Physical labor does not pay. At least not in video games. The player quickly notices this, too, in the alter ego of Vito Scaletta, a World War II homecomer who is supposed to load a truck on the docks for a few lousy dollars. In reality, you could have been sure that you had broken your back after the job was done. But fortunately, it is a video game, and we can stop the tedious work and devote ourselves to more lucrative but also highly illegal tasks such as collecting protection money, stealing cars, selling contraband, carrying out robberies, disposing of corpses and taking on contract killings. Just everything you have to do is to rise from petty criminal to the hierarchy of the less honorable family of the Mafia. The missions in "Mafia 2" are divided into 15 chapters, whereby each mission contains several tasks, which combine driving, sneaking, and of course, partly wild shooting. Typical for the genre, the player starts as a small henchman for bad guys. The missions gradually become more complex and demanding. Especially after successfully executed crimes, the police patrols are on alert. The player can (unfortunately) ignore red lights. Still, at least the police officers react very sensitively to speeding offenses and can only be immobilized with a bribe or a lead foot, which is not so comfortable with the heavy and slow road cruisers. They can be coiffed in a garage. But it is better if the player activates the speed limiter and drives through the magnificent scenery of Emire Bay with pleasure. "Mafia 2" is a thrilling game, which especially scores points because of the exciting plot and the well-implemented atmosphere. The story around Vito Scaletta knows how to convince, even if it isn't told as cynically-satirical as the one by Nico Bellic from "GTA IV". While "GTA IV" buries the American dream from rags to riches, "Red Dead Redemption" demystifies the western mythology, Mafia 2 completely lacks critical components but is also far more severe in its plot. Either way, "Mafia 2" is pure adult entertainment.