This is worse for the trilogy than godfather part III.
ZlatkoZ wrote this review on .
Well not a whole lot of good, that's for sure..
Overlooking some of the raw and fundamental flaws of the game such as the notchy gameplay, the repetitive story or even the flat-line excitement of the main character, this would still be a pretty boring and generally unamusing game.
If i wanted to play a Grand theft auto + 40s and 50s feel old school gangster type of game, then i would have simply re-installed "Mafia", which was a game made several years before the godfather, but stll had managed to have much impressive graphics and overall quality of build.
This is not the first type of game to ruin it's movie counterpart's reputation, there have been numerous ones that have tried to capture the feel of the movie, all failing miserably (notables include Matrix, Gods & Generals, Scarface and tons of others).
The game basically followes a young man who vows to get vengance on a gangster named Barzini after seeing his father die at his hands. The young man starts off with the Corleone family and slowly helps them turn the tide of the mob war to the Corleone side.
The problems in the game are far too many to ignore, the in-game fighting with certain characters is, although interesting, it is very unusual in that it uses a mouse to activate attacks. This perhaps wouldnt be so bad, if it was changeable, and the player could set these attacks to keys that he or she wishes to use.
Unlike the movies, this game was not authorized by Francis Ford Coppola who directed the trilogy did not approve of the game, and Al Pacino (who plays Michael Corleone in the films) was also replaced by some different character who looks/sounds completely different but still bares the name "Michael Corleone".
When the player gets onto the road and starts playing the game, it does not take long to realize that the physics behind the vehicles are very flawed and the game almost feels amateurish with this, steering and acceleration are all very unrealistic.
Missions include such witty combinations as:
-Retreive the money.
-Kill the enemy.
-Kill the enemy, retreive the money.
-Kill everyone, retreive the money.
The locations are basically retexured buildings which keep getting used over and over again, there are approximately 4 different locations, with the same predictable combat in every establishment.
Realism is also a big problem in this game just in terms of how much things cost, how much you get paid, and how many people you kill.
By the end of the game, i had murdered over 3000 people, earned well over 1 000 000 dollars and was making approximately 70 000$ per job.
The game does have it's up sides too however, the character voices are the same as they were in 1972, but it makes you wonder if any of the actors would have done this work if they werent in desperate need of money.
The game is pretty notchy, the story although it shadows and parallels the original movies, it's bas graphics and simplistic game engine more than overshadow these pros.