The Godfather II

Common Sense Media says

Brutal, adult mob game based on Godfather films.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Main characters runs a crime syndicate and group of illegal businesses.

Violence

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.

Sex

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.

Language

Pretty much every swear word is used, such as "f--k," "sh-t," and "a--hole."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One of the illegal businesses involves selling drugs, although players don't directly perform the task.

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.

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What's it about?

The dark, seedy world of the mafia is revisited in Electronic Arts' THE GODFATHER II, a violent action game based on the film of the same name. The game borrows heavily from the movie, incorporating characters such as Michael Corleone. The main character works for the Corleone family, and is preparing to celebrate their endeavours in Cuba. The government is overthrown, and the family must flee, but not before your direct boss is killed. Michael gives you the job of an underboss, and tasks you with reclaiming all the illegal rackets in New York.

Godfather II is basically Grand Theft Auto with a mafia theme. Players freely roam the city, engaging in the main missions of the story, shaking down businesses for profit, or going off on contract kills to earn cash. The big difference is Godfather II adds more strategy in the form of the Don's View. Players can view the city in a map that breaks down all the businesses and the mob family in charge. Players can also recruit and manage crews based on specific skills, ranging from Medic to Safecracker and Demolitions expert. If a player's owned business is under attack, they can send a henchman to defend the property and clear out enemies. The game also includes an online multiplayer component, with events such as Team Deathmatch and Demolition Assault, a challenge in which players must blow up three enemy targets.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Why do you think the the Godfather movies have such popularity. Do you think this game is true to its source material?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:April 7, 2009
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Parent of a 10 year old Written byBenDewman October 26, 2010
AGE
2
QUALITY
 
love it
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byswantar66 May 15, 2010
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

great for a mature 13 yr old

i love this game there is nothin to bad in it but the language is repulsive so i jst turn the lang. off
Teen, 13 years old Written byyellowbunny16 July 22, 2011
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

very fun but inappropriate

this game is pretty cool. there is way to much swearing f this f that its BAD. the sexual themes are very bad you can see full breasts or see through shirt which shows partial frontal nudity, and you can go into strip clubs where they dance on stripper poles, and you can also go to mansions with drawings of women wearing thongs,and the girls talk to you. this game is very violent you can do executions where you can grab a bat shove it up the persons mouth and shove him to the ground as he chokes to death, you can shoot people with machine guns, sniper rifles, rifles, pistols, and melee weapons such as crow bars, bats ect. this game is okay for 16 and up.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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