Jack Scalfani, Lukáš Kuře, Denby Grace, 2K Czech, 2K Games
The second instalment of the Mafia series was released in 2010. It is set within the 1940’s and the 1950’s in the fictional Empire Bay. Following Sicillian-American mobster Vito Scaletta the player becomes involved in the Mafia power struggle within the area. The game received request of removal in Italy when Sonia Alfano, president of Italy’s association for the families of Mafia victims, called for the game to be banned.
Take-Two reacted stating that the game was no different than the portrayal of the Mafia in films such as The Godfather series. The game received praise upon launch with some reviewers giving the game 9/10. It was praised for steering away from relying on cinematics to boost a games popularity and had great response to its “gripping drama about family, friendship, loyalty, betrayal, and pragmatism” from Matt Bertz of Game Informer.
Did you know?
Mafia II actually broke the Guinness World Record for the most number of times a video game uses the “f-word”. It is used over 200 times by various characters in the game.