Firstly, let me say that this game in its current form suffers similar problems to many other new releases. The trend is to quickly release something that looks shiny and pretty, and yet incomplete, then sell the real fattening as DLC. And shiny and pretty it is. With a decent graphics card in your computer you are looking at a Renaissance masterpiece. Indeed, I stopped doing things with my character on the second run thru just to look at, or walk thru, the stunning scenery.
As well, the story does kind of make the player feel pretty unsympathetic to the main character. His side kick Jo seems to have more life, though brutal, than the lead character. I found myself thinking as the final scene played out that I felt no real interest in him at all. I completed the game in no particular hurry in around 12 hours – of those 12 hours, probably 25 percent was in-game movie clips – so the game has roughly 8 hours of interactive user play. Is this enough? In my opinion no. Not for the price. We have all come to expect much more (GTA set the standard) in things to do. After all this game is a single user experience only, with no multi player add to justify the short play time – such as games like Battlefield and MOD have. (They also have short single user games, but more than payback on the Multiplayer side of things. The users are being misled here by the pre launch marketing hype. It is obvious the developers put in place many things that did not make the final cut, such as commuter trains and side missions, both in the original mafia game but absent here. Forums are suggesting that development time for this game was not as long as hinted, more like 2 years with a small team of 4 or 5 developers working on it. I believe that 2K has come up against big daddy here – the expectations and profits perhaps where beginning to look threatened with perhaps and maybe an upcoming new release – who knows? Anyway, a bad decision to release this in its current form. Not because it is buggy – it isn't. Yes, there is minor clipping and a few things wrong with the boxing and sidestepping that irritate or don't work – and some other minor stuff – but on the whole the game is not laden with bugs and very playable. It is because the game promises so much more and plays so much less. Once again, the magician paints a glamorous picture, offers thunder and lightening, promising great things and in the end offers up peanuts