The Godfather The Dons Edition

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a game by Visceral Games
Platform: Playstation 3
Editor Rating: 9/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 6.5/10 - 11 votes
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See also: Action Adventure Games, The Godfather Games
The Godfather The Dons Edition
The Godfather The Dons Edition
The Godfather The Dons Edition

It is sadly rare that a movie that gets turned into a video game performs well in the industry. There are some exceptions, and among those exceptions lies The Godfather: The Don’s Edition. Being based on what is heralded as one of the greatest movies of all time, its not surprising that creating a game that draws on that legacy without disappointing the audience would be a herculean task.

For this revision of the original The Godfather: The Game, everything seemed to fall into place without any major hiccups and was incredibly well received across the board. In addition to having some major graphical upgrades, jumping from the PS2 to the PS3, the Don’s Edition of this game brought with it plenty more to do in between major events, more NPC’s to interact with, and generally upgraded the player’s experience as a whole.

Perfect for Gangster Enthusiasts

I think one of the aspects that actually turned out to be a challenge for this title is that it is a video game based on a critically acclaimed film. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it worked against the developers, but there’s a certain level of professionalism that then becomes expected from players, and rightly so. The Godfather approached this incredibly well – it is basically a sandbox game that lets you do whatever you want before going mission to mission with little repercussion and I’ll get into the core gameplay aspects later.

The story, on the other hand, is likely to have dedicated fans of the films a bit up in arms. It would have been impossible to produce this game without involving the main story from the movies. I’d love to say this isn’t a bad thing, but it definitely hampered and limited which routes could be taken by the writers and developers. Playing as the newest addition to the Corleone family, your main objective is to follow orders, keep enemies of the family in line, and conquer New York City. There are several unrelated events and sidequests that completely subvert the sequence of the movies, but it still respects that timeline above all else. It can take a bit to get used to the setting and consequences if you are new to the series, but it is a cohesive, well executed story that fits perfectly in-universe.

Conquer New York

The Don’s Edition of this game adds a lot of neat features, primarily the graphic upgrades and dynamic weather system. However, another great addition is the inclusion of Corleone hit squads which can help you out when you’re in a tight spot. Animations are smoother. Models and buildings have better detail. The combat has been tweaked to still represent the original style well, but streamlines certain aspects regarding melee and movement.

My personal favorite part is that you can approach different situations in different ways – diplomacy is an option, although you can just as well raze your foes and get the job done. It’s a cool bit of choice that makes the world feel a bit more dynamic.

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Overall, this game and the revisions to the original that it provides make it well worth your time even if you’ve already played the original. It’s a lot of fun and brings a lot of gameplay/graphical upgrades with it.

Pros:

  • Graphics are great
  • Combat is smooth/streamlined
  • Story and sidequests are comprehsive/fun

Cons:

  • Plot from the movies makes this plot a bit far-fetched for traditionalists
  • Couple of basic character animations are off-putting
  • Takes some time to learn how to play

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Playstation 3

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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