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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Why MAFIA II may end up being the GTA IV killer

As a fan of the GTA series, I love the idea of free-roaming games where you can basically do whatever the hell you want. GTA IV was, and still is, the best free-roaming game out there. Liberty City is just massive. To walk it would take hours - just as it would in real life. There's just so many hours of crazy fun, with so much to do.

But there's a new contender on the block... Mafia II.

Now the first Mafia game was quite good, and was very well received critically, but the sequel is about to drop, and Gamespot have just posted an amazing 15 minute walkthrough for one of the critical missions. This just blew me away (pun intended as you'll see).

There's a reason why these types of video games get Hollywood execs nervous. Why go out and deal with crowds, ticket prices, parking, etc, when you can be in your own movie at home - and believe me when I say - games are becoming more and more like interactive movies, where you are the main protagonist. It's an industry that turns over billions more annually than Hollywood - and it's games like this, that are the reason why.

Now some parts of this video have been censored, and for the purpose of time, the walkthrough has been clipped in some scenes, but if you're debating whether or not to buy an X-Box 360 or a PS3 console, then this should close the deal. And I suggest you watch it in HD.


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