Mafia 2, perhaps the highest profile game of the Summer, is only weeks away, and if you pre-order from Amazon you'll bag the game for the cut-price of £31.99, plus receive a free token for the Vegas DLC pack when it drops!
Considering forty pounds is the norm for release-date prices, shaving almost a tenner off Mafia 2 is a steal, and with the free DLC, which in this day and age is a rare thing, it's a pretty solid deal.
Set in the 1940s, Mafia 2 is more Godfather than GTA, with the fictional Empire Bay recreating the sights and sounds of post-war New York. Vito Scaletta has returned home from war, where he enlisted in the US army to escape arrest. His father has died, leaving behind a legacy of crippling debt. Vito resorts to crime in order to recoup his family's losses, from petty car robbery, all the way up to becoming a member of the mob. It's a classic nobody-becomes-somebody plot, and promises to be quite good.
Mafia 2 is looking to differentiate itself from the likes of GTA with an emphasis on realism. It's the 1940s, so don't expect to be driving a Skyline or toting an M16. It's Tommy Guns and glorified bath-tubs with wheels, this time around. The visuals look pretty impressive, especially the explosions, although I doubt anyone buys a game on the merits of its fireworks. Overall, I'd definitely recommend Mafia 2, if not for the barren Summer months, but for the fact that recent press suggests it might be something special.