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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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Score distribution:
  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: 25 out of 60
  2. Negative: 22 out of 60
  1. Oct 27, 2020
    10
    The only first cool and coolest game with a variety of gameplay (part 2 of the game made by fools is very stupid and can not bear the name ofThe only first cool and coolest game with a variety of gameplay (part 2 of the game made by fools is very stupid and can not bear the name of the original) that is, for this 1 game 10 points out of 10 and why can't I officially buy this game on Steam ? Expand
  2. MobGamer
    Mar 27, 2006
    10
    I think the game is great. Amazong graphics, controls are good enough and you can reconfigure, plus between the missions, shop takeover etc I think the game is great. Amazong graphics, controls are good enough and you can reconfigure, plus between the missions, shop takeover etc you'll be kept pretty busy. Expand
  3. AndrewM.
    Jul 13, 2006
    9
    Really enjoying it but then I loved the movie and I am not a huge games player. It works for me. I like the atmosphere of it. Its a great game.
  4. Feb 26, 2020
    6
    The game was ok, missions where ok, but everything else was repetitive crap.
  5. Supershallow
    Mar 30, 2006
    5
    If it was a new genre, The Godfather would be spectacular. But when compared to the depth of the GTA series and richness of Mafia (2001(!) if If it was a new genre, The Godfather would be spectacular. But when compared to the depth of the GTA series and richness of Mafia (2001(!) if you haven't played this one, pick up a cheap copy!), it's only very mediocre. Graphics are OK but repetitive. Controls are based on analog joysticks, making it very hard to play the game on PC. Sound is OK, but I liked the Django Reinhardt score of Mafia better. Driving is nothing special: only a few car models, simple damage system. The missions are quite fun to play, but I can't help thinking how much better this game could have been. Expand
  6. Vin
    May 8, 2006
    3
    The gameplay might have beenpretty good if it wasn't for the lousy controls and the freaky mouse controls.
  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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