The Godfather: Mob Wars First Look

EA's mobster saga is getting an unexpected makeover on the PSP. We get a look at the changes being made to Mob Wars.

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Earlier this year, The Godfather made its honorable appearance on current-gen consoles, and EA is now working on ports of the game to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation Portable. It might surprise you to find out that the latter of these ports, subtitled Mob Wars, is actually undergoing some significant design changes to make it more accessible on the portable format. We got a look at Mob Wars at today's EA press event to see what makes this card-based game of strategy tick.

What? Cards? Strategy? Yeah, we were surprised at first, too. But the whole thing looks like it'll work surprisingly well. Mob Wars isn't the same free-roaming game of New York conquest that it was on the big consoles, but then, the goal is still to take over all the city's boroughs, edge out the other major crime families, and become the undisputed kingpin of organized crime. You'll do this through an overhead, map-based interface not unlike the board game Risk. You'll move your units around from one space to another, contesting territories controlled by the other families and taking over as much space as you can. You'll have the same rivalries with these families that you did in the console version (referred to as vendetta), so the higher your vendetta against a particular family, the harder that family will come after you when you clash. The same goes for the "heat" stat, which gauges how much the cops want to bring you down.

The game's card aspect comes into play when you begin to take over businesses and territories and gain more wealth, just like in the console games. You'll even have ratings in five rackets, including gambling, guns, and gold and diamonds, that will determine how much you're reaping. Except this time, all those riches will yield more and better cards (from a pool of roughly 250) that can impart all sorts of effects when you play them with each turn. One card might lower your vendetta with a certain family, while another might fortify your defenses in a given mission. You can form temporary alliances with families, receive kickbacks from the cops over a series of turns, transport multiple spaces across the map, and more. In short, the cards ought to make the turn-based aspect a very strategic affair.

But once you engage in combat with one of the other families--or even if you're merely seizing an unoccupied territory--you'll enter a third-person 3D action mode nearly identical to that of the console versions. Of course a few concessions have been made to the PSP's comparatively limited controls--you now get a minimap that shows you where enemies are located, for instance--but the original game's melee and grappling controls and lock-on targeting have all made the jump intact. The action plays out in quick bursts, as do the strategic turns, so you'll be able to play the game for just a few minutes on the go if you want.

From what we saw, The Godfather has turned into a different and fairly compelling animal on the PSP. Hopefully the addition of the turn-based elements and card strategy will fit well with the portable format. The game is due out in September, so we'll get to make that determination soon enough.

Discussion

23 comments
aclipski
aclipski

It's not a "card game" like Metal Gear Acid. There are cards in it, but they're only a small part of only one of two major game modes. Its no more a card game than it is an RPG because it tracks character stats. Check this more informative preview: http://psp.ign.com/articles/726/726327p1.html

sinefinn
sinefinn

Man, I was looking forward to this game and now I find out it's going to be a F**K**G card game. Jez, I have been hoping my PSP would finally be more than a two-hundred dollar plus Syphon Filter game player. I'm getting close to selling this thing! urghh! I can't say much better for DS lite.

coxmartin
coxmartin

Interesting gen here, may need to purchase more than once then!

noonlight
noonlight

The people who are saying the PSP sucks because of this need to realise there are plenty of other games, really good games like LocoRoco, gitaroo man live, syphon filter plus some really decent RPGs. Sure this game would have been good if it was like the XBOX version but perhaps with some edited content but it didn't happen so we will have to look elsewhere. I for one am looking forward to GTA VCS.

noonlight
noonlight

Doh, I was looking forward to this, damn

LsTr_Of_SmG
LsTr_Of_SmG

I'm sick of people knocking games before they've A) tried them or B) even know anything about them. True the game MAY be crap but then again it could suprise you all. How about not moaning for once and actually watching to see how it turns out? Jesus Christ...

KIELW93
KIELW93

It sounds kind of like Advance Wars with gangsters, I'm excited.

thebill1979
thebill1979

Oh man. I was actually reading the preview section here to convince myself to buy a PSP. But this just confirmed my original reason NOT TO. I LOVED The Godfather: The Game on PS2. I was hooked. And I was excited when I read the intro to this But this is lame. And so is the PSP. I already have an iPod video and a DS. I'm good to go. EXPOSE IT'S WEAK SPOT FOR MASSIVE DAMAGE!!!!

thebill1979
thebill1979

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wolfsrainkiba
wolfsrainkiba

Well well you people complain to much always talking trash when any company ports a game and want something different . I dont know about you but Mob wars looks like somthing different to me. I'll admit it's not what i was looking for but I'm in .

s2a
s2a

They're crazy! No one will buy a Godfather card game!! Not kids because it is and not the older audience because it is a card game...so...EA...wrong move!! For the PSP to be a "Portstation" is not a problem with me. My problem is that the ports are not well done!! If you are going to port something, don't change things!! (adding things is ok but not changing..)

_Sam_
_Sam_

I wish this was on the PS3 or at least the PS2!!

AlbertoML
AlbertoML

Hahaha! Everybody complained about the DS and the card games and stuff... Behold the great PSP!

gogokun
gogokun

HAHAHAHAHA! Stuff like this drove me to sell my PSP for a DS. I encourage all frustrated PSP owners to do the same. I'll be suprised if the Godfather PSP sells more than, like, 3 copies. A Godfather card game? WHAT were they thinking? :)

trae12
trae12

Damn! They ruined the series if they use cards. I'm finished with Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon.

latinchemist
latinchemist

I love it. People call it the "PortStation Portable" and complain about games only being underpowered ports of PS2 games. Now, they switch up a game for a portable release and BAM! "Oh Noes! This iz da suxx0rz!" Humans are funny. I'm glad I'm not one.

C-h-a-o-s
C-h-a-o-s

i was so excited about this game and as i was reading i heard the toilet flush and my ambitions to get this game went down with it

Bozkurt_Nazim89
Bozkurt_Nazim89

NOOOOOOOOOOO i wanted that game for the PSP but now.....nooo those B*sterds :(

TICKandARTHUR
TICKandARTHUR

oehhh! eakk! escape from godfather mob wars! peah !! i dont want any card game EA SUCKS! like a KONAMI SUCKS!

DanC1989
DanC1989

Cards?!? I don't want another 'MGA' type game :|

game_masta14
game_masta14

CARD?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!! This game is doomed. :(

Elementskate14
Elementskate14

More excited about it coming out on consoles like the 360