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  • Summary: The book by Mario Puzo and classic film by Paramount Pictures serve as inspiration for The Godfather, as gamers join the Corleone family and earn respect through loyalty and fear as they rise through the ranks to become Don in a living 1945-1955 New York. Gamers create their own mobThe book by Mario Puzo and classic film by Paramount Pictures serve as inspiration for The Godfather, as gamers join the Corleone family and earn respect through loyalty and fear as they rise through the ranks to become Don in a living 1945-1955 New York. Gamers create their own mob character in the game, putting themselves into the action while reliving classic moments from the fiction and experiencing original missions alongside memorable characters from the film. After a life of small-time jobs and petty thefts the player is accepted into the Corleone family, America's most famous criminal organization. It is up to the player to carry out orders, earn respect and make New York City their own. Featuring non-linear action-adventure gameplay, The Godfather offers gamers countless choices for solving the family’s problems with brutal violence, skillful diplomacy, or a cunning mixture of both. From mob hits and bank heists to drive-bys and extortion, step deep inside the world of The Godfather where intimidation and negotiation are your tickets to the top. Players use their powers of loyalty and fear to earn respect through interactions with characters in the world. Decisions made by the player in the game have lasting consequences, just as it was in the mob underworld featured in The Godfather fiction. James Caan, Robert Duvall, and the late Marlon Brando provided voice acting and likenesses for the game. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. The 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.
  2. Pelit (Finland)
    84
    Starts off strong with fun missions that follow the story of the movies nicely. However, towards the end the quality and amount of plot-related missions goes down and the optional missions start to repeat themselves. It is still a fun GTA clone, just not what it could have been. [April 2006]
  3. The type of gameplay has been seen a millions times before. Its sole advantage is that it relies on an extremely powerful narrative, backed up by a serious cast and admirable music. It's all about car chases, street shootouts, controlling diverse rackets and respecting fellow family members.
  4. The emphasis on driving, the lack of scope in the side-quests, and the subsequent compulsion to complete the main mission, are definite weak spots in the game, the result being that players will all to easily get bogged down in the general repetitiveness of the experience.
  5. Play Magazine
    65
    The fighting in all its forms proves to be a sticking point, and Godfather suffers accordingly. [May 2006, p.49]
  6. A huge, lazy and sometimes glitchy disappointment of a game. The character progression really doesn’t provide a strong enough excuse to keep playing after the initial joy of the combat has dissipated, and the number of times you find yourself going through the same old motions during missions smacks of padding of a magnitude normally associated with the corpulent Don.
  7. Edge Magazine
    40
    For such a costly flagship title to provide neither the promised statement of mainstream grown-up appeal nor even polished, lesser disposable thrills is a landmark failure. [May 2006, p.92]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 48
  2. Negative: 20 out of 48
  1. NicolasW
    May 13, 2008
    10
    I dont know what you guys are complaining about. If u just use the default controls then it works fine. With the 256mb nviddia geforce, the I dont know what you guys are complaining about. If u just use the default controls then it works fine. With the 256mb nviddia geforce, the graphics are the best i have seen so far. I have not seen the movies and so do not know the similarity. People are complaining about how you cant get out of the car?? What the hell are you talking baout. All you have to do is press a button. If you cant then either you have a very slow computer or bad hand eye coordination. Because i hvae never had anyproblem whatsoever. The movies in between the action, are thirlling. The story line is great and it cannot at all be compared to GTA. GTA is modern gangsters and yuou dont have all the fun of taking over stores, becoming a don. THIS GAME DEFINITLY DOES NOT EVEN COMPARE TO GTA... Expand
  2. MAttB.
    Mar 22, 2006
    9
    GTA always tried to buy into the gangsta cool, The Godfather doesnt have to, it is steeped in it. EA have done justice to the film, GTA always tried to buy into the gangsta cool, The Godfather doesnt have to, it is steeped in it. EA have done justice to the film, seamlessly mixing scenes and dalogue into the fabrc of the game. Expand
  3. AeschylusOne
    Apr 25, 2008
    9
    The atmosphere. The cutscenes. The custom characters. If you're a fan of the series, the intro should make your heart melt. Sure, The atmosphere. The cutscenes. The custom characters. If you're a fan of the series, the intro should make your heart melt. Sure, it's not Brando's voice, but the face is mapped right down the smallest wrinkle. You see the characters. You recognize the faces. This game. This game...it's a beauteeful ting. It's like GTA, but looks better than the last three due to amazing character/car models. The environments are a little drab, but this ain't exactly Rome we're talking about here. Gameplay is pretty much a carbon copy of GTA. You could basically say this is GTA for the early 20th century. The only difference is that this game has better voice acting and, you guessed it, Marlon Brando's face. HOOOAH! The controls aren't so bad. The targeting system is fine. If you have troubles with the mouse, up the sensitivity. Driving cars is akin to the GTA series, but the car models have a little more shine to them. The soundtrack. Oh, man. The soundtrack should be commended for bringing out the pearls from the 30-40s, and mixing it with the theme songs we've all come to love. Don't look at the negative reviews. Especially if you're a fan of the series. You know you want to play it, and you should because it's WORTH it. Great game. Fuggidabouit. Expand
  4. CarlosR.
    May 27, 2006
    6
    The hole history is really good...but the game looks more like GTA than any other game. The cars are alwas the same, but, at least, the The hole history is really good...but the game looks more like GTA than any other game. The cars are alwas the same, but, at least, the history is amazing...but is too short ! Expand
  5. MacS.
    Mar 28, 2006
    4
    This game is not for PC but for XBOX or PS, just arcade style fighting, playing it with a PC makes combat difficult to control. Graphics are This game is not for PC but for XBOX or PS, just arcade style fighting, playing it with a PC makes combat difficult to control. Graphics are average but OK, a lot of good ideas but the gameplay makes them useless. The real problem is a game fully repetitive : you racket 10 times the same shop in various places with the same guys inside....quickly borring. Try Oblivion. Expand
  6. TomK.
    Mar 21, 2006
    3
    Don't get me wrong, It's a decent game, but How hard can it be to allow for a different setup on each platform, Jeeeeez. Don't get me wrong, It's a decent game, but How hard can it be to allow for a different setup on each platform, Jeeeeez. There's nothing at all logical about the pc controls. It still seems to be a half decent game but I just don't get it? Why invest tonnes and tonnes of money and still end up with some half assed bullshit atempt on most important feature, the controls. If the controls would have been decent this would have been a 10/10 game. Expand
  7. MiKE
    Mar 22, 2006
    0
    I am VERY VERY disappointed by this game!! The graphics are not acceptable, they are really bad. I was expecting photo realistic face and I am VERY VERY disappointed by this game!! The graphics are not acceptable, they are really bad. I was expecting photo realistic face and what do we get? Cartoonist faces, with DULL looking environments!!!!! This would of been ok 5 years ago. It is basically Grand Theft Auto with the Godfather licence. SAD... The gameplay is EXACTLY as GTA. Which is ok. but the out dated graphics make this game a failure. I was expecting the graphics to be at least as in Half life 2, which dont forget came out almost 2 years ago!!! Stay away from this one! Expand

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