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The Godfather: The Game

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
75
3.4
Xbox 360
78
3.1
Xbox
71
2.4
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Description

Set in post-WWII New York City, The Godfather: The Game follows the player-created character's rise through a crime syndicate based on the book and film franchises. Combining events from the movie with side-story missions, the player must earn respect by completing missions in territories controlled by New York's five crime families.

Largely open-ended, the game's story is driven by a series of missions where the player can use violence, intimidation, or diplomacy to affect the outcome and influence future events and other character's reactions. A third-person action game, The Godfather: The Game features a punching mechanism to brutally assert yourself, a car theft and driving engine, and a shooting system which allows for locational damage.

The game features a persistent offline world populated with locations from the franchise and characters who are often voiced by the actors who portrayed them onscreen.

Screenshots

The Godfather: The Game Windows A godfather-style execution
The Godfather: The Game Windows A prologue set in the thirties establishes the main character's tragic back story.
The Godfather: The Game Windows Sneaking around....
The Godfather: The Game Windows Escaping with an opposing family's loot.

Alternate Titles

  • "教父" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "教父" -- Taiwan spelling
  • "O Poderoso Chefão" -- Brazilian title
  • "Ojciec Chrzestny" -- Polish title
  • "Le Parrain" -- French title
  • "Jiaofu" -- Chinese title
  • "Il Padrino" -- Italian title
  • "Gudfadern" -- Swedish title
  • "El Padrino" -- Spanish title
  • "Der Pate" -- German title

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User Reviews

An offer you can't refuse PlayStation 2 Lawnmower Man (140)
Godfather Theft Auto Windows Edward Beezy (38)
A valiant effort, but... PlayStation 2 Zokolov (66)
"Some day and that day may never come... I may call upon you to do a service for me" Xbox 360 Stsung (53)
You'll want to eat some pasta after this one!! Xbox lado (28)

The Press Says

GameSpot PlayStation 2 Mar 20, 2006 8.1 out of 10 81
PC Powerplay Windows Mar 29, 2006 81 out of 100 81
Gamers.at Xbox 360 Nov 02, 2006 80 out of 100 80
games xtreme Xbox 360 Oct 12, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Lawrence Xbox 360 Sep 25, 2006 7.9 out of 10 79
Eurogamer.de Xbox 360 Oct 02, 2006 7 out of 10 70
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Apr 17, 2006 14 out of 20 70
Gamesmania Windows Mar 27, 2006 69 out of 100 69
Lawrence PlayStation 2 Apr 04, 2006 C+ 58
Gamezine Xbox Apr 07, 2006 8 out of 20 40

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Trivia

Development

While Marlon Brando did contribute his voice to the game prior to his death, his ill health affected his speech and unfortunately, his lines were not used.

DLC Controversy

Soon after the release of the Xbox 360 version, additional content such as weapons and even extra money was made available at the Xbox Live Marketplace for a small price. Discussion arose whether this content should have been available in the game in the first place, or if EA wanted to make a quick buck by offering these in exchange for micro-payments. The disturbing part was that EA removed the "free money" cheat code from the game, to make the items more attractive in exchange for real money.

Some of the in-game weapons are very expensive, but the Level 4 Tommy Gun – Spectre Minigun can be bought on Marketplace for 100 MS points ($1.25). Then, to actually use it in the game, you need $750,000 in-game currency. If you do not have that amount, EA offers free money for 150 MS points ($1.50) for the in-game amount of $250,000.

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