This week's Deals with Gold have gone live with savings on titles such as Thief, Project CARS, Mortal Kombat X and Mafia II. Remember to check out our Xbox Live account deals guide: cheap Xbox Live Gold & Xbox Live Gift Cards for all the latest and best prices.
We're hoping that what's left of 2K Czech are working on Mafia III for the new consoles because we still think there potential in the series. Set in the 40s and 50s, this is classic gangster territory and well worth a look for any genre fan. With the popularity for rolling back the clock in recent TV hits like Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men, the Mafia series is perfectly poised to sit somewhere between the two. With any luck , 2k will put some side missions in the city next time as it was only used as a pretty backdrop to drive from mission to mission last time.
Thanks to Retgf at HotUkDeals.
The Mafia series prides itself on its 40s/50s setting which is perfect for fans of classic gangster movies. This has all the shoot-outs and car chases you'd expect from a crime game and the story is surprisingly strong and lets the game show off some impressive facial animations. Despite featuring a large city there aren't any side-missions but the game is solid enough to not miss them.
Thanks to gamestraderjames at HotUkDeals.
It's live! It's up! Valve have kicked off their Steam Summer Sale, and it's all GO! As well as the usual swathe of discounts and bundled bargains, Steam are running timed flash deals too. You can check those out at the links below:
To be honest, they're not the greatest discounts we've ever seen, but if you missed the Deus Ex Collection deal the other day, it's back, along with a massive Square Enix Collection deal that sees you nabbing the Hitman, Tomb Raider, Just Cause, and Deus Ex franchises (plus all relevant DLC) for under £30.
Mafia II on consoles is down under a tenner over at Bee, saving you lovely people at least a couple of quid on the nearest competitor. Yes it's a little less free and open than one might hope for, but as a period piece it absolutely nails it. Thanks kuku999.
I really enjoyed playing through Mafia II and that's largely to do with the fantastic story and well rounded characters. You take on the role of Vito Scaletta, who returns home from WW2 and almost immediately gets mixed up with the mob. Unfortunately, the gameplay's a little bit linear, which sadly means that you don't really get to have a good look around Empire Bay. Also, the combat's a bit disappointing. It's definitely worth checking out for £9.85 though, and you'll save almost £2.50 on the next best offer.
If you missed out on the deal to get this one for a fiver at the start of the month then don’t fret; Zavvi have dropped their price for Mafia II a little bit further as March comes to a close. As such, this deal has a saving of £3 over the next lowest offer at TheHut. For a fiver it’s definitely worth a look at the story of Vito Scaletta, despite the fact it’s far more linear than it should be considering you have an entire city to explore. Still, if you get past that fact it’s an entertaining action game more than the price of admission with this deal. Thanks to Syzable @ HUKD!
NB. You can pick up the Deluxe Edition for a tenner from Steam too.
We were a bit late posting this one (applause for xruiner89 for the OP), but it's still running until midnight, so if you fancy picking up Mafia II for only a fiver - and saving yourself a couple of quid in the process - you've got time to have a cup of tea and mull it over. It's not a perfect game by any stretch of the imagination, and the missions can get awfully repetitive, but as a period piece Mafia II really is something to behold, and well worth five pounds.
You can now grab yourself a special edition copy of Mafia II for £6 cheaper than the next best offer of £12.99 coming in from Game and Gameplay, when you next pay a visit to Gamestation's website. The gameplay was pretty disappointing and had far too much of linear nature for my liking, however the story behind the game is pretty engrossing, so I guess there's a silver lining to every cloud. To sweeten the deal, the special edition comes with a printed map and some downloadable content. For under a tenner, it's definitely worth checking out if you've not done so already. Thanks to KKSlider1337 @ HUKD.
For those of you PC gamers who haven’t yet grabbed their tommy gun and put on their wise guy suits for 2K’s latest Mafioso game, this deal might be worth a look. You play Vito Scaletta as you progress through his life of crime in Empire Bay with his best friend Joe. It’s best to describe the game as a “linear open world action game” because even though you can go anywhere in the city, outside of the missions there’s almost nothing to do. That said, the story is fairly good (albeit a tad predictable) and although the shooting mechanics aren’t great there are some wonderful set pieces during the game.
It's the last day of the Steam holiday sale- and with a few hours remaining on the clock, it's time to get involved and net some great games for pocket money prices.
So, what to spend your money on? KOTOR might be a good start. BioWare's epic RPG is down to a ridiculous £1.75, netting you a fantastic story and a Star Wars game done right. Buy it, meatbag!
There are also some other standout bargains: including Colin McRae DiRT 2, Metro 2033 and the utterly frenetic Beat Hazard. Perfect for an early Christmas present or two... for a friend or for yourself. Hell, you've been working hard. Why not treat yourself?
For those 360 owners who haven’t yet grabbed their tommy gun and put on their wise guy suits for 2K’s latest Mafioso game this might be worth a look. You play Vito Scaletta as you progress through his life of crime in Empire Bay with his best friend Joe. It’s best to describe the game as a “linear open world action game” because even though you can go anywhere in the city, outside of the missions there’s almost nothing to do. That said, the story is fairly good (albeit a tad predictable) and although the shooting mechanics aren’t great there are some wonderful set pieces during the game.
For those that haven’t yet grabbed their tommy gun and put on their wise guy suits for 2K’s latest Mafioso game this might be worth a look. You play Vito Scaletta as you progress through his life of crime in Empire Bay with his best friend Joe. It’s best to describe the game as a “linear open world action game” because even though you can go anywhere in the city, outside of the missions there’s almost nothing to do. That said, the story is fairly good (albeit a tad predictable) and although the shooting mechanics aren’t great there are some wonderful set pieces during the game. The Special Edition comes with a map of Empire Bay so you don’t get lost, and the Made Man & Greasers DLC packs for more cars and clothes. PS3 owners can get the same deal here. Thanks to Googer80 @ Hot UK Deals!
It's worth noting that although it is the largest dedicated gaming event to grace this country, much of the material on offer at Eurogamer has either been covered at other foreign festivals of virtual fun or, in the case of several titles including FIFA 11 and Vanquish, is showcasing games and demos already available to the public.
We didn't want you to miss out on any coverage, though; and so, with that in mind, here's a little refresher post stuffed with links to titles available at Earl's Court this weekend that we've previously covered. Hit the images for the respective links:
Tim Willits and Jason Kim took to the stage at Eurogamer, but their presentation was virtually identical to the one we saw in Germany back in August. You can find Jon's coverage of that here, but stay tuned for an interview with the two creative minds behind the apocalyptic shooter after today.
With queues for the English language multiplayer snaking around all of the way into the Careers Fair, the innovative FPS from Splash Damage has been one of the most popular games of the Expo. We already managed to get hands-on with it a few months back, but stay tuned for our interview with head honcho Paul Wedgewood.
This follow up to 2002's Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven offers the story of the rise of Vito Scaletta, son of Sicilian immigrants and WW2 veteran, played out over 15 chapters. It's a gritty and very engaging story, fleshed out with well realised characters. The action is similarly involving, with very satisfying combat and some excellent set pieces. It's a shame that the open world that the game is set in feels a bit on the empty side, because it is a beautiful and believable city that you will want to explore. Thanks to goonertillidie at Hotukdeals!
What: £20 IWOOT Code
How: Buy Mafia II
Where: The Hut
Expires: Midnight Sunday 5th
To boost sales of Mafia II this weekend, The Hut are offering a £20 voucher for unusual gadget site I Want One Of Those to anyone who orders the console version of the game this weekend. So if you've had a hankering for some mobster action and fancy knocking twenty quid off of that remote control floating UFO or robot dinosaur you've always wanted but never really been able to justify until now, this is right up your alley.
Platforms: PC (reviewed), X360, PS3
Developer: 2K Czech
Publisher: 2K Games
After 7 years of waiting, expectations are always going to be high. There are no excuses about curtailed production schedules, you've had plenty of time to get whatever you want to do done. 2K Czech may have undergone a name change since they were last with us, but they've been working on one game (that we know of) the whole time. Mafia II is their baby, an attempt to make the definitive trilby and tommy gun gangster game for the modern generation. Previews have been positive and everyone's been on the edge of their seats, waiting for a blockbuster. Have they waited in vain or will they be made an offer they simply can't refuse?
Mafia II exists in the same world as the beloved first game, just set in a different city and with a whole different set of colourful characters. There's one blatant, and welcome, reference to the first game in there, for those in the know, but it's pretty much a self-contained storyline. As Vito Scaletta, a streetwise young hoodlum who finds himself in trouble with the law, you start the story shipped off to Sicily, where you end up fighting Mussolini's troops as the American forces attempt to overthrow the slaphead dictator.
During his time on the frontlines, Vito witnesses the power of the local Don, and it makes a big impression on him. On returning to Empire Bay, his long-time buddy, Joe Barbaro, a real wise guy, gets Vito involved in more petty crime, gradually meeting local criminals and slipping further into a life of money, women and power.
That's all for the plot, as saying anything else would be to enter spoiler country. Suffice it to say, the story, characterisation and things of that ilk are easily the best part of the game. Just as with the first, real care and attention has been put into making sure the participants are believable, that they look great graphically and that you always feel part of a grand story.