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Monday, October 20, 2008

The Godfather: Fun and Done

I finished The Godfather over the weekend. I wasn't sure what to expect from the game given that it was released two years ago. In the end, I found it to be quite good with its fair share of cool moments.

I've broken down my experience with The Godfather into a list of good things and bad things. Without further ado...

The Good:

  • The story missions are interesting and tie-in perfectly with The Godfather movie.
  • Voice acting and cut-scenes are all incredibly well done.
  • The game's difficulty is nicely balanced. Nothing is ever too easy but every mission is beatable with a little forethought and some minor strategic planning.
  • The use of in0-missions checkpoints keeps the intensity and pacing of the game intact without punishing players for making a misstep or two along the way.
  • Although there is a lot of swearing and violence in the game, none of this seems forced or out of place. The characters, dialogue, and scenarios found in the game seem to fit nicely with what you'd expect given movies like The Godfather and Goodfellas. The execution methods, in particular, are both brutal and satisfying.
  • There is a lot to do in the game. You get a lot of bang for your buck.

The Bad:
  • NYC streets are pretty barren. You never really get that feeling of being in a living, breathing city. GTA: Vice City did a great job of bringing Vice City to life; The Godfather never comes close in this regard.
  • Graphics are a little dated. Some of the characters models look pretty good but most models are visually unimpressive.
  • Many of The Godfather's achievements are stale and pretty tedious to unlock. Take over ALL rackets? No thanks...
  • Why couldn't they use Al Pacino's face or voice? Instead, we're treated to some random character model and voice actor. It's not to say that either the acting or the model are unpleasing but the game still missed Pacino.
  • There is a lot to do in the game. It's a shame that many of the side missions and activities are tedious and repetitive.
If you like the Grand Theft Auto series or mafia-based movies and TV shows, you'll probably enjoy The Godfather. If you've never played it, why not pick up a copy? I'd make some joke about an offer you can't refuse but I'm too tired to be clever.

If you like, you can also bid on my used copy of The Godfather right here.

Next up on my gaming slate is Lego Indiana Jones. I'm about a third of the way through the game and I'm loving it!

Have a good one!