The Godfather

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  • $5,000

    Pause the game and press X, Y, X(2), Y, click Left Analog-stick. Note: There is a five minute lockout before this code can be re-enabled. To bypass this, save the game after the code has been enabled, quit the game, then reload your saved game.

  • Full health

    Pause the game and press Left, X, Right, Y, Right, click Left Analog-stick. Note: There is a five minute lockout before this code can be re-enabled. To bypass this, save the game after the code has been enabled, quit the game, then reload your saved game.

  • Full ammunition

    Pause the game and press Y, Left, Y, Right, X, click Right Analog-stick. Note: There is a five minute lockout before this code can be re-enabled. To bypass this, save the game after the code has been enabled, quit the game, then reload your saved game.

  • All movies

    At the main menu, press Y, X, Y, X(2), click Left Analog-stick to unlock all movies.

  • Movies

    Successfully complete the indicated mission or collect the indicated number of film reels to unlock the corresponding movie:

      Regarding Sollozzo: "The Alley" mission
      Mr. Bonasera: "The Enforcer" mission
      Meeting With Sollozzo: "A Grave Situation" mission
      Sicilian Sign: "Sleeping With The Fishes" mission
      Five Shots: "The Don Is Dead" mission
      Sonny And Tom Disagree: "Intensive Care" mission
      Sonny And Tom Argue Again: "Fireworks" mission
      Mr. Woltz: "Death To The Traitor " mission
      Trigger Too Tight: "Horseplay" mission
      Mattresses Montage: "A Recipe For Revenge" mission
      Where's Michael?: "Now it's Personal" mission
      Spoiled Guinea Brat: "The Silent Witness" mission
      Carlo Learns A Lesson: "Sonny's War" mission
      Are You Ready To Do Me This Favor?: "Change Of Plans" mission
      The Don's Demise: "Order To Kill" mission
      Carlo Goes For A Ride: "It's Only Business" mission
      The Baptism: "Baptism By Fire" mission
      Johnny Fontane: Collect 10 film reels
      Don Sends Luca On An Errand: Collect 20 film reels
      Luca's Demise: Collect 30 film reels
      The Don Is Dead: Collect 40 film reels
      Whack Paulie: Collect 55 film reels
      Good Morning Mr. Woltz: Collect 70 film reels
      Sonny At The Tollbooth: Collect 85 film reels
      Sorry Sally: Collect 100 film reels

  • Infinite money

    Enter a hotel, nightclub, shop, etc. that you own. Smash the cash register and collect the money. Walk out the door, then walk back in. The cash register should be fixed. You can repeat the process as many times as desired. It is a slow way of getting money, but sometimes you will get $10,000.

  • Dillinger

    Purchase the third upgrade for Tommy Gun.

  • Street Sweeper

    Purchase the third upgrade for Shotgun.

  • Infinite ammunition and $1 million

    Reach the "Don Of New York City" rank at a 91.5% game completion to get one million dollars and unlimited ammunition for all of your guns only. Bombs, dynamite, and Molotov Cocktails are not unlimited, and melee weapons can still wear out. To become the Don, you must take over all businesses and rackets, then complete the contracts on the other families top Bosses.

  • No heat when stealing cars

    Reach the "Underboss" rank to have no heat when stealing a parked car.

  • Easier driving

    While driving, honk your horn constantly by clicking the Left Analog-stick to send other cars to the side of the road. Additionally, go to a police station and bribe the police chief. You can then steal the police car without any trouble. Click the Left Analog-stick to turn on the siren. Cars will now move out of your way.

  • Easier car chases

    When you are being chased by enemies in a car, let them drive up on your side. Usually they will come up near your rear on your left or right. Then, look ahead and lure them into an accident. Usually they will smash into something like oncoming traffic or a wall if timed correctly. They will eventually come back and catch up to you, but if you keep doing this they will eventually blow themselves up (because you cannot shoot out your car at them).

  • Easier special kills

    In missions where you have to kill an important figure in a certain way (such as pushing them off a roof or into a furnace), you can do this easier by luring the enemy over to the hazard you must use to kill them before fighting with them. Just avoid them and run over to the hazard. They will come over to you. Beat them up a little, but do not kill them completely. Then, grab them by holding L + R, and swing them so they have their back to the hazard. Then, push forward with the Analog-sticks to shove them to their death.

  • Losing police quickly

    If you commit a lot of damage and/or kill a lot of people, you will get wanted stars. Once you get enough stars, the police will chase and shoot you. To lose them, just move to a different area and all of your stars will immediately go away.

  • Shooting enemies behind cover easier

    When you are locked onto an enemy who is hiding behind a crate or low object, keep locking on but use the Right Analog-stick to move the crosshair to a part of their body that is sometimes sticking out, like their head or arm. This will help you kill them easier.

  • Avoid getting shot

    When you are getting shot by another family or cop, grab someone nearby and use them as a shield. By doing this, you will not get hurt while being shot.

  • Ammunition

    All the safe houses that you pay for have ammo caches. When low on ammunition or health, you can go into these houses and restock. They are the orange houses on the map, and most are in hotels.

  • Easy money

    To get more money, take over as many businesses, warehouses, and rackets as possible before completing missions. By doing this you will get much more on payday, and money for important weapon upgrades.

    To stop your money from going into some racket that will not pay off later, get the pressure up on the person you would normally buy out and he will instead pay you.

    In missions where you raid an enemy gang's operation (like a supplier or storefront racket), search the interior after completing the main objective for hidden stashes of money and ammunition. Most back rooms, closets, and rooftops contain hidden moneybags or weapon stashes.

    Go to the police station in Brooklyn and bribe the chief, then rob the bank. When you get outside no one will shoot or chase you. Note: When bribing the chief make sure you have no heat.

    To get easy money and respect, go to the Molotov Cocktail seller in Midtown. Look for hobos walking around, then shoot them. You will get a good amount of respect and money, but no heat.

    When walking around the city, kill the homeless men you see from time to time. The majority of the time they will have $5,500 and you will get no heat.

    Get on the freeway and about every ten seconds a warehouse truck should appear. Stop your car in front of it, get out, cause some damage, kill the bagmen, take the money, and keep driving. You can accumulate a lot of money quickly. Then, return to your safe house and deposit the money.

    After you own the compounds, go to New Jersey. It is easier to travel through the Holland Tunnel. Go to the Stracci compound, then drive into the container park. Go far behind, where you will see a lot of containers. Step out, then you will see a lot of Stracci soldiers. Kill all of them, then go in to the maze. At the back, there are two boxes and another group of Straccis. Break open the box to find approximately $120,000. Then, run as fast as you can to your car before another bunch of Straccis appear. If they do appear, kill them all. In total you will get around $125,000. Note: You will need a lot of ammunition. They can be as strong as the sewer system bell-boys.

    Different families have different incomes; the richest family is the Barzini (green) family followed by the Cuneo (red) family. The businesses that you take from these families pay out a lot more than the other two. Also, when you are taking over their business, do not forget to pick up the money they drop. When a Barzini (green) family member is killed, you can pick up at least $200 per person. However, when you take money from a Tattaglia (brown) family member, you will only get $15.

    Enter the sewer system and find a crate containing money, which is guarded by a group of heavily armed bell-boys. The entrance to the sewer system is directly south of the westernmost Tattaglia warehouse on the Hell's Kitchen Loop.

  • Execution styles

    For the executions that require you to press RB, your enemy must be low enough on health for it to work. Only performing the execution styles on mobsters will count toward the execution achievements.

      Back Of The Head execution: Use a pistol and stand in front of your enemy. While they are standing, lock onto them and press RB.

      Barehanded Kneeling execution: Get your enemy on their knees by shooting them in the knee or beating them down. Then, without any weapons drawn, stand in front of your enemy. While they are still kneeling, lock onto them and press RB.

      Barehanded Standing execution: Without any weapons drawn, stand in front of your enemy. While they are standing, lock onto them and press RB.

      Between The Eyes execution: Use a revolver and stand in front of your enemy. While they are standing, lock onto them and press RB.

      Blackhand execution: Kill your enemy with your fists without grabbing them.

      Blackhand Grapple execution: Kill your enemy with your fists while grabbing them.

      Bombs Away execution: Kill your enemy with dynamite, a bomb, an explosive barrel, or an explosive crate.

      Bottle execution: Kill your enemy by throwing a bottle at them.

      Chin Up execution: Use a 2x4 and stand in front of your enemy. While they are standing, lock onto them and press RB. 2x4s can be found by blowing up a burning barrel on the street.

      Clavicle Crush execution: Use a tire iron and stand in front of your enemy. While they are standing, lock onto them and press RB.

      Cocktail Hour execution: Kill your enemy with a Molotov.

      Crooked Cop execution: Use a police baton and stand in front of your enemy. While they are standing, lock onto them and press RB.

      Disarmed execution: Shoot your enemy in the shoulder to make them drop their weapon.

      Double Play execution: Get your enemy on their knees by shooting them in the knee or beating them down. Then, use a baseball bat and stand in front of your enemy. While they are still kneeling, lock onto them and press RB.

      Face-off execution: Get your enemy on their knees by shooting them in the knee or beating them down. Get directly in front of them while holding a shotgun. Lock on to them and press RB.

      Foot In Mouth execution: Get your enemy on their knees by shooting them in the knee or beating them down. Get directly in front of them while holding a magnum. Lock on to them, then press RB.

      Gut Shot execution: Use a shotgun and stand in front of your enemy. While they are standing, lock onto them and press RB.

      Hard Head execution: Kill your enemy by slamming their head into a counter or other low object.

      Hats Off execution: Get your enemy on their knees by shooting them in the knee or beating them down. Get directly in front of them while holding a pistol. Lock on to them and press RB.

      Headstrong execution: Use a Tommy gun and stand in front of your enemy. While they are standing, lock onto them and press RB.

      How's Your Leg execution: Get your enemy on their knees by shooting them in the knee or beating them down. Get directly in front of them while holding a golf club or shovel. Lock on to them, and press RB.

      Kneecapped execution: Shoot your enemy in the knee.

      Last Gasp execution: Strangle your enemy to death with your bare hands.

      Look at Me execution: Get your enemy on their knees by shooting them in the knee or beating them down. Then, use a revolver and stand in front of your enemy. While they are still kneeling, lock onto them and press RB.

      Magnum execution: Kill your enemy with a magnum.

      Melee Weapon execution: Kill your enemy using any melee weapon.

      Neck Boned execution: Get your enemy on their knees by shooting them in the knee or beating them down. Get directly in front of them while holding a tire iron. Lock on to them and press RB.

      Neck Kink execution: Get your enemy on their knees by shooting them in the knee or beating them down. Then, use a police baton and stand in front of your enemy. While they are still kneeling, lock onto them and press RB.

      Over Cooked execution: Throw your enemy into a furnace. Furnaces can be found in bakeries and funeral homes.

      Pipe Down execution: Use a lead pipe and stand in front of your enemy. While they are standing, lock onto them and press RB.

      Pistol execution: Kill your enemy with a pistol.

      Protect Ya Neck execution: Use a golf club or shovel and stand in front of your enemy. While they are standing, lock onto them and press RB.

      Revolver execution: Kill your enemy with a revolver.

      Riddled With Lead execution: Get your enemy on their knees by shooting them in the knee or beating them down. Get directly in front of them while holding a Tommy gun, lock on to them, and press RB.

      Road Rage execution: Kill your enemy by running them over with a car.

      Shotgun execution: Kill your enemy with a shotgun.

      Sicilian Candle execution: Get your enemy on their knees by shooting them in the knee or beating them down. Get directly in front of them while holding a 2x4, lock on to them, and press RB. 2x4s can be found by blowing up a burning barrel on the street.

      Silent Assassin execution: Strangle your enemy to death using the garrote wire.

      Stained Glass execution: Kill your enemy by throwing them through a window.

      Sure Shot execution: Kill your enemy with a head shot.

      Taste My Chamber execution: Use a magnum and stand in front of your enemy. While they are standing, lock onto them and press RB.

      Tommy Gun execution: Kill your enemy with a Tommy gun.

      Traffic Accident execution: Kill your enemy by throwing them in front of a moving vehicle. Do not stand in front of traffic or it will stop; stand to the side of the road.

      Wallpapered execution: Kill your enemy by slamming them against a wall.

      Watch Your Step execution: Kill your enemy by throwing them off a roof, ledge, two-story window, etc.

      Wrenched execution: Get your enemy on their knees by shooting them in the knee or beating them down. Get directly in front of them while holding a lead pipe, lock on to them, and press RB.

      You're Out execution: Use a baseball bat and stand in front of your enemy. While they are standing, lock onto them and press RB. Note: There is a glitch with the onscreen message, which will call it a "Melee Standing Execution".

  • Extorting businesses

    If you are having trouble extorting business owners, try destroying some of their property and/or hold a gun to their face. For example, when you are trying to take over Good Eats in Brooklyn, you can hold a gun to the man's face then reholster the gun and extort. If he refuses, simply draw your gun again, lock on, and hold it. Keep doing this until he caves in. Do not forget to reholster your gun to avoid accidentally shooting him. In another example, when you are trying to extort money from the hotel owner in Brooklyn, hold a gun to him twice, break the downstairs cupboard, then finally blow his safe before you beat him into submission. Always buy available rackets first. Take a trip around to either buy another racket or go around the block. Do not attack until you visit again, and instead of enemy soldiers you will find all your soldiers. By doing this you do not have to fight a bunch of enemies and get your vendetta up.

    If you have not taken over all the businesses and rackets, wait until you have reached the "Don Of New York City" rank. You will be able to take over anything without having to smash anything up or "convince" the person that it is a good idea; they will just say "Yes" immediately.

  • Robbing banks

    Depending on the type of bank will determine the easiest way it can be robbed. The type with the three guards and one room is by far the easiest, and should be robbed as often as possible. Use the following trick to rob it without being chased or even getting past two shields. First, bribe the cop outside. Then, go into the bank and choke the first guard by the door. Next, go into the vault area and start strangling the guard on the left. The other guard will come and attack you, but he will not shoot. He will only hit you with his billy club. Remember to strangle the man on the left first because he tends to start shooting with his shotgun if you attack the other guard. If you are robbing the big bank, start the same way by bribing the cop outside. Then, go in and immediately strangle the guards in the main room. Hurry down to the vault and strangle the two guards there. Open the door and blow the vault. Three or four guards will attack you as you flee the vault. Get close to them and shoot them with your Tommy gun to perform an instant execution. After you shoot them, run up the stairs and move to the right. Then, take an immediate right to leave the building where the car is always parked. Get in the car quickly because you will be shot at when outside. Take off and you should not be chased once you hit the streets. After any bank robbery you must go to your hangout to get the money. The best bank to rob is the midtown bank, close to the apartment that the Corleone's give you after you save Michael. You wll get $50,000 there.

  • Safes

    You must blow up all safes to become Don Of New York City. Blow up all the safes when you are taking over businesses that have one. By doing this you will not have to search for safes after you completed most of the missions. Also, you will get an money, 1,000 Respect, and dynamite by blowing them up.

  • Taking over compounds

    A good way to take over a compound is to kill everyone from afar then work your way in. The enemies will not respawn as long as you do not leave the area (about one city block). Just hide behind things by crouching, then shoot around corners to get kills. It is also recommended that you upgrade at least two of the pistols (preferably the pistol or sawn off magnum, for quicker shooting).

    To take over a compound, equip all of your guns with ammunition, or use a powerful gun to kill other gangsters and take their gun. You should have cover at all times. Note: When behind the bushes to the left of the entrance they can shoot you through the bushes. Once inside, do the same thing and always have cover. Then, run downstairs. In the back house there are two men. One is behind a box and there is another behind a pillar. After those two are dead, set the time bomb (not dynamite). If needed, stay in the basement and die, then drive back and repeat on the other house.

    When you are ready to take over a compound, the Tattaglias in northeast Brooklyn is recommended because they may be the weakest family in New York, but that does not mean they are going to be very simple to defeat either. Bring some bombs along and blow up the support pillars in the basements. You may start a mob war, but if you are successful you will have a new safe house with a group of guards.

    When trying to take over a compound, use your car to run people over. Then, get out and use it as a shield. Once you are in the yard, kill any enemies. Then if you have a lot of ammunition, take one step into the house and shoot at the floor or person. The enemies should step out as you hide. Shoot them, then continue into the room with the couches. Someone could be hiding behind the couch. Run to the basement and clear it, then plant a bomb. Do the same in the other house.

    Stay far away form the gang members guarding the business or compound, enough so that you cannot lock on to them. If you pick them off from a far range, they will not shoot back. You can clear the area without getting shot.

  • Assaulting warehouses

    Before going on a warehouse assault have these items: pistol (full ammunition), Tommy gun (full ammunition), shotgun (full ammunition), magnum (full ammunition), molotovs (6), and about $25,000. When going to a warehouse, try to blow up the roadblocks. After that, stand there and shoot at oncoming gangsters with your pistol (headshots are essential). Then, go in to the warehouse area. Stand behind boxes and shoot the enemies with the pistol or magnum (again with headshots). Once you enter the warehouse, have either your shotgun or Tommy gun ready. Most enemies will have shotguns and Tommy guns. When you kill them, search for the owner. He will have puppeteer hands. Buy him out. Do not hit or injure him or you will not be able to buy him out and will have to use pressure. More than likely you will have also started a mob war. Do not bother looking for bombing business. Instead, check the map for the nearest FBI agent and bribe him. You may lose $3,000, but it is less risky. You will now have a warehouse and won a mob war at the same time.

  • Getting past barricades easily

    When you go to a hub, warehouse, or compound with people and cars blocking your way, get a truck and run into the cars and people until it catches on fire. Then, finish off the other people that are still alive.

    When you go to a hub, warehouse, or compound with people and cars blocking your way, stand close enough that you can lock-on to a person. Take either dynamite or a Molotov Cocktail and throw it. It will blow up the cars next to the people. Continue doing this until you have reached the hub, warehouse, or compound.

  • Free pistol in "The Alley" mission

    After you beat up the men and are told to locate your safehouse, follow the Don's enforcer out of the alley and turn left. Walk down a short distance to the next alley on your left. There will be a thug standing there, staring at you. He will not attack, but if you beat him up he will drop a pistol, which is good for a first gun. You can use the pistol to get through the next few missions easier (before you are given a more powerfu gun by the mob).

  • Hidden money in "Death To The Traitor" mission

    After placing the bomb in the upstairs of the bar, an enemy will suddenly open up the previously locked door at the top of the stairs. Quickly run into the hallway to find a massive stash of money bags. Do this quickly by sprinting, as you will not have much time to run downstairs and leave before the bomb explodes. Do not bother trying to open the second door in the hallway, because it is locked.

  • "The Don Is Dead" mission

    Before starting this mission, break the windows in the barber shop. This will allow for easy shooting once the Don is shot. The recommended gun for this and any other close range shooting mission is the magnum.

  • Recommended weapons

    Do not waste money on safe houses. You can make it just fine with the ones you get in the story. Instead, use your money for clothing and weapons. All the best weapons cost a lot but are well worth it. The Saturday Night Special is a better revolver and costs $75,000. The Assassin's Pistol is better gun and costs about $200,000. The Python is a better magnum and costs $250,000. The Dillinger is a machine gun and costs $450,000. Finally, the Street Sweeper, which works like a shotgun, costs $500,000 and will kill most people in one shot.

    The pistol at level 3 works like a semi-automatic gun. It carries fourteen bullets and has more firepower. It is great for taking over businesses. The shotgun at level 3 has more ammunition, more firepower, and is great for taking over warehouses, etc. Prioritize weapons upgrades before safehouse buying. One house in each city is fine at the start. However, you will have to buy them all in the end.

  • Recommended upgrade priority

      Health: The more health, the better.

      Streetsmarts: Prolong the victims breaking point (and by doing so, increasing your weekly income earnings). Remember to always try to buy them out first.

      Fighting: Increase you negotiation pressure by 10% for each upgrade.

      Speed: Not so essential. Only faster reloading is interesting here.

      Shooting: For better aiming speed and precision but not essential for taking over businesses.

  • Real gun names

    All the guns in the game are based on actual firearms. The following is a list of the guns in the game and their closest real-life equivalents:

      .38 Snub-Nose: Colt Detective .38 Special / Smith & Wesson M & P 2 in revolver
      Pistol: Colt M1911A1 semi-auto .45 pistol
      Magnum: Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolver in .357
      Long-barrel Shotgun: Remington 870 pump-action shotgun
      Tommy Gun: Thompson M1921 / 1928 sub-machine gun in .45

  • Marlon Brando's last appearance

    Play the mission when you go to the hospital to protect the Don. After you kill the first assassin and Michael Corleone tells you to go to the basement, go foward and make a left. You should see a door with Michael Corleone talking to Vito Corleone while he is in the hospital bed. Listen to the conversation carefully. This is the real Marlon Brando talking, recorded while he was hospitalized.

  • Movie and television references

    There is a man with red hair, a mustache, and a fedora hat who is named Edward Rooney (from Ferris Buellers Day Off) in Little Italy. There is a man with black-gray hair named Mike Brady (from The Brady Bunch) in Midtown. There is a blonde woman walking around in a black dress named Pamela Anderson in Midtown.

  • Achievements

    Accomplish the indicated achievement to get the corresponding number of Gamerscore points:

      First Sign of Respect (5 points): Reach Respect Level 10.
      Gaining Respect (10 points): Reach Respect Level 20.
      Making an Impression (15 points): Reach Respect Level 30.
      Demanding Respect (20 points): Reach Respect Level 40.
      Jack of All Trades (25 points): Reach Respect Level 45.
      Public Enemy Number One (50 points): Reach Respect Level 50.
      Assassin (10 points): Earn 5 Execution Styles.
      Petty Theft (10 points): Crack 10 Safes.
      Negotiator (5 points): Bribe a Police Chief.
      Smuggler (10 points): Hijack 10 Racket Trucks.
      Real Estate Investor (10 points): Purchase a Safehouse.
      Bodyguard (10 points): Hire a Crew Member.
      Earner (10 points): Extort 10 Businesses.
      Enforcer (10 points): Take Over 5 Rackets.
      Arms Dealer (10 points): Purchase a Firearm Upgrade.
      Forced Entry (10 points): Heist a Bank.
      Demolitions Expert (10 points): Bomb a Business.
      Knockout King (15 points): Win a Prize Fight.
      Entrepreneur (15 points): Collect 10 Film Reels.
      Neighborhood Control (20 points): Take Over a Neighborhood.
      For the Family (25 points): Complete all Missions.
      Contract Killer (25 points): Complete all Hits.
      Service Provider (25 points): Complete all Favors.
      Diplomat (20 points): Help all Merchants.
      Total Domination (50 points): Extort all Businesses.
      Front Man (50 points): Take Over all Fronts.
      No More Narcotics (30 points): Bomb all Drug Rackets.
      Warehouse Wrecker (30 points): Seize all Warehouses.
      Transport Takedown (30 points): Seize all Transport Hubs.
      Rival Family Elimination (40 points): Destroy all Rival Compounds.
      Real Estate Mogul (20 points): Purchase/Own all Safehouses.
      Bank Robber (10 points): Heist all Banks Once.
      Heavyweight Champ (25 points): Win all Prize Fights.
      Safecracker (30 points): Crack all Safes.
      The Don (25 points): Reach Don Rank.
      Don of NYC (50 points): Reach Don of NYC Rank.
      Executioner (40 points): Complete all Execution Styles.
      Debt Collector (30 points): Collect all 100 Film Reels.

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