How to Fix Mafia II Xbox 360 Controller Prompts

Mafia II CoverI recently started playing Mafia II on Steam. When the game was released for PC in 2010, it supported using an XBOX 360 or Playstation controller. That’s good, but the game features an extremely in-game system for controller button prompts.

When the game wants the player to press a given button, it uses generic B1, B2, etc. labels for the buttons rather than the actual controller-specific button labels. I’m not aware of any other game that uses such a screwed up system.

Over the years, different people have apparently created mods for the game that replace these generic prompts with the correct prompts for PS3 and XBOX controllers. Since the game is so old, however, none of those have been updated in years and everyone I tried failed to work with the current version of the game on Steam.

A little Googling led me to this thread, however, which included a post from earlier this month where a user tracked down a mod that still works for the PS3 controller. The user then helpfully modified that mod to also work for the XBOX 360 controller.

That mod worked perfectly for me, and can be downloaded here (I’ve also mirrored the file here just in case). After you download that file and unzip it, you want to find this original file in the Mafia II directory

SteamApps\common\mafia ii\pc\sds\gui\gui.sds

and replace it with the modded version (backup the original by renaming it to old-gui.sds or something similar).

Then just restart the game, and enjoy the correct button prompts.

Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: Season 2

The Walking Dead: Season 2 I’m way behind the curve here, but I finally forced myself to play through Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: Season Two this weekend. And I do mean forced myself to play. The game has an “Overwhelmingly Positive” rating on Steam, but I never got into it the way I did the first game.

Everything about The Walking Dead, was superb, especially the relationship between Lee and Clementine that plays out through the 5 episodes of the game. Everything about the game makes it, in my opinion, is far and away better than either the comic or the TV show.

None of the events of Season Two come close to this. Other than Clementine, there wasn’t a single character I genuinely cared about or whom had anywhere near the quality of story that characterized the initial game. I felt zero sympathy as the other characters met their ultimate fates one-by-one (in many cases, it was a relief not to have to listen to some of the whinier characters anymore). I was never convinced that half these characters would have lasted even half as long in a zombie apocalypse given their sheer, widely distributed incompetence.

And Clementine is a wonderful character, but entirely as a child throughout the game is alternately too limiting and too unbelievable. Apparently, Season Three of this series will feature an older Clementine. A late-teenage or early 20s Clementine would have a lot of potential as the character seems like she could evolve into the sort of leader that many of the characters she encounters seem to be longing for.

Stardew Valley – Upload.Farm

The extremely well-named Upload.Farm website is designed to allow players of the extremely popular Stardew Valley game to upload their saved game files. The site then extracts information about the state of the game and farm and creates a number of web pages with that.

For example, you can see the current status of my Stardew Valley game here, including a complete map of my admittedly lame farm at the moment. Very cool.

 

Stardew Valley Map