Mafia II does not allow the player to roam the map freely and select from multiple missions in the style of the Grand Theft Auto games. However, there are some workarounds that involve add-ons to the game.
Normal gameplay in Mafia II shuttles the player between missions in a linear order, not allowing the player to roam the map freely in between. However, some missions do offer the player the ability to explore most or all of the game while engaged in them. Two downloadable content packs made by publisher 2K Games add something of a free-roaming aspect: "Jimmy's Vendetta" and "The Betrayal of Jimmy." Unofficial modifications have also been made by fans of the game to hack in a free-roam mode.