Sunday, August 15, 2010

Top 10 Reasons You Want Mafia 2

     With a few hours under my belt in the Mafia 2 Demo and Many hours in the original, I think I've come up with a Top 10 list you won't see featured on Letterman, as to why you should get and play Mafia 2 when it's released on the 24th of this month.  So let's get to it.

Top 10 Reasons You Want Mafia II

#10)   Tommy. Guns.
           That's right.  The iconic Tommy Gun.  Well not JUST the Tommy Gun, but the ability to put .45 rounds into multiple faces in rapid succession mobster style.  Yeah sure, There are plenty of games that let you do this.  But none of them capture the Gang Era feeling so well, and make you say to yourself  "So THIS is what it felt like to be Baby Face Nelson!"  And speaking of Baby Faces, You'll hear many babies crying from inside houses as you walk down  a street, Hip Firing your Thompson with a huge grin on your face.... You sick sadistic animal

#9)     Dress for Success.
          By Dress I mean the sophisticated suits and stylish fedoras with freshly shined shoes. By Success I mean getting away with $20,000 you forcefully took from the local bank. There are many styles and bits of clothing you can wear, and nothing says 1950's Mobster Action like a Suit with a Submachin Gun tucked in your trench coat.  You *Will* visit the many clothing shops and you *Will* Walk out of said shops with some fancy new threads.  Paying for it is optional, But it's nice to know that a change of underwear will ward off the police if you're wanted.

#8)     Crime Sprees!
          Between Missions in this Free Roam game you will probably be replenishing your health with a cup of joe, or buying a new hat or even buying a shiny new pistol in the local Gun store, only to shoot the owner and take the money back before casually walking out with your new toy.  This is a game about the criminal life, after all, so it's nice to see the ability to put on your common criminal petty theft panties every now and then and rob the registers of the local shops.  After your Crime police will show up and question the owners, or if you sent the shop owners on a one way trip to hell via the Tommy Rocket Express, the shop will be closed down, and empty, complete with crime scene tape covering the doors. 

#7)     Say, That's a Swell ride!
          The closest thing we have today to the 1950's is Sonic.  Yeah I know. Waitresses on Rollerskates and Beachboys over the PA system.  While that can be nice to look at and listen to from time to time, they still won't look or bring you into the era like a good old fashioned Automobile made out of solid metal and have wings large enough to create lift.  Not to mention the pastel colors they'll often be painted in.  But this is Mafia.  If you can't afford that new T-Bird, then you can just yank Suzie Q right on out and take it for yourself.  This is the era before computers as well so just drive it to get your tags changed, it'll be months before police even get the memo.

#6)     Playboy Magazine.
          Throughout Mafia II's world of Empire Bay are lots of lost and dropped Playboy magazines just waiting for you to find them.  Most games have pigeons to shoot or packages to find with no incentive to find them other than an extra number in the stats.  Well now you have incentive because each one found gives you an actual centerfold from the Playboy magazines of the era.  Never in the history of gaming will people be hunting a collectible so fast.  Don't worry though, these are the 40's 50's and 60's versions of Playboy, Only tasteful stuff here

#5)     Police aren't Law Enforcing Robots
          You'll find that this time around the police aren't as ANAL about enforcing the law, allowing you to exceed the Speed Limit by sometimes 20 Miles per Hour without giving a care in the world, or hot wiring a convertible as an officer walks by.  Sure if you T-Bone someone, including the police they'll say you've committed a hit and run, even if you aren't running and try to arrest you but that's alright.  You can now bribe the police, or resist arrest, the choice is yours.  But make no Mistake, these are LAPD Cops incarnate, they *WILL* Ram someone and jack them out of their own car and put them under arrest.

#4)     Rock and Roll
          Mafia 2 has some pretty awesome music this time around.  I don't know how they were able to put it into this game without forking out millions of dollars for the rights, but let's not jinx it.  There's just something about plowing down a sidewalk, sending bodies flying with your 4 Ton Thunderbird with "Rock Around The Clock Tonight" blasting through the stereo that will put a grin from ear to ear on your face

#3)     Money, That's what I want
          Aside form also being in the amazing soundtrack, Money seems to be important this time around.  Or not important I suppose, since you can basically just take what you want.  But Repairing, Repainting, Changing your Tags and your car's wheels will cost money.  Changing the Tune on the Jukebox in the local diner will cost money (Although this is the late 40's and early 50's we're talking about here so it's cheap)  Buying Booze, Customizing your ride, bribing the police, buying clothes and weapons... Whatever the case maybe, everything has monetary value.   Of course lead is also a wise investment choice

#2)     Cheap Gas!!!
          Not only is the gas cheap, someone will actually come out and fill you up while you wait.  It feels nice to only have to pay a dollar for 6 gallons of gasoline, and if it doesn't feel good then file a complaint in the form of violence and get your money back plus interest

#1)     It's Mafia.
          This is the best reason to get the game right here.  If you remember the first, the story was great, the action was great, the Free Roam was great.  The game was great.  This time they have taken it up a thousand notches and made it better than great.  This isn't going to be a lousy buggy port from console to PC, it feels great on PC.  It looks Best on PC and for you nVidia users who can enable PhysX without slowdowns, will look Even better than better.  You will not forget the first time you hold up a Diner with Buddy Holly on the radio with hundreds of rounds flying in and out of the place, tearing the place up.  The story is going to be deep and engaging, the freedom and little details are too many to list, the sound effects and soundtrack are top notch and let's not forget the most important factor: You will actually feel like you're in the Mafia.

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