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Mafia II DLC: Jimmy’s Vendetta

About two weeks after Mafia II launched, 2K Games released a DLC pack called Jimmy’s Vendetta for the PC and the XBOX 360 on 7th September, which you can buy off Steam for $10. Jimmy’s Vendetta is a continuation of the DLC pack called The Betrayal of Jimmy that was released free of cost exclusively for the PS3. So, is it worth spending $10 (Rs.470) on this? Let’s find out.

Jimmy’s Vendetta is not related to the main plot of Mafia II in anyway, so you’ll never come across any of the familiar characters from the story. You play Jimmy, a former mob hitman, who gets cheated and is sent to prison. After spending a good amount of time in the slammer, there’s only one thing on your mind and that’s revenge.

The game opens up with a cut scene showing your former days of glory and how you get captured and thrown in the hole. Fast forward to the present, a riot has broken in the prison and this is your only chance to break out. Unlike Mafia II, this DLC has more of an arcade characteristic to it, so after each mission you are graded on how fast you completed it or how many people you killed. Points are also added for speeding and power slides. After finishing a mission you can replay it at any time to better your score.

Since this game is all about taking revenge on the people that ruined your life, there are plenty of shootouts and assassinations in every mission. If you ever think you’re outnumbered and need some help, there’s a little trick you can try that works very well. Let’s say there is a huge gang coming at you with Tommy guns and you find yourself low on ammo. Just be patient and let them keep shooting at you but don’t return fire. Sooner or later the cops will arrive and take them out. All you do is sit at a distance and watch the show.

Unfortunately, the variety of missions is very less and it basically just boils down to three or four different types. One is to go and kill a bunch of people, destroy cars, steal vehicles and deliver them and that’s pretty much it. As you progress the difficulty increases a bit; like there’ll be more number of people to kill or when you steal the car, the cops will be alerted, plus there’ll be some mob guys protecting the car, etc. After playing five or six missions, it gets boring and repetitive. Also, the missions are scattered all over the map, so there’s a lot of painful driving to do.

The graphics are the same although you do get some new cars to drive that aren’t in the main story. Another thing you’ll notice is that there aren’t any cut scenes apart from the intro and the last couple of missions. The rest just have static picture giving you a little brief on what the mission is all about and why you’re doing this before you start. Once you’re done, you just go to a save point, which is now a floating symbol of a house that appears close to your location, so now you at least don’t have to drive all the way to the safe house to save your game. There comes a point where you just don’t care about Jimmy or anything else, as there isn’t much of a story as you just go around killing people, saving your game, rinse and repeat.

This DLC pack should have been included with Mafia II for free as there’s nothing really new here, certainly nothing worth $10. It’s as if 2K Games had anticipated the angry reaction of gamers about the story being too short and quickly released this to hush things. Let’s face it, Mafia II is a good game but we felt a bit short-changed because after the main story there’s really nothing much to do with very little replay value. Jimmy’s Vendetta is fun to play but lacks variety and after a couple of missions you get bored. We say give this a skip, in fact buy the first game if you haven’t played it, it will be money well spent.

Overview: Mafia II DLC: Jimmy’s Vendetta

Good graphics, plenty of gun fights and car chases, new vehicles added

Missions lack variety and get boring after a while

Get’s repetitive after sometime, bland story, should have been free

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Game’s Preview “Dead Rising 2”

For anyone who likes to kill zombies the Dead Rising 1 was an absolute riot. You got to kill hordes of zombies with some of the most interesting weapons that you can find in any game. Dead Rising 2 offers more of the same with a few new changes for added zombie-killing pleasure.

This time around you will be playing as Chuck Greene who is a motocross racer in a casino city called as Fortune City. The city is filled with zombies of all shapes and sizes and your aim is to kill them.

At the start of the game you have two chainsaws tied to your bike as you drive through an arena filled with zombies. So right off the bat you are slicing through some zombie population.
Eventually you learn that the zombies are loose in the city and you must take refuge in the safe house till the military arrives. You also learn that your daughter has been bitten once by a zombie and to prevent her from turning into one herself, you must keep giving her doses of Zombrex every twelve hours. Obviously, Zombrex is not something that is lying around everywhere, so you have to hunt for it in the city and make sure you give it to your daughter at the designated time.

The game has a clock that runs in the background, which tells you what time it is and more importantly, how much time is left to complete your current objective. Many of the objectives are time based and you have to find something or someone, usually scattered somewhere in the city, in a limited time before the timer runs out. This would have been very easy had the city not been filled with zombies waiting to eat your brain.

The zombies are very, errr… zombie-like. They will roam around the place aimlessly but when they spot you they will move toward you to attack you. At times, however, they will ignore you as you pass by. Of course you can get their attention very easily by smacking them with many of the items strewn around.

It can be a baseball bat, a metal pipe or one of the boards outside the shops. Sometimes you can also find a chainsaw, which offer a more satisfying zombie killing experience. You can also use a gun, but it proves more difficult than using any of the other weapons, because as you are aiming at a zombie you can easily get attacked by others behind you. It’s easier to just swing a bat and kill multiple enemies at once, than pick out one at a time with a gun. You can spill enough blood in the game to fill a blood bank and as you continue to fight you will see your character get bloodier, although strangely there aren’t any traces of blood on his clothes in cut scenes.

In Dead Rising 2 you can combine weapons in certain ways to make them even deadlier. You will find workshops across the city and as you continue to play you will earn more PP, basically points for killing stylishly. These unlock more possibilities on how you can combine the weapons. For example, we managed to combine the baseball bat with a bunch of nails to make smacking zombies even more fun. You will unlock more such possibilities but you cannot just combine any weapons, as it has to be one of the options that the game provides.

We played the PS3 version of the games and the graphics looked very good with good use of lighting, and reminded me of the graphics in Battlefield: Bad Company 2. The sound was also good, as every time the chainsaw met zombie flesh it produced a satisfyingly gory sound that would put a silly smile on a lot of faces. I did notice that the game had some long loading times and they also happen fairly often, whenever you have to move from one location to another.

Overall in our short time with the game we came out impressed with it and are hoping for a lot more zombie slaying action when the game finally launches on September 28 on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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