TechSpot: Mafia II GPU & CPU Performance In-depth

Mafia II is a third-person action shooter that combines Grand Theft Auto-like gameplay mechanics with a world heavily inspired by the classic films Godfather and Goodfellas. Not coincidentally the protagonist is a soon to be made-man called Vito. The game is a direct sequel to Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven released in 2002 having received mostly positive reactions from critics and gamers alike.

Developed by the same team as the original (2K Czech, formerly Illusion Softworks), Mafia II was released for the Windows platform last August 24th. The game also received simultaneous launches for the PS3 and Xbox 360, but in spite of this the visual quality of the PC version does not suffer from the "crappy console port" syndrome. Rather Mafia II looks to be one of the best games of 2010 to show off the capabilities of current generation high-end GPUs.

So with a new full version copy of Mafia II loaded onto our test system and two dozen graphics cards lined up ready to test, we set about to deliver another GPU & CPU performance article. Not only have we tested a huge range of graphics cards, but we will also look at the impact PhysX has on performance with and without a dedicated card. As usual, we'll also take a quick look at CPU scaling performance for those concerned if they have the necessary guts on that front as well.

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I'm only running an 8800gt, but because I'm running at 1280*1024, I'm getting about 30FPS+ with no AA and Physics on.

I'm really enjoying it so far.

I couldn't believe the graphics were only DX9, maybe one of the best showcases of DX9 I've seen, very fluid, probably made it easier to port this way. I've played a bit of GTA4 and think this was better driving and gunplay, as it should be from a title borrowing so heavily from it. The story and cutscenes were really well done. I thought the driving was a little tedious at times and there should have def been more in the way of side missions, but overall a good game. $60 good? Not to me, ANY game that gives less than 40 hours is not one I'd pay for, but as a rental or lower price, it's a good time for a few hours for sure.

Fantastic game, but the story is real short. definitely a one to rent, not buy.
finished it in 8 hours, and there is nothing more there to do.

wish you had like a race track to compete on, and then more cool cars that you can store and drive (trucks, cop cars, hotrods)

with such awesome city and cars done, we just need more missions.
(hopefully, the PC modding community will take care of that)

Agree I think it had a lot of potential it looked very good and the story line was good too(The acting was incredible and felt pretty real!), expect for the ending like you said, but I think the game developers are putting a little too much into the story and acting and not enough into the gameplay. The only thing that you really have there to do in the story missions. There are not side missions for you to complete so when you done with the game thats it your just done. I wouldn't recommend anyone buying this game at all because there is nothing to do when its done. Your best bet is renting it trust me, you will be done with it in 3 days.

I really liked the game, the graphics are out of this world but like some people have said it's short (not as short as MW2) and the ending is not what you would expect...

Completed this in about 12 hours.. Was good but fairly disappointing too, speed i completed it in sums it up sadly. It's a really good environment (played on PC), the city is great - similar-ish to GTA setup but when you've been playing for a bit you realise it's severly lacking and under utilised. There's only a handful of shops, which are all virtually identical and have the same interaction.

The gameplay ends up really the same too, wake up - phone call to have to go somewhere usually a bar - go kill someone/some guys, run away.. Go home and sleep til next day, next mission. The storyline was ok, inbetween videos mildly entertaining but felt lacking and was really short in total. I was pretty disappointed as the first Mafia was great and I've known this has been in the making for ages now.

Another mildly irritating thing is how there isnt a free drive mode, you have to choose a chapter where they phone you, then just not go int othe bar they're in...

SK[ said,]This game worth buying? Could do with something to keep me busy until GT5 is released.

Sorry man this game really isn't, this won't last you the week. Your better of just renting this one.

Setnom said,
Loved the game. It's a shame it's so short and has such a bad ending.

Don't forget the fact you can't shop/store cop cars or any other cool vehicles being it I think the hotrod but definitely the armored truck. Snow effects don't vanish on cars that are store in garage with them so you'd have to smash it up a bit then quick repair. Still doesn't warrant a full game price imo. Reminds of MW2 all over again with nice graphics but very short game. A game that you can complete in less than 4 hours I want my money back.

jamesyfx said,
I want to check this game out but I'd have to trade Just Cause 2 for it.

... Is it more fun than JC2?

Depends on your definition of fun, I hated JC2 and loved Mafia II but if your definition of fun is chaos and over the top craziness, then you won't like Mafia II.

jamesyfx said,
I want to check this game out but I'd have to trade Just Cause 2 for it.

... Is it more fun than JC2?

sure, Just Cause 2 has it's moments...but Mafia 2 just feels so complete, the story is gripping, the driving experience is just way past any other hybrid car-1st/3rd person shooters out there (the gta series just does not compare to this).

This is actually the first game in years were I cannot get myself to skip the cutscenes

Sethos said,

Depends on your definition of fun, I hated JC2 and loved Mafia II but if your definition of fun is chaos and over the top craziness, then you won't like Mafia II.

Depends on how well-crafted the game is tbh. If it's a bit ropey my gaming style will be hung-ho (as is the case with Singularity+JC2), but if it's really refined and plays solidly, I'll be sucked into the atmosphere and play nice and steady.

jamesyfx said,

Depends on how well-crafted the game is tbh. If it's a bit ropey my gaming style will be hung-ho (as is the case with Singularity+JC2), but if it's really refined and plays solidly, I'll be sucked into the atmosphere and play nice and steady.

Then you should love it, despite most reviews and opinions, notice how the actual user opinions are quite positive. The cars have awesome driving physics, they feel so awesome to drive. Sounds and the soundtrack in the game is fantastic, voice acting and the animations are very well done etc. it's a quality package, well above most games today which seems to have been rushed out the door.

Shame this game isn't so good. It looks and sounds pretty for sure, but the driving and shooting mechanics leave a lot to be desired. Maybe after a few patches it will be alright, but not buying it just yet.

Matt Hardwick said,
Shame this game isn't so good. It looks and sounds pretty for sure, but the driving and shooting mechanics leave a lot to be desired. Maybe after a few patches it will be alright, but not buying it just yet.

Wha' ? The driving mechanics are out of this world, especially on "Simulation" - Did you expect GTA style handling or what.

Sethos said,

Wha' ? The driving mechanics are out of this world, especially on "Simulation" - Did you expect GTA style handling or what.

+1 !! I've set it to simulation, gives me more of a challenge:)
I mean, this is by far the best game of this year...or the 2 last years... or more!

Matt Hardwick said,
Shame this game isn't so good. It looks and sounds pretty for sure, but the driving and shooting mechanics leave a lot to be desired. Maybe after a few patches it will be alright, but not buying it just yet.

-1 i LOVE the shooting and driving mechanics in Mafia2! way better than in GTA i.m.o.
i've played all the godfathers and mafias and GTAs, and this one's shooting mechanics might be the best from the list, the driving is a 4/5, which is good enough for me..

morphen said,

+1 !! I've set it to simulation, gives me more of a challenge:)
I mean, this is by far the best game of this year...or the 2 last years... or more!

that about sums it up ... for the record though the first Mafia (on PC) is a masterpiece (my favorite single player experience ever). Mafia II is not as good as the first Mafia but it's still the best of 2010.