Well, I just finished this game, and thought I'd give my opinions...and see what others thought. I was a huge fan of the original Mafia I game, and was very excited about this one. While there are many aspects of the game that are incredible...there were a few things that bugged me. The designers of the game call it a "cinematic game"...it's meant to play like a movie....and it does this very nicely...and borrows heavily from movies like "Goodfellas" and "The Godfather". The game has more cut scenes than any game I've ever played...in fact, you probably spend as much time watching the cut scenes as you do actually playing the game. Fortunately, they are well shot with some of the best voice acting I've heard in a game. Overall, the story is pretty compelling (for a video game) and the interaction between Vito and his buddy Joe feels real enough. I enjoyed each of the 15 chapters...and then it was over. I guess this is what bugged me. (and apparently alot of other people, from what I've read on other boards) The game is pretty short. I took my time, and finished the 15 chapters in about 12 hours of game play. The ending credits sort of took me by surprise...just when I was getting in to it...it was over...and once it's over...it's over. While the game appears to be a "sandbox", and the environment is incredible, and rich...the game is purely linear. There are no side missions and one "collection" (playboy magazines) that doesn't have a reward...nor does it have a "free roam" mode after the main plot finishes. The main quest line is all there is. Very little repeatablity. I guess I just expect a little more gameplay time out of a "full priced" game. It left me wanting more. Apparently, there is some down-loadable content available on the 7th of this month, that includes some more missions, car and clothes, but it's another 10 bucks...I'm not so sure I like this idea. To me...this is content that should have been included with the game. My advise...rent the game.