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Mafia II

Mafia II / Xbox 360
editor score 8.5
user score 6.3
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2K Czech


2K Games


Mafia II is a sandbox-style third-person action/driving game developed by 2K Czech for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Games for Windows. The game was announced at the 2007 Leipzig Games Convention, where five screenshots along with a brief trailer were revealed. After two delays, Mafia II was released in North American August 24, 2010 and internationally on August 27, 2010.

Set in the post-WW2 era, the player assumes the role of Vito Scaletta, a young soldier returning from World War 2 to Empire Bay after a tour of duty overseas. Vito and his friend, Joe Barbaro, begin working in the criminal underworld of Empire Bay upon Vito's return. The story focuses on Vito and Joe’s friendship and life as part of the mafia. Mafia II plans to be much darker and less romantic than the first game showing the story of a made man. The game will be set in the '40s and '50s in Empire Bay, a city inspired by New York and San Francisco.

"As the original Mafia was a big success, we are excited to leverage the power of next generation console technology to create an all-new experience, while embracing the elements that resonated with the previous game's fans. The 'wow' factor of Mafia 2 is definitely the benchmark-setting visual quality and action that you expect to see only in Hollywood movies." — Christoph Hartmann, President of 2K Games.


Mafia II's story follows the long and dark journey of Vito Scalleta, as he progresses through his life of becoming a made man in the mafia. The game's setting will feature staples of the post-World War II period through the course of the story. In the game you start poor but with the help of your friend Joe, start doing alot of criminal stuff to get money, booze, and chicks. First, you fight in WW2 for short time. Then you come back and live in your mother's apartment for a day. You have a sister named Francesca Scaletta. You meet many people on your journey and make many bad decisions that you and Joe must fix.


Mafia II takes place in 10 square miles of open-ended environments, and the player will be able to explore the entire scenario without any restrictions from the start of the game. There are no loading screens, city will load continuously during play.

The Law in Empire Bay must be obeyed. When these laws are broken in view of the police, they will respond. However, the police interaction will be toned down compared to its predecessor.

New Features

  • There are over 120 licensed songs split between both eras and over 3 hours of original composed music.
  • There are about 50 different vehicles between both eras and can get dirty, suffer damage and run out of gas.
  • The AI has been improved, so the pedestrians will smoke, read newspapers, buy clothes, and wait for buses, while homeless people will search through garbage bins.
  • The player will own their own customizable cars that can even be customized with a personal license plate. Up to ten vehicles can be stored in Vito's garage.
  • Since such heavy emphasis has been placed on your own personal ride, the ability to utilize public transportation has been taken out. Vito may still ride in a cab for mission or two though.
Vehicles play a major role in Mafia II.
Vehicles play a major role in Mafia II.
  • Vito can buy various foods and drinks in restaurants scattered about the city.
  • Vito can also vandalize those restaurants and any other stores and the cops will be called. If you return to the scene of the crime you'll see police tape and the clerk or witnesses telling the officer your description based on what clothes you were wearing.
  • Cops only radio for reinforcements if you committed a large enough crime. New and multiple strategies to deceive them.
  • The police can chase other criminals instead of just you, and therefore it will contribute to their new, greater leniency.
  • There are 15 main chapters and some interwoven, voluntary sub-missions.
  • New and improved checkpoints.
  • The story may vary depending on how the player chooses to progress throughout the game.
  • In missions with a car, Joe often rides with you. Player controlled drive-by shooting has been completely taken out, though Joe may shoot out of the window when you're driving.
  • There are multiple gangs who have their territories in the different districts of Empire Bay.
  • There are two types of context-sensitive environment interactions: A "standard" action and a "violent" action.
  • Vito can steal a car by smashing the window, lockpicking, or carjacking.
A cover system will be incorporated.
A cover system will be incorporated.
  • Objects in the environment e.g. bottles, chairs, etc. will be interactive, in both standard and violent contexts.
  • The game features over 200 hand-to-hand animations, as well as using the environment as an integral part of that combat.
  • Cover positions are used and can be destroyed.
  • Graphically, violence will take a less 'gory', more realistic approach (i.e. bullet wounds, blood stains/ splatters.)
  • Many guns from the first game are back (i.e. Thompson M1928, Colt 1911, pump-shotgun) but the 50's will bring about more modern firearms.
  • There is very little indication of your health; the HUD can be switched on and off, the contents of the HUD can also be altered.
  • Health regenerates; taking cover makes it regenerate faster, but it only fills up a certain amount from where you stopped taking damage, meaning if it doesn't fill up, you'll need to eat food to recover fully.
  • Includes 50 collectible anachronistic Playboy centerfolds, which were published ranging from seven to seventeen years after the end of the game.


Along with featuring an original score done by the FILMharmonic Orchestra Prague, Mafia 2 also features an extensive soundtrack of over 120 songs from the 1940's and 50's era. Below is a complete listing of both the licensed and the orchestral soundtracks featured in the game.

Licensed Soundtrack

  1. Billy Merman - 900 Miles
  2. Albert Hibbler - After the Lights Go Down Low
  3. Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five - Ain't That Just Like a Woman (They'll Do it Every Time)
  4. Dean Martin - Ain`t That A Kick In The Head
  5. Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five - Caldonia Boogie
  6. Les Baxter - Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart
  7. Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five - Choo Choo Ch'boogie
  8. Gatemouth Moore - Did You Ever Love a Woman
  9. Louis Prima - Che La Luna
  10. Cab Calloway - Everybody Eats When They Come To My House
  11. The Gaylords - Chow Mein
  12. Albert Hibbler - Count Every Star
  13. Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five - Friendship
  14. Frankie Laine - Jezebel
  15. Peetie Wheatstraw - Gangster's Blues
  16. Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five - G.I. Jive
  17. Sam Butera and The Witnesses - Let The Good Times Roll
  18. Doris Day - Makin Whoopee
  19. Lester Williams - I Can't Lose With the Stuff I Use
  20. Jack McVea - Inflation Blues
  21. Rosemary Clooney – Mambo Italiano
  22. Reg Owen Orchestra - Manhattan Spiritual
  23. Varetta Dillard - Mercy, Mr. Percy
  24. Louis Jordan And His Tympani Five - Open The Door Richard
  25. Ames Brothers - My Bonnie Lassie
  26. Ike Carpenter Orchestra - Pachuko Hop
  27. Jimmy Breedlove - My Guardian Angel
  28. Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five - Ration Blues
  29. Louis Prima - Oh Marie
  30. Dave Appell and The Applejacks - Ooh, Baby, Ooh
  31. Harold Singer - Rock Around the Clock
  32. Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five - That's Chick's Too Young to Fry
  33. Louis Prima - Pennies From Heaven
  34. Dean Martin - Return to Me
  35. Floyd Dixon - That'll Get It
  36. Antoine Domino - The Fat Man
  37. Billy Merman - Springtime In Monaco
  38. Dean Martin - That's Amore
  39. Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five - What's The Use Of Getting Sober ( When you Gonna Get Drunk Again
  40. Dinah Shore Buddy Clark - Baby Its Cold Outside
  41. Louis Prima – Closer to the Bone
  42. Perez Prado – The Peanut Vendor
  43. The Andrews Sisters – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
  44. Dinah Shore – Buttons and Bows
  45. Louis Prima - When You`re Smiling
  46. Peggy Lee – Happiness Is A thing Called Joe
  47. Farrell Draper - Held for Questioning
  48. Bing Crosby - I Haven't Time to Be a Millionaire
  49. Bing Crosby - I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams
  50. Edward Ellington - It Don't Mean a Thing
  51. Freddy Friday - Java
  52. Dean Martin - Let It Snow!
  53. Bing Crosby – Pennies From Heaven
  54. Kay Kyser and his Orchestra – Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition
  55. The Andrews Sisters - Rum And Coca-cola
  56. Benny Goodman – Sing, Sing, Sing
  57. Andrews Sisters - Straighten Up And Fly Right
  58. The Andrews Sisters – Strip Polka
  59. Thomas Dorsey - The Dipsy Doodle
  60. Bing Crosby - Pessimistic Character
  61. The Andrews Sisters - There'll Be a Hot Time in the Town of Berlin
  62. The Andrews Sisters - Victory Polka
  63. Peggy Lee - Why Don't You Do Right
  64. Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang - Beating The Dog
  65. Jean Reinhardt - Belleville
  66. Benny Goodman – Blue Skies
  67. Bing Crosby - By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
  68. Frank Trumbauer and His Orchestra - Clarinet Marmalade
  69. Johnny Dodds - Come on and Stomp, Stomp, Stomp
  70. Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang - Goin' Places
  71. Cliff Edwards - Good Little Bad Little You
  72. Cab Calloway – Happy Feet
  73. Frank Trumbauer and His Orchestra - Riverboat Shuffle
  74. Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang - Stringing The Blues
  75. The Ink Spots - The Best Things In Life Are Free
  76. Django Reinhardt - You're Driving Me Crazy
  77. Antoine Domino - Ain't That a Shame
  78. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
  79. John Lee Hooker - Boom Boom
  80. The Coasters - Framed
  81. Muddy Waters - Got My Mojo Working
  82. The Drifters – Honey Love
  83. Jalacy Hawkins - I Put a Spell On You
  84. The Five Satins – In The Still Of The Night
  85. Little Richard - Keep A-Knockin
  86. The Five Keys – Ling Ting Tong
  87. Little Richard - Long Tall Sally
  88. Little Richard - Lucille
  89. Muddy Waters - Manish boy
  90. Chuck Berry – Nadine
  91. Chuck Berry - No Particular Place To Go
  92. The Coasters – One Kiss Led To Another
  93. Jackie Wilson - Rags To Riches
  94. Chester Burnett - Smokestack Lightning
  95. The Cadillacs - Speedo
  96. Bo Diddley - Who Do You Love
  97. Everly Brothers - All I Have To Do Is Dream
  98. Danny & The Juniors - At the Hop
  99. Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart - C'mon Everybody
  100. Duane Eddy – Cannonball
  101. Ritchie Valens - Come On, Let's Go
  102. Fleetwoods - Come Softly To Me
  103. Raymond Hamilton - Don't Let Go
  104. Ritchie Valens - Donna
  105. Duane Eddy – Forty Miles Of Bad Road
  106. The Chantels – Maybe
  107. Barrett Strong – Money (That's What I Want)
  108. Duane Eddy – Movin' 'n' Groovin'
  109. The Chordettes - Mr. Sandman
  110. Buddy Holly - Not Fade Away
  111. Buddy Holly - Rave On
  112. Duane Eddy – Rebel Rouser
  113. Bill Haley & His Comets - Rock Around The Clock
  114. The Crew Cuts - Sh-Boom
  115. Ricky Nelson - Stood Up
  116. Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues
  117. Sandy Nelson – Teen Beat
  118. The Champs - Tequila
  119. Buddy Holly - That'll Be the Day
  120. The Monotones - The Book Of Love
  121. Frankie Lymon - Why Do Fools Fall In Love
  122. Roy Hamilton - You Can Have Her

Original Soundtrack

Track #SongRunning Time
Main Theme
Empire Bay
Enemy of the State
Misery Lane
Whiskey Heat
The Hot Food Hop
El Greco
Family First
Trials and Tribulations
Fresh Meat
Surprise Visit
The Darkest Hour
Up In Smoke
Hot Rod
The Works
Follow that Car!
Slaughterhouse Shuffle
Balls and Beans
Cosa Nostra
Room Service
Cleaning Up
Playing for Keeps
A Friend of Ours
Wake Up Call
Hide and Seek
Just Business
For Better, for Worse
Henry's Score
Cops and Cobblers
The Killing
Beasts from the East
Farewell Lincoln Park
The Mysterious
Red Dragon
Men at Work
Bad Memories
An Apple and a Tree
Stairway to the Stars
Last Orders
The End
Alternate Ending (bonus track)
Sicily (bonus track)
Main Theme - Piano Version (bonus track)

Collector's Edition

The Mafia II Collector's Edition comes in a steel box, featuring artwork of Vito Scaletta and Joe Barbaro, as well as a CD containing the orchestral soundtrack for the game performed by the Prague Orchestra. In addition to these benefits, the Collector's Edition contains a redeemable code for the Vegas DLC pack, which contains two additional suits and cars. Another bonus contained in the Collector's Edition is a fold-out map of the fictional city of Empire Bay, containing 50's inspired outwork on tear-resistant paper. Finally, the Collector's Edition comes with a 100-page art book, containing art of many of the game's characters.


Three packs of downloadable content have been announced for Mafia II. The first pack is exclusive to the PS3 and is called "The Betrayal of Jimmy" and can be downloaded via a free voucher that comes with a new copy of the game or through the Playstation Network Store for $9.99. The DLC will take players through dozens of "Intense" arcade style missions where players can rack up points. The second pack of DLC is called "Jimmy's Vendetta" and will be available for all platforms (PS3, 360, PC). The third is called "Joe's Adventures", and covers Joe Barbaro's exploits during the six years Vito spends in prison during the main game's story mode. It is not available for PC.


  • Empire Bay is roughly double the size of Lost Heaven, covering approximately 10 square miles.
  • The game was built on the 'Illusion Engine', an overhauled version of the LS3D engine which was used in the original game.
  • The game will feature over two hours of in-game cutscenes. The original game, Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven, featured a 400 page long screenplay, as opposed to 700 pages for this sequel.
  • The PS3 version was worked on by people from Massive Bear Studio.
  • Mafia II now holds the Guinness World Record for the most uses of the word "fuck" in a videogame. It took this title from House of the Dead: Overkill.

PC System Requirements

Minimum Specifications

  • Operating System: Windows XP SP2 / Vista / 7
  • CPU: Intel Pentium D 3 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600
  • RAM Memory: 1.5 GB
  • Hard Drive Space: 8 GB
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia 8600 / ATI Radeon HD 2600
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • DirectX: DirectX 9.0c

Recommended Specifications

  • Operating System: Windows XP SP2 / Vista / 7
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4 GHz
  • RAM Memory: 1.5 GB
  • Hard Drive Space: 8 GB
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce 9800 / ATI 3870
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • DirectX: DirectX 9.0c

Xbox 360 Game Installation

  • Mafia II requires 6.4 GB of space to install on an Xbox 360 HDD.