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Mafia II (2) info, screenshots, trailer

by Steven Williamson on 15 January 2009, 13:52

Tags: Mafia 2, 2K Games (NASDAQ:TTWO), PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Action/Adventure

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Looking for a piece of the American Dream

Powered by 2K Czech’s next-generation engine built specifically for Mafia II, this sequel to the much revered third person action game where you rise from the lowly but well-dressed footsoldier to the envied and feared Made Man, promises a gangster movie experience like no other.

Set in a fictional city based on a combination of New York and San Franciso, the storyline of Mafia II focuses on the son of a poor immigrant, Vito, a beaten down Italian American who is trying to secure his piece of the American Dream. Looking to escape the life of poverty that consumed his childhood, Vito is soon swayed by the lure of power and wealth that a life of Organized Crime can bring.

A petty criminal his whole life, Vito, along with his childhood friend, Joe, descends into the world of Organized Crime. Together, they work to prove themselves to the Mob as they try to make their names on the streets of a cold and unforgiving city.

2K is putting a heavy emphasis on story-telling (written by the Mafia I team) and characterisation to make the world of the Mafia II feel alive and intense. Expect plenty of hand-to-hand combat, gun-fights and car chases across an open world environment with no loading times.

The new trailer and screenshots give us an inkling of what we can expect in terms of a cinematic experience.

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