is set for release soon, and to help you decide whether to buy it or not, 2K have released a playable demo for the game, up now on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. The demo offers you chance to deal with a 'chump' who isn't 'playing ball' the way the Mafia like. I'm no crime lord, but I assume this will result in the 'chump' having an accident involving a bullet to the brain.
Here's the full excerpt from 2K:
Mafia II is a beautifully crafted look into the dark and unforgiving world of the Mafia. Hi-octane gunplay, brutal fighting and white-knuckle driving bust onto the screen as a Hollywood-style cinematic experience. It is the intriguing story of Vito Scaletta, who along with his childhood friend, Joe, will descend into the world of organized crime. Together, they will work to prove themselves to the Mafia as they try to make their names on the streets. Starting with low-level jobs like robbery and stealing cars, Vito and Joe escalate quickly up the Mafia family ladder…but the life as a wise guy isn’t quite as glamorous as it seems.
[In the demo] Vito has started to make a name for himself on the streets of Empire Bay, someone who can be trusted to get a job done. In this hot-leaded playable demo, you and Joe get one of your first serious assignments, to deal with a chump that isn’t playing ball the way the Mob likes it. Make a Man of yourself in Mafia II.
The full version of the game launches August 24th (US)
, and August 27th (EU)
. The download link is, as ever, at the bottom of this article.