Let me start off by saying I am a die hard fan of Mafia, played it since it launched (just completed the last mission again 10 minutes ago in fact). And I have, like many others, a Logitech G25 wheel with an H-shifter and clutch. Naturally, I like using these whenever possible. In Mafia I have to switch the shifter to sequential (up and down instead of the H setup), which is fine considering the game is 8 years old.
But with new games, I actually expect them to implement specific key buttons for the specific gears, as well as support clutch. The former does not take much time to program, at all.
Now, why the devs made the decision to not at all support manual gearing in the new game, makes no sense to me whatsoever. Only reason I can think of is that all the cars are going to only have one gear? If that is the case, then I will rest mine. But if not, then allow me to humbly state that it is the stupidest decision they have made for this game, as far as I know.
I have pre-ordered Mafia 2, the release date is in my calendar, etc etc. But if I knew about this, I probably wouldn't have. I know many of you will think this is ridiculous, but for me - games where driving plays a big part are all about the realism. Every single car in the 40's and 50's did not have automatic gearboxes. A few select cars did, if at all.
It would not hurt the gamers in any way to have a feature where you could switch from automatic to manual in a jiffy, like in the original game. And it would not take much time to program.
Like they say; "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". Mafia was good in almost every aspect, why change the good when it's oh-so-good?
I am hoping at least for a reasonable explanation. Sadly, I'm not looking forward to Mafia 2 the way I did a week or two ago. It's a shame when you've waited for a game to come out for 8 years.
Anyway, I will cease my rant and hopefully await a sensible response from someone involved with making the game.