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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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      30.10.2009 16:38
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      Not too bad but not the best

      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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      28.10.2009 12:28
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      If you were to ask me to give a brief commentary on what The Godfather films are about I'd be looking at you slightly clueless! Apparently, according to fellow players of this game it is loosely based on them. Naturally when my brother bought this, it would only be a matter of time before I had a try. Despite the fact that shooting and killing characters does not appeal to me in the slightest.

      You play the role of Dominic, a man which you can slightly customise at the beginning. Once you've done that it's time to actually start playing. The aim? Simply to take over the businesses of New York. You can intimidate the owners till they hand over money whilst trying not to go too far. Manys the time when I've killed an owner-well executed them really and have had to retry later on.

      There are different ways you can go about doing this depending on what they are vulnerable to. Shaking them by the throat or maybe just shooting them in the foot does quite well for me. You do have to be careful those because sometimes you have no choice other than killing innocent citizens due to the fact that they are calling in police forces. However you can bribe these officers to give you a bit of space.

      When you want to appoint people to join your crew you will be able to see them as they have a shield shape with what looks like an S to me, although it could be a dollar sign. Pressing the Y button gets you an interview with them, showing if they are suitable for the job. I haven't managed to get very many characters to join me as I can't find them! You can use these people to guard your establishments or just tag along with you as cover.

      There is a lot of blood in this game and I find that I die quite a lot. The people shooting at you tend to have quite a good aim and when you haven't got many obstacles to hide behind it can make things a bit difficult. There is swearing involved and our Mum and Gran were less than impressed with what is sometimes being said so bear that in mind. As for the graphics, these are quite good. The cars and people running about are better than some games I've played. The vehicles can also cause damage to your health so don't go standing in front of them.

      Overall I found this game quite good once I'd got the hang of it. Sometimes you find that these styles can be a bit repetitive but in this case I had a lot more choices and it was interesting what kinds of places I have started to own. Yes I may not be a big fan of these games but for some reason this one I really did enjoy playing. I guess if you like The Godfather you may like playing it but if you really don't enjoy the shooting games then I wouldn't bother. For me I find it quite difficult but then I don't get to use the Xbox 360 very often and am not that great with working out the buttons as I keep forgetting what they do. You can get it for £24.99 from Amazon.

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        07.08.2009 22:27

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        Excellent gameplay

        Another excellent game where i dont know where to begin there is so much to talk about ! The first thing would be the story line in the game, it is almost similar the the movie ! when you begin the game you feel like you are the character which you pick, as you are able to choose what the character looks whether that is the colour of your characters hair, or the facial features of the character. the game is set in 3 different islands, new york, florida and also cuba. players will have to expand their different businesses and expanding their crime rings. using the new 'don's view' feature, you are able to take over business, control them, and also protect them by adding your own men (soldiers) to the fronts of the businesses to protect them from rival families trying to attempt to takeover your businesses/crime rings.

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        01.08.2009 11:52
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        Stick with GTA.

        The Godfather 2 is the sequel to first game and to the movies, is this game set to be a classic like the films that came before it.

        In this game you play as Dominic, you pretty much are tasked with taking over your rival families empires, in this game you will travel to three open world environments which include New York, Miami and Havana. The story itself is rather basic and forgettable.

        The story missions are also a little disappointing as they are rather dull and uninspired requiring you to do what you've been tasked with in multiple GTAs!

        The gameplay is somewhat interesting as you would expect you get a decent variety of firearms but you'll probably just stick with the iconic Tommy gun (Thompson), the gunplay is fairly satisfying and you do have a good range of melee attacks to use aswell.

        You can recruit a family in the game and have up to three of them follow you around and help you out and each has his own speciality like a medic and a demolitions expert.

        You'll have to take over rival families businesses to progress anywhere in this game, after you've got the lot for yourself you may also get bonuses like more damage and armoured cars to drive around in as well as some cash too.

        Once you've got all the families businesses you can take them down at their base, all you do is get in plant a bomb and boom. The game is repetitive though as you have to do this same thing over and over and over..

        If you're a Godfather fan then you probably already have this, if not then stick to one of the better free roaming action titles such as Grand Theft Auto 4.

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        29.07.2009 16:44

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        Enjoyable game all in all with some nice features, just a little repetitive

        The Godfather II (Xbox 360), this game is another gta type game, however I found it very enjoyable. THe feature I especially liked was that you can recruit your own gang members depending on the job you need to do ( for example you need a safe cracker in your crew if you need to break into a safe), another nice feature with this is that you can promote your 'made men' up in the hierarchy as you get deeper into the game this gives them extra life and more skills that you can use on missions. A large part of the game is the standard take an area and defend it from attackers type of deal, however unlike gta where I found it rather tedious to have to stop what I was doing and go and defend an area, on this game you can send your gang over to do the fighting for you whilst you carry on with your business which i thought was a nice feature.
        The downfall in thsi game i thought is that it becomes very repetitive, basically there are several families each with their own hierarchy and you work your way from bottom to top killing them in order to weaken the final boss in his mansion.
        All in all a good game with some nice features but does get rather repetitive towards the end

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        08.07.2009 16:47
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        Mostly the Godfather 2 is a good fun game to play.

        Firstly, the storyline is good, not great. Generally, it remains in keeping with the film and whilst this is good for those who are a fan of the films it does not make it ideal for gaming. I found the story a little short and dissapointing - mainly due to the fact that compared to the other games of its type (GTA 4 and Saints Row) it was no where near as good. Basically, the game is split into three cities - you have to take over each one by eliminating the other gangs within the city.

        The gameplay itself is great and offers a lot of stuff that GTA 4 simply doesn't offer. The objective of Godfather is different - in this you are trying to finacially dominate, not simply kill for revenge. As a result you are able to pull of bank jobs, take over businesses, destroy businesses by ordering people to burn it down or cut phone lines. In this wat it's great because it's a lot more tatical and so offers a lot more.
        One huge complaint I have is the controls - generally their OK but you are not able to jump over small obstacles in the enviroment and it can get extremely tedious continually having to find a way round them.

        The background and scenery is very good - the retro style of the houses and vehicles is really inkeeping with godfather theme and I love the feel of it. However, the map is no where near as big as GTA 4 and so in this sense it is a bit of a dissapoinment.
        Similarly, the online confines you to a small segment of the campaign map and so it can feel quite constricting.

        One amazing thing about the game is the fact you are able to bring your own group of 3 people with you - you can upgrade them with new weapons and skills and really create your own unique team for your own style of playing.

        Overall it is good but seems worse when compared to the likes of GTA 4 and Saints Row.

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        21.05.2009 20:39
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        Very good and alot of fun

        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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        19.05.2009 16:45
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        A great follow up to the 2006 original.

        The Godfather II-An offer you won't refuse

        Back in 2006, EA games released The Godfather on older platforms, a game based on what most consider the best movie ever. It was a worthy feat that despite being under so much pressure of living up to the hype of the film that the game was actually quite high in quality, mixing an open-world structure with story missions, taking over buisnesses and more. Now, three years later, and EA Redwood (creators of Dead Space) are now making us an offer we can't refuse in the form of The Godfather II. With GTA IV revolutioning the sandbox genre, and Saints Row 2 and Crackdown also adding some fun to mix things up, does The Godfather II make an impact or is it just sleeping with the fishes of mediocre games in the bargin bins?

        The Godfather II starts you with making your custom character. However, you will be taking the role of Dominic, your created character. After an attack in Cuba, one of the main bosses of the Don Corleone family is sniped in the chest, meaning there is an open spot for a Don in the familiy. The Don of Corelones', Micheal, picks Dominic to lead this family and it's not long before you start hiring crew members into your family. The story could have been intergrated more into the game. It's not that the characters are bad-they're fantastic, and the game's story isn't bad either, but you will get the sense that it could have been better placed into the game, and it doesn't really related to the second Godfather film. Still, enjoyable characters and writing help the story above mediocrity.

        Godfather II feels like a different beast to the first game. Now, this time it's about control. Whereas taking over Rackets and stores was more of a side mission in Godfather, here they are much more of a necessity. It's all goverened by the fantastic new Don's View. When you press Start, a 3D map will come onto the screen, showing you which buisnesses belong to you, what ones don't, and which other ones you need to take over to complete a crime ring. When you take over every buisness in one Crime Ring, you will get added bonuses, for example, take over all the jewlers across the three cities and you will get bulletproof vests. Obviously, the other families will be mad that you've taken their buisnesses and will try to take them back, and if they suceed the crime ring will be broken.

        The main objective in The Godfather II is to eliminate the other rival families. To do this, you must take over every buisness of one rival family as well as assassinate some of their made men. To do this, you must perform favors for certain people with a key over their head, and once that's done, you must kill the made man in a certain way to permenantly eliminate them, for example, strangle the life out of them or shoot them in the knee then in the head. This system can be inconsistent, once I only took out two made men and could defeat the families, but another I killed about seven. Still, it's an interesting way and is always fresh as you can never kill two made men in the same way. Once you've taken over all of the families' buisnesses and killed enough made men, you can then travel to the family compound and blow up the place. After that, the family is history.

        A big part of Godfather II is taking control. Like the first game, intimidation is a better weapon than your fists or guns. The only way to take over a buisness is to scare the owner enough to let you have it. First, you take out the body guards, which is usually an easy affair. After that you can intimidate the owner in a nubmer of ways-smashing up their buisness, beating them up or beating up their customers. Careful though-if you push an owner too far then they won't pay up, though you can try again by just leaving the store. This system works well still, as the feeling of power you get from intimidating a boss into giving you money remains. This time however, it's a neccesity as the only way to get to a rival gang is to take over all of their buisnesses.

        Thankfully, Godfather II is much more accesible than the first Godfather. If a rival family tries to take over your buisness, you can send some crew members to stop that and usually they are sucessful. Also, rival take overs happen one at a time, meaning you get a break and don't need to be on edge of multiple buisnesses being taken over. Once you've started hireing more crew members, you could problably defend and take over buisnesses at the same time. Also, rather than throwing a huge open world at you, the Godfather II is split up into three cities-New York, Florida and Cuba. Each are more bitesized open worlds-but added together and you have quite a big open world in a much more 'easy to swallow' style. Plus, each city is wildly different, from the gritty streets of New York to the bright underbelly of Florida.

        Obviously, being a Don, you have a family behind your back. At first, you won't have many crew members-just enough to get by, but once you start premoting old crew members and then hiring new ones, your family will grow until you fill up all the 9 slots for your family. There is quite some depth to which members you pick as each crew member comes with a special skill. Medics can heal you when you're downed in combat, demolition experts can blow things up, safe crackers can pick safes and certain locks and engineers can cut fences and blow up fuse boxes to cut electricity. You can have three crew members with you at once, and choosing the right members can help you in combat or hinder you, though you can switch crew members on the fly during gameplay. The A.I. for the crew members is mostly good, but sometimes there is hilarity as they try to get into a car and run around it about ten times.

        Combat in Godfather II is mostly identical to the first game. It uses the same lock-on system where by pressing the left trigger you can lock onto an enemy and with the right trigger you can fire. It's a good system, though a lack of free aim is disappointing as except for the sniper rifle, immediately pressing the left trigger will lock onto an enemy. You can take cover behind certain objects by pressing the right analog stick, which works well. The weapons you get are great like the shotguns which can take enemies out in one hit, Molotovs which cause huge explosions and sniper rifles which take enmies down like flies. The enemy A.I. in combat is passable, though rarely does the combat strain you and if you have a medic, you rarely die anyways as they usually revive you before the minute is up that they can revive you in. The Blackhand combat returns, which still makes great use of the analog stick. You can choke people to death, smack their head in with a baseball bat and perform gory finishers like kicking someones' head in, which is shocking.

        Unfortunately, a problem arises once you've completed the game. Once you've taken over all the families, there aren't any enemies to encounter, meaning your buisnesses will be safe and there is no combat. There aren't any side missions aside from favours but when there are no enemies-what's the point in doing favours which can help with combat? The only real thing to do in solo play once you've finished the story missions is to go and find every safe as well as any higher-tier weapons you may have missed on your first time through. It's a shame there isn't more to do once you've completed Godfather II, because the first game kept you busy for 20 hours+ whereas you'll be lucky to get over 12 hours of gameplay. On top of that, most of the achievements will come on your first playthrough, like taking over every crime ring and defeating every family. You will probably get 1000 gamerscore on your first time through, though if you're like me you'll be on 970 as one of the achievement's is glitched.

        Thankfully, there is a solid multiplayer component to back up the single player. There are four modes of play including team deathmatch (standard killfest) as well as Demolition assault where the demolition expert must blow up all the enemy points, firre starter where the arsonist must burn propane tanks and more to rack up points and Safe cracker where that specialist must crack the most safes and get the most points to win. You'll play as one of your crew members from the game, and suceeding in the multiplayer can help upgrade your character in the single player mode. You can also play as the Don in multiplayer, as you're like a spectacting camera on a multiplayer game like Gears of War 2 where you can scroll around the map and help your team mates by giving enemy positions and more. You can also reward them with perks for suceeding, like bullet proof vests. Unfortunately, it's a bit boring as you can't exactly do much aside from just scroll around the map and give perks to team mates. Still, multiplayer is a good bit of fun.

        Graphically, Godfather II is a definate improvement over the first game which looked muddy, bland and technically lacking. The environments are detailed and coloured differently depending on where you are. So if you're in New York, there is more of a coffee-stain colour pallette going on, while in Florida buildings are bright and neon is plentiful. There is a day-night cycle by its rarely noticable so to speak. The character models look good with great facial and movement animations especially during cutscenes. However, the game does still look a bit flat in some places-sometimes environments are bland and boring and it does look a little rough in some places. However, the driving physics are great as is the handling, and the game rarely suffers from slowdown or other graphical issues, making it a polished game visually.

        The sound is top quality. The voice acting is consistently strong, and you'll notice Robert Duvall returns from the films to voice Tom Hagen in the game, which is great. The music score is excellent, complementing the action whenever it's peaceful or violent. The sound effects are also high quality, like the sounds of smacking someone in the head with a baseball bat, which will send shivers down your spine. The gun effects are quality, packing a great punch and adding some flavour to combat. The only part which lets down a bit is the writing, which can come off as a bit cheesy and a forced way to try and compete with the epic second film. Yet, it doesn't dampen too much because everything else about the sound is of such high quality.

        Is Godfather II good, bad or ugly?

        The Godfather II is a great sequel, though it's questionable in some places as to whether it lives up to the film in the way it should. It actually doesn't borrow many events from the film, meaning some people may find this distasteful. Yet, you can't deny that Godfather II is a solid open-world action game with tons of mob fun to be had. The graphics have improved, the gameplay is more accesible and more fun, the sound is fantastic and the new multiplayer component will add more hours of time. If you're looking for a new game to keep you busy until the flush of new games comes later this year, then definately give Godfather II a go.

        Controls: 9
        Gameplay: 8
        Graphics: 8
        Sound: 10
        Value: 8
        Overall: 8.6

        The Godfather II was released on April 9th, 2009 for the Xbxo 360, Playstation 3 and PC. It is rated 18+ for very strong bloody violence and strong language and can be bought for around £40.

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          13.05.2009 18:16

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          For a quick fun game definatly buy it

          After waiting for so long for the follow up of the original Godfather game, it is here. It starts off in Cuba trying to follow the films plot and having to get Michael out of the hell hole that is a revolution, once you are safely in New York the game starts. You get to build up your own family this time and as the game progresses get to expand the family, the only downside of this is that you can only ever take 3 of your men with you but this normally is enough as the fights and gun fights are fairly easy but this does not take it away from the fun. The game tries to play alongside the film but not much comparison to it. The game eventually allows you to get to Florida and Cuba but all in all it is a short game as once completed all the tasks all you have to do is take over the business which is a bit boring.

          The multiplayer aspect of the game isn't that good and got very bored of it, it is men to build up your henchmen stats but there is no point to this as they are fairly strong in the game anyway.

          I did enjoy this game it is quite fun even if it was not very long

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          08.05.2009 19:09
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          Overall great game with more plus's than minuses

          The follow up to the first Godafther game is finally here. After thoroughly enjoying the first offering I was hoping the follow up would be at least as good. Thankfully I was not disappointed. The new game sees you playing the character of Dominic, who just so happens to be the underboss of the character you play as in the first game. This time round you have control over your own family, being able to choose the people you recruit and the skills they have. Whereas in the first game you could only have one henchman, this time around you can have up to three followers. This makes it easier when attacking other families property but not too easy so it still feels like a challenge. The game pretty much follows the story from the film with appearances from Michael, Fredo and more of the main characters. The Godfather II plays better than its predecessor, is a larger game and gives you many more activities to complete. It isn't the best game in the world but if you're looking for an enjoyable shooter with a good story or liked the first game I would thoroughly recommend The Godfather II

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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