2K Games has finally announced a release date for its anticipated game Mafia II . The mobster-themed sandbox title is set to ship to stores on August 24, 2010, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC. If you never played the original Mafia and you’re curious about what makes this game different from the popular Grand Theft Auto series, 2k Games describes Mafia II as follows:

Through a compelling narrative, Mafia II transports gamers into the dark and unforgiving world of the Mafia. The fiction is embellished by a sophisticated, era-evoking atmosphere that meticulously replicates the clothing, cars, music and advertising of 1940’s and 1950’s Americana. Players will easily become immersed in the game’s cinematic Hollywood-style experience with strong, believable characters in a living, breathing metropolis. By fusing high-octane gunplay with white-knuckle driving and an engaging narrative, Mafia II looks to be the industry’s most compelling Mafia title to date…

Born the son of a poor immigrant, Vito is a beaten down Italian-American who is trying to escape the life of poverty that consumed his childhood. Vito, along with his lifelong friend, Joe, will descend into the world of organized crime. Looking to escape the life of hardship that his father led, Vito dreams about becoming a “made man,” and together with Joe, will work to prove themselves to the Mafia as they try to make their names on the streets. However, the two quickly realize that life as a wise guy isn’t quite as glamorous as it seems.

As fans of the original game can attest, the Mafia series is much more than just another a Grand Theft Auto-clone, as the gameplay is much more story driven and explores the organized crime lifestyle seen in movies such as The Godfather. To see Mafia II in action, check out the trailer here.

Source: 2k Games