Mafia II creator clarifies: the PS3 version will look inferior

Yesterday, a 2K employee with the username "2K Elizabeth" posted in the publisher's official forums to reveal why the PS3 version of Mafia II looks worse than the 360 and PC versions. Wait... hold the presses! Or... er, the webses! A big corporate publisher has actually responded to customer inquiries!

"There will not be highly detailed grass or large pools of blood, the cloth movement is less noticeable than, for example, the PC version, and the visual fidelity in the demo is generally representative of what you’ll see in the full game," wrote the corporate chiacchierone (that's awesome mafia lingo for "chatterbox").

Above: This isn't a screenshot from Mafia II. It's a shot from 2K's PS3 development studio

Her comments came as a reaction to forum posters worried about motion blur and other issues in the game's recently released demo. Posters speculated that the demo must not be the game's final version, which they believed would look nicer. Sorry PS3 owners, but that is not the case.

Elizabeth was sure to add some comforting words in her post, saying, "While there are some differences between each version, I’m sure you’ll find that the core gameplay and the heart of Mafia II remains no matter whether you play on PS3, 360, or PC."

Above: Sit down; have a drink. It's not the end of the world if you already pre-ordered a PS3 copy of Mafia II

Indeed, there will still be lots of free-roaming mafia action in the PS3, and even though the blood won’t be quite so realistic, the really happenin’ 1950s vibe should still shine through. And really, when you're whacking all those cafones and strunzos, you probably won't really have much of a beef with the fact that cloth movement isn't as realistic as it is on the Xbox 360. You just gotta worry about not getting pinched. Yeah, we Googled a bunch of mafia terms to sound cool.

The full version of Mafia II, whether you go for the one with grass fidelity or not, will be available next week, on August 24th.

[Source: 2K Forums]

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  • tdr2009 - March 6, 2011 5:09 p.m.

    @drewbian Technically, PS3 is better than Xbox 360.... This is just showing what lazy developers can do... The PS3 is just as capable as Xbox 360... Just Cause 2 looks better than Mafia 2 on PS3, and has a better FPS.....
  • JoelVoodoo - August 26, 2010 9:10 a.m.

    Well that sucks. I was going to get it on the PS3.Looks like my 360 will get another multi format game added to its collection.
  • fowheela - August 19, 2010 12:07 a.m.

    and there is no way that the frame rate had anything to do with it they are lying because a cell processor would be more capable of processing all the information streaming better, its just a lazy developer not willing to use it like its supposed to.
  • fowheela - August 18, 2010 11:59 p.m.

    @drewbian actually they never said why it would look worse it has nothing to do with the functionality of they system its the developer choosing a set core audiance most likely, look at all of the ps3 exclusives they look better than any 360 game, or most and btw before anyone attacks me saying i am a fanboy try again i have both sytems and love them both i just hate when one fanboy or another attacks a system the 360 is not perfect in fact i preffer alot of my ps3 games over 360
  • nemesisuprising - August 18, 2010 6:53 p.m.

    wow, I guess microsoft had to pay off 2k so that the ps3's graphics would be worse for once, oh well
  • bonerachieved - August 18, 2010 6:22 p.m.

    This will be held over 2K's head over crazy PS3 fanboys who won't leave this alone.
  • metalheadmax - August 18, 2010 11:21 a.m.

    oh well i've got both xbox and ps3 and im getting ps3 because the controls are so much better and you get some free dlc it's embarrassing that some developers are to lazy to port to the ps3 properly, seeming there are a lot who do it perfect and theres no difference between consoles im getting this because it looks like fun and theres nothing to play at the moment :)
  • Octoboy - August 18, 2010 10:32 a.m.

    I'm lucky enough to own a PS3, an Xbox 360 and a gaming PC. I played the demo on all three systems, and while I'm usually not nitpicking on details, it's really a shame how the PS3 version looks.
  • wkdtkd - August 18, 2010 10:07 a.m.

    Where does it say the game would look worse on PS3 than Xbox!? She said it wouldnt be as detailed as PC (hardly a big surprise) but never mentioned the xbox version being superior. Thats just gamesradar's obvious bias for the xbox shining through once again (hardly a surprise)
  • NeonSalmon - August 18, 2010 9:40 a.m.

    That's surprising often the PS3 has better graphics but it doesn't really matter.
  • BadLadJon - August 18, 2010 8:23 a.m.

    so instead of telling us why dont they just improve it and change the cloth movement and grass? lol...
  • crumbdunky - August 18, 2010 4:58 a.m.

    Another lazy dev that won't get my money on EITHER platform. If the game was better looking and ran better than anything else on PS3 I'd listen but it doesn't and it doesn't look or run as well as the better games on my 360 either. they just couldn't be bothered using multi core coding for the PS3 version and want to make it up by giving the PS3 free DLC that games on other platforms don't get gratis? What have 360 gamers ever done to you 2K? EFF you. Another one struck off the list as there are too many games around for me to need to reward the lazy, inept and, in this case wilfully so. In, kind of, reated news if it wasn't for the GODAWFULLY CRAP and headache bringing K&L2 Mafia2 would already have been the least impressed I've been with a demo all year. So, well done 2K Czech(second div at best)you managed second place in my shitskate sweepstakes for the gaming year 2010! You squeezed in between K&L2 and LP2(pattern?).
  • KaiokenKid - August 18, 2010 4:37 a.m.

    And what gets me is that I asked this question about Multiplatform on PS3 and 360 on talkradar last week and the guys told me that 360 really being better was kinda not true anymore and that 360 isnt really the lead console anymore and all that, then this shit happens. So maybe thats not true after all. I know the gameplays teh same, but if it looks bad, thats going to distract me and ruin my experience.
  • KaiokenKid - August 18, 2010 4:31 a.m.

    wow, they have some audacity to try and act like its no big deal. During her forum thing she acted like people hate were unjust, which is just foolish. its perfectly justified. They said they purposely took out teh grass and all that to get better frame rate out of teh PS3 version, but how is that a good trade off or a acceptable one? What, getting them the same was to hard for you? And what gets me the most is that they said they optimized the game for all consoles. Wow, tehn that makes them look REALLY bad.
  • FNG - August 18, 2010 4:22 a.m.

    It doesnt have surprise me that much because most comparisons between ps3 and xbox 360 showed a very slight lead by the 360. I wonder why.
  • frozenghost - August 18, 2010 4:09 a.m.

    OMG! the game looks slightly better on the 360, this just proves the 360 is sooo much better...that's why a graphically inferior system (wii) outsold it. Still not excited about Mafia 2, they took 10 years to make a sequel to a game nobody remembers.
  • thedonut - August 18, 2010 4:03 a.m.

    As long as it's playable, that's all really matters.
  • GoateeGuy615 - August 18, 2010 3:59 a.m.

    Demos will always look slightly worse than the actual release so as to minimize file size and what not. I played this on 360 and I have to say the game looks 10x better than GTA 4.
  • Tygerclaws - August 18, 2010 3:46 a.m.

    Real gamers don't give a rat's ass about graphics.
  • tayls - August 18, 2010 3:11 a.m.

    Are people just catching on to this? Besides FFXIII, this is how it works. PS3 just isn't the lead system on games, so raw power doesn't matter. After playing 10 hours of the PS3 version of Red Dead Redemption, then switching to the 360 version, it was like playing a remake it looked so much better.

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