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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: 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. 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: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 4 out of 32
  1. Nov 1, 2016
    10
    One of the best games I've played. The game put you inside the movie, you are a different character, but you're a important piece of history.One of the best games I've played. The game put you inside the movie, you are a different character, but you're a important piece of history. The side quests are amazing, is possible steal a bank or put a bomb in one of the compounds of one of the families. Amazing game. Expand
  2. May 6, 2015
    10
    Better than GTA San Andreas. .
  3. PatrickD.
    Mar 27, 2006
    9
    The critic who said taking over rackets becomes an obsession is spot on. Taking over businesses from the rival families is much more fun than The critic who said taking over rackets becomes an obsession is spot on. Taking over businesses from the rival families is much more fun than the missions themselves. The only problem is the targeting system can be frustrating at times. It'd be nice if it automatically switched to the people shooting at you so you don't have to fumble around while someone is pouring tommy-gun bullets into you. Other than that it's a heck of a lot of fun. Expand
  4. Oct 24, 2018
    9
    Molaba bastante, infinitas posibilidades, muy muy bueno para su época......
  5. Jul 8, 2015
    8
    The game is awesome, all these missions give at least 25 hours of gameplay, the only thing that could be better is the end, when you finishThe game is awesome, all these missions give at least 25 hours of gameplay, the only thing that could be better is the end, when you finish the missions Expand
  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. Sep 25, 2015
    0
    a bad game by far prefer the San Andreas does not offer anything innovative with a bad character and a pathetic story that I think is pathetica bad game by far prefer the San Andreas does not offer anything innovative with a bad character and a pathetic story that I think is pathetic **** do not buy this game Expand

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