When I first seen a trailer of this game I was surprised
at how good the graphics were not only because of how life like
the characters looked to the actors that played in the film but
also because that I find most developers do not put enough money
and skill into the it as they know they will make money from the
films title and by spending less they will earn more. Now playing
the game I can see how much time they put into the game to make
it look as real as possible with some of the best graphics I’ve
Not being a fan of the film and only watching it once I still
could tell which characters I noticed from the film as well as
others even though I did not know there names but they being so
detailed from the lines and curves that create their faces were
spot on. You could even tell their emotions from them if they
were cheerful, sad or angry and at times I did think I was watching
the film and not a computer generated game, even my create a character
did not look out of place as with most games they are not detailed
to the usual standards.
The streets are littered with people and cars doing the daily
business which adds to the realism of the busy cities, as well
as the real rubbish of newspapers blowing about. All the people
will look different that you see about although you will come
across some shopkeepers and pedestrians that have been re-used.
The vehicles in the game are not well details as the games set
in the 1940-1950s there were not much design to the cars then
and most of them do look very similar but the damage modeling
is gone very well from the smoke and flames that burst out off
ones it taken to much damage which results in an explosion that
engulfs the car and others around it.
As you play the game you get to visit many shops and venues like
butchers, barbers, bakers to bars, hotels and warehouses. Even
though these places are well designed with even objects you can
brake like the windows, vases, cash registers and so on but once
you seen one place say for example a hotel the next hotel will
most be the same layout.
With other games in this genre you get a wide Varity of music
through the game to listen to not so much here, which the only
most obviously reason is that as its set in and around the 1950s,
any music would be out of place. Although it is fairly quiet you
do get the godfathers main theme song playing at times or some
other soft melody that fits in just perfect.
The sound is reasonable from the many guns that have a unique
noise that sounds realistic to the loud boom from cars that explosion
that sends you flying back. Then there’s the car sounds and even
the footsteps sound that alter as run along different surfaces.
The main thing that shines here though in this section is the
voice acting as I said before, most of the actors from the film
did the voice overs for the characters which really adds to the
game and makes it more genuine and fun to play the game. Not only
that all the main people in the game are voiced but even every
single person on the street you can talk too.
The controls are pretty easy to use and to remember,
there’s no slowing down of the pressing of the button to the action
on screen as you get with some games. The basics are shown to
you at the beginning and you are given hints of other moves/actions
through the game.
The fighting itself is done using the right analogue similar
to the EA boxing game series “Fight Night….”, at first I found
it a bit difficult and thought the idea did not fit into the game,
but not after long I was on top form and throwing numerous attacks
and the combos seem to follow much better this way. So it was
an excellent idea to go with using the analogue stick to fight
instead of usually a boring tradition of button bashing of 1 or
2 face buttons.
The vehicles control/handling are rather good apart from they
can be slightly over sensitive but you will also get use to that.
The controls are remarkably high with the only other bad point
I can recall is that when you in a shoot out with a big mob it
can be difficult to find the correct weapons you want to change
to and you can end up being shot a lot or using the wrong weapon.
It would have been better if they assigned the different types
of weapons to the d-pad as there are melees, projectiles and guns
which can take some time scrolling thought them.
The games allows you to rise up the ranks of the family,
become more important member and gaining respect from not only
the other gangs around you but also the people you pas by in the
streets. To do this you are giving simple missions to do at first
like collect some money that’s shopkeepers owe to the family.
By intimidating them as they call it, you smash up there shop,
threaten customers and even get you hands a bit dirty by throwing
a few punches his way. As long as you don’t over do it as they
fight back, that they be so scared they give you money to stop
and then you will receive a weekly income from them.
As you taken over more shops, you come to those that earn more
money so you be expected to be more skillful as there be rival
gangs in the buildings, around the street protecting there businesses.
As well as these legitimate businesses, you do get some that
are hiding, concealed illegal activities like gambling, fake money
print, underground fights and weapon selling. Some you can just
enter by walking in but others need to have the backdoor unlocked
before by taken over the shop serving as a front. Ones taken over
this illegal activities which they call Rackets you will earn
more money then usual and there are even warehouse to take over
but be warned as these will be crawling with enemies packed with
heavy firepower. These missions are the hardest to do and are
probably best to leave until later when you some heavy stopping
power of your own.
As well as all this different types of places you can take over,
it is fun but can get repetitive and have the main missions to
do which are more developed and well done as they mostly scenes
from the film, which can contain fight, shoot out, drive-bys to
car chases and even the 1 occasion where you play a bit of a stealth
part. Although this plays out well and is a great mission, if
they added the of this to the game then it would totally chance
it but as there is just the one then it’s nice to have a bit of
a verity to the game.
What I liked I lot about this game that it has a small amount
of RPG element to it from the point of improving your stats. From
every action you do in the game gains you respect from it either
killing someone, exporting businesses and completed missions.
All earning you a different amount, where as using a baseball
bat instead of a gun will earn you a lot more for the kill. With
you gaining respect you will level up, that gives you an skill
point that can be spent on improving 1 of a few categories that
including, fighting(more damage + health), shooting (quicker reload
+ faster aim) and more. Each one can be upgraded 10 levels taken
you to the max overall level of 60 as there are 6 in all.
With all this money you get from your weekly income, you will
need to spend it. There’s the many safe houses doted around New
York which ones purchased you can than save your game there along
with the more expensive pads will have lots of ammo and guns to
restock on. You can also buy weapons/ammo that you’re low on from
dealers that are located around the place and some of these people
will sell you upgrades for your guns which does com in very helpful
in harder missions but of course will cost you a lot to acquire.
What I also enjoyed was the execute moves which you can do to
anyone that has low life as long as your standing close enough.
There moves are like the quick kills from the punisher game (for
those that have played it), although not as violent. Each one
of theses is performed by using different weapons, either a bat
that will take a few swipes at the head of your rivals, or pistil
will result in a bullet to their back and another one to there
head or so on. There are many of theses, some that don’t even
use a weapons and just your hands combined with the scene around
you, I let you figure theses out yourself. Not only does it look
cool and fits in with the aggressive mop scene but also by performing
these actions you will gain more respect than a normal kill and
also use less bullets up.
Although the game can get a bit repetitive, if you mix the main
missions up with taking over business and taken down the other
4 rival families you will have get fun and at times I found it
can get quite addictive. You find its good know that the cars
although old fashion they are still good to drive and its feels
stylish when hand braking around corners, when its gets busy on
the roads as it does its, you can use police sirens or a horn
on a car and the traffic will more out of the way, as many games
in this genre does not have this and works very well here.
The replay value is very high as not only you get to
take over many types of business, warehouses, rackets and so on
you also get other things like hitman missions where you most
kill some member of another family that is causing you trouble,
you are also giving a bonus in money/respect if you kill them
in a particular way like using a melee weapon, throwing them off
a bridge or a head shot.
There are also banks located around to which is a get way to
earn to money as you can rob them, by shooting your way in and
out. This can be very difficult but well worthy if you can stay
alive as the police chase you to your safe house where you can
stash the cash.
Each time you load you your game you can have the chance of buying
new clothes and also changing the appearance of your characters
face, I found this excellent as each time I changed him I make
him look a bit older with winkles, scars and pimples; so it seemed
as if was ageing as I progressed through the game. You can also
unlock film clips by collecting hidden film reels
I would probably say the main storyline is quite short and could
take about a week to complete although with out doing any of the
side missions you may not get much money to spend on upgrades
and it would be hard to complete the game.
But if you mix up the main missions and also doing all the other
thing (some that I’ve not mentioned) along the way which is well
worth it to get the upgraded guns. I did this and it toke me 30hours
of gameplay which was about 3 weeks of playing or it could be
a lot longer depending on if you play daily or not.
==BUY OR NOT TO BUY==
Along as you like this type of genre and you’re of an
age over 18 or more then I don’t think it matters if you’re a
fan of the film or now or even seen it. It will last a good amount
of time, very fun to play and is worth the usually amount for
a new game.
“”One of the best films to games made””