New York Mysteries: Secrets of the Mafia Collector's Edition
Not As Great As I Thought It Would Be - Review Of Completed Game
Well I'm going to start by saying that any TV show, movie, book and in this case game that has to do with the Mafia is usually a go for me and right up my alley as I'm a die hard fan of The Godfather and Scar Face just to name a couple of things. I wish I could say that about this game but sorry I can't. This started out great for me but after the demo quickly went down the hill for me. I had to actually force myself to complete this since I bought it and so glad it was on sale this weekend.
VISUAL/SOUND QUALITY: I really liked the 2D graphics which made this game have a realism to it. What keeps visual from being excellent for me is some scenes are way too dark to try and locate some items that need to be found. The voice overs were excellent for me. I had no problem with them. The music I started out really liking this but then went into a loop and got repetitious and on my last nerve.
LEVEL OF CHALLENGE:While there is a custom mode for hint/skip (thank you) however this game is still overloaded with black bar tips stating what needs to be done Please have the developer turn this off for the people who don't want this in their next game offering.
GAME PLAY: Emphasis is definitely on the puzzles/mini games which was way too many for me. I'm not a fan of these. Less the better though I will admit to enjoying a few from some games but this isn't one of them. I skipped most of these. I just found them boring, tedious and downright annoying as most of them have to remember where you saw the clue and most times not even in the same scene. It only records a few in the journal. Oh and some are those rotate the rings - excuse me while I YAWN here. The HOS are few and far between. All are found by progressive silhouette. There are no (interactive) word list which is my preference. I don't mind a few silhouette but I think the developer could of put some variety here in the ways to find the objects.I did have to use a few hints here because some scenes were so dark and some objects so small. The "adventure" part there is some back.forth to this game that is if you don't use the map which I didn't. I did like using the punch card to travel through the subway. The only time I used the hint was for the HOS. I didn't use the strategy guide.
STORYLINE: Well this started out to be very intriguing especially having to do with the Mafia as I said but this for me got ran over by the puzzles/mini games and seemed to move too slow and finally build up past the demo. Also I usually don't say too much about "era" appropriate if a few things aren't as I can usually over look some things but I must agree with a review that I read in Big Fish forum after I completed this game but I had the same thought before I even read it and that is: This game here is suppose to be 1955. Granted now I wasn't born until 1971 but even I know that JFK wasn't elected president until 1960 and assassinated in 1963. Why set something in a particular time and place, if you can't bother to get some of the basic facts right? Now the Duracell battery that review mentions I can overlook that even though that didn't come to be until the 1960's - 1964 to be exact but a United States President that is an icon to many American people in the wrong era I have to agree is just downright sloppy!
NOW FOR THE ENDING: The main game was 5 hours for me even skipping most of the puzzles/mini games and does come to a satisfactory conclusion. The bonus chapter definitely not needed in my opinion. I did find this story interesting that is until the VERY abrupt ending however does come to conclusion. I spent about an hour here. Most locations are from the main game. Only a couple of new ones. Bonus chapter should be all new locations and again my opinion.
CE EXTRAS: No longer a fan of this fluff and having said this... There is 36 Morphing objects , 9 suitcases, 9 Statues of Liberty, 9 Ties,.20 Achievements 26 replay mini games. 9 wallpapers 19 concept art drawings in black and white, 10 cut scenes, 6 music, bonus chapter and strategy guide.
FUN FACTOR: Overall I didn't find this game very fun and 3 stars is the best I can do cause there were some things I liked about this game. The only reason I recommend it is I know most on here love puzzles/mini games and this game is overloaded with them. I'm very disappointed especially being a fan of Mafia type things as I said.
April 19, 2014
Cant really get the 5 star ratings
The New York Secrets of the Mafia video clip certainly enticed me to purchase the collectors edition! But there was ongoing issues with the game manager app after the initial download. If you stopped and saved your progress to return later? The game manager wasnot able to restart the game (tech issue?) I got to the point after many back to back HOS puzzles and object collections When will this story end! This game has been an improvement on some of BF'S games of late. Game itself was "ok" But seemed not to have the "wow' factor. That alot of the BF games have! (o:
April 25, 2014
Not Scarey Enough ...
Not an easy Game to play. Very nice Graphics, the Music was not that good and rather monotonous. Way too many Puzzles and many of them were very hard. Skipped most of them. Morphing objects GREAT! The Storyline was not that good and had no "Wow" quality for me.
April 21, 2014
A Bit Boring
I loved the graphics, especially the wintry New York scenes. The music and voice overs were ok, but nothing to write home about. The storyline itself was a bit boring. You figure out pretty quickly what's going on. I kept waiting for something to happen, some sort of twist, that never came.
When I started the bonus game I thought, "ah, this is more like it", but as one reviewer said, it fizzled out to an abrupt end. I think the idea of the bonus game was to explain something that happened in the main game, but by then, I didn't really care. I spent most of the bonus game clicking on the hint button,just to get it over quicker.
Sorry, I can't be more positive, but I felt the game had so much potential, gangsters, hidden underground cities, mysterious organizations, New York in winter etc. Unfortunately, all this potential resulted in a bit of a yawn.
May 19, 2014
Not what you would expect
I read the previous reviews and purchased this game based upon them. After playing an hour it is not what I was led to believe...it is a normal HOG and is easy to play. game flow is good, but I would not put any pretense in the "Mafia" storyline. I would recommend based upon it is a good HOG, but not worth the CE cost...I would wait for the standard edition to be released.
April 24, 2014
somehow it was boring
The storyline seemed intriguing initially, but I quickly bored of this game and decided not to purchase after the one hour free trial.
May 16, 2014
God, I'm so fedup with this type of games! I don't understand the rave reviews and wish I hadn't bought the game right away. :(
New York - this could have been so cool! But as it always is with this type of games: The story starts promising, just to fade completely from the spotlight in no time. I'm so tired of looking for objects in places where it completely doesn't make sense for them to be hidden! I'm tired of senselessly going back and forth combining questionable objects with other objects that are in no way related to the "storyline"!
Developers, please! Stop bringing up that mashup of "same old, same old" over and over again! I'm so eagerly waiting for an elaborate game with a storyline both convincing and thrilling.
Up to that point, I'm not going to buy anymore Bigfish games. I've really had it!
April 24, 2014