The Godfather Final Hands-On

We take care of a little family business with the final version of The Godfather for the Xbox 360.

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The Godfather was a surprisingly good game on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, so hopes are high for the Xbox 360 version, which is due to hit store shelves later this month. We've spent some time playing the final build of the game, and although it's very much the same game, the noticeable changes go a long way toward making the game feel like a new experience.

Say hello to my little... wait, wrong crime movie-based game.

Of course, the most apparent difference between The Godfather on the Xbox 360 as opposed to the other versions is the look of the game. The graphics aren't a huge leap if you're playing on a standard-definition television, but if you have a high-definition TV, you'll see crisper textures, shinier surfaces, and a greater level of clarity overall. Beyond that, the characters also look more lifelike due to improved facial animations. But although they're expressive, those faces aren't always pretty. Not only are there some ugly mugs in the game, such as the imposing Luca Brasi, but you'll also see your character's face get bloodied and bruised as he gets into scuffles. The body animations still look a bit stiff and awkward at times, but for the most part, the characters look good and move naturally. The fights in particular are a lot of fun to watch, mostly because the fighting system in the game makes it easy to beat your opponents to a pulp in very satisfying ways. To make the brawls even more exciting, there are brand-new execution moves that are exclusive to the Xbox 360 version of the game. One that we saw showed our character pushing an enemy to the ground and then violently stomping on his neck. In addition, the game's rendition of 1940s New York looks sharper and more detailed than before. There seems to be a bit more variety to the cars, and they each still handle quite differently.

The updates don't stop at the graphics, though, because the Xbox 360 version of The Godfather also includes brand-new missions. According to Electronic Arts, there are more than 25 new missions in the game. However, only three of those are story missions, which we won't spoil for you here. The rest are assassination missions and favors. We got to play through one of the favor missions early in the game. The way favors work is when you try to extort a merchant, they'll ask you to do them a favor. If you comply, the merchant gives you a cut of the earnings each week. Early in the game, we tried to extort the owner of a bakery. Before we got a chance to go through the normal routine of trashing the place and smacking the owner around a little bit, she politely asked us for a favor. It seems that a dirtbag drug dealer was operating out of the alley behind the bakery and scaring away all the customers. A quick trip outside and we ran into the drug dealer, pumped him full of lead, and returned to the bakery for a reward. This particular favor mission wasn't difficult or especially interesting, but it did add a bit of a twist to the very familiar gameplay mechanic from the previous games.

Another new twist comes in the form of your crew. As you gain respect, you can recruit thugs to accompany you and help do your dirty work. You can also bribe police officers, who will be there to back you up in a fight. Also, your crew members can act as trigger men, so if you have someone to rub out, you can hop in a car and drive while your crew shoots.

The 360 version of The Godfather is getting more than just a graphical boost. There will be 25 new missions to play through as well.

You can look forward to some online features that are exclusive to the Xbox 360, as well. There are 38 achievements in the game, including several that you'll get through the normal course of the story, like becoming Don. There are some achievements that require you to go out of your way to meet specific objectives, though, such as performing all of the different execution moves in the game. Beyond the achievements, there's also an online leaderboard. Every time you save your game, you're given the option to upload your stats to Xbox Live, so other people can see just how tough you really are.

We'll bring you the full details on all the additional content in the Xbox 360 version of The Godfather in our review later this month, so be sure to check back soon for more information. The game is scheduled to ship on September 19.

Discussion

29 comments
slim_jim7007
slim_jim7007

This game blows.....its sucked on the ps2.....most likely wont go newhere on the 360.......i hate to say this(big godfather fan) die VITO and dont even think about ruining the second movie(the best 1). Cocamacoco ur insane this game had terrible realism(3 shots w/ shotgun up close to kill), also that would b godfather part 3(part 2 is w/ Micheal and fredo(he betrays the family)) so if they do make a second game(plz Lord no) it will most likely b on what happened w/ Fredo.Unless the game did go into that(dont kno cuz i only rented and got to the part when u have to kill the other families bosses).

simbasa
simbasa

man, my 360 is puttering out. where are all the next gen games? instead, all we're getting are last gen 1.5 upgrades. bogus. i was waiting to buy this for 360 but now i will only rent. i really want to support gaming by buying games but not with cheap upgrades for 60 bucks. come on guys.

cocomacoco
cocomacoco

i don't think its worth a buy, but a rent, i did love the PS2 ver, that's what i played, i don't think can get much better than this, i hope they will make a godfather 2 with the andy garcia and al pacino adds. Can't wait for that game!!!!!

payback_56
payback_56

I have to admit, I didnt think so either , but after checking out videos and stuff, u can tell a difference, especially from ps2, that is the system I played it on anyway.... Everything, from the shiny textures as some point out, to the fire, and explosions, not to mention the inside of the stores are actually different now, and have stuff on shelves that u can bust to intimidate the store owners.. it might not seem huge, but the alterations made to the game will definatly have an impact, if u played it on ps2, or regular xbox, and look through videos, or even rent it, I think u will find after playing for a little, that there are many upgrades, but they are subtle...

ledgic_13
ledgic_13

ummm yeah wheres the huge advance in technology on the 360, this just looks like godfather 1.5 with shiny textures....i honestly dont see next gen.

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

"peeweeshift i will get this just because of my love for the movies" this reason will be for alot of the purchases...me included.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

i will get this just because of my love for the movies

1fraser
1fraser

We might aswell just pop in the xbox version to get the same graphical enhancement ( if it was on the BC list ) instaed of paying for this sheehite ! CHALLENGE EVERYTHING my ASScention!

GFofgaming
GFofgaming

I was xtremely disasspointed with the PC version. I was hopping it would rival Mafia in interms of everything, actually the game didn't even come close to Mafia. The 360 version does not look anything different other than slight graphical lift.

goose_uk
goose_uk

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colonicjas2
colonicjas2

rent it at blockbuster then give it back in a month for a little fee after you beat it. =) i do that all the time,those losers, =)

ajr101
ajr101

which would you get this or saints row

AnubanUT2
AnubanUT2

Those must be Xbox screenshots ... man what is next gen about this game? Reminds me a lot of the port of GUN. Again it looks like I'll have to wait for Gears to get my next-gen fix. Actually even Crackdown looks better than this game ... at least imho.

billjakybob
billjakybob

this game sounds so awsome cant wait

shady555
shady555

I say BOOM SHAKA BOOM SHAKA HEH HEH HEH! I will buy this game because I basically buy every game on the 360 thats not an rpg, gay for little kids, or got bad rating...........er...wait. I always buy the games before they have a chance to be rated....shoot

luisnunezjr
luisnunezjr

i played and completed the regular xbox version and i thought that was awesome. However, i do not think that it would be smart to buy this all over again for the same experience and minor changes.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

Man, I need a freaking HD tv...wait, I need a xbox30 first.

Gennatay
Gennatay

it's in my rental que, looks like grand theft auto with a better story line and more violence

beardedd123
beardedd123

looks cool..... ill be waiting for a rental

devxwill
devxwill

looks good, ive had it ordered for awhile now....

savage161
savage161

If thats all they have done to it i might wait to it drops down to $30 or $20.

PraiseJohnson
PraiseJohnson

Awesome, ive been waiting for this for over a year now, and im confident that the wait for the 360 will be worth it.

onthe_dl
onthe_dl

rent it at blockbuster then give it back in a month for a little fee after you beat it. =)

Jigglytits
Jigglytits

Looks like it'll be worth a rental and not a whole lot more, really.

pepechidoone
pepechidoone

I hope this game is better than the old versions, but I doubt it...

Rockclmbr6
Rockclmbr6

Booooo at Standard Definition looking the same. Stupidness. and maybe I'm first? i dunno