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Genre: Action & Shooter / Suitable for 18 years and over / Release Date: 2009-04-09 / Published by Electronic Arts

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      29.04.2010 14:00
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      bring on the godfather 3

      Ive just finished completing this game today and found it a bit of escapism but a bit repetitive at times , its based on the Godfather movie series and follows it quite well

      You can design your own gangster who ends up being called Dominic and quite close to Michael Corelone , you can change facial appearance and clothes as often as you like through the 'dons view' option accessible by pressing the start button on the controller

      You start the game in Cuba at the start of Castro's revolution and end up having to escape , back to Florida , there the game play begins as you are given missions to take over businesses and kill the first rival family

      Im not going to go into all the missions as obviously that would ruin it for any one who has not played the game yet , however as you get more and more through the game , it feels a bit repetitive as you have to keep taking over businesses and stop the ones you do control being taken over by the other families

      The graphics are not what I would expect from a PS3 game and at times can be a bit jumpy if you are moving faster than the game expects you to
      however the art work is quite good and keeps true to faith of some of the older buildings in Havana , the map also available in the 'dons view' allows you to see where the various way points are and also allows you to set markers so you know where to drive , walk , run to on the mini map

      It should be remember this game is set in the 60's and as such weapons are of that period so don't expect laser guns and such or frag grenades as they weren't invented at the time !

      It took me about 2 weeks of on and off playing of the game to complete it but that wasnt with constant daily play , I found it was a game I would play for a couple of hours then leave and go and do some thing else , I had wanted to buy this game after playing the first God Father game , but I got it from Love Film ( see my review about that service) and now feel that now Ive finished it , then there is no real need to buy it

      I look forward to the Godfather 3 as no doubt will have to follow on at some point , hopefully the graphics will not be as jumpy but hey as of now Im the Don !

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      10.02.2010 18:08
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      Half decent game, good in small doses.

      The Godfather 2 is the 2009 follow up to 2006 game, The Godfather. Both games are based on The Godfather franchise of films. These games are third person action adventures similar to the later Grand Theft Auto games. They do not follow the story lines of the films verbatim but do take big chunks from them as well as adding their own bits. As well as not following the story from the films the game doesn't have a whole lot of characters and actors voicing them from the film. Al Pacino for instance hasn't lent his likeness which means Michael is missing from the games, which is a big shame but Robert Duvall has and the character of Tom Hagen plays a pretty big part.

      Game play is very similar to the first game with a few added extras. Now we can target certain parts of the body to disable enemies before executing them in a gory way. Each weapon has roughly 2 different ways to be used to execute people. The player character can also punch, knee and head butt this time around.

      The game is still primarily based on extorting businesses for money, completing missions and rising through the ranks to become a don whilst eliminating all your rivals. This time you aren't alone though, you can recruit members into your gang and take them with you when you extort businesses, execute people and try to take over compounds. This helps a lot, you now have people to cover your arse and distract enemies and even revive you. You can pick from safe crackers, medics, demolition experts and fighters to join you on your quest for global domination.

      You can also earn experience to upgrade your character, your gang and their weapons. The game though doesn't really differ much from the first though, it's the same thing with a very slight upgrade.

      Overall this isn't the greatest game, a lot of it is repetition. You wont stay glued to your screen for hours on end but as an hour playing here and there it is good enjoyable fun, like I say just not in big doses. The graphics are very nice if not a little dull and the sandbox element of the game is good but when you put it against games like Grand Theft Auto it falls short. It's also a shame to be missing so many big characters from the film and the dialogue from the ones it has isn't the best. Not the greatest of games but if you can get it cheap then why not.

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      14.10.2009 20:20
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      worth a look

      I accidentally purchased this game the other day, while having what the girls at work might describe as a "blonde moment". I had been listening to a (p)review of a game on PC Gamer Podcast ( uk ). They gave it rave reviews and went on and on about the best features and how this sequel was going to blow the first game out of the water. Trouble is, they were talking about Mafia 2, but for some reason I thought they'd said Godfather 2. Id played Mafia and thought it was pants but on their review I was excited by Mafia 2. This transferred over onto Godfather 2. By a stroke of luck though, it is actually quite a good game! Which is nice. Yes, it's another GTA clone, but there are quite a few elements in it which I think give it an edge over most other GTA clones. There are some downsides though too, but ill start this review off by saying, this game got back the excitement for games that I thought I had lost. I've become a little complacent as of late. Bored perhaps. Playing the same games over and over. But this game rekindled the fire so to speak. I find myself thinking about my next "Hit" or take over when I'm not even playing the game. I go to sleep and I can still see shop owners cowering as I smash up their store or rival gang members dying spectacularly as I go on a rampage.



      Right, that out of the way, ill start from the beginning. First off, in case you hadn't guessed already Godfather 2 the game, is based (loosely) on Godfather 2 the film. As such you will find yourself re-enacting or watching scenes from the film replayed before your eyes by its original cast (mostly). The game designers have clearly gone to some length to render the faces of the original actors and as such you will spy the likes of Hyman Roth, Frank Pentangeli, Senator Pat Geary and even Tom Hagen among others. The actors were clearly doing the voices too, which is nice. Most disappointingly, Michael Corleone (played by Al Pacino) is not present (according to wikipedia he refused to allow his likeness/voice to be used), but it doesn't take away from the game too much as the actor used to replace him plays the part well.



      The game starts off in Cuba , as you watch that scene from the film with Hyman Roth being re-enacted. Its very well done, you (playing the character of "Dominic") then have to protect Michael and escape from Cuba . While escaping you are told you will be boss of New York . As such you have to build your crew/family and go about earning money. To do this you shake down local businesses (or "rackets") offering them protection. Usually you are taking them over from rival gangs and because of this you have to provide guards to protect the business in case the other gang tries to take it back. Guards cost money and cut into your take, so you have to balance the books making sure businesses are protected but still making money. Money which will allow you to upgrade yourself and members of your family. Slowly but surely the game lets you recruit more and more people. But you can only have three people running around with you at any one time. So you have to choose carefully. Made men are precious, they can defend (and attack) more efficiently than standard guards and can be a great help to you. Each made man has a different "speciality" demolitions, arson, locking picking/safe cracking, intimidation/bruiser and medic. It is important to choose wisely as they can make a great difference to your job. Some businesses are as small as shop, others as large as a factory. You might be taking on 20 or more rival family guards, so you need to choose your technique carefully. Using stealth with a bruiser for stealth kills or sneaking in the back door with a lock picker or you can just opt to blow up a building and put it out of action. Draining your enemy of funds (and later in the game - upgrades).



      Alongside this revolves a storyline of family war. Taking out rival gangs made men will eventually unlock their "compound" and then you can take out their don and eliminate the threat from that family and make money too. But it takes time to get that far. Families vary in size and each made man (or capo - a soldier higher up in the ranks who has more skills) has to be eliminated in a certain way. So far, there's been a very nice mix indeed. Ive had to strangle, push off roofs, bottle, shoot between the eyes, burn with a Molotov, blow up, pummel and shoot in the face a number of different made men. If you fail to do it in the correct way, the made man will be out of business for a while, as he recovers in hospital, but he will soon be out again and causing you trouble. The way to find out how to kill these soldiers is by helping out members of the public. Random pedestrians will have a sign above their head, you speak to them and they'll have a quest for you, whether its robbing somewhere, smashing up a business, beating someone up or killing someone, once its done they will reward you with the technique to kill your sworn enemy. Kill your way up the family tree until you get to the boss. Its good fun and a nice element in the game.



      You are quickly sent from New York to Florida , for more of the same action and its all fun packed. You soon find that there are "rings" of rackets. Having a collection will get you an upgrade. For example taking over 4 of the same kind of rackets bagged me body armour for me and my men, another got me extra ammo, another extra income. Enemy families will try to snatch one of those businesses back from you and take that advantage away from you. Or they'll simply bomb it to do that temporarily. You will find crooked officials hiding on street corners and alleyways who will help you out with these situations. Do a job for them and get the cops off your back or your bombed businesses rebuilt quickly.



      Look after your men, injured or arrested made men will be useless for a short while, the default is 12 minutes, which might not sound like much, but when you've got a safe to rob, it feels like an eternity. This can be reduced by "upgrading" them. Money allows you to give them extra talents or improve on their skills in an RPG style. Make them a better shot with the pistol and equip them with a deadly one, you'll soon find yourself at an advantage. There are plenty of skills to choose from. You can also choose their (and your) clothes, and facial style. Which is a nice customisation to keep things fresh.



      One of my favourite parts of the game is probably its most brutal (in case you hadn't guessed already, its quite violent). Enemies take quite a few bullets to go down. But you soon find that filling them with Thompson shells will drop them to their knees. If you don't finish them off (by continuing to shoot) they will get back up and keep firing at you, but run up and press "f" (Default) to perform an execution and you can sit back and watch Dominic deal a painful death. There are more than one animation and they vary from gun to gun. For the Thompson he sticks the muzzle in their mouth and pulls the trigger, blowing blood out of the back of their head or he knocks them to the floor, stamps on them and fills their body with bullets. It's gruesome, but rewarding. Perhaps that's just me being twisted?



      This element of the game is one of the key things in the fighting and shooting. There are a lot of things you can do and it is encouraged. For example, when taking over a racket, you have to intimidate the owner. To do this you clearly have to threaten them in some way. A meter shows how threatened they feel, there are two levels, a point at which they will break and another point where they either fight back or die. You want to get your intimidation just right so you can extort but not kill them. You soon find that there is a set "weak point" to which they will break more quickly. Find it and you will be rewarded with 25% more money. For example, some people don't take kindly to being threatened with fire arms, others don't like being strangled, or grabbed and tossed about. Smashing up their property or actually shooting them (in the knee's for example) might work, but its different for each person so you have to carefully try each until you find the right one. Its not essential, but it gets you more reward. You could just go in there, knock ten bells out of them until they gave, then hit E (default) to extort them. Once that's done though, don't forget to put some guards on the property.



      Another nice touch is unarmed; the right mouse buttons swings a right punch, the left button a left punch, both together, a grab. Grab someone and pull the mouse towards you and you will threaten them (which is enough to break some people), hit and hold space to strangle them. Hit another key to pummel their face.



      Police are a nightmare. And if a pedestrian see's you committing a crime they will report you. They have a Red Eye appear above their head, so quickly grab them and threaten them (much the same as you would a shop owner) and break them so they don't say anything. Then make your escape scot free. A nice touch is, a made man with a bruiser speciality will do this job for you. Which saves time.



      The one downside to the game, is the draw distance. Things will suddenly appear out of nowhere before your eyes if you are travelling at speed in a car. Cars, people, tree's. It can be quite frustrating at times and makes the game feel dated, but not so much so to put you off.



      The map interface ("Don's View") is useful and intuitive. Showing properties that are being attacked or ones that you need to take over. Showing up people to talk to and enemy families that need to be killed. Check your own family and switch the made men following you around at your whim/need.



      There seems to be a multiplayer element, but its not being used much, which is disappointing, so this review is based mostly on the single player. I'd recommend it for sure. At least until Mafia 2 comes out! *sniggers*

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      04.10.2009 19:08

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      Awsome Game

      To start i would just like to say this is one game that could beat GTA, for one reason there is more stuff to do in this game, you can also have a gang unlike GTA you are a one man army.

      Anyway enough of comparison, in The Godfather 2 you play as Dominic, Dominic was a loyal soldier of Michael, the son of the don. It is set in the early 1950's and there is lots of drug running, smuggling and killing, LOTS OF IT.

      Early in the game you try and take over a small part of New York and then from there you take your family to Florida, Miami and then to Cuba. The main aim for this game is to try and take over other families businesses and working your way to the top. Once you own all the families businesses you can track down and kill the don and he will always be in his house with his solders.

      The games graphics are good and the gameplay is realistic, you can drive, run, sprint and maybe even swim, I haven't tried yet.

      Overall this game is brilliant and there is a giant world to explore so I defiantly recommend that you buy this.

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      14.09.2009 12:20
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      Poor excuse of a game that is not anywhere close to PS3 standard.

      Ok, first I will say how much I was looking forward to this game once it was announced, having enjoyed the first game so much on PS2 that i got it for my PS3 aswell! I like several others was no doubt slightly concerned by the negative reviews that were starting to appear, and I have to admit that all these negative reviews were well justified. After having played through this game you start to get the feeling that it was incredibly rushed. The graphics are unpolished and nowhere near up to the standard of the PS3. The gameplay is quite simplistic, much of the gameplay is spent either taking over enemy businesses, or having to protect your own businesses that are being attacked. The AI is...pretty poor, thats both friendly and enemy. Enemy AI aren't even a challenge, they use no tactics whatsoever it seems, on my first play through the majority of the AI just stood in the open shooting me, not taking cover, while I took them all out. The friendly AI is unfortunately in a similar vein. The one thing I will say is that I found it quite good that you are able to have a crew and that each crew member has different specialties such as Medic, Safecracker, Demolitions, etc and that you have to think about what you need to do a certain mission. However, the greatest challenge that I found was actually getting the friendly AI to get where I wanted them to go! Alot of the time I would tell them to go somewhere and do something, and they would just stand there, occasionally repeating the very minimal and unfunny dialogue that they possess. This review may sound like I am being harsh but I am really only speaking out of disappointment considering how much I enjoyed the first game. To conclude, The Godfather II is a poor excuse of a sequel that has an unpolished and incomplete feeling all over it, and if you're really looking for a Mafia based game, I would honestly go back and play the first game over again. Thanks for reading.

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      12.09.2009 13:18
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      generally a good game, nothing too special though

      I wasn't overly mipressed by this game on its release, I found it to be of no more fun than gta. However the mafia and mob side of things is different and interesting to play.

      The gameplay is similar enough to other free roaming games like gta and saints row but it is set in a much earlier time period. The best part of the gameplay i like was the ability to build up your family and have 3 right hand men with you that you can train up. You can improve their stats online and offline and give them different weapons and stuff. It makes for a very interesting change being able to play one of these games, and for once to not be fighting alone.

      The ingame vehicles are good, hav egood handling but not very much of a varience through the different models. But then again I was thinking that might be a bit more reflective of the time period of the game, where cars were not possibly all that different in performance.

      The game is quite long and is worth paying a few quid for, ie £20 in my books any more isnt worth this.

      Worth taking a look at, if you don't expect anything from it, then you will be enjoying this game very much.

      The graphics in game are not p to standard for a ps3 game release. Defiantely not some the best looking graphics you'll see, but they are passable, and thre don't seem to be many glitches or graphics problems in the game. So really its not too bad.

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      05.08.2009 16:15
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      For my money, this is the best open world crime-action title yet and far better than GTA

      To begin, I'd just like to say that this is a review I have previously posted on Love Film and am now reproducing here for the benefit of this community :)


      OK, people love GTA.....why? I hate it. Some of them have been fun, but GTA 4 was appaling. Graphicly it was very weak, the choice of colour throughout the game was the worst I have ever seen. The game was dark, the story was long, slow and drawn out, and often directionless.
      So why bring this up? Well, simply, because this game shows how an open world game told from the villains point of view should really work. Throughout this game you mix between fighting with other Mafia families over territory and businesses, finding and recruiting the right men into your family and corrupting government officials of different stature. Yes the progress through the story is linear, but the quality of the story is such that it is barely noticeable, which is understandable as it follows the progress of the film taken from the perspective of a random member of the family never seen in the films. The transition between following story specific missions, and continually building your empire is seemless and everything you do overlaps. The story was well thought out and prepared, things you do because you have to benefit you hugely in the game in general.
      And yet, despite how good and how well paced the story is, it is arguably not the best part of this game. The building of your criminal empire is hugely rewarding. For any of you who have played crackdown, taking over a rival business in this game is very very much like taking out a subboss in Crackdown, only on a somewhat smaller scale. But not always. Some of the businesses that need to be taken over are large warehouses, or you have to trek across 2 or 3 buildings to find where the owner is hidden to 'persuade' him to let you run the racket.
      The combat is simple, but incredibly entertaining. At first it reminds you of any other generic 3rd person shooter, GTA being a prime example. But like GTA4 there is a cover system in place, however I find this one to be much simpler, and much better for it. If its in the way, it blocks you from h itting or being hit, and you can use flat services as sidle cover ala Splinter Cell. This game even allows you choice for how you progress. Take over a business, do you want to order your men in alone? Sure, go ahead. Do you want to order an assault and join it? Yep, thats ok. How about going it alone? Well do you want to go in guns blazing or stealth kills with silenced pistols and garrotte wires? Both are available, or you can choose to go in as a small group, you and 3 of your 'made men' (sergeants for lack of a better word).
      A game like GTA may well have better production values than this, but this game makes you feel far more like you are a crime boss running a criminal empire, rather than just a guy fullfilling missions that involve killing and stealing. Yes, sure you can have your part of running around fullfilling missions in this game, but you can also sit back and let other do the work, and manipulate the game through the management system called Don's View. Here, as the Don of a Mafia family, you can control how your game progresses. It is here you can choose which rival businesses to try to take over, or to bomb to disrupt their income and any bonuses they gained from having that business. You can also manage your own businesses to a degree. Choose how many men you want to place on a business to guard it, choose to add made men or not to boost their defence. The Don's View is essentially an overview of how your game is progressing, and from here you can see what you need to helpy our empire grow. It is not overly in depth but is very useful, meaning you can take abreak from the constant action to manage things. A nice dichotomoy between two distinctly different playing styles that ultiamtely makes a very absorbing game.

      My only gripe with this game is that it is pretty short. However I enjoyed myself immenseley from start to finish in the 15 hours it took me to complete everything. By comparison I put about 6 hours into GTA4 and was intensely bored.

      Overall, I can't praise this game enough, and can't help but wonder that it must be the pulling power of the name and the production values involved that has given rise to the higher praise that GTA4 recieves. A travesty really as GTA4 was not a great game, and this is far superior. It is a crying shame that EA have announced they are not making any more games in this series.

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      23.07.2009 22:12

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      overall worth purchase

      When I got this game I was quiet anxious, in the period between me purchasing the game off amazon and it arriving to my home, I had began to recieve negative reviews about it from both by friends who had already played it and online game sites, and so I began to ponder that I may have waisted £40.

      And at first when I played the game I began to see why game had recieved such a poor reputation.

      First of all the graphics where what you would expect of a playstation 2, not the latest bluray technology and you cannot help but compare the game to the GTA series and feel disapointed in the fact that there is no real story lines emerging in the missions.

      But then you realise that this game was not made to show off the hd technology of the ps3 but instead trails through the fascinating era in history that is the cuban revolution, it enables us to enter the mind of a mafioso, as you tatically attack businesses to extort the best possible amount of money and build up your mafia family.

      it also has a collection of execution styles to carry out on your 3d enemys.

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      17.07.2009 11:57
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      Play it. Go on. Do it.

      I was a massive fan of the first Godfather game on the ps2, so when i saw they were releasing the Godfather 2 on the ps3, i couldn't wait to play it. I managed to find a copy on the internet for under £20, but while i was waiting for it to arrive, i read some pretty poor reviews of the game regarding graphics and playability.

      Now i've been playing it on/off for a couple of months, i can say that most of these reviews are correct, but it hasn't prevented me from playing and enjoying and it shouldn't stop anyone else either!
      The good points are (deep breath) that it allows you to achieve more in terms of the family, wiping out other families, promoting men, unlocking weapons and businesses, little plot stories to explain what is happening, different scenery and buildings, florida, cuba, being able to hold conversations with people, skill upgrades, taking over rival homes..and the list goes on.
      The bad points are that the graphics have not improved since the first game, which i thought would be a definate on the ps3. The only other bad point is the constant glitches. It's as though the game is not fully complete. The other night my character entered a house and got stuck between the kitchen table and the door. I couldn't move him, so the only way out was to drop a dynamite and blow myself out the way! Also, the difficulty levels are not too challenging, but the volume of combat and action means this is not such a bad thing.

      Overall, give it a go. Leave your assumptions and expectations at home and you will be delighted with it. If you're expecting too much, then give it time as the game gets a lot better as you carry on playing.

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      30.06.2009 17:36

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      Good game will keep you occupied for hours.

      As a fan of the first Godfather Game I was expecting more of the same and I wasn't disappointed. Take control of your character as he makes his way up through the family until you finally become the Don.
      It is great. Extort business's blow them up do what ever you like no one can touch you.
      You'll have great fun killing off all of you rival families finally becoming all powerful.
      There is a great story running through the game which I think follows the basic outline of the film of the same name.
      If there is a downside to this game it is that it becomes easier as you get through the game because your family becomes stronger and they can be utilised to do some jobs for you.

      I short I really liked this game although the story line could have been longer and possible a little harder to complete.

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      21.05.2009 21:40
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      Very good

      With Godfather 2 you should basically think GTA but with a mob

      This game is all about taking over rackets (businesses) in order to become the Godfather of the game world. To do this you will also need money and you dont just get this from taking over businesses, you can rob banks and use you mob members to the best of their a buildings by ordering to blow things up, cut phone lines or torch a place, depending on their skills

      The game has a good storyline but didnt exceed my expectations but it does keep in line with the film.

      The game is quite large but not as large as you feel it should be. It cosists of 3 different cities which you must take over and defeat the other mobs to win but they are all quite small. Being used to GTA and Saints row i expected them to be abit bigger.

      The ability to have up to 3 of you 'made men' to fight by your side is a great bonus. You can upgrade their abilities and weapons to make them more effective in battle and actually pull their weight. Maybe not as much as you but they do get a few kills. Also you can send them in to a place to fight without you meaning you can be defending your own turf while they take another.

      The cars in the game are a little dissapointing as there are not many of them and there is little difference between their performance (other than if you have a truck etc) but they do what you want them to do and are quite easy to control.

      Not being able to jump most things often becomes a problem and frustrating. This is because it makes almost everything into a maze even though you could probably step over it in real life

      The Online gameing im a little indecisive on.

      The overall playing online is limited in the fact that its close quarters nearly all the time and feel very similar no matter what type of game you are playing. Especially as all the maps are sections of the single player game, it doesnt really feel new and fresh.
      However i like the fact that it links with the single player game and that you can make you 'made men' better by playing as them online, giving them better weapons skill (increasing their weapons licence). Also you can find and then buy weapons upgrades for you men (depending on their weapons licence) so they are more effective online as well as in single player.

      Overall a very good game and i really enjoyed it. I would give it 5 stars but the online play isnt as good as i expected and the pure stupidity of not having a jump button. I would definately have a play though if you like games such as GTA and Saints Row.

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        16.05.2009 23:54
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        Not quite GTA4 but still great

        When I first said to hubbie about getting the The Godfather II game on the Playstation 3, he thought I was mad. After all the original game was so dire it ended up on eBay within a week of being bought!! However, reading the computer mags and looking at the screenshots, it looked like EA who made it had learnt from their past mistakes and gone for a more GTA / Saints Row style.

        You start the game by creating your own mobster character - Height, build, facial expressions etc - I took great delight in creating on that looked like hubbie!! You then get to set out on your quest to become the Godfather....

        You have to recruit members into your crew - you get to interview them by choosing what questions to ask, to establish what skills they have, before deciding whether to allow them in. I would recommend you get a doctor on your crew as soon as possible to revive you during those tougher missions!!!

        The 3D map is a unique feature to the game, and you travel across the US and Cuba as you strive for domination. You make money by running 'businesses' - extortions rackets, drug dealing, prostitution - lots of legitimate stuff!!! You have to try and take over other peoples businesses by torturing them until they give them up. You need to make sure you don't kill the business owners though as otherwise you won't make any money!! Once you have taken other a site, rival firms will try and take them off of you, so make sure your crew is big enough to defend them!!

        The quickest way to get rid of your enemies is to find what their weak spots are - for instance some are weaker to throttling than a bullet to the head!! Certain bosses can only be killed in a certain way, and if you do not kill them the right way then they will be miraculously cured in hospital!!!

        The game is not perfect - it will probably keep you going for a couple of weeks at most, depending on how much you play! Like the film, the game is set in the seventies, and I spent many minutes wandering the streets looking for a phone box - oh those days before mobile phones!!!

        The Godfather II is available to buy on Amazon for £29.46. It is rated 18, and with many violent scenes and lots of colourful language, it is not one to play in front of the kids!!

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      On the eve of the Cuban revolution, a major mob meeting in Havana takes a bloody turn. The Don of your family is killed, and you must take the reigns and lead your battered organization. Success breeds opportunity, so when Michael Corleone comes under investigation by a Senate Committee on Organized Crime, the Corleone Family calls upon you to reestablish its operation in New York and expand into a new territory - Miami. Build up your arsenal, build alliances, and make whatever deals you need to as you fight off attacks and strike back at your rivals. There'll be a price on your head and a target on your back, but don't take it personally. After all, it's only business