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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 playersAfter 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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 53
  2. Negative: 5 out of 53
  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. The game has its faults but when it is all said and done if you really enjoy The Godfather you are going to find a lot to enjoy in The Godfather II.
  3. A good game that players will both enjoy and find tedious. Hopefully, the franchise will progress with a third iteration, as sticking to a more complex, strategic-based formula would do wonders for the series. As it stands now, you'll have fun but wish for a whole lot more!
  4. The Godfather II brings mob strategy and action together, and does neither thing great. It is still, however, a game you cannot leave that easily – with an interesting gaming concept around made men, intimidation strategies and other mob oriented modes of play.
  5. A solid sequel, but it doesn't add a lot that's substantially new.
  6. The Godfather 2 is a great game in a lousy shell. If EA turned around and made the third entry in this series into a competent sandbox shooter and improved on the Don’s View mode, making it more useful and adding more depth to it, dropping the Godfather movie tie-ins, it would be a lot easier to recommend. As it stands now, you can find games that do what this game tries to do a lot better.
  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: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Nov 10, 2020
    10
    Gameplay is addicting, you find businesses to extort for your criminal mob empire, take control of rackets. Build your crime family. FightGameplay is addicting, you find businesses to extort for your criminal mob empire, take control of rackets. Build your crime family. Fight rival families. Weapon variety is also plentiful. Story is pretty good too. Expand
  2. SeanG
    Apr 8, 2009
    10
    To describe the second installment to EAs crime family would be to describe a amazing, engaging, thrilling,inovating crime sandbox game. To describe the second installment to EAs crime family would be to describe a amazing, engaging, thrilling,inovating crime sandbox game. Mixed with a dash of sandbox and a pinch of tactics is a great idea, sure there are 1 or 2 problems but are so quickly mached out by the things you can do and achieve and as Juan P said to make money for your family you can mugg people (kill people), rob banks, take over rackets and shops ,do favours for people. The black hand or back hand i cant remember is better then some games completely based around fighting games. But also the execution moves are great and a bit sick more then most the bat and the tommy gun execution moves. Plus there is a ONLINE MODE!!!!!!! woohoo and its not completely terrible!!!!. Every kill and every cent you earn goes strate to your single player family, its played in completely third person. You play any member of your family and you take there skills online and you make them better. If you liked the first game by this game if you like the godfather movies by this game i could not even describe what this game is like its a missing piece in the godfather but now the gap is filled a master piece dear i say. Expand
  3. MohamedKhazaal
    Apr 8, 2009
    10
    After playing Godfather I, I knew I had to pickup The Godfather II, and I'm glad I did. I recommend this game to anyone interested inAfter playing Godfather I, I knew I had to pickup The Godfather II, and I'm glad I did. I recommend this game to anyone interested in action. The gameplay is fun and the storyline is great. The cutscenes look really good too. The game gets you to be a little strategic later on, so it can be a little tough, unlike other website reviews that said it was too easy. Expand
  4. EoinF
    Jan 19, 2010
    8
    Love it. Loved the first one, and now it brings back the exact same gameplay, something people who loved the first one wanted all along for Love it. Loved the first one, and now it brings back the exact same gameplay, something people who loved the first one wanted all along for it's sequel. Expand
  5. Jul 4, 2013
    8
    The Godfather II is a pretty decent game. Not the best game there is, of course, but it is effective and makes the player feel that he has aThe Godfather II is a pretty decent game. Not the best game there is, of course, but it is effective and makes the player feel that he has a family at your service and ready for action. The gameplay is good, and the story is linear, the game tries to do many things and I think many of these things do successfully. The game does NOT have good graphics, but coming from EA, one would not expect much, but overall it's a very good game and a good experience for the player. Expand
  6. PeterH
    Jun 11, 2009
    7
    The Godfather II is a decent game. It's good fun for a while but it gets repetitive and a bit boring after playing for a few hours. If The Godfather II is a decent game. It's good fun for a while but it gets repetitive and a bit boring after playing for a few hours. If you finish it then there is not enough to make you want to play it again. Expand
  7. RickS
    Apr 16, 2009
    2
    Godtather 2 has dated visuals and terrible AI. The cities are small and dull. The controls feel clunky and awkward both on foot and in car. Godtather 2 has dated visuals and terrible AI. The cities are small and dull. The controls feel clunky and awkward both on foot and in car. Voice acting is horrible. Definately some good, but not original, ideas that were not executed well. Having to take your made men online to upgrade their weapon licenses' was a terrible idea. I suppose they did this realising their game was too short hoping this would increase its longevity. The first game was amazing, I played through it twice on both the ps2 and ps3. If this game wasn't a sequel I may have been more forgiving but it's definately a huge step back from the original. EA hasn't let me down this much since Mercenaries 2. Don't mess up Dead Space 2. Expand

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