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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Billy Merman - 900 Miles
- Albert Hibbler - After the Lights Go Down Low
- Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five - Ain't That Just Like a Woman (They'll Do it Every Time)
- Dean Martin - Ain`t That A Kick In The Head
- Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five - Caldonia Boogie
- Les Baxter - Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart
- Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five - Choo Choo Ch'boogie
- Gatemouth Moore - Did You Ever Love a Woman
- Louis Prima - Che La Luna
- Cab Calloway - Everybody Eats When They Come To My House
- The Gaylords - Chow Mein
- Albert Hibbler - Count Every Star
- Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five - Friendship
- Frankie Laine - Jezebel
- Peetie Wheatstraw - Gangster's Blues
- Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five - G.I. Jive
- Sam Butera and The Witnesses - Let The Good Times Roll
- Doris Day - Makin Whoopee
- Lester Williams - I Can't Lose With the Stuff I Use
- Jack McVea - Inflation Blues
- Rosemary Clooney – Mambo Italiano
- Reg Owen Orchestra - Manhattan Spiritual
- Varetta Dillard - Mercy, Mr. Percy
- Louis Jordan And His Tympani Five - Open The Door Richard
- Ames Brothers - My Bonnie Lassie
- Ike Carpenter Orchestra - Pachuko Hop
- Jimmy Breedlove - My Guardian Angel
- Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five - Ration Blues
- Louis Prima - Oh Marie
- Dave Appell and The Applejacks - Ooh, Baby, Ooh
- Harold Singer - Rock Around the Clock
- Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five - That's Chick's Too Young to Fry
- Louis Prima - Pennies From Heaven
- Dean Martin - Return to Me
- Floyd Dixon - That'll Get It
- Antoine Domino - The Fat Man
- Billy Merman - Springtime In Monaco
- Dean Martin - That's Amore
- Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five - What's The Use Of Getting Sober ( When you Gonna Get Drunk Again
- Dinah Shore Buddy Clark - Baby Its Cold Outside
- Louis Prima – Closer to the Bone
- Perez Prado – The Peanut Vendor
- The Andrews Sisters – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
- Dinah Shore – Buttons and Bows
- Louis Prima - When You`re Smiling
- Peggy Lee – Happiness Is A thing Called Joe
- Farrell Draper - Held for Questioning
- Bing Crosby - I Haven't Time to Be a Millionaire
- Bing Crosby - I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams
- Edward Ellington - It Don't Mean a Thing
- Freddy Friday - Java
- Dean Martin - Let It Snow!
- Bing Crosby – Pennies From Heaven
- Kay Kyser and his Orchestra – Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition
- The Andrews Sisters - Rum And Coca-cola
- Benny Goodman – Sing, Sing, Sing
- Andrews Sisters - Straighten Up And Fly Right
- The Andrews Sisters – Strip Polka
- Thomas Dorsey - The Dipsy Doodle
- Bing Crosby - Pessimistic Character
- The Andrews Sisters - There'll Be a Hot Time in the Town of Berlin
- The Andrews Sisters - Victory Polka
- Peggy Lee - Why Don't You Do Right
- Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang - Beating The Dog
- Jean Reinhardt - Belleville
- Benny Goodman – Blue Skies
- Bing Crosby - By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
- Frank Trumbauer and His Orchestra - Clarinet Marmalade
- Johnny Dodds - Come on and Stomp, Stomp, Stomp
- Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang - Goin' Places
- Cliff Edwards - Good Little Bad Little You
- Cab Calloway – Happy Feet
- Frank Trumbauer and His Orchestra - Riverboat Shuffle
- Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang - Stringing The Blues
- The Ink Spots - The Best Things In Life Are Free
- Django Reinhardt - You're Driving Me Crazy
- Antoine Domino - Ain't That a Shame
- Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
- John Lee Hooker - Boom Boom
- The Coasters - Framed
- Muddy Waters - Got My Mojo Working
- The Drifters – Honey Love
- Jalacy Hawkins - I Put a Spell On You
- The Five Satins – In The Still Of The Night
- Little Richard - Keep A-Knockin
- The Five Keys – Ling Ting Tong
- Little Richard - Long Tall Sally
- Little Richard - Lucille
- Muddy Waters - Manish boy
- Chuck Berry – Nadine
- Chuck Berry - No Particular Place To Go
- The Coasters – One Kiss Led To Another
- Jackie Wilson - Rags To Riches
- Chester Burnett - Smokestack Lightning
- The Cadillacs - Speedo
- Bo Diddley - Who Do You Love
- Everly Brothers - All I Have To Do Is Dream
- Danny & The Juniors - At the Hop
- Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart - C'mon Everybody
- Duane Eddy – Cannonball
- Ritchie Valens - Come On, Let's Go
- Fleetwoods - Come Softly To Me
- Raymond Hamilton - Don't Let Go
- Ritchie Valens - Donna
- Duane Eddy – Forty Miles Of Bad Road
- The Chantels – Maybe
- Barrett Strong – Money (That's What I Want)
- Duane Eddy – Movin' 'n' Groovin'
- The Chordettes - Mr. Sandman
- Buddy Holly - Not Fade Away
- Buddy Holly - Rave On
- Duane Eddy – Rebel Rouser
- Bill Haley & His Comets - Rock Around The Clock
- The Crew Cuts - Sh-Boom
- Ricky Nelson - Stood Up
- Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues
- Sandy Nelson – Teen Beat
- The Champs - Tequila
- Buddy Holly - That'll Be the Day
- The Monotones - The Book Of Love
- Frankie Lymon - Why Do Fools Fall In Love
- Roy Hamilton - You Can Have Her
|Track #||Song||Running Time|
Enemy of the State
The Hot Food Hop
Trials and Tribulations
The Darkest Hour
Up In Smoke
Follow that Car!
Balls and Beans
Playing for Keeps
A Friend of Ours
Wake Up Call
Hide and Seek
For Better, for Worse
Cops and Cobblers
Beasts from the East
Farewell Lincoln Park
Men at Work
An Apple and a Tree
Stairway to the Stars
Alternate Ending (bonus track)
Sicily (bonus track)
Main Theme - Piano Version (bonus track)
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
- Operating System: Windows XP SP2 / Vista / 7
- CPU: Intel Pentium D 3 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600
- Graphics Card: Nvidia 8600 / ATI Radeon HD 2600
- Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
- Operating System: Windows XP SP2 / Vista / 7
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4 GHz
- Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce 9800 / ATI 3870
- Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Xbox 360 Game Installation
- Mafia II requires 6.4 GB of space to install on an Xbox 360 HDD.