The Godfather: The Game

 
Gory game may satisfy movie's fans -- adults only.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Corleone family values: intimidation earns respect, crime pays.

Violence

Torture, contract killing, violence against cops and innocents, lots of blood.

Sex

Players extort money from brothels and flirt with prostitutes for extra information.

Language

Lots of f-words, etc.

Consumerism

Featured clips from the Godfather movies encourage players to buy the DVD.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Booze and tobacco litter the underworld.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game far surpasses the violence in Francis Ford Coppola's mob masterpiece. The game features 22 execution styles; enemies can be "kneecapped" and "wallpapered." Players spend most of their time slapping around local shopkeepers and attempting to intimidate them into paying protection money. All of this is in addition to the standard Grand Theft Auto template of carjackings, violence against innocents, and cop-killing.

What's it about?

Players control a young hood whose mother asks Don Vito Corleone to find a place for him in his more established -- and somehow more respectable -- crime family. Players work their way up in the syndicate's structure by extorting businesses controlled by rival families, performing contract killing, and generally hustling on the street. When Vito Corleone faces a life-or-death crisis, players make a name for themselves in the organization and begin their fight to become crime king of New York.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Fans of the movies may have fun with the Godfather-based material: Familiar faces and scenes pop up, and dialogue is often straight from the movie. Players chat with hotheaded Sonny Corleone or drive the hapless Fredo around town. They hide the gun for Michael to retrieve and visit Hollywood to deposit a bloody -- uh, present -- in the bed of an uncooperative producer.

But there aren't enough of these moments. Mostly players operate around the Godfather story, not getting involved in its unfolding. Missing that connection, The Godfather: The Game seems to exploit the most brutal aspects of the films without expanding its narrative. What we're left with is a well-executed and fun-enough Grand Theft Auto knock-off (with all the associated liabilities) dressed up in a snappy pinstriped suit.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the Academy Award-winning film and cast (Marlon Brando and Robert Duvall both lend their voices to the game) influence the perception of the game. Is the violence and vulgarity legitimized by The Godfather name? Can movie-based video games ever be something more than an extended marketing vehicle for their source material?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:July 6, 2006
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes (PlayStation 2)

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Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom July 11, 2010
age 15+
 

The godfather, Is obviously violent much like the films.

The godfather is indeed an amazing game. But its almost disturbing. You start with a man getting bombarded by a load of mobsters with Thompsons. Blood spraying all over the place and you can see him actually suffering as he is getting shot. You are able to choke people. You decapitate a horse, Not shown on camera though. You shoot random people and police. Lots of torture. You put a horses head on a mans bed and it looks very realistic. The sexual content is being in a brothel with half naked women which isn't too bad. The language is extreme. Swearing is frequently heard by The don and the rival families. Its an amazing game. Just so so mature.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old June 5, 2011
age 18+
 

for mature people.

Great game but EXTREMLY violent.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byda rater July 18, 2009
age 16+
 

da rater

It is a great game but there is lots of blood,shooting, and explosions. They could have worked better on the graphics too
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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