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2010 | Mafia II – Joe’s Adventures

So you’ve finished Vito’s story and Jimmy’s Vendetta in Mafia II, but you’re still craving for more. I’m sure you are since you’re reading this now. The next DLC for Mafia II is already out, are you in doubt in spending your $9.99 for it? Of course you do. And now I’m here to convince you from here to there.

Joe’s Adventures is Joe Barbaro’s (Vito’s very bestfriend) own game. And since it is, expect a lot of action-packed moments from this fat guy. The game is set during the time Vito is still in the army after they have both failed in an operation:let’s-rob-the-bank!, and the second time Vito was sent to prison. Although this is a DLC game, compared to Jimmy’s Vendetta (which lacks story, cutscenes and is played in an arcade-style gameplay), Joe’s Adventures filled up the holes from the previous DLC. It has a lot of cutscenes, storyline is understandably amazing. Unfortunately, it is still played in an arcade-style gameplay, however, with a lot of improvements. A thing that made Jimmy’s Vendetta a disappointment is its repetitive missions. Joe’s Adventures, on the other hand, removed that thing off, thus the DLC file is a lot bigger than the previous (1.3GB compared to 300MB).

Just like the previous DLC, this one is packed with new features such as new cars, new locations, new clothes just for Joe.

And new Playboy magazine covers to collect!

I have finished this content just 2 days ago. I swear, it is as impressive as the main game. If you are good enough in playing games like this, you would be able to finish it in just 8 hours. But that is not as easy as you are thinking right now. There are some chapters that are harder than what you think. Try it yourself!

Lastly, here’s a video I caught while playing it:

Watch it directly in YouTube

|> After School – Bang!

2010 | Mafia II – Jimmy’s Vendetta

Oops! If you thought that this is about the genius kiddo of cartoons you’ve watched in Nickelodeon, you’re wrong. There’s no genius here, except the guys of 2K Czech for making Mafia II my best game recently. Jimmy’s Vendetta DLC was fun. I have finished it in 2 weeks (sorry to say, I’m not always playing video games). So my thoughts about the game, you’re askin’? As I’ve said, it was fun, more serious and aggressive. Sadly, the game lacks story, or should I say it lacks cut-scenes. Story, there is. However, the game’s focus is on the mission itself. The DLC is about Jimmy, who successfully escaped from prison and will take revenge to those fellas that made him a pig. This means that you will be chasing all of those guys, beat them all up make Jimmy enjoy his life. You’ll be killing these guys area by area, as seen on the map, and aside from that, to earn money you will have to steal rare cars out there and sell them up. I have acquired $30000+ bucks and believe me, you don’t need that kind of money. You just have to watch out for your health and your ammos. Grenades are useful in some situations. But you don’t have a choice. These “car-stealing” mini missions are required to beat so you can move to the next “real” missions and make a progress to your gang chases. Here are some photos I have captured upon finishing the game.

Jimmy: You see the way I eat?

Jimmy: It’s more like a vacation…

Jimmy: no thanks, I’m full…

Jimmy: want me to jump? Sorry but in this game you can’t jump O.O

Jimmy: I told ‘ya I wasn’t the one who stole your Ray Ban glasses!

Completion for Stealing Car (when was stealing cars became an achievement???)

Jimmy: Alright, thanks for your Wedding invitation. I’ll definitely come. Prepare a lot of food and some… chicas’

Almost there…

Jimmy: So there’s that Big Boss. I’m gonna suck his stomach!

There ya’ go!

Finally, finished Jimmy’s Vendetta DLC. Next, we’re going to wait for a little while. The next DLC will be named Joe’s Adventures. I’m so looking forward to it. I hope Joe Barbaro wasn’t dead.

|> Sistar – Shady Girl

2010 | Mafia II

I just finished this game (Story Mode) so now, we’re going to talk about my opinions and what I feel about it.

This game was released just a few weeks from now. I found out about this game through the Official PS3 Thread at and a recommendation by a friend. MAFIA II is an action game in sandbox-style and with an open-world environment. It is, in some areas, similar to the games of Grand Theft Auto, Just Cause, Saints Row. However, it is not a copycat. MAFIA II introduced a different way to attract gamers, that is, it’s dark but superb story-line. I haven’t played the first game even if I have a PlayStation 2 system, but looks like my brother is aiming to buy it and play it. Mafia series is unique for having a 1930s~1960s story setting, that’s why the name. So don’t expect some hard-rockin’ songs from radio stations. Instead, enjoy Elvis Presley and The Beatles on it. Now let’s talk about the graphics. Here’s a video of my benchmark of the game.

This youtube video shows the performance of my system with all the highest settings possible in 1360×768 resolution and 62Hz refresh rate, with the exception of APEX PhysX turned off, since I’m using an ATI card (HD4850), not an nVidia card, and don’t have anything to act as my PhysX card. Play the video to see it. As you can see, my system is performing descent which is above my expectations. HD4850 is not yet outdated, still performing the magic. But having that APEX PhysX turned on will gave me much more graphical improvements such as better details in objects, and having a GTX480 card will also make me forget the dropping of framerates. The game is heavily nvidia card-optimized, which is in my opinion, proves that games nowadays are being “sold out” by these gpu companies to make sales and promote their products. They suck. I’ve used Fraps 3.2.3 to capture the game coz’ my existing Fraps seemed to not work. Also, I used the song “Misery” by Gallows, an English punk rock band, coz’ I’m into them right now.

Back to graphics, you can see how realistic the game than any other games. Just Cause 2 proved something in terms of graphics but later, disappointed me for having a boring gameplay and story. It was nice at first, action-packed, dealing with destroying of buildings and facilities, heavy usage of anti-aliasing and realistic environment, almost like what Uncharted is. However, the game lacks story and drama, which sucked. Grand Theft Auto IV, yeah, the latest main entry of the king of all sandbox-style action games, proved really really something the time it was released. 2008 is the year and it has created another huge fanbase. The game amazed me for having such a beautiful graphics, which in that time, is really surprising. GTA is back and with the best graphics around. One more thing is the DLCs, the episodic contents like The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Tony Gay, which is later released as a stand-alone game for PC and PS3. The Lost and Damned is my favorite, making it my Top1 game the time it was released. With those two expansion games, it killed my GTA boredom. Bikers, rockers, mohawks, punks and metalheads are what you can see in The Lost and Damned and you are controlling Johnny Klebitz, a member of a biker gang named Lost MC. Back then, when I play TLaD, I always have metalcore, thrash metal, hardcore punk sounds on my media player coz’ it really suits. After weeks of playing it, yeah weeks because I actually have lots of things in school that time, I finally finished it. It was awesome, the story and graphics. However, I felt sad, coz’ I will be missing playing GTA again. However, after 3 months of boredom, here goes MAFIA II.

Now, let us talk about the story. -Spoiler Warning- The game is set in 1950s and you’re controlling this superman-look-a-like guy named Vito Scaletta. You are poor, and you have a fatso friend named Joe. You guys are bestfriends and both love getting into trouble just for money. Your dad died and left your family with lots of debts. You are trying to find a way to pay those bastards and eventually, you got caught by the police, not just once but twice. You will met Leo, someone who will be your superman from here til’ the end of the game. Sadly, your mom died. After getting out of the penitentiary, you started working again as a made man with the three biggest “master of puppets” in your country and eventually made them angry to each other. You have friends who dies, including Henry, which you will find out later in the game that he is actually a “rat” by the authority, and Marty, a brat whose always been with Joe and you. You will later kill some Chinese guys after having a contract of selling drugs bought straight from them. However, the “rat” is actually a set up. You will also have to mess up with your sister Francesca’s husband. The game has a total of 15 chapters, each will give you mixed emotions for every scenes and happenings. The story, for me, is the best part of this game. However, gameplay will not disappoint you and you will end up praising it also. Gameplay is a modified GTA. You control Vito, smash-up vintage cars or just hack them up using a pick. There’s also a wide variety of guns, but sorry, no melee weapons here dude. Instead, you will be taught to fight with bare hands, which is somehow, same as the mechanism in Prison Break: The Conspiracy. A great thing about the gameplay of the game is the vast amount of interaction of objects. When I first played the demo in my PS3, I was amazed. You can turn on/off the faucet, the showers, the tv, you can close/open the doors, and something you guys will be amazed of, to collect PlayBoy magazines XD You can also talk to some people by pressing “E”.

As I have said, I just finished the story of the game, but still at 71% game completion coz’ I haven’t completed some collectibles and achievements. That thing, I will try to play the game again, since my younger sister is also playing it the time I’m writing this review.

Don’t forget, my final thoughts:

Gameplay: 9.5 -> The world outside is nothing but a display…
Sound: 8.0 -> In-game music in cutscenes are very good, but radio stations are somehow boring, but with the help of my Vitamin String Quartet collection, it will never be boring anymore.
Graphics: 10/10
Extras: 9.0
Overall: 9.125? ^_^

“A Very Good Game, Something That Could Kill My Boredom While Waiting For The Next GTA…”

EDIT: I forgot to mention, I finished the game (story mode) for 11 hours! Now it’s time to hunt some more PlayBoy mags ^^

~End of Story~

|> Sum 41 – In Too Deep

Weekend game time!

Saturday night was awesome. I was just playing my newly-bought Dante’s Inferno on my PlayStation 3 game console, while downloading some “good” demo games from the PlayStation Store. I downloaded the demo of Mafia II and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Oh My Gosh! I didn’t know there was a game like Uncharted! The graphics effects are very good! It’s like what Just Cause 2 is like, but I think Uncharted is better. hmm… This makes that game to be added to my wish list O.O

While the Uncharted demo made me like an owl staring at something that is really tantalizing, the Mafia 2 does quite the same. It wasn’t in the best graphics, but it performs so well. In the game, you can interact with ALMOST ALL the things around you. There, you can open the fridge, take some food and eat, check the calendar, collect some PlayBoy posters, what else? The vintage cars? OMG! Mafia II gave me some idea of how would these vintage cars looks like. Sorry to some fans, it’s just that it’s my first time playing a game from the Mafia series. The first Mafia in the PlayStation 2 just didn’t gave me the “love-at-first-sight” effect. Anyway, i’m so loving almost all the new games.

Right now, I’m playing Dante’s Inferno. These days might be very hectic; Final exams, then submission of the documents for my thesis, then there’s a seminar-thingy. But no matter what the level of that hectic-ness is, I can and WILL still play the games I want, anytime and anywhere.

An update from the US PlayStation Network. Proves that the Asian/HK PSN is slow in terms of updates, which sucks.

Sunday morning, I continued playing Dante’s Inferno while downloading another demo named Brutal Legend. Yes! The game where Heavy Metal rules! The game where Jack Black is a true hero! The game that made Ozzy Osbourne appear on video games the second time! The game that made “graphics-should-be-superb” gamers disappointed and made Heavy Metal fans-slash-gamers outrageous! The game that kicked out Rock Band and Guitar Hero for being too “over-produced” and proved these rhythm games are “sell-outs”! In short, the game that I want to play ^_^.

Back in Dante’s Inferno, I’ve already passed Acheron (The earliest passage through Hell), Limbo and Lust, after defeating each of its area’s boss. It was awesome, for real. Quite hard, though I only picked “Zealot” which is the Normal difficulty. The reason why I did not picked Hellish as my difficulty is that, well, I heard from the forums that it was hard, and… yeah, it’s hard. Zealot did a fair challenge. Dante can die, but Mana is forever infinite. This means that, I can use the Holy Cross thousands and thousands of times, ’til my DualShock 3 get broke. My last save point was after defeating Marc Anthony (and Mom just called right now) and Cleopatra. It was real hard to defeat these two. Finally i’m on my way to Gluttony, where the gluttons, or those people who are addicted to food, drugs, alcohol, resides in hell. In the Animated Epic movie (yes, I watched it this morning), Dante fought an evil worm-like monster called Cerberus, but I’m not so sure about the game if it is still the boss in Gluttony. But most probably, it is. The next weekend maybe my opportunity to continue the game. Anyway, it’s time for me to go to bed. I’ve got some things and activities to do tomorrow. Training in the morning, then a seminar (titled: “Truth about Hackers”) later on, and I’ll be the spokesperson, which sucks T__T

Goodnight everyone! Don’t forget our motto: “Born to Play”

|> Jessica & Onew – 1년 後 (One Year Later)