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Mafia II - Crush! Frag! Review!

Take a ride to Empire Bay as CFD!'s Nate Andrews gives his thoughts on Mafia II.

"There’s a certain point in the story of Mafia II that, for better or worse, succinctly captures the strange dichotomy of the game. I’ll omit details for the sake of not spoiling what was, for me — a devout defender of the first Mafia — a striking, yet ultimately empty scene. Suffice to say that, at that point, any remnants of hope I still harbored for the sequel becoming something lasting and special in its waning hours were essentially discarded."

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ShadowPraxis2574d ago

Such mixed reviews on this one. Then again, I never played the first one. Hrmmm...

tigresa2573d ago

I never played the first one either but it seems like it's one of those games you can still enjoy proper without the backstory. :S

ShadowPraxis2573d ago

I'm sure it probably is. That doesn't help my psychological hangups much though. It's so hard for me to play a sequel without playing the prior games, even if there's little-to-no connection to one another.

Giantsquirrel2574d ago

I'll give it a go when I get some dough, yo.

RobsteinOne2574d ago

Eh. I'm not too big on open world games anymore, although the "not set in modern/near-modern day NY" setting does interest me...

ShadowPraxis2574d ago

That's the thing - apparently the open-world parts of this are pretty minor. According to the review it's somewhat linear.

RogueCheddar2574d ago

Yeah linear is what I heard too. That said, this is in my Gamefly queue. whether I'll ever get to it is another story.

ShadowPraxis2574d ago

Sadly, the completist in me won't generally let me play a sequel unless I've played the first games in the series, meaning I have no idea when/if I'd ever get around to it.

thisdustin2574d ago

This one is in my backlog. It's not on top, mind you, but it's there...