Reconsidering Mafia II in the Lights of L.A.

In the runup to the game's release last year, Mafia II's development studio and publicity team tried, with limited success, to set reasonable expectations of the game. "It isn't Grand Theft Auto," I was told, more than once, in emails and in the game's review notes. » 5/22/11 4:00pm 5/22/11 4:00pm

European Lawmaker Gives Free Publicity To Wants Mafia II Banned

Italian-Americans wanted Mafia II banned because they said it portrayed offensive ethnic stereotypes. A European Parliament member wants it banned because it trivializes mob murders. I have a better strategy: STFU about banning bad games, and they'll eventually fade away. » 12/19/10 2:00pm 12/19/10 2:00pm

Things Go Bada-Boom When Joe Barbaro's In Town

Ultimately, Mafia II suffered from too much imagination and not enough substance; "Jimmy's Vendetta," its first paid DLC extension, lacked both. But this trailer for its second, Joe's Adventures, due Nov. 23, actually looks promising. » 11/13/10 6:30pm 11/13/10 6:30pm

Mafia II's Next DLC Package Coming Nov. 23

"Joe's Adventures," a Mafia II DLC extension whose name has been known for some time, will arrive Nov. 23. A narrative flashback, you'll play as Joe Barbaro during the time the main game's protagonist, Vito Scaletta, is in prison. » 10/23/10 1:00am 10/23/10 1:00am

Mafia II Sets An F-Bomb Record [NSFW]

House Of The Dead: Overkill previously held the Guinness-certified World Record for most uses of the F-word in a video game, with 189. Mafia II has whacked that target. Rooster Teeth's Achievement Hunter compiled all 200. Language very NSFW.

Achievement Hunter: World Record F-Bombs
[Rooster Teeth] » 9/16/10 5:00am 9/16/10 5:00am

All 50 Playboy Centerfolds Of Mafia II

Mafia II's got some issues, but give the devil its due, it's got some nudity in it. Hot Blooded Gaming, to my knowledge, is the first to round up and gallerize all 50 of its collectible Playboy centerfolds. » 9/11/10 12:00pm 9/11/10 12:00pm

Mafia II: Jimmy's Vendetta Review: Sand And Fury

Mafia II's release was clouded by confusion over what "open-world" really meant. Some assumed it meant "sandbox," where Mafia II was anything but. Jimmy's Vendetta, the game's first batch of downloadable content offers more of what some had been expecting. » 9/10/10 7:30pm 9/10/10 7:30pm

Mafia II Review: Smelling The Roses In A Life Lived Too Fast

Morning. The phone rings, I answer. It's Joe, chirping the usual advice. Get dressed and get my gun. I go to the fridge instead for a Master Beer. In the bathroom I flip on the light. I flush the toilet. » 8/23/10 12:00pm 8/23/10 12:00pm

Italians Upset That The Mafia Are Italian

UNICO National, a group that represents Italian Americans, has lodged a protest with publishers Take-Two over the portrayal of the Mafia in upcoming game Mafia II. Because, you know. The mafia are portrayed as Italian Americans. » 8/19/10 12:30am 8/19/10 12:30am

Mafia II Does It All For Kicks

Things move fast in the world of Mafia II. One minute you're a made man, the next you're at the bottom of a shallow grave. Which seems like a means of evidence disposal that's out of character for the mob. » 8/01/10 6:30pm 8/01/10 6:30pm

Mafia II Originally Had Four Endings

The problem is, says the game's producer, is that only one was really good. So 2K Games had three outcomes whacked and hardwired the upcoming game for just one conclusion. Sorry, alternate endings, it's just business. » 6/29/10 7:20pm 6/29/10 7:20pm

Crime, Vampires, Cows, Our Live Podcast Has it All Plus Zynga

Kotaku Talk Radio is coming to you live RIGHT NOW, well maybe ten minutes, with special guest Marcus Segal, the chief operating officer for Zynga. » 4/07/10 1:00pm 4/07/10 1:00pm

Vampires! Mafia Wars! FarmVille! Come Talk Zynga This Wednesday

Join us this Wednesday on Kotaku Talk Radio to discuss the week's video gaming news and chat with Marcus Segal, the chief operating officer for Zynga. » 4/05/10 5:00pm 4/05/10 5:00pm

Ah, Your Mother Was A Mafia II Screenshot

Just in case you're feeling the need to put on a thick NY Italian accent today and say off-the-cuff things about other people's mothers and punching faces, here's some Mafia II screens for inspiration. » 8/21/09 3:30am 8/21/09 3:30am

Mafia II Delivers Room Service

Mafia II is a "buddy story," in the words of Producer Denby Grace – a tale of a mid-50s era mobster protecting his family and The Family in the face of organized crime. » 4/27/09 3:01am 4/27/09 3:01am