One of the most anticipated sequels is here, well almost
If you reflect on the games that made your jaw drop, something you just couldn't stop raving about, Mafia is most certainly one game that comes to mind.
For its time, it was the best crime/gangster game there was with amazing graphics. Mafia, till date features one of the best stories in a game with the whole immersive experience. The attention to detail coupled with the amazing background score and ambiance of the 1930s is brilliantly pulled off.
Even after finishing the game, you just had to visit the city of Lost Heaven again for another round, that's how good it was.
Apart from Starcraft II, this has got to be the second most anticipated sequel in gaming. Mafia II finally launches on August 27 (24th in the US) and we can't wait to get our hands on the copy. For now though you can download the demo which is available for all three platforms. Today we bring you a small peak into Empire Bay and your protagonist, Vito Scaletta.
For the PC you can download the game through Steam, which is about 1GB. The system we used consisted of an Athlon X2 4400+, 2GB RAM and an HD4830. Mafia II is using a completely new engine built specifically for this game by 2K Czech called the Illusion Engine. The game also seems optimized for Nvidia cards, as it makes use of Apex Physics that doesn't seem to run well on ATI cards.
We set the in game settings to 1366x768 res, everything Medium, Apex Physics - Off, AA - Off. Despite this, the game crawled badly. This seems to be mostly due to the new physics system in the engine that doesn't seem to play well with ATI cards at the moment. We do hope 2K games fix this problem in time or else the entire experience will be ruined.
There is a work around for this if you search a bit, but honestly it's not worth the effort given the game play in the demo is hardly 10 minutes. I will say this though, during our slow motion tour of Mafia II, you just couldn't help but notice how amazing it looked. The attention to detail is really good, especially the interiors.