Mafia II target of Jimmy's Vendetta Sept. 7

Add-on pack for 2K Games' organized crime action adventure drops next week on 360, PS3, PC for $10; Italian-American foundation issues more brouhaha.

PlayStation 3 gamers got the first taste of add-on content for 2K Games' Mafia II, which landed to a warm critical reception for Sony's system, as well as the Xbox 360 and PC last week. Titled The Betrayal of Jimmy, the exclusive downloadable content was offered free to those who purchased a new copy of the game, and used-game purchasers could gain access by ponying up $10.

Now, Xbox 360 and PC gamers will also have a chance to extend their Mafia II experience, as the Jimmy's Vendetta DLC will be available on all three platforms beginning September 7. Unlike the PS3-excluisve add-on, Jimmy's Vendetta will carry a $10 (800 Microsoft points) charge, irrespective of whether gamers picked up a new or used version of Mafia II.

Jimmy isn't the most subtle of cleaners.

With wiseguy Vito playing the central role in Mafia II's storyline, Jimmy's Vendetta focuses on the titular hit man as he acts as the mob's cleaner across Empire Bay. The add-on pack includes more than 30 new quests, with Jimmy engaging in various acts of skulduggery ranging from assassinations to high-speed chases. Jimmy's Vendetta also introduces new leaderboards, whereby gamers will compete to achieve the highest scores in the aforementioned missions.

While Mafia II fans are likely to rejoice at the addition of new content for the game, UNICO National will find only more reasons to take exception. After the Italian-American heritage foundation issued a vociferous objection to Mafia II's release earlier this month, the organization has returned today to boast "one small, satisfying victory in a much longer, more sophisticated campaign within the Italian American community opposed to Mafia II."

That victory, according to UNICO president Andre DiMino, was in relation to Take-Two's Mafia II launch party, which occurred on Saturday in New York City at the 92nd Street Y's Tribeca Center. According to the organization, the event was a "dismal failure" due to low turnout.

"A sparse group of mostly young people trudged into 200 Hudson Street Saturday night," UNICO's statement reads. "No Take-Two executives were anywhere in sight, least of all Strauss Zelnick, company chairman, who had belittled opponents of the new game." DiMino went on to lambast Take-Two for its continued efforts of "demeaning and stereotyping Italian Americans," due to the organized crime element of Mafia II.

Take-Two had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment on UNICO's announcement as of press time.

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lozvil
lozvil

SHUT UP all of you Mafia 2 haters... you're ignorant fools... this game is not open ended... this is a story driven linear game... designed on purspose... we even should be thankful for giving us a little bit of free roam in a linear game... I love GTA series too... but I wouldn't compare both of them for they're different both excellent game...

Fusco1980
Fusco1980

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Riceball_1
Riceball_1

@Fusco1980 Bringing this together with the recent "Future of Gaming" feature, this kind of DLC is plain robbery. While the merits of this kind of model are obvious, charging consumers a "standard" price (ie 80 - 110 bucks in Australia) for a game which is then going to be a platform for more $10 levels/mini-campaigns etc is going to end in tears for larger developers. All it is going to take is one smaller developer to get the balance right and you will see change - the problem is finding that developer.

springs360
springs360

im not sure why everyone keeps moaning about 'not having much to do' in an open world. the whole point is that its a linear, storey driven game set in a city. tere are a few slow bits where you sell cigarettes off the back of a truck ala goodfellas and wash windows/clean toilets but there is a point to it and makes the shooting bit the more spectacular. so, if you want 10 hours of solid moronic action with no storey, play halo reach, this is a thinking mans game

BallisstiXXX
BallisstiXXX

Seriously, there are much more serious things Italians should be offended by. This is just not one of them at all. UNICO just seriously needs to STFU.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Now I know the procedure for these things, and I will wait for an inevitable "Game of the Year" Edition, which will collect all of this DLC.

Fusco1980
Fusco1980

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BloodMist
BloodMist

Why in the HELL do people keep calling this an open world game?It's not, and it was never meant to be, it was never meant to be a GTA clone.Neither was the first.They're third person action games with excellent stories and gunplay, and a bit of driving missions thrown in for good measure.That's all they were ever meant to be.If you want tons of little, sometimes very middling, sometimes just plain bad, side missions, play a different game.Damn the ignorance of the modern gamer.

Alex_09
Alex_09

PS3 owners only got this DLC free because their version of the game was so shoddy, yet still I feel ripped off as a 360 owner? I know one thing, Im not getting this til it's 30 bucks. Fallout 3 GOTY is worth 70 dollars, so is RDR, or the Orange Box. This game is not in it's current state.

iloveyourface
iloveyourface

The story was above average, the gameplay was pretty good, but the world was just such a letdown. The beginning of the game when you get out of the taxi was awesome. People actually TALKED to you when you walk up to them... But the game quickly turned into, "Drive for 5 minutes this way, shoot someone, watch a cut scene, and drive back home." No more conversing.. No more sense of immersion.. 2K needs to do something with their beautiful yet isolating city.

pineapplearmy
pineapplearmy

I don't usually find fault with DLC, but I think 2K are really on thin ice here. When you make a game in an established genre, people have certain expectations of the genre. In the open world genre, those expectations include side missions, money making opportunities, and stuff to buy with the money. Mafia II basically has none of these things. Now they want me to pay extra for the stuff I should have gotten in the first place? Considering Red Dead was the last open world game most of us have played, I think this is extra stupid! Hey 2K, this is the last time I pre-order one of your releases. The game is decent, but considering what other companies are offering, it's just not a good value. As consumers, we need to punish this behavior, or we encourage it! I, for one, am not buying any DLC for this game.

100proofsoco
100proofsoco

"oh mister gamer you just bought the game, well gimme some more money and I'll give you the piece of the puzzle I left out of the box." yeah. its like that.

100proofsoco
100proofsoco

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DarkAngeles
DarkAngeles

Oh no... 2k games have fallen for the greed aswell. Valve are the only good company left. :(

jdawg77777
jdawg77777

all I'm really saying is do yourself a huge favor and RENT this game because its not worth anyones hard earned money! and the betrayal of jimmy content is absolute garbage with timed missions and endless walls of text to tell the story instead of the cinematic exp, that the actual story is.theres no voices telling the story all you do is read everything because they were too lazy but they were however greedy enough to charge you 10 extra dollars.

votc200
votc200

Yay, pay 10$ for content they took out of the retail game that was suppose to be with release, so they can make more money!

jdawg77777
jdawg77777

well here is a fair warning to all people considering buying this extremely mediocre game.I own the ps3 version of this game and once you finish the story which doesnt last very long with one ending not multiple endings like the first mafia there is ZERO reason to go back and ever touch the game again! I'm not a mafia hater its a decent game with a good story but all you do in the missions is shoot and kill and rinse and repeat so there is no mission variety.consider yorself warned if you wanna pay for a game you will never touch again once you beat it and is really not that great of a third person shooter then this is your game!

Trogeton
Trogeton

Man the game is awesome how it is either way

reeree746
reeree746

Well, they didn't waste any time waiting to put up the DLC.

zombieshot115
zombieshot115

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isshiah
isshiah

i paid 130 bucks for this game. if they think they can steal another 10 from my wallet, they've got another thing coming. i only pay for real single player dlc expansions like overlord (mass effect 2) and minervas den (bioshock 2) for example.

sakshamH
sakshamH

@acethebat-hound No, I mean the original mafia 2. charging for a small 3 hour content is lame..

ActionManly
ActionManly

@Xarcun, 2.5 words.... Team Fortress 2. LOL.

AceTheBat-Hound
AceTheBat-Hound

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s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

even worse, this is already on the disk. 2K really think people are idiots.

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

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AceTheBat-Hound
AceTheBat-Hound

@sakshamH What are you talking about? How could they have put this in the first mafia game?

manu97416
manu97416

looks cool hope its as good as the mafia 2 original

areszues92
areszues92

wow 30 new quests..why didnt they do this in Mafia 2.

for2100
for2100

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sakshamH
sakshamH

this shoulda been in the original game.

alexul
alexul

People should wake up and think more about the things behind DLC. A community w/ the right tools can easily most of those stuff for free so take example of Valve and see how many free mods appeared. In all honestly it's just marketing scam and I'm sure certain game communities can do better stuff than producer's DLCs.

couly
couly

I bet it's already on the disc and you get a file about 5kb to unlock it.

evaneself
evaneself

I wait for a Gold Edition, maybe without Steam. Or maybe for Soldout.

muppen
muppen

Wow, every time a DLC is announced there's a lot of whining about it. Most games nowadays will have DLC so we better get used to it. Personally I like it. If I think a game is awesome I want to experience more of it and DLC lets me do that. If you don't want to play it then simply don't buy it. No need to be all whiny about it. :)

WiredDreemz
WiredDreemz

I have got no problem with DLC. Most people, I believe, who complain are not doing so out of the principle of DLC being content that should of been included in the original game, but because they are either: A. Cheapskates B. Can't afford the DLC due to financial constraints. Thus, if you fall into: Category A. --> wake up! Category B --> You have a legitimate excuse

eriktkire
eriktkire

what happened to the days when your first play through of the core game you just bought lasted a few days of dedicated gaming, not a few hours?

pudgexd
pudgexd

They could have just included this in Mafia II , why make a DLC!!!!!?

Pete5506
Pete5506

I loved the game but I am going to pass on this

Sniper
Sniper

Xarcun, I am a consumer, not a charity, so I could not care less about the costs of game development. The blame for cheapness really goes to publishers who intentionally cripple their products.

127bones
127bones

Betrayal of jimmy was awesome. Jimmy's vendetta will be awesome also. I am interested in seeing how jimmy deals with those that betrayed him. UNICO should not worry. jimmy is Irish and worked for the Irish mob. 360 gamers should get betrayal before vendetta so they understand what happened to jimmy before his vendetta.

Sniper
Sniper

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pollob13
pollob13

So this is the reason why the cut many missions from the original at final release.

Xarcun
Xarcun

It's a business, not a charity. It takes money to develop games and the dlc. They probably don't charge enough from the start to even make up for the cost of development. Maybe one day UNICEF will get into the game developing business. So until then. Shut your mouths and stop being so cheap.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

More DLC... the main story was too short!

Lothos_Delion
Lothos_Delion

Yes I find this insulting considering PS3 got it for free. Loved the game to a point but this is just sad the game needed abit more to make it whole as it was. Not going to pop on this addon at all. I agree with you totally @Sniper

Sniper
Sniper

This DLC crap is insulting. Instead of giving you genuine expansions, they withhold content, and call that a bonus. But their cynical marketing schemes merely demotivate me from buying new games.