Mafia II PC Review

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The first Mafia was a real treat for me back in 2002. It was the first “open world” game which I enjoyed and it was also my introduction to the mafia. Italian gangsters, Godfathers, 1930’s music and setting; these were things that were somewhat foreign to me before this game and I loved it all. So when Mafia II was announced, I was hoping for more of what made the original great. 2K Czech delivered, however, it turns out that I should have hoped for more.

My key takeaways from the original game were as follows:

  • It was a great mob story
  • It featured annoying driving physics

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Checkpoint: “What Games Am I Missing In 2010?” Edition

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We’re almost done the 2010 holiday gaming season. These are the games of interest that are remaining:

November 21, 2010

  • Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)

November 24, 2010

  • Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)

November 30, 2010

  • Epic Mickey (Wii)

I’m definitely picking Donkey Kong Country Returns and Gran Turismo 5.

So with those games coming this and next week, I’m taking a look back at what games I’m missing out on.

  1. Red Dead Redemption (360) – I keep waiting for a substantial deal to hit this game, but one never shows up.
  2. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (360) – It’s an Ubisoft game. It’ll drop down in price really quick.
  3. Vanquish (PS3) – I wanted to Power Trade for this game, but plans fell through. Now I’m going to wait for a deal.
  4. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (PC) – Waiting for the inevitable Steam sale for this one. Seeing how well Burnout: Paradise runs, I have high hopes for the PC version of Criterion’s latest work
  5. Kirby’s Epic Yarn – No deal or promotion for it kept this one out of reach.
  6. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future & Ace Attorney Investigations – I every intention to pick these two up, but I miss out on sales or just didn’t find the time to slot these in.
  7. Mafia II (PC) – Waiting for the Steam sale!
  8. StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty – I’ve decided to wait for the Battlechest. You know it’ll show up. It will take me 3 or 4 years to play StarCraft 2, but I’ll be able to play them all back to back! No doubt it’ll be glorious as well.
  9. Fable III – I’m hearing negative things about Lionhead’s latest. And with my recent purchase of Fallout: New Vegas for PC, I don’t think I’ll find time for this one this year.
  10. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker & God of War: Ghost of Sparta – PSP games are just not appealing to me at the moment. If I see an attractive sale, I’ll pick them up.

I didn’t think there would be so many games, but just look at them all. I’m currently $180 under my 2010 gaming budget. I hope I can somehow squeeze at least half of the above in this year.

Delayed: BioShock 2, Heavy Rain and More

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Update: Add Mafia II, Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne III to the list of delayed games for TakeTwo.

It seems like publishers and developers like to start the week off with disappointing news.

Such as game delays.

TakeTwo’s BioShock 2 was pushed to 2010 which starts November 2009, but don’t expect it this year. It’s definitely a 2010 title. And here’s why:

“.. it was essential to invest the additional time to ensure that this title will deliver what its fans expect and deserve.”

Unlike BioShock 2, Sony’s Heavy Rain was delayed until 2010 for strategic purposes.

“Most publishers today realise that it’s not ideal to release a new IP or a new genre just before Christmas. It’s a very crowded place to be, and certain games need more space to live their life.”

The last piece of game delay news involves StarCraft II. Despite not having an official release date, analysts are expecting Blizzard’s real-time strategy game to be a 2010 title as well. I’m not surprised.

Bethesda tops off today’s delay news with a delay of Fallout 3 downloadable content for the PlayStation 3 which was pushed into┬áSeptember 2009.

FYI: More GTAIV DLC, Vista SP2 & Delays

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  • GTAIV: The Ballad of Gay Tony DLC Coming This Fall (via PR)
    • Will play as Luis Lopez, part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub manager Tony Prince aka “Gay Tony”
    • Retail disc of both “The Lost and Damned” and “The Ballad of Gay Tony” will be made available for $39.99 — will not require GTAIV to play
    • Cost 1600 MS Points
    • Exclusive to Xbox 360
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2 is now available
    • Notable changes can be found here.
  • Raiden IV is Coming to North American Xbox 360s (via 1UP)
  • BioShock 2 Coming November 2 (via Examiner)
  • Zune HD is Official; Zune Marketplace Coming to Xbox Live! (via Engadget)

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