Excerpt: Whatever you think of Electronic Arts, you can't argue that they make games that appeal to a large audience. The Godfather is the company's latest movie-licensed video game and it's received the usual treatment from those who believe EA contribute nothing good to the industry, with some reactions being a tad over the top.
Gory game may satisfy movie's fans -- adults only.
Common Sense Media
16 June 2007
Summary: Parents need to know that this game far surpasses the violence in Francis Ford Coppola's mob masterpiece. The game features 22 execution styles; enemies can be "kneecapped" and "wallpapered." Players spend most of their time slapping around local shopkeepers and attempting to intimidate them into paying protection money. All of this is in addition to the standard Grand Theft Auto template of carjackings, violence against innocents, and cop-killing.
Excerpt: After showing you as a child witnessing your father being gunned down by a rival mob boss, the game picks up at the beginning of the first film. At the wedding of Don Vito Corleone's daughter, your mother asks for him to bring you into the family. Since the head of the family cannot refuse a request on the day of his daughter's wedding, he accepts, and places you under the tutelage of Luca Brasi.
Excerpt: EA Games made an interesting and daring move when they decided to publish the videogame recreation of the 1973 classic film, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The GodfatherÃ¢â‚¬?. As a family-friendly company, EA faced a tough decision in making an authentic experience but also one that didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t allow or encourage ruthless, brutal violence. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve done just that, and also recaptured the beauty of freedom found in todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s open-world Ã¢â‚¬Å“Grand Theft Auto clonesÃ¢â‚¬?.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: The Godfather may miss a few of the film's minor plot details, and the lack of Al-Pachino's distinctive persona may be too devastating for certain hardcore fanatics to accept. But EA has certainly done a great job of capturing the overall style of the film, along with creating a well put-together city-roaming adventure, with all the polish you expect from the games giant. This is definitely one of the better urban games out there.
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