Mafia II

I love the 1940s and 1950s. The cities, the music, the style (fedoras!), and the gangsters. Movies set in the time period are cool, but video games take things one step further and let you live in the world.  Late summer, 2K Games brings us Mafia II for the X-Box 360, PS3, and the PC.

The game is a sequel to 2002’s Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven, and while the old game was a “tribute to gangster films” with a romantic vision, the sequel is “grittier, real, a darker world, and the effects are based in reality” according the the game’s writer/director, Daniel Vávra.  I don’t know about you, but I’m down for that.

The game spans from 1945 to 1955 in the fictional Empire Bay, which is modeled after San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, and Detroit.  You can explore 10 square miles of the city with a completely open-ended game map. There are more than 50 cars from the era, actual music, and even vintage playboy magazines.

Mafia II focuses on Vito Scaletta, the son of Sicilian immigrants and a WWII veteran.  The game begins with him returning home from the war, reuniting with old friends and resuming his life of crime. In Empire Bay there are three warring crime families, the Falcone, Vinci and Clemente families, and you’ll have to choose your side and rise the ranks.

Mafia 2 Screenshot

Mafia II comes out in North America on August 24th, 2010, and than the rest of the world gets it on August 27th.  So, are you interested in becoming a made man?