Conclusion: The Godfather: The Game succeeds much more than it fails and for that EA should be commended, not only for making an acceptable videogame based off of an acclaimed movie, but because they did with The Godfather - a film many movie critics believe to be one the finest. There are elements missing and there are certain mechanics that could have been better produced, but for the most part it’s a fun and exciting experience that you won’t soon forget.
Excerpt: For those who don't know or haven't guessed, this is the game based on the original Godfather films (which for anyone that hasn't seen them, you must watch). You are taken under the wing of Don Vito Corleone, or The Godfather as he's known, leader of the Corleone family and the head of one of the nation’s most famous criminal organizations.
Conclusion: While the background of the game is straight from the book and movie, The Godfather game spins it into a well-woven plot with plenty of mafia twists and turns (and a heaping helping of gunplay and bloodshed) that leads you down the path from lowly street thug to ascension to the ultimate king of the streets in charge of the Corleone cartel itself as it battles rival mobs in the War of the Five Families for control of New York City.
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.
Summary: I know what you are thinking—The Godfather is one of the best (if not the best) damn movie of all time! It is blasphemy that they even think about making a game out of it. I thought the exact same thing about it at first as well. If you can get past that though, those deep seeded feelings, and see the game for what it is, it does follow the movie, and book pretty well, and hopefully this is just the first of a series of Godfather inspired games to come.
Pros: The Godfather movie is a masterpiece and this is flattery.
Cons: Can get really hard, some slowdown problems, can be confusing.
Excerpt: People are quick to decry sandbox games as GTA-clones, myself included. I can name half a dozen awful games in recent years that emulated the Grand Theft Auto formula, but with something on the order of 100% less success. It seems to be a little too easy to throw a wholly unappealing villainous protagonist into a game, add a few open-ended missions, and call it "finished." the (somewhat awkwardly titled) The Godfather: The Game is not one of those games.