Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 51 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. 100
    It boils down to the combat system though. A good story is nothing without good gameplay to back that story up, but thankfully The Godfather delivers on all fronts.
  2. With the little additions, I’d say that this is definitely the version to own, as it simply has that much more to offer.
  3. Yes, it has similarities to the GTA model, but the theme provided by The Godfather movies and the way the game integrates you into the famous scenes is startling. This is a venerated movie franchise brought to wonderful life.
  4. There is a whole lot going on in this game and New York is a massive playground full of possibilities for an enterprising young “family” man. Whether you have seen the movie or not, it’s easy to immerse yourself in the world of The Godfather, a world where intimidation and negotiation are your tickets to the top.
  5. The Xbox 360 version of the game is the definitive version as the additional missions and side missions help alleviate some of the repetitiveness that the game previously had.
  6. With language fruiter than a Puccini cocktail, The Godfather is definitely not for the kids. The game will shock, however it should entertain, and if you don’t take it too seriously it’ll probably end up being one of the better releases this year.
  7. I commend EA for not porting over the XBOX version and just adding a fresh coat of paint. They went ahead and added new Blackhand moves, new executions, upgraded graphics, new side missions, and a host of many new features on your way to becoming the Don of NY.
  8. This is the definitive version of The Godfather, and it is a tremendous accolade for EA's reputation that this respects and honors the original material so well.
  9. A lot of action gamers will appreciate this added challenge, but if you are an action game newbie or get easily frustrated you may find yourself walking away from the game.
  10. The first time a player receives an achievement for bashing a person's face in a certain way they will be hooked.
  11. There are now a whopping 25 sliders which adjust your mobsters face and body. Looking at all these new features I really whish I would have waited for this one before diving into this epic adventure.
  12. The additional content in the 360 version would be akin to an expansion pack in a PC game. Aside from the added story missions and Favors mentioned before, this version sports five more hit contracts, four new vehicles, six new melee weapons, and 25 new execution styles for players to discover and perform.
  13. The setting is nailed down perfectly, and EA has taken care to get great voice acting and music.
  14. The across-the-board improvements on Xbox 360 pick up where the current-gen gameplay left off, but they probably don't justify the added cost for people who have already played a current-gen version.
  15. Sure, the game is open ended and non-linear, sure, you can mercilessly pummel citizens, and sure, you can hijack cars when you need to get somewhere. The controls take on a new way to perform most of these familiar elements and expand on the experience, which puts the Godfather into a class all in itself.
  16. Overall, it's the best version of a good game, but the improvements are mostly cosmetic. [Oct 2006]
  17. EA deserves some credit for not dropping the ball on this very important project – it paves the way for a game based on Part II...even though I have no clue how they'd make that into a game.
  18. If you never got a chance to play the original, or if it left you wanting more, this definitive edition ought to tide you over until the inevitable sequel hits.
  19. Props go to Electronic Arts for trying to improve the game for its next-gen incarnation and, mostly, succeeding. This newly made man upholds a very fine, if very violent, family tradition.
  20. It's part of the "thug in a sandbox" action genre, so if you don't mind playing a criminal and can accept a few minor bugs here and there, The Godfather: The Game is a solid title.
  21. 80
    The game never strays from what captivated audiences more than thirty years ago, and provides a rich experience that gamers simply won't be able to refuse.
  22. 80
    The Godfather is one of those films that defined a decade of cinema. The somewhat open-ended world of this game isn't destined to have anywhere near that level of impact, but it is juicy amoral fun all the same, even if its belated arrival on the next generation is more than a little disappointing.
  23. If you enjoy the gunplay aspects of the GTA-style genre more than the driving and open city concept, then The Godfather is likely to be a highlight of the year for you.
  24. A rehash of what we saw on the current gen consoles with a bit better visuals.
  25. 79
    Gamers have higher expectations for next-generation titles than current gen games, and The Godfather looks and plays exactly like what it is: A good upgraded current-gen game.
  26. The 360 version of The Godfather is a lengthy and enjoyable experience that puts the source material to great use, but it's not much of an improvement over previous versions.
  27. It's definitely a quality game that Xbox 360 owners shouldn't be quick to pass over, but if you were annoyed by the game's repetitiveness or didn't enjoy The Godfather in your first go around, then there isn't enough here to warrant a purchase.
  28. However, the fact remains that this is still the same flawed game that was released for the current-gen systems. [Oct. 2006, p.104]
  29. Something of a more slow-paced, strategic spin on the open world genre. It still delivers on intensity during action sequences, but it's a game that rewards advance planning and meticulous tactics to a greater degree than an instant-gratification game like "Saints Row" doesn't.
  30. The Godfather has a few real strengths: the movie scene tie-ins, the overall 40s mob atmosphere, and the whole mechanic of extorting businesses to work with the Corleone family all make this game unique and much more than just a GTA clone.
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. May 5, 2011
    10
    In my view this game is underrated. The main problem is probably that people try to compare it to the godfather films. It is not going to beIn my view this game is underrated. The main problem is probably that people try to compare it to the godfather films. It is not going to be as good as them because it is in a different line of media and focuses more on the game play than anything else. I view it more of a 1950s Grand Theft Auto which lets face it is something that we do not see enough. I rate this as ten due to the rating being lower than it deserves. I advise that if you are the type of person who enjoys third person soot em ups you should buy this game. If you don't like third person shoot em ups then start liking them. Full Review »
  2. BobM.
    Aug 23, 2007
    8
    Great Game. Addicting for the true godfather fans... what we've been waiting for!
  3. Aug 13, 2014
    9
    Possibly the best movie licensed video game out there. The immersion in the Classic story is amazing. You play as a young man seeking yourPossibly the best movie licensed video game out there. The immersion in the Classic story is amazing. You play as a young man seeking your father's revenge. You play along side the film story witnessing or taking part in those classic moments. The godfather boasts an excellent combat system that keeps things fresh. Melee combat is easy to use but complex to master with many different punches, grapples and executions while gun play is so detailed that damage various based on the body part. This is a gta style urban chaos game, so it has all the staples, but the level of story immersion and game play mechanics make this standout. Full Review »