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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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 56
  2. Negative: 1 out of 56
  1. 90
    Whether through it's trademark music or unique take on the film's plot, The Godfather does something that licensed video games have tried and failed to accomplish in the past - give gamers a good time and an experience worthy of the film it's emulating.
  2. Yes, the game’s main collection of 20-plus story missions last roughly 10 hours, but after that you’ll be spending at least two or three times as many hours striving for 100% game completion and the ultimate ascension to Don of NYC.
  3. This is one of the best uses of a film license I've seen in recent years. Controls can be a bit wonky, especially melee, but the gun battles are satisfying and reassuringly violent for you bloodthirsty wannabe mobsters out there.
  4. The game's attempt to create a vast, thriving city is undercut by a lack of variety. The Godfather's New York apparently has only a single architect: when you've seen one nightclub or butcher shop, you know how all the others will look. And while the game focuses heavily on driving, there are only seven models of cars.
  5. It does the film justice, working you into the storyline in a convincing way and then leaving you with just as much to do after the movie is over. For that EA is to be commended, particularly the Redwood Shores studio, which I never thought would get it together.
  6. Adapting one of Hollywood's masterpieces was brave, but it's a pity the game designers lacked the courage of their convictions, choosing to shoehorn Grand Theft Auto into the mafia setting.
  7. 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: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. DavidB.
    Apr 6, 2006
    10
    Yes, the mission modes are only about 15 hours long, but those hours go so quickly, but also, you just cant stay away from it, its so Yes, the mission modes are only about 15 hours long, but those hours go so quickly, but also, you just cant stay away from it, its so addivtive. i have already become don of NYC in one day. it is the best game iv ever played. Expand
  2. BrianN.
    Jun 7, 2006
    9
    EA did a great job letting you into the family. You get to beat people down in a whole new way that now other RWS (real world sim) has done EA did a great job letting you into the family. You get to beat people down in a whole new way that now other RWS (real world sim) has done before. Plus there is a fun new intimidation factor that is quite enjoyable. Explosions are portrayed in all there brilliance. Whether it's bombing a store, blowing up cars, shooting at fuel pumps, or destroying mansions, you'll notice an extra flare to booms and bangs. The only quib I have is that there could have been more cars. But honestly who cares when you be in the mob and eventually become the done of New York City! Expand
  3. GeryH.
    Mar 27, 2006
    9
    Excellent game with some really clever additions. Graphics are excellent, especially the explosions! Great character models & physics as you Excellent game with some really clever additions. Graphics are excellent, especially the explosions! Great character models & physics as you throw someone through a window or off a roof etc. about 5 hours in now & i cant stop playing it. recommended. Expand
  4. Nov 8, 2011
    9
    Esse jogo é na minha opinião um dos Melhores Jogos no PS2 e da EA Games já lançadosEsse jogo é na minha opinião um dos Melhores Jogos no PS2 e da EA Games já lançados até hoje, alem de um grande filme que é The Godfather, o jogo também é Excelente. Expand
  5. DevonW.
    Jun 26, 2007
    8
    Well this game rocks but its missing something. And its really fun extorting shops and beatin the hell outa people.
  6. Dec 8, 2012
    7
    Another great game. Insane gameplay and plot, very good graphics and excellent sound. This is a very good game which should be played byAnother great game. Insane gameplay and plot, very good graphics and excellent sound. This is a very good game which should be played by everyone who likes its genre. Expand
  7. RobertSlick
    Mar 16, 2006
    1
    EA does it again, they have ruined this franchise. The game completely blows. It's visualy boring, and not at all like the conceptEA does it again, they have ruined this franchise. The game completely blows. It's visualy boring, and not at all like the concept paintings they first showed us. The game also promised many features and didn't deliver on any of them. The dialogue is good, but besides that, it's terrible. The executive producer should be fired. Expand

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