Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mafia 2

After loving the first Mafia, a title that took an audience from the Godfather movies into gaming, i decided to preorder this title in order to play this gem as soon as it was released. Was my perempative purchase a waste? I can safely say, no.

Initially this game is set during the late 1930's and centres around a character called Vito Scaletti, his troubles with money and authoirity. The game takes place primarily in the 1950's with you, Vito, and your buddy joe trying to make they way in the mob. You will have to race around the city fighting wiseguys, chinese and negros in orfer to make it to the top.

Like the forst game this is a 3rd person sandbox game that sees you doing alot of driving and shooting, with many titles using this same formula you might wonder why this game is good. In my opinion Mafia 2 does story better than any GTA we've seen, not to mention there is a definite feel of imersion that is hard to get in this kind of game.

There are some downsides to this game, like the lack of AA and freeroam and yet these are overshadowed by what the game does right.

I would have to give this game a 7.5/10, meaning it's not perfect, but certainly worth the pricetag.


Okay lets start of with something that's argues over all the time, input devices. Many people will try to claim that their $300 multi coloured LED mouse with 9,000,000 dpi is required and anything else is pointless, but they are sorely mistaken.

First off, mice. Ask yourself what you need your mouse for, what activities you will be doing with it, how will you be using it? Once you know this then you can easily get a mouse that suits you, as there are only 4 mice you even need to consider.

The:  - (1) Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0
         - (2) Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 6000
         - (3) Logitech mx518
         - (4) Logitech MX 620

 If you don't mind having a wired mouse consider either 1 or 3. The logitech is considered an entry level gaming mouse due to its ability to adjust its sensetivity, as well as the idealy plased buttons, so rule of thumb is if your a gamer go for 3, everyone else goes for a 1.

Now if wireless is more your thing consider a 2 or 4. Once again the logitech is aimed more at gamers, but if you don't mind spending a little more there is no real reason to not get the logitech.

Now on to keyboards, for keyboards it's importand to find one that both suits you and feels comfortable to you. I have 3 recommendations : - (1) Logitech G15
                                                  - (2) Microsoft Black PS/2 Wired Standard Business
                                                  - (3) Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 V2

The logitech is once again aimed more at a gaming community, with programmable buttons and backlight keys so if this doesn't suit you try one of the Microsofts. Now 2 is a standard keyboard and is very good, but if you want wireless, or just something a little but more spiffy then try 3. It comes with media controls, wrist padding and shortcut keys.

As for other peripherals i would advise, 

speakers : Logitech X- 540 (5.1) or Logitech z323 (2.1)
racing wheel : Logitech g27 (includes wheel, full peddle set and h pattern trans)
headphones : Sennheiser HD201 G4ME (entry level) or Sennheiser HD 515 G4ME (mid level)


After many requests, i have finally started a blog to help all of those techno-phobes out there. Here you will find reviews of new tech, games and as much advise as i can give. Stay tuned folks.