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  • 2 months later...
This is one of my most-eagerly awaited games. It looks absolutely drenched in atmosphere.

Absolutely. The on foot controls look very smooth and responsive as well, much more so than GTA IV. Can't wait.

Between this and Red Dead Redemption, 2010 should be a good year for open world games.

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Having recently sat through all 6 series of The Sopranos, i'm very interested in this. I didn't rate the first game very highly however... driving too simulator-like, and fuck, aaaagh that racing section. :( Anyway, i'm guessing it's all been said a bajillion times since 8 years ago, so let's move on - this looks ace.

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Joining the likes of Metal Gear Solid 4, publisher 2K Games today revealed that 2K Czech's recently delayed mobster game sequel Mafia 2 will allow players to collect copies of Playboy magazine--a move the company says will "bring sophistication and classic imagery" to the title.

"Mafia II is set when Playboy first came into vogue and features characters whose style and attitudes mirror content from our early issues," explained Playboy editorial director Jimmy Jellinek in today's announcment. "We're excited to bring an element of authenticity to the game that is unmatched in the men's publishing category."

Over fifty "vintage [Playboy] covers and centerfolds" will be found in the game--coming to PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 between August 1 and October 31, 2010--with 2K Games president Christoph Hartmann adding: "We are able to add a unique element of authenticity to the game by using vintage images from the magazine that illustrate the power of Playboy's influence on the attitudes and culture of that generation."

http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/62681

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Release date announced.

2K Games announced today that Mafia® II will be available on August 27, 2010 in the UK for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC. Mafia II is currently in development by 2K Czech, the same creative team behind the award-winning, genre-defining Mafia®, which captivated millions of gamers around the world.

http://www.gamersyde.com/news_a_release_da..._2-9107_en.html

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Did the original really win awards and define the genre? Reeeally? I still can't get that little ditty out of my head that played on the car radio... or the memories of my retro racing car turning over on the first bend.

How long has this been in development? 7 years? Ah well, at least we're getting some massive bush porn thrown in. I love how early in these threads you get people saying "I best get that new PC!" I hope they held off, although they'd be due a second upgrade by now...

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How long has this been in development? 7 years? Ah well, at least we're getting some massive bush porn thrown in. I love how early in these threads you get people saying "I best get that new PC!" I hope they held off, although they'd be due a second upgrade by now...

If you think that's bad, spare a thought for all those poor tramps who upgraded their PCs for Alan Wake :)

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From that video, the driving gameplay doesn't look that great :) Near the beginning when he gets in the car, the car seems to turn left without the necessary forward momentum to do that. It kind of reminds me of crazy taxi, but maybe its just the video. I loved the first game so im hoping this will be more of the same.

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Hmm that looks quite ropey to me, and it seems to lack a consistent art style which makes it look well 'PC game' with its mish mash of colours, jerky character models and shaders.

Still, it's hard to judge these things without knowing the size and depth of the world. There's plenty time for polish left too. But yeah, on first impressions it doesn't seem very authentic. I find the idea amusing that the mafia had hundreds of editions of Playboy littering all of their haunts.

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Really? I think it looks pretty darn good (if the tearing is indeed an encoding issue). Nice litle details too, like the doves flying away when you honk and the highly interactive environments. Nice animations too, like the guy catching the coke bottle you throw.

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I think it's more the 'phong render' look that's bugging me. I'm probably being far too critical considering the scope of the world and yeah, there are some nice details there. But there's something wholly artificial about the visuals, moreso than other games. Possibly the lighting or lack of decent filter use.

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Here's the complete list of contents for the Collector's Edition, which obviously includes the Mafia II game. Otherwise almost no one would buy it:

* Collectible SteelBook Casing: Brushed metallic SteelBook hard case with debossed logo containing two pieces of art featuring Vito and Joe, the stars of Mafia II.

* Made Man Pack: Free access to in-game downloadable pack that lets players get behind the wheel of two different luxury automobiles modeled after cars from the period. In addition, Vito will look the part with two new “made man” suits, including a vintage tux.

* Hardcover Art Book: Get to know the families of Empire Bay with a 100-page photo album-style art book that takes fans through the artistic design process of the game.

* Mafia II Orchestral Soundtrack: Immerse yourself in Empire Bay’s symphonic masterpiece with the Mafia II score recorded by the Prague FILMHarmonic Orchestra on CD.

* Map of Empire Bay: Get familiar with the neighborhoods and own the streets with a high quality, tear-resistant map depicting the 10 square miles of Empire Bay and all the hangout spots.

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But wait! Come back, there's more! If you pre-order the game from GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon or Wal-Mart.com, there's a host of additional bonus content you can get wet your beak with. Here are the incentives currently on offer:

* Vegas Pack (GameStop): Get a taste of old school Vegas in this new DLC pack from Mafia II. Bring a taste of Vegas to Empire Bay as you cruise through the town in two new cars with smooth handling and timeless lines. Vito shows his Vegas style in two new suits inspired by movies and music of the time.

* War Hero Pack (GameStop): The 40s wouldn't be complete without a war hero. Vito plays the role well in the War Hero DLC pack. Drive two military style vehicles and notice the superior handling in all weather conditions. Vito looks sharp in two new military outfits, including fatigues and a dress uniform.

* Renegade Pack (Amazon): Show off your inner renegade in this new DLC pack. Start with two new cars, one with the slick styling and tight handling of a small sports coupe and the other with the revved up engine of a ‘50s hot rod. Outfit Vito in two new suits, including leather and lettermen’s jackets to fit his renegade persona.

* Greaser Pack (Best Buy): Free access to the in-game downloadable content pack that is all about speed. These two new hot-rod speedsters will win you pink slips every time. Pair them with two new outfits for Vito -- a leather jacket with heavy boots, and a leather racing suit -- and get your engines revving.

* $10 Gift Card (Wal-Mart.com): Pre-order Mafia II at Wal-Mart.com and receive a $10 Wal-Mart e-gift card.

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