Godfather returns Feb. 24

Electronic Arts sequel takes over the family business next month with new strategic slant to original's open-world gameplay.

When Electronic Arts announced its gaming adaptation of Francis Ford Coppola's classic film The Godfather, cinephiles balked at the publisher's chances of producing something worthy of the franchise's name. Considering that The Godfather: Part II was arguably better than the original film and the greatest movie sequel ever made, the bar for EA's upcoming Godfather II has not lowered in the slightest.

Who could forget this scene from the film?

Curious gamers will soon be able to determine for themselves how the game stacks up to its pedigree. EA announced today a February 24 North American shipping date for the Godfather II, with a February 27 bow in Europe. Previously, the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC had been tagged for a more vague "February" release.

"Inspired by the film and Mario Puzo's Corleone family drama," the game continues the classic mob saga and will be set against the backdrops of New York, Florida, and Cuba. As the newly appointed Don of New York, players will handle strategic organizational aspects of the mob, such as establishing and maintaining criminal endeavors and creating a stable of made men.

That doesn't mean that players won't get their hands dirty. Electronic Arts is promising "even more visceral hand-to-hand brutality" in the open-world action game, as well as new combo mechanics and more pressure tactics and executions.

For more on the first game, check out GameSpot's review.

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31 comments
remark666
remark666

looks ok, not a great improvment on the gfx, i'll wait till the review

lilflex1
lilflex1

godfather part 1 was better

booty56
booty56

played and beat the first godfather lots of times and this one might look even better!

Henninger
Henninger

Sounds like imma have 2 get this.

necronaux
necronaux

"even more visceral hand-to-hand brutality"... OK, I'm in.

cosita46
cosita46

This game looks really great, so yes I will be buying the game. Plus the first one was Awesome.

Buyugold
Buyugold

The first GF was actually pretty good (good enough for me to buy some of the DLC for it) with the addition of the Don mode and Cuba and Florida I think this one is going to be a lot better

gijas
gijas

florida and cuba sound interesting though mafia 2 is what I really want this may hold me over

least93
least93

the first Godfather was a very good gaming experiance. The Don mode should be good because something simular was used in the scarface game as you got to put guards at your shops. With improved gameplay and graphics this game should be hard to beat but there is also the Mafia 2.

gamer082009
gamer082009

I's prefer Mafia 2, but I suppose this will suffice. My little cousin always liked the first Godfather game, so I suppose she'll fall in love with this one. And yes my little cousin is a girl...who would've known they'd like beating people over the head with a baseball bat and watching blood spurt out!

MURDA_B
MURDA_B

This game should be even better

imperial_agent
imperial_agent

just as long as they keep the same gameplay as GF 1 but with 360 graphics, I'm okay with it. I really liked the first one and got almost all the achievements.

Pete5506
Pete5506

This or Mafia 2, hmmm I'm just going to play both

Rob_101
Rob_101

Might be good but I think Mafia 2 is where its at ;)

julianwelton
julianwelton

I really enjoyed the first one so if this one is even better that would be great.

bigd575
bigd575

I can't wait for this or Mafia 2

biggest_loser
biggest_loser

Mafia 2 is not just going to own this. It is going to put concrete shoes on it and have it dumped in the East River. This game will be lucky to get over 7.0. The graphics look like they're from a PS1 game.

makemeweak
makemeweak

Nice - the first one was pretty enjoyable. Let's hope they made some steps forward and this one is even better.

boogernator
boogernator

I think this will be the first game i'll buy in 2009

gshell
gshell

i played the first game on the original xbox and thought it was a much better playing open world game than even the great san andreas. it was a better fighting system, a better shooting system and it had a cover system. the only flaw was the game was too short. had great missions but kinda repetitive.

Crash6
Crash6

plus the cover is SICK

Crash6
Crash6

I'm pickin this one up I think, especially since I never got around to getting the first

BloodMist
BloodMist

Feh, hurry up with Mafia 2 already, sequel to one of the best games ever.

gob__bluth
gob__bluth

The original was solid, and it sounds like they've expanded on it considerably. Looking forward to it.

Amir29
Amir29

I enjoyed Godfather. It was a bit of a copy cat of GTA, but it brought really good presentation and new elements (ie: shake downs) into the sandbox mix. I look forward to seeing what else they add to the genre. :)