Game Review: Godfather II
Release: April 7th, 2009
Genre: Action/Adventure, Open-World
Developer: EA Redwood Shores
Available Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Players: 1, plus multiplayer
ESRB Rating: R
EA releases their latest installment in the Godfather franchise to PS3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows. The first installment in the series was a decent open-world game that many found amusing. Naturally, EA promises bigger and better things for this title. Did EA deliver in this title?
You play the game as Dominique, an up and coming member of the Corleone Family. It is your job to build a family of your own, recruit members with special abilities to assist you, take over businesses, and deal out death to your rival families.
The game takes you to three different cities: New York, Miami, and a town in Cuba. Every town has its own types of businesses, rather it be gambling, gun running, drug rings, etc. Each town also is home to different enemies you must contend with.
While the game does offer some new items that are interesting (Don’s View, customizable team combos, and specialized fatalities), the game does have some downfalls. Missions get repetitive, your empire is under constant attack and you will be babysitting your earned perks and money flow, and the game will keep you undermanned as you try to reach the top.
There are some good ways to kill your enemies, but in order to earn victory, you will have to take them out in certain ways. In order to do this, you must earn keys to find out how to kill them. You will fail at this more than once, either by you accidentally taking them down which only sends them to the hospital, or your NPC family members will shoot at them, resulting in hospital time for your target. Then you will have to wait for that enemy to recover only to try it again.
With repetitive gameplay, strange choices in character modeling (hair and clothes do not pull off that 70s feel too well), tedious controls in Don’s View, and tedious progression methods, Godfather II is an okay game.
This game is best if rented or wait until the game hits the bargain bin for under $20.