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Have You Played… Hidden & Dangerous 2: Courage Under Fire?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. I thought of the Hidden & Dangerous games as Rainbow Six: WWII. That was no bad thing. Combining stealth, squad management, action, and lots of careful planning that often ended in a few brutal seconds of panic and failure, they were wonderful things. I've been revisiting…

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Mafia returns to sale after vanishing for five years

After five years of not being sold for download anywhere (and long being out-of-print on disc), the first Mafia has returned to sale. GOG this week dredged the digital bay, hauled the crime 'em up out, and chipped off its concrete boots to re-release it DRM-free. This version has an edited soundtrack with the licensed music removed, mind. Presumably music licenses expiring is what got…

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Hidden & Dangerous rescued and re-released by GOG

Like a child who clambers up a drainpipe onto the roof of a crotchety neighbour and becomes a hero cheered by the assembled masses as she flings down years of lost footballs and frisbees, deflated and sun-bleached but still treasured, GOG have rescued another two games from the digital gutter. This time, it's the Hidden & Dangerous games. They're a pair of tactical squad-based World…

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Mafia III’s Driving Drifts By In New Developer Video

One of the great pleasures of the original Mafia was flicking on the speed limiter and cruising around 1930s New Heaven, obeying the traffic laws. I remember people complaining about its slow, period-appropriate cars at the time, but now it seems to be a fondly recalled part of the experience. Mafia 3 seems to be going for something more traditional for driving in 1968 New…

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Who Squealed? Hints Of Mafia 3

He is a funny one, that Ian Video Games. I tell you, he spends all his time on The Internet doing the strangest things. No, not like that you cheeky madam. Ian - you'll love this - he's working on a sort of a phone book for the Internet, so people can look up any website. He spends all day searching for new sites, and…

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Resisting The Obvious Quotes: Mafia Devs Semi-Shut Down

They might call it a "restructuring", but whatever word one applies to it, it's bad news for a venerable studio with a rich heritage. In this partial death, let them once again assume their true mantle. 2K Czech were and always shall be Illusion Softworks, creators of Hidden & Dangerous, Mafia and not enough else. Subsumed into the 2K mass in 2007 and renamed in…

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Can We Refuse Mafia II Footage?

It seems pretty clear that Mafia II is going to be one of those games where the publisher-released assets are going keep on coming until they flood the internet, burying life as we know it under a series of informative or excitingly-edited game footage clips featuring well-dressed men doing violence. (Because, if you hadn't already realised, dudes are going to get shot.) This latest trailer…

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Mafia II: The Enviddening

Mafia II is the year's most anticipated game about watching lavish cutscenes, driving to places and shooting people then watching more lavish cutscenes before driving to places and shooting people. Expect vast quantities of gloss and pizazz from this one. Oooh, I've never written the word 'pizazz' before. It's fun, isn't it? Anyway: I believe our man John 'Giggles' Walker will be presenting you with…

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Family Chat: 2k Czech’s Alex Cox On Mafia 2

Last week, I finally got to spend a little quality time with the rarely-seen, much-delayed Mafia 2. While I was there, I made Alex Cox, one of the game's producers, an offer he couldn't refuse. He refused it anyway. So I decided to ask him about the game instead. Read on for the chatty chap's thoughts on the game's excellent music, open world versus linear…

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Mafia II Versus The Blues

The new Mafia II trailer (below) shows some neat gangsterism, and has a John Lee Hooker soundtrack. That's going to doom me to a morning of Blues while I get on with writing all the words about videogames. The game itself has been delayed again, apparently, with 2K saying that it won't make the first half of 2010, as anticipated. However, the game is coming…

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The Inbetweeny Bits: Mafia II Details

GameTrailers has interviewed 2K producer Denby Grace about the forthcoming Mafia II. They did it on video, so we can watch it, without all the hassle of reading boring old words. Stupid words. It shows off some of the lesser-spoken about features of the game so far - the open world elements. There's discussion of how encounters on the street occur, as well as side…

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E3 09: Mafia II Trailer

2K Games have released a story-telling trailer for their open-world historical gangster thriller, Mafia II. This is kind of dark, and I could hardly be looking forward to it more. For a reminder of why we're excited it about this one check out (Czech out? Okay, no) John's extensive preview. There should be a bit more info about this coming from the show, later this…

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Sha-Boom Sha-Boom: Mafia II In Game Footage

After a few unofficial leaks, 2K have made sure there's a far more comprehensive set of game footage trailers for Mafia II. Three of them, in fact, which you'll find below. The show the truncated mission that was shown to press behind vast stone doors earlier this month, which show off the three main aspects of Mafia II. There's the walking and driving around the…

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RPS Interview: Mafia II

During my travels to deepest Czech Republic (look countries, can you pick names that work in grammatical sentences please?) I gathered you all the Mafia II information I could carry in my arms, providing what might well be the most detailed preview ever in the history of the universe. But I still wanted more. More! So I got hold of associate producer Alex Cox and…

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RPS Preview: Mafia II

RPS is very pleased to have been one of the first websites in the world to see Mafia II running. We took a trip to 2K Czech, in their Czech Republic headquarters, and saw how the game is coming together. So far, so good. They were allowed to continue with our blessing. Below are detailed impressions of the game at this stage in development, along…

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Mafia 2 Screens

Some more images of the new Mafia game have turned up over on CVG. It's the one free-roaming urban crime we PC users have to look forward to at the moment... And what we've seen so far is pretty impressive. I'm going to try and sort out an RPS interview with the 2k Czech team in the next few weeks. No release date has been…

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Indecision Over Mafia-Developer Purchase Pun

News reaches us that Take Two have been reaching into their bag of many dollars to add another studio to their collection, buying the Czech Republic's largest developer, Illusion Softworks, creators of Hidden and Dangerous and Mafia. After the undisclosed sum was paid, all 200 of Illusion Softworks employees will be working in the cleverly named "2K Czech". Now, we wanted to write a serious…

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