Although 2K games didn't have a presence on E3's show floor this year, they did have a special meeting room in the upper halls of the LA Convention Center. These meeting rooms were set aside for showing off new gameplay footage and demos for upcoming titles BioShock 2, Mafia II, and Borderlands in an intimate setting for members of the media behind closed doors.
The BioShock 2 demo that we were able to attend in the 2K meeting room showed off a little bit of new footage from the BioShock 2 story mode, but the focus was clearly on the multiplayer. A representative from 2K Marin recapped what we know thus far about the BioShock single-player story, but then the mic was quickly turned over to a representative from Digital Extremes, who is taking care of the multiplayer portion of the game.
They then proceeded to show us a Slayers-type match with players using plasmids and weapons against each other to create complete mayhem. They detailed how the multiplayer mode would actually serve as a prequel to the original BioShock, and the characters that were featured would have their own story within the context of the multiplayer modes.
After watching the BioShock 2 multiplayer demoed, we were then whisked away to a room where Mafia II was on display. Mafia II will be a single-player only experience that takes place in the early 20th century, following a young immigrant as he works his way up through the ranks of organized crime to try and escape his past. The people demoing the game were very quick to point out that this game will be all about narrative, and the story is integral to the experience of Mafia II. As such, multiplayer will not be incorporated in the game.
Another big feature that we were shown about Mafia II was its attention to historical detail. The game is sandbox-style, so you can drive around the fictitious metropolis of Empire City at will and enjoy all the classic cars and old clothing styles. The world's look really adds to the immersion of the game and helps it tell a deep and meaningful story.
Although we didn't get a chance to see Borderlands, what we saw of Mafia II as well as BioShock 2's multiplayer modes certainly did look promising. The intimate setting of 2K's upstairs meeting room was great for getting an up-close first look at these upcoming games. Check back soon for previews of both of these titles!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor