Excerpt: When I sat down to begin reviewing The Godfather II , EA's latest installment of Francis Ford Coppola's legendary screen trilogy, I was a bit leery. Despite the critical praise heaped upon its predecessor, The Godfather , which I played on the Xbox 360 back in 2006, I was not overly impressed. To me, the initial game attempted to mesh a Grand Theft Auto style sandbox play with a well-delineated movie script and the result was, again in my opinion, less than satisfying.
Excerpt: While the Godfather name may help Godfather II sell a few more copies, it doesn't help the overall player experience. The original installment took criticism for attaching itself too deeply to the movie's plot, resulting in a story that felt too convenient. While The Godfather II features a mostly original plot, placing you as a Don in the Corleone crime family under Michael, it still crosses over into the movie's plot.
Excerpt: Version Tested: Xbox 360 The first two Godfather movies are widely acknowledged to be among the best American films of all time. The videogame Godfather, on the other hand, was just an above-average licensed game. Still, even coming close to living up to the Godfather name is an impressive achievement, and EA hopes to do it again with The Godfather II.
Excerpt: The Godfather is one of those franchises EA was really counting on. The first game was released back in early 2006 on Xbox and PS2, and it borrowed quite a bit from Grand Theft Auto . It immediately went on to at least partially disappoint just about everyone, even as it was ported to the current gen of consoles.
Excerpt: Let's not kid ourselves, but the first Godfather game EA put out wasn't exactly great. The PlayStation 3 version was even worse, marred with flaws that were typical in PS3 ports back then. So when a sequel was announced, expectations were low to many of us. But upon finally playing the game, all of that changed. I first had the chance to sample Godfather II about a month ago when EA paid New York City a visit and I liked what I saw.
Excerpt: With The Godfather II being considered one of the greatest movie sequels of all time, EA has a lot to live up to in its video game sequel of the same name. The opening sequence starts you off at Hymen Roth's birthday party in Cuba during the final days of Fulgencio Batista's rule.