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  • Summary: After being promoted by Michael Corleone to Don of New York, players expand to new cities, as they build up their families through extorting businesses, monopolizing illegal crime rings and defeating new families in an effort to become the most powerful mob family in America. To help players manage their empire, The Godfather II introduces "The Don's View" – an innovative strategy meta-game that allows players to oversee the entire world as they grow the family business. Using the Don's View, players will be able to build, defend and expand their crime rings, while keeping an eye on the movements and plans of the rival families. Players will also learn to master the business of organized crime by building a family of Made Men, hiring crew, handing out orders, and promoting their best men up the ranks. Set in a stunning open-world environment, The Godfather II expands on the popular gameplay mechanics of the first game and doubles down on the series' signature BlackHand control scheme, which now features even more visceral hand-to-hand brutality at your fingertips, introducing a new combo system, pressure tactics and executions. In The Godfather II, players fight alongside their hand-picked crew, who have their own skills and expertise. Each family member specializes in a specific field such as demolitions, arson, engineering, first-aid and more. As The Don you control the family, sending some of your men on missions while heading off into action with others. The combination of strategic organized crime gameplay and brutal BlackHand action promises to set The Godfather II apart from other open-world games. Play The Godfather II online multiplayer modes and become the true Don of Dons. Take your money, weapons, and crew from your single-player experience online and wage mob warfare against up to 16 players from around the world. Play as one of the family’s crew specialists and put your best strategies to the test as you take over territory and strike back at rivals. Earn upgrades and money that can be used in your single-player experience. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 72
  2. Negative: 9 out of 72
  1. 100
    It isn't the best open-world game out there, but it does a sublime job of capturing what it feels like to be the head of a virtual crime family. [Apr 2009, p.81]
  2. It's a fun single player adventure with an equally entertaining multiplayer mode full of 16 player death matches. Although its graphics look dated, monotony quickly sets in as shooting the same bad guys and completing similar missions gets old. That said, The Godfather II makes for an ideal weekend rental.
  3. Though it deftly combines action, strategy, and resource management, Godfather II simply never evolves. [May 2009, p.74]
  4. Fortunately, not just a GTA clone. The strategic interaction with your personal "crew" and with the city add a nice twist to the classic Free Roaming mechanics. And the plot is good enough.
  5. That seed of potential excellence is frustrating, when the execution falls so regularly short of great.
  6. Everything required of you feels functional, mechanical, and pedestrian, and each city is sparse and lacking in the kind of lifelike vitality that gamers now demand from their sandbox environments. [May 2009, p.108]
  7. Establishing a new Family is a hard undertaking… and a tedious chore. Imagine spending 10+ hours on taking over one building after another! In GTA: San Andreas and The Godfather, this occupation was but a side attraction; here, it is everything.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. SamSwitzer
    Apr 7, 2009
    This game is the perfect synergy of RTS and FPS games! you can defend all your fronts by yourself, or you can send your family there through an RTS-like "don's view" window, in first person, there are very deep squad controls and a very obedient and wise AI. all around a very great game. Expand
  2. ZackS
    Apr 18, 2009
    After i beat the game i said to myself hey ill go give it a good score on metacritics. I also thought to myself that it would be in the 90's or 80's but the 60's really? This game is absolutely amazing one of the greatest games to come out in a really long time. Everyone should give this game a chance its epic! Expand
  3. MikeO
    May 24, 2009
    Having played the single player campaign pretty much straight for 3 days I was impressed. My friend had said he got bored and found it repetive but I thought this was a brilliant game. Having never played the first game I found this one innovative and original with a decent storyline, even if it lacked a back story for those of us who aren't familiar with the films or games previously. I loved being able to control so many aspects of my own empire and loved the neat touch of the full character creation. I think the rating of the 60's is very harsh to what is a decent free-roamer but with a good accompanying story line. It's no San Andreas but then it doesn't try to be, it's a good original idea which I feel has been executed well. Expand
  4. ChrisBob
    Apr 8, 2009
    Very Similar to other Sandbox style games (Saints Row 1 and 2, GTA) although the missions are much more repetitive and the storyline is a sub-par fictional side story from the film. Minimal character customization, an emphasis on squad-based game play, and a decent multi-player experience are the factors that really differentiate this game from the original. The game is easy to play, almost too simple at times as its difficulty is beyond 'easy' at times. Technically it needs polishing, but I haven't found any glitches or mistakes that have really detrimentally affected game play (aside from the time I got stuck behind a safe door). Overall an above-average game that builds on its predecessor, but falls short of the GTA and Saints Row franchises. Expand
  5. Dec 23, 2011
    Good game, but just lacks the grit that the first one had, it's not dark enough, there's not enough blood and guts of the world. The made members of your family was definately a good addition to the game. Overall it's good, and worth a play, but Mafia 2 seems to capture the period a lot better. Expand
  6. SamG.
    May 4, 2009
    Some innovative concepts but they're not executed well. Less than stellar gameplay, sub-par visual presentation and animations, poor narrative and story elements, and tiny and lifeless maps. Expand
  7. Oct 8, 2013
    Simplemente una copia sin mejorias de grandes Juegos de este tipo como Saints Row y Grand Theft Auto es lo que me decepciona, triste historia para Electronic Arts Expand

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