Matthew Chwedyk writes: "The life of organized crime has always appealed to audiences striving for an iota of power. The idea that even the lowliest dock worker could become the leader of a mob syndicate based solely on who they know is, in many ways, a Cinderella story for the working class. Video games share that same appeal allowing the player to slip into a role of power whether they become a superhero, a super-soldier or anything in between. It would seem that mobsters and games should go together like pinkies and rings, but in the case of Mafia 2, the glamour and appeal fade quickly. As Vito Scaletta, it’s your job to slog through every mob cliché known to man."