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What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Main characters runs a crime syndicate and group of illegal businesses.
Violence & Scariness
Players use weapons including pistols, machine guns, shotguns, and bombs to kill foes. Special execution kills allow players to perform particularly brutal attacks such as headshots or punishing knees to the face. Blood splatters on the screen and ground after attacks.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Players can run both strip clubs and prostitution rings. The strippers are topless, wearing only underwear or even thongs. However, players cannot engage in any explicit activity.
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Pretty much every swear word is used, such as "f--k," "sh-t," and "a--hole."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the illegal businesses involves selling drugs, although players don't directly perform the task.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a violent game meant for adults only. Players work as a member of the mob, managing a series of illegal rackets and a crew of henchman in an effort to dominate the city. Players use a bevy of weapons to kill enemies, including pistols, machine guns, bombs, shotguns, and their bare hands. Players can also deliver executions which involve especially brutal kills and lots of blood, such as gunshots to the head and powerful kicks to the face. Part of the gameplay involves control businesses that cover for illegal activities ranging from drug selling to arms smuggling to prostitution. The game is also playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend to anyone under the age of 12.
Is It Any Good?
Perhaps the most interesting parts of Godfather II are the strategy elements. The Don's View is laid out nicely, allowing players to easily navigate and pinpoint businesses to target. Players must also determine how many bodyguards to hire for each acquired establishment, forcing you to balance expenses. This strategic thinking applies to selecting crewmembers as well, as players try to achieve the ideal combination of strength and support.
Everything else about the game doesn't seem at all different from the first Godfather game. In fact, like the first game, Godfather II just feels like another Grand Theft Auto knockoff when you strip out the strategy. Visually, it looks like a slightly polished version of its PlayStation 2 predecessor. The story isn't very interesting, which is surprising when you consider it borrows from a well-respected film. The henchmen make battles interesting, when they listen to you. Most times, players are better off sending them to clean up messes while you handle the important stuff. Fortunately, the strategy allows players to have a decent experience overall.
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