Game Informer’s Mafia II review is good

Friday, 20th August 2010 20:06 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


A Mafia II review from Game Informer has hit.

Game Informer gave the 2K Czech title a lovely 9/10.

While the review admits Mafia II suffers from “minor annoyances” like relying “heavily on cutscenes, and sometimes doesn’t know when to draw the line between interacting with the world and triggering a cutscene”.

The reviewer, Matt Bertz, also found issues sometimes with NPC intelligence during missions, stating at times it could be a bit “troublesome”.

“In one mission I had to tail a car to find out where it was headed, but the driver got into an accident and the mission failed,” he said.

However, the rest of the review was rather glowing, stating the “impressive” attention to detail was “most noticeable in the expertly crafted building interiors, which look like destructible sets pulled straight out of Mad Men”, and said the game’s world of Empire Bay was “a much more focused experience” than GTA’s Liberty City, and those who cannot finish lengthy games like Red Dead Redemption would “appreciate Mafia II’s direct storytelling”.

Sounds great to us. Read the full thing for yourself through the link up top.

If you are not insulted by Italian stereotypes, and are interested in a soundtrack full of swingers who had ties to the mob back in the day, check out the full list of songs in the game over on BigDownload.

Mafia II is out August 24 and the demo is still available on PS3 and Xbox 360.



  1. kkzooi123

    Bad port, not gonna buy it.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DJ Deathstar

    The OXM UK review came out a couple of weeks back, got a 7/10

    #2 4 years ago
  3. ExclusivesMostly

    Yeah don’t support laziness.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Stephany Nunneley

    @2 All well, I didn’t see that one. Hence the addition of “we think” added in there.

    I added it to the first line now as well. I am gonna have to start subscribing to everything under the sun, apparently.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. metamorphic

    Uh, not true. OXM, OPM, GM and other magazines have already reviewed the game. A minor amount of research would have led to:

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Gekidami

    7 from Official Playstation mag UK, 8 from PC Zone UK.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Stephany Nunneley

    @5 Well my “minor” amount of research didn’t go to the forums either.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    I think you should buy it no matter what port it is.

    I remember my stupid and awful Rage about port over Red Dead Redemption. That was a mistake. Even if it was worse than the Xbox 360 version i still enjoyed game a lot and finished it.

    Yeah, Mafia II port uses one Core of the processor and it lacks of some pieces from the graphics, but everything else is the same. But to be fair Xbox 360 and Ps3 version looks bad compared to the PC version. here you go, a good example.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. kkzooi123

    A 7 is very bad for such a hyped game

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Stephany Nunneley

    Alright it’s changed. Stop yelling at me. We’ll do a round up next week.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. metamorphic

    @7, 10
    Oh well, the game has still been a major disappointment; its reviews haven’t even come close to the great, overwhelming acclaim the original Mafia received. Talk has been rampant on their forums as well of how this has been such a bad effort and how lacking it’s been, compared to the original. Game Informer has always been very generous in their reviews, so I never take them seriously anyway.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. onlineatron



    SHAME ON YOU!!! ;)

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Gekidami

    Overwhelming acclaim the original Mafia received? The first one has a metacritic score of 88 on PC and 65 on PS2. 88 isnt bad but overwhelming citical acclaim? Hardly…

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    @13 At that time 88 was like in our days 98.

    Mafia 1 was a masterpiece. PS2 was a very bad port that missed a lot of functions from the PC game.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. metamorphic

    The Metacritic “score” only lists 27 reviews, so I don’t take that as gospel, no. If you talk about actual, reliable publications, Gamestop rated it as 9.3 and amongst the biggest games of that year. The original just felt and seemed authentic; the sequel just feels pale and lame in comparison.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Stephany Nunneley

    @12 I know! How dare I! :D

    #16 4 years ago
  17. SunKing

    Seen the scores on the forum; I’m now convinced.

    Buying on the PC, obviously. It’s still dead, right? Just checking. ;)

    #17 4 years ago
  18. metamorphic

    BTW, where is the Agent writeup (“Agent’s story will be ‘very fresh for gamers’, says Take-Two”) that’s seemingly listed on the RSS but nowhere to be found on the main site? This might be the freshest news we’ve heard of Agent in the past few months, so it’s imperative we know. :3

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Maxey

    The PC is getting the best version of a game, for a change.

    Feel the pain, consoles.

    Disclaimer: I have a PS3 and enjoy playing on it but I’m primarily a PC gamer.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Gekidami

    You wont take 27 reviews (which include Gamespots) as “bible” but you’ll take one single one as the ultimate authority on the games quality? Come on now, thats just cherry picking.

    It turned out to be old news.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. metamorphic

    Who’s talking about only taking their review; the vast majority of published reviews at the time (which were quite a bit more than 27) glowingly praised the game in overwhelming terms, yes. Just because you don’t see them on Metacritic (funny how some people seem to think this site is sacred, when it’s not even the main aggregator for movies or other media) doesn’t mean they aren’t there– you’d either have to do research, or would need to use a time machine.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Joe Anderson

    Leave Steph alone or you will have me to deal with. :D

    #22 4 years ago
  23. threadzilla

    @ 19 I’m primarily a ps3 gamer but also have a pc to game with. Its the best of both worlds. Although I have to admit after getting my pc my ps3 gaming has declined.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Joe Anderson

    I cancelled my copy on PS3, too many good games coming out so I can spend my cash elsewhere. September is packed with quality titles.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Lord Gremlin

    I prefer PS3 and feel deeply insulted by the fact they’re trying to sell me this shit they call “PS3 version”.

    I have a gaming PC, but since I refuse to support those who refuse to support PS3 I’ll pirate the game and hope that the development team won’t make any money and will be fired.

    That said, I’ve bought Bioshock for both PC and PS3. But it was done well on both, with full content, effects etc.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Stephany Nunneley

    I want the game, but I am saving money. So, I will have to wait. Games or beach. It’s a hard choice, but I choose the beach.

    Still… my birthday is next month…. (wink wink nudge nudge say no more)

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Gekidami

    I’ll wait till i see it cheap, second hand.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. AHA-Lambda

    I’ll maybe rent it

    #28 4 years ago
  29. JimFear666

    its not a port… they did a version for each console.
    they did not port the game to any console… at least that what the social manager said on the 2k forum.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. The Hindle

    Mr Anderson has spoken now, leave Steph alone or he will do to you what he did to Agent Smith.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Stephany Nunneley

    @30 LOL! As you as you said Mr. Anderson, that popped in my head before I read the rest of your post :D The Matrix ruined the Anderson last name for everyone who carries it.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Callum

    Are you kidding? I would fucking love to be called Mr Anderson!

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Callum

    My bank account statements would be SOO epic!

    #33 4 years ago
  34. AHA-Lambda

    i think it would be awesome aswell but then again my name aint anderson :P

    i’m sure even now 11 years later people all over the world still get called mr anderson all the time lol

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Happy Hardon Harry

    Lord Gremlin said:
    August 20, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I have a gaming PC, but since I refuse to support those who refuse to support PS3 I’ll pirate the game and hope that the development team won’t make any money and will be fired.’re a prick! It’s people like you, who pirate games, that’ll drive this industry into the ground. And when there is no games to play because assholes like you ruined it for the rest of us, you’ll then realise you shouldn’t have copied such game/games.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. AHA-Lambda

    “I have a gaming PC, but since I refuse to support those who refuse to support PS3 I’ll pirate the game and hope that the development team won’t make any money and will be fired.”

    how does that make any sense? If you dont want to support the devs because of their ps3 version either:

    dont buy it period or just buy another version! i agree with 35 people like you are just scum.

    btw nice touch wishing people to get fired and all that wtf are you 12 or something? ass

    #36 4 years ago
  37. LOLshock94

    the demo was very shit

    #37 4 years ago
  38. albo88

    mafia 2 is looking just the same old mafia i loved long time age so who dont like it can go back to hes also called next gen graphic little kids need to get some masturbation b4 talking shit

    #38 4 years ago
  39. lucascane

    I played PC Demo version. It’s so much fun.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. NightCrawler1970

    @39, 7 fricken minutes demo, YOU CALL THAT FUN???

    First of all, it give me a shit-race, if a game dev, comes with a “TIMED” demo.

    i wait when it’s cheaper, 2K wouldn’t see my full price, if 2K wanna be cheap, so can i.

    Cant believe it took 8 years to build that game.

    GTA 5 will be done next year.

    #40 4 years ago

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