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Scheduled release date:

February 2009




EA Redwood Shores

Number Of Players:

1 (2-16 Online)



The original Godfather title was a solid, open-world crime adventure that should’ve appealed to fans of the legendary movie series, but EA is taking it up a notch with the sequel, scheduled to release in February. In fact, we dare say that if EA gets this one right, it could prove to be even better than Saints Row 2 and worthy of any GTAIV fan’s attention. EA says, “Act like a mobster, think like a Don,” and if you can adopt this philosophy for The Godfather II, you will become a vice-ridden God among men, you will own the city, and other so-called roughnecks will be forced to bow in respect. You step into the shoes of Dominic, who is coincidentally working for Aldo Trapani, the protagonist in the original title. But although you will start out low on the totem pole, you will have the opportunity rise through the underground ranks, provided you have the physical and mental fortitude. This game is about diligent intimidation; it’s about strategically enforcing your will and forging enough friendships to guard you against your numerous enemies.

Sure, you’ll start off running errands for the head honchos – Grand Theft Auto fans are quite familiar with this position – but you will soon have more responsibility. But much like the open-ended feel of the game, EA has added a branching storytelling aspect that relies on your character’s responses when queried at certain points. Key plot-changing moments will allow you to select one of four possible responses, and this will have a direct impact on your immediate future, so don’t make any rash decisions! Either way, your ultimate goal remains the same, and you’re going to need help. You will be able to employ up to seven men to assist you in your underhanded pursuits, and each one of them will have their own personality and set of skills. There will be medical and explosives experts, and don’t be surprised to see that some men excel in the art of “physical negotiating,” which would simply translate to “muscle” in common street slang. Not only can you improve your own statistics, you can increase the stats of your comrades-in-arms as well, which means that much like a strategy or RPG title, you’ll have to keep a close eye on your entire group.

No matter where you go, there should be something to do and someone to extort. There’s everything from racketeering to prostitution to drugs to occupy your time, and if you want to get your dirty little hands in as many illegal profit-making schemes as possible, you have to be active. Once your own crime ring gains control, you can nab one of the eleven bonuses available in the game; each of these bonuses makes life easier for your crew, like the addition of armored cars for safer drive-bys. Your ever-strengthening grip on the city will include businesses that need to pony up the cash if they want to keep operating, but you can’t ever turn your back on freshly captured territories. Thing is, you won’t be the only tough guy on the block, so as soon as you step on someone’s toes and take over a particular area, the rival family will want revenge. And this brings us to another strategy aspect of the game: if you want to keep your stranglehold on a business or crime ring in a certain area of the city, you’ll have to place guards at that location. And if you lose what you initially won, your hard-earned bonus disappears, as does the added benefit of the ill-gotten income.

As for the battle mechanic, it seems EA is trying a little something new. The right and left shoulder buttons will control your right and left arm, and if you use both arms, you can grab hold of a foe. Combine this with the right analog stick, and you can really inflict some pain. You can knock him about and even toss him into something hard (say, a wall?), and if you want to get really nasty, it’s time to break out the firearms. You will find a free-aim system in The Godfather II, which lets you pinpoint particular parts of an opponent’s body; you can shoot out their kneecaps to cause them to buckle, or you can shoot their arms to get them to drop their weapons. When you’re holding a weapon and you’re close to a violent dissenter, you will have the option of performing an execution-style kill, and this is also governed by the right analog stick. The type of kill will be dependent on the position of the victim (whether he’s standing or not) and the weapon in your hand, so you can expect some pretty nasty results if you’re carrying something especially devastating. But such is the world when you opt to be part of a crime family, right? This brutality shouldn’t be surprising.

As for the weapons themselves, they will advance along with you and your allies. You will be able to find higher level weapons – a Lv. 3 Tommy Gun is obviously more effective than a Lv. 2 Tommy Gun – but you can also level ‘em up yourself, provided you’ve got the resources. All that money you drag in from your various crime rings and business payoffs can be used to upgrade your firearms; as gaming veterans might expect, you’ll be able to increase aspects like damage inflicted. It appears that the purpose of the game centers squarely on your ability to gain and hold control over as much of the city as possible, and all without dying in a shootout with the flatfoots. We haven’t heard much about how the cops will act in this one, but perhaps they’re as open to corruption as politics and industry, so you could gain an advantage there, too. You’ll have to recruit effectively, hope your crew can hold their own, and we get the feeling that if you attempt to expand your empire too quickly, everything can collapse in record time. Essentially, you have to be both patient and ambitious. This is a balancing act that some gamers have never been able to grasp…

Anyway, The Godfather II is scheduled to release some time this February, and we’re very encouraged based on our research. The original title was really quite entertaining, and only a few significant technical glitches kept it from becoming a purchase-worthy title. With all the upgrades and enhancements we’re finding in the sequel, we could be in for a fantastically in-depth and satisfying experience. EA already proved they could do something special this generation with Dead Space, so why can’t they do it again?

11/25/2008 Ben Dutka

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 10:22:55 PM

I never really liked this game.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 10:56:24 PM



"i aM hOMe"

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 10:57:17 PM

I will read the review with interest, but I think I speak for many, the focus will be Killzone 2.


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Sunday, November 30, 2008 @ 3:45:16 AM


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Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 11:54:48 PM

Ah,w/e it doesn't actually matter for me,@ dat time i'll b busy with k2.I'll not even attend ma university classes.Just play,eat n play.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 11:56:55 PM

It's interesting how the storyline turns out to be and what's it based on, because the first one was based on the movie (obviously)

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008 @ 12:00:33 AM

Hey Sora, no, didnt buy it yet waiting for POP after that i will surely do. Thanx for the suggestions by the way)))

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008 @ 2:03:09 AM

lol the first godfather was crap. And I mean crap. 4 cars in the whole game? Wtf, how hard is it to make at least a few more.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008 @ 5:29:03 AM

if this is anything like the first
it will flop big time.
i always liked the concept just not the game.
looking up to the review.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008 @ 5:35:11 AM

It looks nothing like The Godfather Part II, more like Scarface if anything.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008 @ 12:24:33 PM

the only things which interest me at the moment are:
LBP; possibly
and HAWX; again possibly.
I'm looking for other interestng things though, so this could, and very much so, could be an option.

Last edited by Zorigo on 11/26/2008 12:25:17 PM

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008 @ 1:02:47 PM

Stick it on my list of get buys for 2009, God Of War 2, Killzone 2 and now Godfather 2.
Unchartered 2 will be there too if it gets released in 2009. Almost forgot RE5 too.

Least November is almost over and the madness that surrounded it with all those games being released being thrown at us. Only Resistance 2 is left for me and thats 1 more day away.

Presume loads have clocked it already as it's been out in America already. Cant wait to play it.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008 @ 1:40:34 PM

dont forget assassins creed 2 :)

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Thursday, November 27, 2008 @ 5:06:10 AM

This game i can wait, loved the first godfather game so if this is an improvement, i think it will be amazing. Awesome!

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Saturday, January 17, 2009 @ 8:46:18 AM

I NEARLY finished the first one, and while the graphics blew and there were too few cars, it truly had its moments, mostly due to the voice acting by some original cast members. But the game itself was WAY too tasky and repetitious. I lost interest after taking down 2 crime families because I could no longer face doing it all again two more times.

Not sure what to think about this one, though. Looks promising, but I DON'T like the fact that it uses the Godfather name, when it seems to have nothing to do with the original books or movies. Am I being too much of a purist here?

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