Originally Posted by WikipediaMafia IIOriginally Posted by Wikipediais an upcoming 2009 sandbox-style third-person shooter video game which is the sequel to Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven. It is being developed by 2K Czech, previously known as Illusion Softworks, and will be published by 2K Games. Development of Mafia 2 was announced on August 21, 2007 at the Leipzig Games Convention. The game will be set in the 1940s and '50s in Empire City, a fictional city based on San Francisco and New York City. The name is a reference to New York's state nickname "The Empire State". Mafia 2 will be available for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It is set to be released in Fall 2009.
QuoteThe player can read newspapers to learn about recent news between 1945 and the early 1950s. The game features a completely open-ended map of 10 square miles, including surrounding countryside. No restrictions are included from the start of the game. Based on models of the time, and changing with the era, cars will play a central role. Laws, including traffic laws, must be obeyed, but the police interaction will be toned down compared to the original Mafia game. Unlike its predecessor- in which the player had to be taught how to steal certain cars before they are drivable- every car can be driven from the beginning of the game. The fictional Empire city is based on both New York City and San Francisco, hinting that the tram service from the original Mafia game will make a return. The city will also feature sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building. The player can get "very high" in the city, adding a possible vertical element. The player will be able to buy safehouses where they can store gear and use as a home. Restaurants will be accessible to buy food like hamburgers and sandwiches and drinks such as coffee to restore lost health. Upgrades can be performed on cars at the "Empire Automobile Shop". Engines can be replaced; cars can be resprayed; the license plates can be changed and interiors can be refitted, to name a few. Things such as sink faucets/taps, switches, bottles, and chairs will all be interactive, as well as radios that the player can turn on to hear a few licensed period tunes. Cars can suffer panel damage, get dirty and explode. Dirty cars can be washed at a car wash. Cars can also run out of fuel, making refilling at one of the many gas stations of Empire City a necessity. NPCs will smoke, read newspapers, and wait for buses, while homeless people will search through garbage bins. Interacting with objects in the environment involves two action buttons- a standard action and a "violent" action, used in context-sensitive situations. A map will be included as in the original Mafia game.The checkpoint system has been completely overhauled. Gyms will be featured, so the player can learn new combos and fighting styles. As seen in screenshots, Vito will be able to hail taxi cabs and they will take him wherever he wants. Car trunks can be opened, and weapons and bodies may be stashed there. Car hoods can also be opened to tamper with the vehicle by doing things like disabling brakes etc. The player will have their own car, the registration plate of which can be customised. Vito can go into clothing stores and purchase different outfits. Motorcycles are included in game. Many small arms from the previous game will make a return, for example the Thompson M1928, the Colt 1911 and a pump action shotgun. As seen in screenshots, new WWII-era weapons like the MP40 and the M3 Grease Gun will make an appearance in the game.
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I am perosnally looking forward to this game's release it's about fucking time the first one was awesome.