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on 1 May 2013
The Godfather 2 could have been a great game and you get glimpses of it as you play and witness all the unfulfilled potential. Its a shame really, because I am sure there was ambition at the start of development but unfortunately the game simply feels unfinished. What you get is three cities where you basically do the same thing over and over again. You go to a business, kill the rival family guards and rough up the owner until he gives you the racket. Then you put guards at the business and go take another one for your family until you own every racket in town. You then proceed for the rival family compound and fight your way in, killing everybody and bombing the place, wiping out the family forever. That's the core of the game and its pretty much all you'll do. The combat is fun, easy and you can pull off some brutal and satisfying executions with every weapon. These are truly violent and the highlight of the game. To make things more challenging I guess, when attacking a business you'll have a harder time trying to find the way inside the building and to the owner than in the actual combat. There is an atrocious design in almost every building that makes you run around like an idiot trying to find the way in, which is quite ridiculous. You can also have your family, every man with its own abilities, from arsonist to safe cracker, to medic or bomber. The truth is other than the medic, they're just useful to blow or burn a way into the building you're trying to take. Their AI is also not the greatest but they help out in the fights, I guess. You can also do favours for people you meet on the street! Yeah, stupid, I know. You walk up to some guy with an icon on its head and say something like: "Hey you seem like you need help!" He then asks you to kill someone or bomb a business or something of the sort. You do this for money or for the kill condition of a rival family's made man. As for the money, its only use is to get more guards on your businesses, so its pretty worthless because when you get attacked you always have to send some of your made men to defend the place no matter how much guards you got. You can also buy favours from corrupt politicians or cops, like getting your men out of jail or getting the police off your back but you never really need to use them either as the game is so easy.You can also buy weapons or upgrades for the made men in your family but you never see any real change in the gameplay when you do except when you upgrade their health. The rest is well...useless.
The kill condition for the rival family's made man is the way you must kill him and where he hangs out. You see, some guys have to be killed with a sniper rifle, another strangled etc, etc, or else the guy will be out of action for a few weeks and then come back. So lets say you walk up to a guy who has to die by a Molotov and you shoot him straight in the face with a shotgun. Sorry, no luck, he's going to the hospital. Seriously...
Frankly I doubt anyone will bother killing every made man before attacking the rival family's compound because its more trouble than its worth. Sure you weaken the family and its easier to take the compound but its easy to do it even without killing any made men and some kill conditions are very annoying so why bother?
The graphics are bad, the radio has some good tunes but nothing great and the voices (No Pacino by the way) are competent at best. Robert Duvall only appears in the last third of the game and hardly has any lines.
The story vaguely follows the movie, Hyman Roth and Fredo and all that, but the changes ruin most of the impact.
The game tries to introduce an RTS component but fails miserably. All you use in the Don's View, a sort of map of the city with all the businesses and stats, is the ability to send your men defend businesses nothing more. The other families are never too aggressive taking over your rackets, money is never an issue, so strategy is seldom needed.
This is still an entertaining game, at least for the first few hours. Then you get tired of driving around (the awful car handling really annoys) and doing the same thing over and over again. There's online, but really, who cares by now?
A missed opportunity. Oh well at least I got to play with a Mobster that really looked like Elvis! Oh and the achievements are really, really easy!