MAFIA II: No Where Close to Expectation

by Suman Kundu on December 04, 2010

A month back, in an event I got a gift from my sister. Upon opening, I found it was MAFIA II. The game I was waiting for a long time. It may be a year back I found MAFIA II will be released soon in a web page. I was not following every news related to it. Still I was searching regularly when it will be released. Finally, it was released and I was trying to get that as soon as possible. So, when I got the most wanted one, I was soo much excited.

My Gaming Habit

In 2006 I bought my current PC basically assembled one. In that time, it was really high end. AMD 3200+, MSI high end mother board, 2GB RAM. Why I assembled a high end PC that time? I was unable to play modern games, which demand graphics cards. My old one does not support any.

However, after 2006 I only played Formula 1, MotoGP and SBK. Nothing else. Then in 2008 I bought NVDIA graphics card 8600 GT. But never play any computer game after that. It means last two years I barely played any video games.


So, you come to know that I am not a gamer at all. At least for last two years. Then why I was looking for MAFIA II? Before 2006 I played lots of computer games. Some of them, I like, some I won't. Starting with Road Rash I like Max Payen, Return to Castle Wolfenstein then Project IGI, Desperados, Medal of Honor and few, I forgot names. Other big games either was not installed in my PC, or I did not like them. Then around 2003 to 04, I forgot the exact year. I got a disk MAFIA. A few month gaming and I found it is the most beautiful game I ever played. I played the game several times since then. Now, you may clearly understand why I was exited to see there will be another MAFIA, i.e. MAFIA II. My expectation goes up.


I used to be a taxi driver. Even though I wasn't making much, and I worked from dawn to dusk, I was glad to be working. It was a bad time, and some other people were worse off than me. It was that very taxi that drew Salieri's people to me in the first place. One day I was on my break, and I was just hanging out. Suddenly, I heard a tremendous crash.

That is how I remember MAFIA. It was just the start. A story with a bag of emotion attached with it. “I” was the word, which make it different from others. In the beginning, the game progress was not much of a different than any other third person shooter game. However, the way it proceeds soon I really become Tommy. Paulie becomes the best buddy of “me”. When Paulie died, I feel sorrow too. And when “I” died. Yes I died, at the end. It was finished. Everything. The last narration -

You know, the world isn't run by the laws written on paper. It's run by people. Some according to laws, others not. It depends on each individual how his world will be, how he makes it. And you also need a whole lot of luck, so that somebody else doesn't make your life hell. And it ain't as simple as they tell you in grade school. But it is good to have strong values and to maintain them. In marriage, in crime, in war, always and everywhere. I messed up. So did Paulie and Sam. We wanted a better life, but in the end we were a lot worse off than most other people. You know, I think it's important to keep a balance in things. Yeah, balance, that's the right word. Because the guy who wants too much risks losing absolutely everything. Of course, the guy who wants too little from life, might not get anything at all.

Truly speaking, first time, I was shocked, how could someone just came to me and kill me. I was the killer throughout the game. Now, I was helpless, no gun no mission. I can bet you. Every player will feel the same. This is how the game starts and finished. The game makes you learn your city. In the end, you would know every corner of the city. It will make you learn different car driving, different guns to fire. You will feel like home in a small computer graphics.

I missed every road, every car, every gun and every mission so much that after being MAFIA, I won't wanted to be anything with any other games. It may be that is why I was unable to finish many games after that.

What is missing in MAFIA II?

Hope all of you already got the answer. However, I will put little words on the same thing. You already got understandings how I expected MAFIA II would be. And here how I got it -

1. Here I am Vito. Until the end, the game was played by Vito, not me.smile_tongue Missing Attachment.
2. Unknown city. Till the end of the game I need to refer the map to complete the mission. I feel like total stranger in the city.
3. Only motivation to be a mafia, here is to earn money. This is just the same bull shit like other third person shooter games.
4. Vito Killed “me”. One thing I am thinking when I played the episode. Vito has a mission to kill someone. And it was Tommy. I was just remembering the feeling when I ended MAFIA. Here I(Vito) am the killer. But sparking feeling is that Vito kill me(Tommy). Means till that episode MAFIA II has never make me feel I am Vito.
5. Just when I am starting to think I am Vito. The game is over. How strange is that I can't explain? It took only two weeks may be 25Hrs of playing to finish.
6. Every morning Vito got a call, and at the end Vito need to sleep. Another bull shit of third person shooter game. Where is the story?

Over Expectation or Bellow Quality?

When I started to analysis the game, whether it was down or I over expect from it I logically found lots of flaws in the game. It is all about the feeling, not technical. May be MAFIA II is much better then any other recent games. However, MAFIA is different, it was and still it is.

I may have over expected from it. I may want it to be at least the same as MAFIA. I don’t know. Deep inside me, Tommy stay alive forever, but Vito? No way. He may have some space in this post. But nothing inside me. Only, spark of the game is its name MAFIA (II). Which make me play it till finish. I finish a game after so many years. So, the “MAFIA” name really has something. smile_wink

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