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Mafia II is a game based on the mafia series. There is a lot of stuff improved from the first one, but judging from a point of view where you should evaluate this game instantly, is good graphics. Even though the AMD cards might show flickering, other than that, there was no other problem. The optimization looks very promising and the idea seems good enough, based on a real life story.
The game starts by attacking the italian fashists and after defeating them, you spawn in america, where the mafia business is situated. You will normally expect a lot of kills, fights, corruption and that is exactly what the mafia is known as, providing very influential stories. As the main character, you lived for a long time far away from your family and know a lot of things that you didn't knew before and what happened to them during this long time. You start meeting up with your friends there and the trouble just bumps in without any notice. You learn how to break into cars picking locks, or even open locked doors. Than you learn how to use a gun, which is very important in a Mafia life.
A bonus recognition is the Mafia name, which comes from Cosa Nostra or in English language known as our thing, or our stuff. This already means that they considered a lot of territory as their owns. There is one thing to mention because the italian fashists when the game started where actual Mafia which went to America and started the mafia wars there. You learn a lot of history about these clans and recognize the notable people who helped develop them.
Getting back to the game, the graphics were very good, except the flicker of the screen I mentioned because of the AMD drivers. Another aspect of the game is the lightning and textures which were good enough even nowadays. The game looks very good, at least from my point of view and there is a lot to add about its graphics. Depending on your card, you might not even get the flicker, so don't panic.
The optimization, is good but there are clearly room for improvements to this open world game. You can enter in cars, go anywhere you want, fill in your fuel, eat an hamburger and other great stuff. The whole idea is about gathering as much territory and making it yours, but the problem is that the map is quite huge, adding a lot of missions and objectives in the same time which will make you play for quite some time. You can even learn the map, streets and boulevards of America, so don't stress! Either way, this game might be enjoyable, but this didn't look good to me, but this is my own opinion on the game.
Talking about music, sounds and other wave effects, where those of the mid 1950. You will feel like being in that times, so if you are grown up already, you might feel nostalgic somehow. The car noise, the people and other things which make up other sounds are important and they clearly made it through. There will always be plenty of room for these kind of games, so don't feel like this game is not for you, since it will give you some amazing scenes, which might be worth a try.
Finally, I recommend this game only to those who like 1950 theme, Mafia, action, good story or open world like GTA, but don't expect a great gameplay, which maybe is the lack of more movement improvements. Whatever you might think of, consider this game to your collection, but not too much, especially now that this game is getting quite old.
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