Here's one thing you should not expect: a high capacity for random carnage. Several free-roaming games, such as GTA
and to a greater degree, Saints Row
, offer the temptation to cause as much mayhem as possible. Mafia II
will feature a number of unscripted emergent surprises, but it's not a game where you'll want to see how much devastation you can cause before the fuzz takes you down. Scalici admitted that the police aren't quite as aggressive as they are in the first game, but they are still a force to be reckoned with. Police behavior varies depending on your crimes. If Vito starts a non-lethal ruckus, they'll try to arrest him. If he's cornered by the cops, he can offer a bribe or resist. If he's been killing police officers, nobody will think twice about putting him in the ground.
If you've been waiting for the next great open-world game, Mafia II looks like it may very well be just that. 2K invites you to get made on August 24; we'll be back soon with a full review.