Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
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  1. This is one of the strongest versions of the game, without a doubt, coupling a dynamic character creation system with deeper gameplay.
  2. The setting is nailed down perfectly, and EA has taken care to get great voice acting and music.
  3. You should only be considering the Godfather on PS3 if you haven’t played the game before since the new additions don’t drastically change the game. As another caveat, if you’re intrigued by the tilt functionality, you’ll find that motion sensitive controls are better implemented in the Wii version.
  4. Graphical upgrades, adjustments to the combat system, new missions, and additional content (there are more warehouses, hubs, rackets and such) make it the version that offers the most bang for the buck.
  5. The Godfather: The Don's Edition might be a last-gen retread, but for what it's worth, it's still one of the better titles available for the PS3 right now.
  6. I will commend EA for not porting over the Xbox 360 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.
  7. An enjoyable game in spite of its lackluster graphics and tendency towards some repetitive gameplay.
  8. Relatively good; on its own merits, not just because its set in the Godfather universe.
  9. If you've never tried a Godfather game, the PS3 version offers the best of the bunch.
  10. Even if you already own the game on your PS2, you may want to give it a second try. There is a lot more content here so the game will feel fresh. If you're a fan of the original game and are looking to keep the good times rolling or if you haven't played The Godfather before, The Don's Edition is solid. However, it may not be worth your $59.99, as the graphics are wholly unimproved.
  11. The Godfather: The Don's Edition works a smattering of new content into the game with good results, but it's not quite worth another look if you've already played previous versions.
  12. 75
    EA has done a great job of expanding nearly every facet of the game, and even though only a few of these additions change the game in major ways, the overall package is a good deal better. Still, with last-gen visuals, a frustrating city layout and other issues that plagued the original release, it's still far from perfect.
  13. Although it’s fun to see alternate perspectives on some of the movies’ key events, this title really fails to deliver the complex, emotionally resonant familial saga of the films.
  14. Extortions, scandals and corruption? For gameplay like this, I’m willing to dump the story and other problems in a trunk and fuhgeddaboutit.
  15. The game experience isn’t all that far removed from the Xbox 360 version (to be fair there is a lot of new content that isn’t available anywhere but on the PS3), but it’s as good a game as any to pick up for PS3 owners starving for some valuable entertainment beyond SCEA’s first-party titles.
  16. Games Master UK
    A flawed but praiseworthy attempt to mix Puzo and "GTA" that deserves a lotta respect. [May 2007, p.72]
  17. The area where the PS3 version of this game really impresses the most is in the amount of brand new content that’s been added here. There are nearly 30 new missions, 6 new vehicles, 7 new weapons and an impressive 25 new execution styles.
  18. Simply put, it's just not a "next-gen" title. But that doesn't mean it's a bad game. In fact, it's actually quite fun, and similar to "Scarface: The World Is Yours."
  19. 72
    The Godfather: The Don's Edition doesn't feel next-gen. Even with the new additions, it plays like a PS2 game.
  20. 70
    The best news to come out of all of this is the implementation of the Sixaxis: It's not overbearing or intrusive. For example, it only takes a few small gestures to bump someone against the wall. And that's about as extreme as it gets -- which is the proper way to handle the controls.
  21. AceGamez
    The Don should have done us all a favor and brought this game out for a budget price, because no matter how great the gameplay continues to be, yet another port of a game that has its mind and eyes clearly focused on 2005 makes for a poor excuse of a full-priced, next-generation title.
  22. A decent port job that adds enough to keep first time players entertained, but seasoned Godfather vets will probably stay away.
  23. The graphics look horrendous at ever[y] angle especially in HD and really made the entire game unplayable because I felt like my eyes were melting.
  24. PSM3 Magazine UK
    A game that's as easy to refuse as the Playstation 2 version was. [Apr 2007, p.86]
  25. Pure Magazine UK
    A port of the previous title from PS2 doesn't really have the next-gen punch you are looking for. [Apr 2007, p.58]
  26. 60
    The Sixaxis implementation here is unnecessary. More damningly, the game is clearly not a next-gen product, visually.
  27. 60
    The Godfather: The Don's Edition isn't as fun as "Crackdown" and no amount of celebrity voice acting is going the change that.
  28. Compared to "Saints Row" on the Xbox 360, The Godfather feels pretty dated. It just doesn't have the variety or presentation to match THQ's made for next-gen offering, with the driving being the biggest disappointment.
  29. PSM Magazine
    And since you're getting the same basic experience for the premium price of $60, there's simply no reason to buy this lackluster game. [May 2007, p.82]
  30. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Next-gen? It's barely present-gen. The Godfather has no business calling itself a PS3 game. [May 2007, p.108]
  31. Play UK
    The dominating impression of The Don's Edition is that this is a very lazy PS3 port, with a lame attempt to justify its existence by bolting on Sixaxis functions and throwing in extra content in the form of The Corleone Expansion Pack. [Issue #151, p.91]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 8 out of 28
  1. May 30, 2016
    This game deserves a much higher score. Especially the PS3 version, since it is the best version of the game, although I feel like it couldThis game deserves a much higher score. Especially the PS3 version, since it is the best version of the game, although I feel like it could have been more polished. When it comes to gangster games, this one takes the cake. Full Review »
  2. Apr 17, 2016
    Anyone who says the PS3 version is no different to the PS2 version is completely wrong. Graphically it is far superior and looks fantastic onAnyone who says the PS3 version is no different to the PS2 version is completely wrong. Graphically it is far superior and looks fantastic on a large high def screen. The dynamic weather effects look great, the buildings, character models, vehicles and insides of buildings look lovely (ok not up to the same standard as COD4 or Uncharted but much much better than the PS2, which I think is what most people who are fans of the PS2 version want to know. Is it worth upgrading if you have already played the PS2 version? definitely. The combat animations and explosions are absolutely stunning. The audio has been improved big time as well (both music and surround effects). The game is bigger than the original and a tougher challenge. I play this game a lot and like the fact that there are two strategies you can follow e.g. all out combat using the enforcer style or by blackmail and subterfuge using the operator path. A much better game than the Metacritic score and online reviews suggest. Full Review »
  3. May 17, 2011
    This game does a good job on taking on the best movie of all time with its missions and making sure that you still like to watch the cutThis game does a good job on taking on the best movie of all time with its missions and making sure that you still like to watch the cut scenes that develop the story. Taking over businesses gets bring after a while but you can complete favors and hits on other families which makes it a bit better. But the graphics are just awful, unless you love the Godfather to pieces or can get it for cheap then just keep the Ps3 version. Full Review »