happens when you cross The Godfather with Monty Python?
Someone makes you an offer you can't understand. Although
that's paraphrased and bastardized from something
that I did hear Eric Idle once say, The Godfather
is a game that you should not refuse to play. by
31, 2006 - The
Godfather is based on one of the most famous, movie
classics of all time. We're talking the 1972 version
with Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert
Duvall and of course, Abe Vigoda. Yes, Abe Vigoda
was in The Godfather. He played the part of Salvatore
"Sally" Tessio - and at the time of this
writing, he is still alive. That means, not dead.
all of the famous scenes of the film to be included
in this game. From the horse's head in the bed to
the making of a non-declinable proposal. The game
begins with your father being gunned down. With little
future ahead of you and your family, your mother approaches
Don Corleone on his daughter's wedding day to ask
that he take you under his wing. Don Corleone is of
course one of the biggest mobsters in the country.
This is an offer he simply can't refuse and you begin
your career as a low-level thug enforcing various
family practices such as extorting businesses for
accomplish your first order of business you have to
visit local businesses in person to have a conversation
with the owner and convince him to pay a weekly protection
fee. What you're protecting him from is you and other
Mafia thugs. If he's uncooperative, you will have
to demonstrate the damage that may befall his establishment,
and his person, by trashing the place and giving your
fist a workout on his face. Once he agrees to pay
his weekly fee, you move on to bigger and better places.
Some of these businesses are fronts for gambling dens
and prostitution. You might even decide to buy some
of these places to increase your weekly revenue and
get in on some action.
gameplay is similar to that of Grand Theft Auto in
that there is a certain amount of freedom in your
violent and ultimately illegal profession as you work
your way from the bottom of the organization to the
top. There are lots of businesses to exploit, missions
to accomplish, vehicles to drive, characters to kill
and crimes to commit. While the gameplay remains true
to the film, there is lots of extra content that is
anything but filler. It's as though we're actually
living in that same time period, and the film was
a documentary displaying only the highlights of your
life. In the game, we're also living behind the scenes.
of your illegal activity does not go unnoticed. While
you are running with the most notorious crime family
in America, you are not immune from the law. The more
killings, car thefts and general illegal activities
that you commit the higher your badge meter will rise.
The meter will display up to five police badges, the
more badges that are displayed, the more heat you've
generated which is sure to result in a police chase.
You can choose to outrun them in your vehicle or merely
bribe them if you have the cash on hand. If they capture
you, they will shoot you. Then you have to get revived
at the nearest hospital - which will also cost you.
You can see how necessary it is to have cash on hand
in this racket.
in this game is simplified but very satisfying. The
vehicles are extremely easy to drive. You can maneuver
in and out of traffic at a quick pace without spinning
out of control. You will encounter some slowdown when
things heat up and the cops are on your tail.
combat and the use of guns are also very easy to use.
You can employ a lock-on system during combat and
use the analog stick to throw kicks and punches around.
With the use of other buttons you can choke your subjects,
hold them over ledges or just throw them from the
roofs of buildings. The lock-on system can also be
used with the weapons that range from a .38 revolver
to a submachine gun. You can forego the lock-on system
for more of a first-person shooter style. Either way
the system works well for your preferred method. Since
your character is supposed to be a relative expert
on such weapons, the only challenge should be hitting
your target, not operating the weapons. Other weapons
such as Molotov cocktails, explosives, bats and lead
pipes can also be put to good creative use. Your inventory
allows you to carry all of these weapons at once,
so you won't get bored.
are a mixed bag. The streets of New York are replicated
to great effect with the actual street names, landmark
buildings and districts such as Hell's Kitchen, Little
Italy, Brooklyn and Midtown. The insides of the various
shops, however, look way too similar. With recycled
textures and architecture it's hard to tell one bakery
or hotel from another. At the very least, there are
no load times when entering these joints.
character models look amazing. They are voiced by
the original cast. You can't get better quality than
that. Even the music is taken from the movie but I
have to admit that the theme song gets a little tiresome
after a while. Yea, we're playing The Godfather -
I get it already.
Godfather is not a perfect game but it's a hell of
a lot of fun. There's nothing particularly frustrating
about it so the challenges won't be insurmountable
to casual gamers. Hardcores can immerse themselves
in the mob world and enjoy the game as an interactive
movie. It's a win-win situation for everyone. Whacha'
waiting for? Go get it. Don't make me have to tells
and Consequences: Players will use their powers
of loyalty and fear to earn respect throughout New
York City. Decisions made by the player in the game
will have lasting consequences.
world of The Godfather: Your character will interact
freely with other characters in the world. Depending
on your needs and how you choose to play the game,
by violent or intimidating means or respectful or
negotiating means, the characters in the world will
remember your interactions
Controls and Pressure Point Targeting: Being a gangster
has never felt so good and Blackhand will put the
power of intimidation in the hands of the player.
An analog control-based combat system will give
players the use of both analog sticks and shoulder
buttons to execute punches, kicks, grabs and even
allow you to strangle an opponent. Pressure Point
targeting will help lock on less lethal parts of
an opponents body so they're still around to give
information vital to you.
the New Face of Crime: Use "MobFace" feature
to create a new member of the Corleone family with
your own tough, street-wise looks. Customize facial
features and hair, suit up your created mobster
in era clothing, and then lead him through the classic
world of The Godfather
New York: The Corleone's control of New York will
be challenged by the four families from the fiction
including the Barzini Cuneo, Stracci and Tattaglia
Award winning composer Bill Conti and Emmy Award
winning composer Ashley Irwin are collaborating
to create over 100 minutes of new music, in addition
to the classic soundtrack from the film.
out of 5
characters look like their movie counterparts.
This is one of the best movie-adapted games
I've ever seen.
controls are very easy to access and very
forgiving. Technically the game is relatively
/ Sound FX / Voice Acting
music, the explosions, the voiceovers. Everything
sounds as good as it looks - even better
There is lots to do in this game and it
won't hurt to play it one more time to find
new places to terrorize and new people to
Not an average. See Rating legend above
for a final score breakdown.
make him an offer he can't refuse." We've all
done it. We've all wondered what it would be like
to be a mob boss. Money, power and respect. Every
time you sit down in an Italian restaurant, you look
around and pretend that someone has a hit out on you.
You eat your veal picatta, sip your wine, you keep
an eye open waiting for the hit. Out of the corner
of your eye, you see a strange, shadowy fellow slowly
standing up with a napkin draped over his hand. Slowly
he makes his way towards you, while checking to make
sure the coast is clear. You kick your table up to
reveal your tommy gun, and you go to town on your
would be assailant. "EAT LEAD" you scream
over the hail of bullets. Of course, this is all just
going through your head because we will never be in
those situations as times have changed. But wouldn't
it be great!? The danger! Excitement! Lucky for us
Electronic Arts is churning out The Godfather: The
Game, which will allow us all to live out our mob
boss fantasies in one of the most visually realistic
looking games I've seen to date.
York 1945, you've just been accepted in the Corleone
Family; one of the largest and most respected mob
families in New York. However, you do not play as
one of the famous Corleones. Rather as a mobster you
create. The Create A Mobster feature is fairly limited.
After all, women had very small and limited roles
in the mob, and most guys wore suits. You pretty much
create your own 1940's Sicilian "New Yorka!"
And just like in any good mob family, you start at
the bottom, the very bottom.
The Godfather is held in a "living world",
very much like the Grand Theft Auto series or Spider-Man
2, so you go around and pick up little jobs to increase
your rep on the street. The higher your reputation,
the better jobs you're given. Jobs can have a lot
of different dimensions to them. One of the first
jobs in the game is to visit a local grocer, who is
under the protection of the Corleone family. After
visiting, the grocer gives you some information about
a new cop, who needs some "attention", a
butcher who needs to know how things are run in your
town, and a new comer who's causing trouble with the
locals. This is where some nifty features come in.
You can go and bribe the cop to keep him away from
anything wrong you may be doing. You then get to go
visit your new butcher friend. He isn't exactly sure
how things are run in the town, and you offer the
protection of the Corleones. Of course the butcher
will not be too keen on the idea, but you're Sicilian,
and you're going to make him an offer he can't refuse.
This is where the games Extort feature comes in. It
works very much like The Punisher's interrogation
feature, where by the push of a button you pressure
your subject into doing your bidding.
you begin your extortion, you are given the control
to either apply more pressure on the subject, which
usually means more force and violent behavior, or
if you have a lot of respect you can ease off the
subject. The respect comes into play and determines
how people will view you. If you tend to use more
brute force to get what you want, people will begin
the view you as a monster and you may have to speak
with the Don and be told to tone it down. If you tend
to go lighter on people, especially opposing families
then you'll be viewed as weak and walked all over.
But either way, speaking with the Don would be one
of the biggest treats of the game, as Marlon Brando
returns to his immortal role for one of his last performances
The voice-overs really add to the game as famous Godfather
actors such as Robert Duvall, James Caan and Marlon
Brando lent their voices and likenesses to the game.
The sound will be top notch with not only the actors
but also the original motion picture score by Godfather
composer Nino Rota. The Godfather also delivers some
of the most stunning and realistic visuals that I
have personally ever seen in a game. The character
models are so incredibly detailed from the way their
hair is parted to their five o'clock shadow to the
stitching on their clothing. The city itself is an
amazing sight as every NPC
has incredible detail; with drunks staggering into
the street, paperboys shouting the top headlines,
and steam from the manhole covers adding to the noir
feel of the film.
put a lot of effort into the Godfather to make it
a game not based on the movie, but a realistic experience
as to what it would be like to be a part of the story.
The Godfather will be a sight to see, and I'm hoping,
will not disappoint.
PS2 (shown), Xbox, PC
Release: Mar 2006
Review by Cole
1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor
2.5 - 2.9 = Average
3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
3.5 - 3.9 = Good
4.0 - 4.4 = Great
4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
5.0 = The Best