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GF Rating
7.7

4906 ratings

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

GTA for the sophisticated crowd

posted by Twizlex (DAUPHIN, PA) Sep 20, 2006

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Member since Jul 2006

128 out of 143 gamers (90%) found this review helpful

The Godfather, originally released a few months ago for the current-gen systems, IS better on the 360. A lot of stuff has been added to make the game a little more "next-gen". While I wouldn't really say that the visuals are quite what I would expect from a true next-gen game, they ARE better than the current-gen version. The flame effects, however, are really impressive. In fact, I might go as far as to say that the flame effects in the 360 version are the best I've seen in any game.

Anyhow, the gameplay has also been improved. EA has basically taken the GameFace tool from Tiger Woods and applied it to this game (called MobFace). While not quite as robust as the Tiger Woods version, you CAN make a fairly passable version of yourself... if you're white, that is (your character is Sicilian, and therefore, must be a white guy). So you take yourself around and basically follow the storyline of the Godfather movie. In addition to the story missions, however, are various side missions, including boxing, hitman missions, taking over business, etc. EA added a lot more of the side missions to the 360 version to flesh it out and give you more stuff to do in your spare time. Extorting people and taking over businesses is probably one of the funnest parts of the game.

Now, some bad stuff. One of my major gripes is with the controls. They aren't bad, per se, but they do take some getting used to. Switching between melee weapons and guns can often be cumbersome, even to the point that it gets you killed. Very frustrating... Aiming is better, in my opinion, than GTA, but still not as good as it is in Saints Row, which lets you free target at all times. You can even do special shots like blowing out a guy's kneecaps, which was surprising the first time I did it (it never really tells you how to do it, you just have to "discover" some stuff on your own).

Overall, this game is good fun, although very graphic. It's nice to see an "urban mayhem" game that doesn't live in the ghetto

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Blows away GTA

posted by infp76 (SAINT PAUL, MN) Jan 7, 2008

Member since Nov 2007

14 out of 15 gamers (93%) found this review helpful

IMO this blows away the adolescent "gangsta" motif of the GTA titles. This one has deeper culture and history, and is probably better suited for an "older" audience (not the young, jiggy, gangsta rap audience).

While most movies don't transfer well to gaming (and vice versa), this one is an exception. The developers did a great job of integrating the actual happenings of the movie while leaving a large chunk open for a unique gaming and story experience. The character you play actually fulfills certain aspects of the film that weren't actually shot. For example the part in the movie where a gun is stashed above a toilet for Michael, you don't actually see in the movie who did it. In the game, you do it! Ditto that for the horse head scene.

So all in all the game stays true to the movie while at the same time allowing you to freely explore, take over businesses, add to the story, etc.

The graphics are nothing to write home about, which is true for every 360 game I've played that was originally designed for the original xbox (such as COD 2 and 3). But they're not horrible and I never really experienced any camera angle issues.

It's fun and addictive game that has decent replay value. I wish they'd make corresponding sequels for parts 2 and 3 of the movie...

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

The Godfather

posted by AutoBlast (MEDFORD, WI) Sep 26, 2006

Member since Feb 2006

41 out of 49 gamers (84%) found this review helpful

I played the PS2 version, liked it and bought the game. I played the 360 version and wished I saved my money. The 360 is way better and way cooler. There are many extra's in the 360 version that you don't get in the PS2. You can hire people from the Corleone compounds to help you out. The bribes that you pay are all different, not a constant same rate, and you can also do favors for the companies you are trying to take control of. All in all, it is a really GREAT game to play.

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