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Godfather II. Wasted chance to improve ? UPDATE,
This review is from: The Godfather II (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Good morning/afternoon or evening.
Well I have played for a few hours now (360 version) and have to report to being very underwhelmed. I played and owned both the xbox and 360 versions of Godfather, and enjoyed massively, hence buying the almost identikit 360 revamp.
Anyway back to 2. The intro movie does set the scene well, and you of course get a chance to make your mobster look as much like you as possible with "mobface" I have to give credit to Ea for this, it really gives you a mass of options (much like in the Saints Row games)
Once you have created your look, you get on with the in game tutorial.
The graphics do not appear to have been updated at all from GF1, which is poor, the vehicle handling is bad, the turning circle on most of the cars is akin to a London bus. The shooting is good, but very helpful via the auto-lock. The missions and favours I have done are fine in their own right, nothing new but no problem with that. The scale of the world has shrunk far too much, I will own up at this point and say I have not opened the whole world map, the game is not engaging enough for me to want to try...
The one area I thought was going to seal the deal for me was "Don's view" alas it did not, I found it slightly confusing on one hand and not in depth enough on the other.
I do not think the game is worth £40, maybe second hand if you like your sandbox games (I do) Hopefully Mafia II will live up to the hype. In closing I would recommend Scarface (original xbox/ps2) if you want a excellent open world (including Cuba influences)gangster style game, plus the fact it will be very very cheap.
If you want a currant gen crime game, then both GTA and Saints Row 2 are excellent in their own different ways.
I have now put in more than 20 hours (700 gp's on 360) into this game and have to hold my hands up and say that it is a lot more fun than I gave it credit for, with my initial review.
Some of my criticisms still stand, but the RTS side of things actually works very well and gives you a greater feeling of running the show. Some of the mob boss kills give you a chance to try different strategies to get the job done as well. I would suggest that the game needs you to put a good few hours in before you start to get some great feedback.