Mafia 2: now with added movement

We already wrote about the annoucement of this sequel to the never-hit-it-big GTA-like. Now we offer almost as few words about the first trailer for it.

One of Team RPS loves Mafia, the other three float between ‘meh’ and ‘s’alright’, depending on whether they remembered to have breakfast that day, so we’re expecting some arguments about this. Given both Mafia games are stablemates of Bioshock, whose lead developer Ken Levine recently took a vicious swipe at games that use extended cut-scenes, it’ll be interesting to see whether this sequel takes the ‘stand here and listen for ages‘ approach of its precedessor or not.

Of course, it’s also set in close to the same time period as Bioshock, so if 2K could get Mafia’s developer Illusion Softworks and Bioshock’s developer Irrational talking, perhaps there’d be some Andrew Ryan easter eggs in there. There won’t, of course. But someone might say ‘mook’, just like Frank “What accent was I supposed to be doing again?” Fontaine does.

Anyway. Here trailer here. Initial thoughts? It’s all cutscenes. Absolutely no idea how the game will play yet. It would also seem to be based much more around Sopranos/Goodfellas-esque broad humour, as opposed to the more restrained, even morose feel of its prequel. Caution: contains naughty swears.


  1. Mr Wonderstuff says:

    Stylistically Bioshock borrows heavily from the art deco period (1920/30s) but it is set in 1960. Mafia is a game based in 1930.

  2. Alec Meer says:

    True of Mafia 1, but this is from the Mafia 2 press release:
    “Mafia 2 immerses players in the mob underworld of a fictitious late 1940’s-early 1950’s scenario.”

    I did check before I wrote the story, so ner-ner. And hence the “close to.”

  3. Del Boy says:

    Mafia 1 was…..supoib!

    Who thought it was ‘meh’ eh?

  4. Mr Wonderstuff says:

    OK I stand corrected :P

    Can’t wait for this as I very much enjoyed the first one. As for the cut-scenes? I liked them as they were well acted and produced. They really helped further the story in an engaging way as well.

  5. James says:

    These guys really don’t need flashy out-of-engine FMVs with very little content to get people excited. If anything, it’s a little disconcerting that they’d be spending time on something so irrelevant. And who does out-of-engine cutscenes nowadays anyway?

    No one, that’s who!

  6. sam says:

    you people dont even understand the meening of the Mafia and dont no what it stands for wen you do you can begin to talk to them meening me and mi family understand sorry not god english