10 reasons to respect Mafia II

7. The radio knows what you’re doing
Mafia II won’t feature multiple radio stations you can switch between, but Grace said that, instead, you’ll hear convincing-sounding radio broadcasts that match the mood of whatever you’re doing. If you’ve just finished a tough mission and the coast is clear, for example, the music’s going to be upbeat, while dangerous situations are going to sound a lot more foreboding. And if you’ve just done something that’s attracted a lot of public attention, you’ll probably hear a news report about it.


Also notable is that the radio’s content will change along with the era, something that would probably be a nightmare to implement with multiple stations.

8. The missions are laid out organically
In most open-world games, missions are made available through icons on a map, which you can visit or ignore as they become available. Mafia II, meanwhile, will take a more linear approach, with most missions beginning when Vito gets a call from Joe about some work that needs doing. Similarly, side missions will be something you stumble across when the story calls for it; for example, you might witness a hit and run while driving home from a job, and you’ll have the option of either pursuing the culprit (remembering that mobsters are, ideally, supposed to protect people in territories they control) or ignoring them (remembering most of them actually don’t).


9. The game knows you’re busy
Despite the huge size of its script, Scalici said that there are around two hours of non-interactive cutscenes sprinkled throughout the game, and that in general there was an effort to keep them to a minimum. Instead, the bulk of the story will unfold around you while you’re in control. We’re also told that Mafia II will never make players sit through a load screen. So long as those cutscenes aren’t unskippable, this should come as great news to the impatient.

10. No mandatory racing
According to Grace, there won’t be anything in Mafia II like the mandatory race mission that was such a bear in the first Mafia. So thank God for that.

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  • vitalik1 - May 1, 2009 1:07 a.m.

    wow, looks almost exactly like godfather 2, i love godfather 2, if anyone wants to pair up and play my gamertag is vitalikshhs, and i will for sure be getting mafia 2, looks really good.
  • RedOutlive10 - April 29, 2009 1:40 p.m.

    The first Mafia was far superior to the GTA counterparts of its time, improved realism, better gunfight and story were a sure win for me, even if it lacked the open ended content GTA offers in story mode.
  • jar-head - April 28, 2009 1:27 a.m.

    no load times? i wonder what this will revolutionize
  • wiisixty - April 28, 2009 1:14 a.m.

    so you would put it in the ranks of GTA$ from what you saw?
  • Grenade - April 27, 2009 10:29 p.m.

    It looks like a great game. I have no interest in The Godfather II, but this looks fun.
  • WonsAuto - April 27, 2009 9:03 p.m.

    I can't wait for this after the big pile of "meh" that was Godfather II. ReCAPTCHA: Warsaw localled
  • dan1419 - April 27, 2009 8:19 p.m.

    This game is gonna be insanely good!!! XD
  • Jdawg2k - May 2, 2009 2:21 a.m.

    What I remember the most about mafia was making a complete stop at the red light or the cops will get ya.
  • theschwartzb - April 28, 2009 10:31 p.m.

    @Drama You are probably thinking of Godfather 2, Mafia II doesnt release until around October.
  • Drama - April 28, 2009 8:35 p.m.

    Do you guys even realize it's been out for months now and scored well below average? I loved it. But it's nothing special and easily forgettable.
  • RandyChimp - April 28, 2009 7:36 p.m.

    Is it confirmed there is definately snow in the main game? or at least a season system? Retarded question, yes, since it's in the trailer, but I just need it confirmed, it's the one thing that annoyed me about Gta4, no snow!
  • rwells - April 28, 2009 6:28 p.m.

    cant wait 2 play this game. first 1 i had on xbox graphics sukd story was good, looks like they got the best of both ends here. hope its as good as the hype
  • everlia - April 28, 2009 4:51 p.m.

    Amazing game! Just downloaded full version from I think I am addicted lol :)
  • Warewullf - April 28, 2009 2:21 p.m.

    Cool, i need another GTA game. This looks fun.
  • Jason.Darksavior - April 28, 2009 8:44 a.m.

    Looks good!
  • Jaces - April 28, 2009 4:19 a.m.

    Count me in for Mafia II, can't wait to get my hands on this.
  • iKOemos - April 28, 2009 4:11 a.m.

    I hated the load times in the first one! The game took so effin long to load when you traveled to and from parts of the city I just gave up on it. But this one has none so I'm psyched.
  • TrIp13G - April 28, 2009 3:59 a.m.

    Still can't wait. even less time, now.
  • Tasty_Pasta - April 28, 2009 2:02 a.m.

    I'm so pumped about this game. I've watched the gameplay trailers so many times. I like the idea of those side missions too.
  • michaelmcc827 - April 28, 2009 12:02 a.m.

    I beat the original on Xbox, and the storytelling was by far the best part. The gameplay really didn't do it for me a lot of times. This ones looks great though, hope they can improve on the first Mafia's shortcomings.

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