2K's upcoming '40s-set crime caper Mafia II
finally has a release date, set to storm North America on August 24th, internationally on August 27th. No really, no more delays (supposedly)!
Through a compelling narrative, Mafia II transports gamers into the dark and unforgiving world of the Mafia. The fiction is embellished by a sophisticated, era-evoking atmosphere that meticulously replicates the clothing, cars, music and advertising of 1940's and 1950's Americana. Players will easily become immersed in the game's cinematic Hollywood-style experience with strong, believable characters in a living, breathing metropolis. By fusing high-octane gunplay with white-knuckle driving and an engaging narrative, Mafia II looks to be the industry's most compelling Mafia title to date. According to IGN.com, "Mafia II is definitely at the top of our most wanted lists."
Born the son of a poor immigrant, Vito is a beaten down Italian-American who is trying to escape the life of poverty that consumed his childhood. Vito, along with his lifelong friend, Joe, will descend into the world of organized crime. Looking to escape the life of hardship that his father led, Vito dreams about becoming a "made man," and together with Joe, will work to prove themselves to the Mafia as they try to make their names on the streets. However, the two quickly realize that life as a wise guy isn't quite as glamorous as it seems.
The third-person shooter boasts a hugely detailed 10 square-mile sandbox map, a whole world meticulously made to feel as immersive and era-accurate as possible - including the recent announcement that the game will feature vintage Playboy
magazine covers to add authenticity, and not to try to sell the game via boobs.
2K have also stated the game the game has a screenplay of over 700 pages, and a huge 2 hours-worth of cut-scenes, creating "a deep and compelling narrative that is embellished with a sophisticated, era-evoking atmosphere."
For all you gangster lovers, check the external link below to see the most recently released trailer for the game.