The Godfather: Mob Wars
The Godfather: Mob Wars takes us back to New York in the 1930's. Once again the Corleone family is out to make its unique mark on this city and that's where you step in. Be prepared as the Corleone family didn't come into power by playing nice but does the Corleone family prevail this time around or find themselves left for dead in the gutter?
Well I wouldn't say this game escapes without taking a beating or two but going from the console to the handheld always has its unique challenges. Similar to the console released game, The Godfather: Mob Wars borrows significantly from the mission based story line, even down to some of the cut scenes. The control system is transferred acceptably and makes for a similar experience as the console but lost is the Grand Theft Auto open city style of gameplay that offers freedom and more control over you gaming experience. So are you buying a game that's been cut down from the original without anything new?
It's always annoying when games are ported with less content then the original game and although much is borrowed from the mission structure, an entirely new gameplay feature has been added. This new feature is a turn-based strategy style of gameplay and at first it seems to work well. What does become apparent however is that the strategy element is rather thin and doesn't have a large an impact on the gameplay as I would look for in a turn based game. For instance, although you can gamble and hire new 'associates'? from the turn based screen, the majority of the game is focused on the action elements. The balance between the two seems off and not as complementary as I would have liked.
The graphics and sound effects may not be cutting edge but do transfer the mood and violence you would expect from the Godfather. It's definitely an intense game and both are represented in a fashion that sells the story.
Personally, I would have liked to see either stronger turn based elements or a better balance between that and the action elements. The Godfather: Mob Wars still delivers a decent experience and if you're a fan of the mob and haven't played the console version, you may want to give it a try.