Mafia II is an action-adventure video game developed by 2K Czech and published by 2K Games. It was released on 23 August 2010 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 andMicrosoft Windows a Mac OS X port was released by Feral Interactive in December 2011. The game is the direct sequel to 2002's Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven.Set within the fictional Empire Bay (based on New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and Detroit), the story follows a gangster and his efforts to climb through the ranks of the Mafia crime families.
The game is played from a third-person perspective and its world is navigated on-foot or by vehicle. Players control Vito Scaletta, a war veteran who becomes caught up with the Mafia when trying to pay back his father's debts. The player character's criminal activities may incite a response from law enforcement agencies, measured by a "wanted" system that governs the aggression of their response. Development began in 2003, soon after the release of Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven. At release, Mafia IIreceived generally positive reviews from critics, with praise particularly directed at the story.