Mafia 2 is a great game overall and this DLC compliments the main story quite well with a variety of missions that was missing from the other available DLC offering that is Jimmy’s Vendetta. For a general review of Mafia 2 click here, this is strictly the DLC review for Joe’s Adventure and since the controls did not change, there is no need to recap that.
Joe’s Adventure takes place during the time Vito is in prison so it does fill some of that gap and explains what Vito’s best buddy Joe was up to all this time when it comes to the Mob. With the first mission taking place once Vito is taken away to prison the game gets off to a great start. There are a few new areas to the game which really feel and look great, the first is the Dam area which is where Joe’s wild ride starts. In the Dam area you actually get to drive on the frozen lake, it is very thought out how it is done and it just looks great. Apart from the Dam there are a few new locals and some revisited locals from the original game but that is much more fun to find out and explore in game then reading about it but you do get to go back to the Cathouse in more detail. In between all these locations there is plenty of driving sequences with a few new cars, and if you are really vigilant one of the fastest cars in the game can be obtained during a mundane mission and this car was not featured in the main game but blows all cars available out of the water in terms of how fun it is to drive. To accompany the drive there are a few new songs added, and new commercials that are pretty funny. The new music is great too, it is the first time in this game I left the radio on and actually listened because I didn’t mind the tracks and knew a lot of them from movies.
The game is split into story and run around missions, it is a good mix. This keeps the game fresh and well paced without making the whole experience feel unnecessary like Jimmy’s Vendetta. During the story missions there are proper cut scenes with dialogue and even a partner during a few parts, someone who was featured in the main game. In between these story driven parts there are those side missions that are given by onscreen text but they are fairly fun and somewhat tie into the main story. These side missions also don’t feel like they drag, there are just the right amount of them between the main story of this DLC that it doesn’t feel like a drag getting through them, it breaks up the action quite nicely.
Joe’s Adventure is a great addition to the main story and for any serious Mafia 2 fans this is a must play and even for gamers just looking for some good DLC content this is one to seriously consider. With a good mix of missions and a story to fall back on that explains a void in the main game this DLC will definitely take a few hour of your time to complete. I highly recommend this Add-on to anyone that liked the main game and after playing this, it made me sad about the outcome of the main game (Spending a few hours with Joe may get you a little attached to him as a character). So pick it up and enjoy.
Mafia 2 is a great game with excellent graphics and great game play mechanics, for a full review click here. This review is about the DLC titled Jimmy’s Vendetta.
Jimmy’s Vendetta begins with the player who now assumes the role of Jimmy breaking out of prison and taking revenge on all the people that helped put him there by sabotaging or killing groups of people he believes are responsible. These missions are found by markers on a map and when you walk over them you get a little bit of info about the mission on a stylish background. These missions range from car grabbing to killing a bunch of people. It is not until later on in the game that the missions get a little more elaborate, fun and actually take you to places you may not have visited in the main game. Many of the locations however reused from the main game and all locations seem to be in the main over world city. There are no places to go like in the main game where you are inside a building, which makes some missions not fun because cops come running and now you are faced with a firefight from the front and back, but the cops will also shoot the bad guys if they happen to come from that direction so it does add a little relief. This is also annoying because there are no checkpoints, you either pass or fail, and some of these firefights get intense. One problem I had with a few missions was that there seemed to be infinite spawn happening until I moved up and even then I had guys spawning behind me that I know I cleared, it only happened in a few missions but was a little annoying.
Each mission has a scoring aspect to it. The game awards points for headshots, destroying cars, exploding bad guys or for driving fast if driving is involved among other things. At the end of the mission there is a ranking assigned starting from D as the worst and S as the best (D>C>B>A>S) and matches you up on an online leaderboard per mission and overall against others in the world. This does give those hardcore Mafia 2 players a reason to keep playing their favorite missions over and over for virtual bragging rights.
Overall this DLC is not something I would recommend to anyone but the hardcore Mafia 2 players or for those looking to waste some time in Empire Bay while having something to do because this is essentially run around missions. In a game like Grand Theft Auto this would be all those little side quests that some people love and others don’t care for. What really lacked in this DLC though was the dialogue that made Mafia 2 so great, for the few hours this game fulfills there is only two and Jimmy barely says anything, the most dialogue I got was when driving fast. So if you like fetch missions and just looking to kill some time then pick it up, otherwise skip it, you are not missing much or just buy it when it’s on sale like I did.