THE GOOD: Solid design, great art and sound, interesting missions, a whole lot of fun to play
THE BAD: No minimap, some AI anomolies, manual on the skimpy side
SUMMARY: Gangsters 2 is one of those games that you just know is not going to get the respect it deserves. Not quite famous or "mainstream" enough to get over the hype bar set by certain other games, Gangsters 2 is nevertheless destined to become a favorite of those players who do get the opportunity to play it. It's a game that knows exactly what it wants to do and does it very, very well.
First, the design. Since gangsterism involves control of geographical territory, and that territory is typically in the city, it makes perfect sense to conduct your family business from an overhead map view of city streets and buildings. Think of those large electronic tracking boards that train and subway dispatchers use, and you'll have a good idea of the way Gangsters 2 is set up. On the map, which is zoomable to four or five different levels...