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  • Summary: The Godfather Blackhand Edition gives an enhanced combat experience with motion-based Blackhand Control by integrating Nintendo’s innovative Wii controller. Take over the Big Apple in this fully interactive open-world games based on the classic film by Paramount Pictures and theThe Godfather Blackhand Edition gives an enhanced combat experience with motion-based Blackhand Control by integrating Nintendo’s innovative Wii controller. Take over the Big Apple in this fully interactive open-world games based on the classic film by Paramount Pictures and the critically-acclaimed book by Mario Puzo. The game offer brand new ways to go from Soldier to Don as you gain control of the streets of New York. Follow the path of an Enforcer or Operator; each with its own unique perks and abilities to earn. Now you can chat up specific characters to get the skinny on dirty cops, take down two additional revised compounds of rival Families, execute five new contract hits, and call in larger Corleone Hit Squads when the going gets tough. For improved, hyper-intuitive Blackhand Control in The Godfather Blackhand Edition, use gestures with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to really beat down your opposition, or point directly at the screen using the Wii Remote for pinpoint firearm accuracy. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. The dynamic Wii-mote allows you to really become involved with "family business" like never before.
  2. Although there is little difference in the storyline compared to the early versions of the game, the Wii delivers dynamic controllability and good gameplay (neglecting the problematic artificial intelligence) that organized crime enthusiasts will enjoy.
  3. 80
    A great first step on Wii, as it uses more than 25 gestures, IR aiming, and has a ton of features above the original game in the form of new items, missions, gameplay modes (favors and blackmailing specifically), and RPG elements. More important than any list of numbers and features though, is the fact that The Godfather is just fun to play.
  4. A good port of a pretty good game, which controls very decently with the Wii controller. That’s not quite a glowing recommendation, but this game does deserve some respect.
  5. Extortions, scandals and corruption? For gameplay like this, I’m willing to dump the story and other problems in a trunk and fuhgeddaboutit.
  6. 70
    The control scheme is definitely the selling point here (tossing people around never felt more fun). However, for those who already own some incarnation of this series this comes as guarded approval. Ask yourself: How many times do you need to escort the Don to the hospital or take out the Barzini family before it feels too old?
  7. The Godfather feels pretty dated but it's still a solid and often entertaining free-roaming action title. The Wii game includes some pretty solid controls that for once haven't been simply tacked on to an existing release.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. May 15, 2016
    10
    This game.. stop, i want say this EDITION, this is very cool game, so sade and soul with wonderful storyline and normal graphics... Mafia forThis game.. stop, i want say this EDITION, this is very cool game, so sade and soul with wonderful storyline and normal graphics... Mafia for Wii. I very happy for playing this game)) Expand
  2. BigL.
    May 14, 2007
    10
    This is the second best game for the Wii by far. Great fun. The gunplay is fast and furious, the melee.... the first time i swung the wiimote This is the second best game for the Wii by far. Great fun. The gunplay is fast and furious, the melee.... the first time i swung the wiimote to smack a !@$# in the head was a moment to remember. I would recommend this to anyone who isn't bothered by Brutal, Constant violence (not graphic violence, mind you.. cept for the cutscenes), constant swearing, and uh.... Hmm. It says "Sexual Themes" on the box, but all I saw were some brothels with prostitutes... can't do anything with them though... odd. Anyway, get this game. Expand
  3. GameFreak
    Jul 25, 2007
    10
    This game is awesome! I have played the GTA San Andreas, and I got bored pretty quickly. Godfather, however, keeps me engaged for hours. The This game is awesome! I have played the GTA San Andreas, and I got bored pretty quickly. Godfather, however, keeps me engaged for hours. The missions are really well thought out, and using the Wii controls allows you to get the most of the experience. It isn't too easy nor too hard. A perfect game. Expand
  4. DanaO
    Mar 23, 2007
    9
    Wednesday night, right after work, my wife and I went to EB Games. She brought my copy of Mario Kart: Double Dash, which has a $20 trade-in Wednesday night, right after work, my wife and I went to EB Games. She brought my copy of Mario Kart: Double Dash, which has a $20 trade-in value, slightly less than the average going rate on eBay. I figured I'd trade it in towards The Godfather: Blackhand Edition for Wii so that I didn't have to pay full price out of my pocket. Considering I'm not going to play Mario Kart ever again, and the hassle of selling it on eBay for a measly extra $5 or so, it was worth it. Initially I wasn't sure I would like this game, not being a huge fan of the free-roaming styles common to games like Morrowind and GTA and the like. And I am not big on mobster movies, so I figured it wouldn't be worth my time. But I was wrong. Dead wrong. Well, I grabbed the new release and came home and popped it in right away. That was about 8 hours ago. Taking breaks for food and washroom, and a bit of relaxation, so far I have played this game for a total of 6 hours and 15 minutes, according to my Wii's time logs. This means that in the first night of owning the game, I have played it already more than Call of Duty 3 (a game I bought alongside the Wii on launch day), and also more than Rampage: Total Destruction, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz, and Monster 4x4: World Circuit combined. I played it for over two hours longer than I played WarioWare: Smooth Moves during the brief time I owned it. There are a ton of things to do, and the map is huge. You can find lots of little business to bust in on and take over, using a small array of tactics to try and persuade their loyalty. You can temporarily bribe cops to turn a blind eye to your rampages. You can take on tasks for people, such as taking care of a pesky thug in the back alley, or knocking someone off. You can buy new duds which will help you earn more respect. You can talk to people, you can beat people up, you can get into firefights with the cops, you can rob banks... This game has TONS of content, and it is very engaging and fun so far. The controls in this game are also great. They are intuitive, so you basically do what you want to with the controllers, and your character does it. It takes a bit of getting used to, but if this is not your first Wii game, then you will adjust in no time. Punching feels exceptionally good, as does smacking people into walls. And don't get me started on how much fun it is to hit people with a baseball bat! Aiming your projectile weapons is also another good control scheme, with both a target-centered mode and a free-aim mode, you get your pick of how you want to aim your pistol/tommy gun/shotgun. The controls overall feel great, but the camera controls are slightly strange. I want to invert the camera rotation option, and the option is there... But that works well until you get into a free-aim situation, where if you want to turn to the left, you need to move your cursor to the right of the screen. That is just very, very wrong, and I think it slipped by the QA team because I can't think of one reason anybody in their right minds would like this. The only other thing I would have preferred done differently was the driving controls. I wish EA had copied the jeep-driving control ideas from Call of Duty 3, but improved upon it. That would have made for the complete package. But overall, driving isn't terrible, certainly no worse than you'll experience on any other system. The sound and music are good, and I have no major complaints other than the often repeated phrases from people you speak to and limited voice actor variety. One thing I did notice is that when played through a Dolby ProLogic II decoder, the audio seems to be a little jumpy from channel to channel if you are, for example, rotating or moving around someone or something making sounds. But overall, it isn't that big a deal, and sure doesn't impede gameplay fun for me. For the money you're going to pay, there is no better Wii game out there right now if you are looking for a deep game that can keep you busy and engaged for many hours at a time, with tons of stuff to do, and great use of Wii controls. If you are looking for a game where you play one mission here, one mission there, this might not be the best game for you (might I suggest Sonic & the Secret Rings?). But it's certainly worth a rental if you are a fan of Grand Theft Auto and have never tried The Godfather series before. If you're a GTA fan, I think you'd be hard-pressed to not enjoy this game, especially considering it really is the only option of that style on the Wii at the moment. Simply put, this game ROCKS! If you are fine with Mature titles (violence, foul language, sexuality), decent but not amazing graphics, great controls, and gameplay that draws you in, The Godfather: Blackhand Edition is for you. 8.7 out of 10 (rounded to 9 for Metacritic). Expand
  5. CurtisM.
    Apr 19, 2007
    9
    This definitely the best game I played on the Wii console so far. I have always been a fan of the GTA series right from the start but I This definitely the best game I played on the Wii console so far. I have always been a fan of the GTA series right from the start but I don't think its a stretch to says that I have enjoyed this game more than any of them. The freedom to roam around and take over NY at your leisure along with awesome missions make this game well worth the money. As everyone else has mentioned, the developers made good use of the Wii remote/nunchuck capabilities. Buy it and you won't regret. Expand
  6. PhillipV.
    Mar 28, 2007
    9
    Boom Baby! That was my initial reaction when I started playing this game. Using the Wii remote to "force protection" on your enemies is very Boom Baby! That was my initial reaction when I started playing this game. Using the Wii remote to "force protection" on your enemies is very innovative and just made me want to continue playing. The weapon wheel was very easy to use and made it easier to take on several enemies at once. Overall it was a very good game. Expand
  7. KeithB.
    Sep 13, 2007
    7
    As a fan of beat 'em ups and GTA, I was really looking forward to Godfather on Wii. Overall, its very nice, and really enjoyable, As a fan of beat 'em ups and GTA, I was really looking forward to Godfather on Wii. Overall, its very nice, and really enjoyable, however could have used a bit more polishing. Noticable right off the bat is textures, they're a bit muddy at times (especially on clothes). Luca Brassi looks like he's wearing a burlap sack for a coat. Next up, the motion controls aren't as great as the reviews and what not made it seem to be, but it is still a blast punching people, slamming them around, etc. Of the controls, my biggest complaint is with the aiming. You can lock on and use autoaim, or aim with the wiimote. The problem is, the free aim, isn't really free. It gets sluggish, and doesn't respond well. You can also do an assisted aiming, which works better, but is still a pain. If you prefer shooting with out the motion controls, then that is not a problem. Overall, awesome game, but has a few drawbacks. Well worth the lower than normal price. Expand

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#27 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2007
#24 Most Shared Wii Game of 2007