm 24/8/10
Nice writeup.

Awating Kane and Lynch 2 review.
Posted 01:29pm 24/8/10
This might be worth a whirl actually.
Posted 02:04pm 24/8/10
Nice write up Steve. Can you throw in an ATI card like a 5870 and let us know what differences in game play you notice?
Steve Farrelly
Posted 02:16pm 24/8/10
haha if I had one, I would ;)
Posted 12:59pm 25/8/10
i managed to get it to average 10fps on a 5970 with the physics up high. (how that works i dunno, i always though it was a nvidia thing, perhaps i missed the memo on what it is??)

Anyway, i ran the ingame benchmark thing in the demo with everything on max and just changing the physics eerr thing? and got on average:

No physics = 120ish
medium = 70ish
High = 15ish

Ill turn off AI tonight and give it a whirl again to see what it performs like with a 5870 for ya
(who knows might be better?)

I enjoyed the demo. Driving is a b**** with the keyboard though. I might see if i can use the controller just for driving
Posted 01:16pm 25/8/10
yeah i played the demo on playstation 3 the other weekend, i might have to get this

i like that it's a bit more story driven like red dead redemption. i've also started playing gta4 and you feel a lot more isolated because the story doesn't really drive the game

collect all the hidden Playboy magazines (doing so gives you a high-res look at some bare bewbage

there is one of these in the demo that i found :D

last edited by paveway at 13:16:07 25/Aug/10
Posted 10:24am 26/8/10
My Collector's Edition arrived this morning at 7:55am :-) Just need a new computer to play it on :-(
Posted 10:30am 26/8/10
i managed to get it to average 10fps on a 5970 with the physics up high. (how that works i dunno, i always though it was a nvidia thing, perhaps i missed the memo on what it is??)

Anyway, i ran the ingame benchmark thing in the demo with everything on max and just changing the physics eerr thing? and got on average:

No physics = 120ish
medium = 70ish
High = 15ish

what gives?
Posted 10:35am 26/8/10
just re-clocked mafia (the original) in anticipation. can't wait.
Posted 10:29am 27/8/10
There is no need to switch between the controller and the keyboard (at least in the demo). If you pick up a controller (I used an Xbox 360 controller) and start using it it will work, in fact the on screen prompts will always be relevant to the in use controller regardless of the control system you are using.
Posted 11:45am 27/8/10
Has anyone who purchased on steam having problems with download speeds? Mine is fluctuating between 100/k to 500 k. I don't have any steamwatch or anything installed either so it's not that.
Posted 11:10pm 27/8/10
The physics setting is really ONLY for nVidia cards people. Doesn't say it in the menu, but its designed for PhysX.
Posted 12:18am 28/8/10
Game is quite short.
Posted 12:20am 28/8/10
^^^ Really ??? I'm %48 through it and it feels like its taken me a while so far. The story alone has kept me playing it non stop.
Posted 08:43pm 29/8/10
Game ended at 60% for me, quite short.
Posted 09:35pm 29/8/10
pretty good game so far, nice story.

graphics are insane.

ive got 4gb, i5 2.4, nvidia 1gb 330m.

get like 35-40 fps average on medium on that benchmark thing (with vsync on)

average of 40-50 with vsync off

last edited by Sc00bs at 21:35:28 29/Aug/10
Posted 09:33pm 29/8/10
Just finished in under 10 hours, % complete was 73 i think, game was alright.
Posted 08:26am 30/8/10
There is a free roam ride mod for it now, can choose which season you want to play and I think every car is available and every weapon from the shops.
Posted 07:46pm 31/8/10
i can't get into the bugger right now since i updated steam. keeps going non-responsive when i click "play mafia ii"

Posted 07:52pm 31/8/10
They Should really call this Mafia II: Courier Adventures
Posted 09:32pm 31/8/10
Where's the mod?

The only thing that really annoyed me was that the story was pushing for it to be completed and there's not much room for roaming around. The game and story however was enjoyable but not as memorable as the original. Here's hoping they push out some good DLC's as a lot of the city was left alone and doing certain things (like using a phone) was relatively pointless (you have nobody to call...).

Eagerly waiting on DLC.
Posted 04:42pm 02/9/10
Posted 05:14pm 02/9/10
Open world missions, it sounds like stuff that should have been in the original game?
Posted 06:09pm 03/9/10
Well yeh, is anyone having issues buying the original on steam? I want to buy it but can't apparently, any help?
Posted 07:25pm 03/9/10
is it the same city as the original? only upgraded? I've played the first but only the demo of the second and a few sections looked familiar to me.
Posted 07:32pm 03/9/10
If it is the same city, then it makes a certain scene around the middle of the game pretty stupid.
I mean hiding out from the mob a 5 minute drive away, nice one witness protection. It was a nice nod to the original though
Posted 12:55am 08/9/10
Jimmy's Vendetta is out for those who give a s***. I'm reading a lot of negativity on the 2k forums about content that was cut and the game missing out on a lot.
Posted 01:00am 08/9/10
What's the price on this DLC?
Posted 01:05am 08/9/10
After conversions from USD (12.99) it ends up being around 15 AUD
Posted 01:20am 08/9/10
I'm reading a lot of negativity on the 2k forums about content that was cut and the game missing out on a lot.

Welcome to the new age of gaming. Release unfinished games and then charge for the same cut content as day 1 (or soon after) DLC.
Posted 06:34am 08/9/10
So is it worth getting the DLC then?
Posted 07:16am 08/9/10
For having created such a ridiculously detailed city you really visit bugger all of it through the missions. I was hugely disappointed with the lack of variety in mission locations and tasks.

8.5 is way too high imo
Posted 09:16pm 09/9/10
Posted 11:40pm 09/9/10
Just finished this game. Wtf @ ending
Posted 12:42am 10/9/10
That youtube video could only have been better if they'd used that downfall video instead. I lol'd.
Posted 09:49am 16/9/10
Seems Mafia 2 hit the world record for most F-Bombs in a game. Check this:

Gonna throw out a strong language warning, this is incredibly hilarious though.

Edit: Should mention a spoiler warning too.
Posted 12:14pm 19/10/10
this game is f*****g awesome.

one of the best games ive ever played, such great detail in the city, A1 voice acting, great story.

wish it was much much longer!
The GuVna
Posted 02:10pm 19/10/10
It does feel like the end of the game has been cut out of it, they'll probably DLC the rest of the game. The gameplay in the game is brilliant, its downfall though is just the mission styles & the constant driving between the action is dated dull(that said, the fast DLC car is awesome, specially on ice :) ) They have this detailed city & they just don't put it to good use, they treat it as just background mesh.

San Andreas is the best example on mission structure for 'sandbox city' type games.

Hopefully the game does well enough for a Mafia III... which would be bliss if it were to have co-op... :)
Posted 08:40am 21/10/10
ive grabbed the dlc now, will see how that goes

i personally really enjoy just driving around the city, the way the different cars handle, im loving finding new cars and seeing how they go

and just generally exploring how big the city is
Posted 07:44pm 23/11/10
Joe's Adventures is out now, for $12.99US. Download is approx 1.4gb. This might redeem some upset from the community or fuel it with this DLC in terms of content.
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