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Xbox 360 | Action | The Godfather | Review

Boxart for The Godfather
The Godfather 34 screen shots
  • GRAPHICS: 3.50
  • SOUND: 3.50
  • CONTROL: 4.00
  • FUN FACTOR 4.00
  • AVG USER SCORE n/a
  • AVG CRITIC SCORE 4.0

Review: The Godfather

The Godfather has been out for last-generation systems for six months now, which would appear to give the developers ample time to make improvements. Is the Xbox 360 version worth the extra sawbuck?

Pulling the Strings
PROTIP: Sometimes leaving a bloodbath in your wake is the only way to get your message across.

PROTIP: Sometimes leaving a bloodbath in your wake is the only way to get your message across.

The short answer is "no." For all the additions, just about everything feels exactly the same, even if bystanders are now more likely to conveniently chat with no one in particular about your exploits. You can hire a goon to assist on missions now, dynamic weather helps vary the scenery, and there are new weapons, vehicles, and missions, but we'd trade it all in just to replace the dull textures and downright idiotic AI. There's what the developers should've worked on, and what they actually worked on, and never do the twain meet. Rendering sub-par source material in high-definition isn't going to fool anyone, no matter how cool the explosions look, and the mixing is still dodgy. At the very least it shouldn't sound like gunfire every time you hop a curb.

The 360 version has 38 achievements to pursue, a global ranking board, and downloadable content purchasing, but there are only so many variations of fedora and sport coat you can muck about with before breaking out the tommy gun, and do you really care how your offline empire compares to anyone else's? Call us when The Godfather Online comes out.

Bright Lights, Little Italy
PROTIP: Flirting with the ladies is an easy way to earn some reputation points.

PROTIP: Flirting with the ladies is an easy way to earn some reputation points.

None of this is to say that the game is bad. Despite Coppola's comments to the contrary, The Godfather actually treats the source material with a surprising amount of respect as you make your way from unknown street punk to made man to Don of all of New York City, with an enthralling main mission line that hits all the high points of the film. There are plenty of contract hits to pull off, business owners to threaten, and underground rackets to take over. Making New York your own personal playground, one storefront at a time, is an enjoyable experience thanks to the solid sense of control you have over every extortion attempt and assasination.

The Godfather is one of those films that defined a decade of cinema. The somewhat open-ended world of this game isn't destined to have anywhere near that level of impact, but it is juicy amoral fun all the same, even if its belated arrival on the next generation is more than a little disappointing.

PROTIP: Blowing up rival rackets isn't just good businessit's pretty, too.

PROTIP: Blowing up rival rackets isn't just good businessit's pretty, too.