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12:00 AM on 01.29.2014

His hair is made of little faces

Perhaps I get more joy out of bizarre glitches than most. I probably do. But I felt obligated to share what has got to be one of the more entertaining texture mess-ups out there and couldn't turn down the opportunity to writ...

Jordan Devore


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4:45 PM on 01.10.2014

Mafia developer 2K Czech restructuring, cutting jobs

Mafia developer 2K Czech is seeing restructuring, Eurogamer reports. The main Prague office, where it's assumed Mafia 3 development is housed, is being closed down and its inhabitants moved to an office in Brno. "Additionally...

Steven Hansen

10:00 PM on 08.21.2012

Omerta - City of Gangsters is all for prohibition

I'm having Gangsters: Organized Crime flash backs and I'm just going to roll with it. I hadn't realized I possessed a craving for a crime strategy game set during US prohibition, but I most certainly know it now. T...

Fraser Brown

11:00 AM on 09.20.2011

Zynga announces Mafia Wars 2

Those masters of the microtransaction over at Zynga have announced the sequel to their popular organized crime game, Mafia Wars. According to this trailer, the appropriately titled Mafia Wars 2 will put you in the role ...

Conrad Zimmerman

10:20 AM on 05.10.2011

Mafia II, Borderlands, and other 2K 360 content on sale

Your Xbox 360 Marketplace deals of the week are all 2K Games-related, with 50% off a bunch of add-on content for its most popular games. Oh, and some Avatar stuff, too. Mafia II - "Joe's Adventure" - 400 MS Points Mafia II -...

Nick Chester

1:40 PM on 04.04.2011

Amazon also has Mafia II and BioShock 2 discounted

As Conrad told us in the early hours of this morning, Amazon is running a deal of the day for the Game of the Year edition of Borderlands. Flash forward to now, and you can see that they're offering sales for BioShock 2 and M...

Jordan Devore

4:40 PM on 03.23.2011

Mafia II: Director's Cut coming, according to retailer

A Mafia II: Director's Cut is on its way to retail, according to Amazon.com. The online retailer has box art for the game which touts it will include three additional story packs, along with some clothes and car add-ons. It s...

Nick Chester

6:00 PM on 12.30.2010

Destructoid Live: Mafia II

Today on Dtoid Live we make it classy with Mafia II, the most profanity laced videogame ever. Released by 2K Games in August, Mafia II takes the players to the 1940's to relive those crazy times when men wore suits and women ...

Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon

10:20 AM on 09.29.2010

Outfit and car packs released for Mafia II

With little warning, 2K Games has released a slew of downloadable content -- four packs! -- for Mafia II. The first, the "Vegas Pack," will give you two new cars and two new suits. The "War Hero" pack will bring two drivable ...

Nick Chester

12:40 PM on 09.16.2010

'Joe's Adventure' content coming to Mafia II

2K Games will be revisiting the character of Mafia II's Joe Barbaro, with upcoming downloadable content called "Joe's Adventure" for its third-person action title. The content will have players stepping in the shoes of Barbar...

Nick Chester

9:00 PM on 08.31.2010

UNICO touts it ruins Mafia II party, doesn't really

According to a press release issued by Italian American community watchdog UNICO, its public protest of a New York City Mafia II launch party yielded some impressive results. UNICO's Andrew DiMino is quoted as saying that its...

Nick Chester





8:40 AM on 08.31.2010

Mafia II 'Jimmy's Vendetta' coming September 7

Despite UNICO's outrage, 2K Games launched Mafia II last week without a hitch. A week later, it's announcing the release date for the first bit of downloadable content, "Jimmy's Vendetta." Out on September 7, the pack will co...

Nick Chester



Review: Mafia II photo
Review: Mafia II
by Nick Chester

It's been nearly eight years since 2K Czech, then known as Digital Illusions, released Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven for PC. It was released at a time when Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto III had turned the industry on its head, and it was similar enough to garner the attention of gamers because of it.

But it made a name for itself by carving its own niche -- a more realistic portrayal of a criminal lifestyle, a more streamlined narrative experience. All of this was set in a beautiful and impressive open world that was different enough from Rockstar's hit to turn heads.

Well over three years in development, Mafia II is hitting store shelves, and much has changed about about this particular genre over the past decade. Does 2K Czech prove itself as a contender once again, or does Mafia II fall short of gamers' expectations?

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2:00 AM on 08.23.2010

Mafia II has a new vid and an epic song list

We're coming into the home stretch for Mafia II as the game lands this week, but that doesn't mean we don't have anything new to show off to you. The video above should wet your whistle for the next few days before you pick ...

Matthew Razak



Take-Two responds to UNICO's Mafia II complaints photo
Take-Two responds to UNICO's Mafia II complaints
by Aerox

Strauss Zelnick, the Chairman of Take-Two, has responded to UNICO's accusations of racism in Mafia II and their demands that the game be blocked from release. Here is his official statement:

"Mafia II tells a compelling story about organized crime in America - a subject that for decades has been featured in movies, television shows and novels. Neither UNICO nor any other organization purporting to represent Italian-Americans has seen or played Mafia II.

At Take-Two, we balance our right to free expression with what we believe is a thoughtful and responsible approach to creating and marketing our products.

Mafia II is M-rated in accordance with our industry's strict standards. It is specifically not targeted toward young people.

We will only release a title that meets our standards: as art, as entertainment and as a socially responsible product. We aim to distinguish creative and compelling story telling that advances artistic expression from subject matter that gratuitously exploits or glorifies violence or stereotypes. I fully and completely stand behind our creative teams and products, including Mafia II."

There you have it. Do you think this will placate UNICO? (My guess is no.)

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UNICO wants to halt release of 'racist nonsense' Mafia II photo
UNICO wants to halt release of 'racist nonsense' Mafia II
by Nick Chester

[Update: Take-Two Chairman Strauss Zelnick has issued an official response.]

UNICO National, an Italian American service organization, is looking to put a stop to the release of Take-Two's forthcoming third-person action title, Mafia II.

The organization claims that the title -- which follows the story of a young Italian man as he rises through the ranks of a mob family -- is a "pile of racist nonsense." In a letter sent to Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick, UNICO says Mafia II is an "inappropriate and insulting perpetuation of the pervasive and denigrating stereotype of organized crime being the exclusive domain of Italians and Italian Americans."

"Why would [Take-Two] foist a game on their targeted audience of young people wherein they will indoctrinate a new generation into directly associating Italians and Italian Americans with violent, murderous organized crime, to the exclusion of all of the other 'mafias' run by other ethnic and racial groups," says UNICO's Andre DiMino said. "Take-Two is directly, blatantly and unfairly discriminating and demeaning one group to the exclusion of all others. We are demanding they halt release of the game and cleanse it of all references to Italians and Italian Americans."

DiMino is asking for a meeting with execs from Take-Two, a company which he says has a "history of perpetrating its violent, sleazy, racist videogames upon an unsuspecting public."

Mafia II is being release next week, August 24, for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. The game was announced in 2007; if UNICO is truly interested in stopping its release, it's unclear why it waited days before it hits store shelves to go public with its complaints.

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