From the article:
"Some of the main complaints about Mafia II focused on the linear nature of the gameplay, with few side-quests or points of interest outside the main storyline, despite the incredible, massive and detailed open-world of Empire Bay. In addition to this, there are problems with the controls which can feel a little awkward, and there are definitely still a few issues with the checkpoints. As a game, we stand by our review score of 7.6 out of 10, which on our system equates to a “solid game marred by occasional flaws”. As a mob story however, Mafia II is an absolute masterpiece, and easily rivals the Sopranos as one of the most enjoyable Mafia experiences in modern media."