Based on the 1972 film of the same name, The Godfather immerses you in the dangerous world of the Mafia. The game features GTA style gameplay, a new storyline, and voice-acting by original cast members.
The Godfather puts you into the action of the legendary films, letting you relive the defining moments of the Corleone family. After a life of small-time jobs and petty thefts, you are accepted into the Corleone family -- America`s most famous criminal organization. It`s up to you to carry out orders, earn respect and make New York City your own. Call in larger Corleone Hit Squads when the going gets tough and use them strategically Use loyalty and fear to earn respect through interactions with characters in the world Take down two additional revised compounds of rival Families and execute five new contracts New Shipyard and Rail yard transportation hubs players can use and control Modified gameplay takes advantage the PS3 Sixaxis controller.
The only problem with taking this storyline onto the next generation of system is that they did not actually craft a new game for the new system. This game is essentially a port of the original, with some improved features scattered throughout. While that is not exactly a bad thing, it doesnt bring a whole lot of changes if youve played the previous version on any system. Additionally, the graphics look dated, and dont incorporate a lot of the next-generation graphical abilities that the Playstation 3 has at its disposal.
One major addition to the gameplay that the previous titles did not possess is the capability to acquire different crew members to perform your illegal activities with, who will carry guns and watch your back if you get into trouble. The addition of these party members, and the Hit Squads that you can also hire if you know you have to go in heavy, makes the game feel a whole lot more like youre a major Mafioso. Not to mention, its always better to have someone else around for enemies to shoot at.
Its really unfortunate that a new story wasnt included, but at least the story is provocative enough to keep you wanting to play it. In this new version, even if youve played the original story before, its still fun to play it again with the new options that are provided in this version. Additionally, all the side missions that were in the first one were there, like extorting money from businesses, but the missions actually have personal meaning now, since you can use the money that you get from them to hire party members instead of just buying safe houses, as in the original.
Other than the visuals, there are a couple of things that could have been improved farther without necessitating an entirely new game. One of these is the world structure, which has certain roads that are the only way to get from one area in the world to another. Another is the setting variety, which has been improved by the inclusion of some rooftop confrontations, but most of the scenery feels very similar as you go through the missions.
Overall, The Godfather: The Dons Edition is a structurally sound game. It takes the idea of the sandbox into the universe that inspired the original sandbox game, and it does a good job of making a player feel like they are in that universe. As a port of the original to a next-generation system, it doesnt fall flat on its face, but I hope someday to see something more indicative of the systems capabilities for the line.