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Quality gaming experience
on 18 August 2006
First of all I think you should ignore the review by 'themanwithimpeccabletaste' his so called impeccable taste is somewhat tarnished by the fact that he's never watched the greatest gangster movie of all time. On to the game, I loved it! I thought the graphics were excellent for a PS2 game (especially a third person shooter), the cut scenes looked good, the characters moved like real people and they looked like the characters from the movie as well (for the most part eh, michael)
There was decent enough voice acting as well (again for the most part, cough, michael). As for the storyline well you can't really go wrong with the Godfather to work from, there are subtle changes here and there but that is mostly to do with that you play a totally imagined character not featured in any of the films, this can work well though, placing you in many of the films most famous moments without replacing any of the famous characters and in that sense it is cleverly done. That brings me on to what I like best about the game, the customisation of the character. Before you join the family you can make your character look like you want him to look and to be fair there are a good deal of customisation options to choose from, give him scars, moles change his facial features make him fat thin or in the middle. Also as you progress in the game you can buy him different clothes and give him new styles, you can also name him what you like. Yes the storyline is linear but at least you can put your mark on the game unlike gta which has a linear story and limited custom options. On to the gameplay, be warned it is VERY addictive, i found hours just rolling away and when i did stop playing it was only because i had to pyhsically tell my self that the amount of time i had played on it was getting ridiculous (im glad someone mentioned that it was normal to spend 40 hours completing this game because for me that is a long time to play a game) but i enjoyed every minute of it. Yes there is repititon in buildings etc but to be honest i never got tired of extorting, bribing, taking over rackets, killing rival family members, robbing banks, buying high calibre weapons from black market dealers, hijacking trucks, assassinating other family big wigs in hit missions, taking over businesses and warehouses and of course blowing up a family compound and wiping them off the face of the map and all in the name of Corleone! Also what i thought was a nice touch was getting to know some of the peripheral characters from the film you get to do missions with Clemenza and walk and talk with Luca Brasi. I know this game has it's critics but that is because they don't give it a chance, they don't appreciate the subtler aspects of the game, there are gliches and it is annoying sometimes but on the whole I found it to be a quality gaming experience and it has somethings a game like gta could definately learn from. P.S Really, how many types of cars were there in the 1940's?