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August 3, 2005
The Godfather - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
28/3/2006EA GamesEA Games1$99.95

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The game, like the movie, is brutal.
The Godfather is a movie that needs no introduction. If you haven't see it, or indeed the two sequels, I highly recommend you hire the DVD box set or, if you have enough money, buy it. Based on the book written by Mario Puzo, and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the first movie is ranked on the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com) as the greatest movie of all time, with the sequel ranked at number four. Considering that IMDB has well over 100,000 in its database it's an impressive feat. Little wonder then that there is so much pressure on Electronic Arts to get this game right, but all indications are that they are on the right path with a massive development team, impressive visuals, inspired story and hopefully, engrossing gameplay. This game promises to expand further on the movies story.

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The greatest, Marlon Brando.
For those of you who are unaware The Godfather follows the fortunes of the Corleone family in 1945-1955 New York. In the game you must earn respect through loyalty and fear as you rise through the ranks to become Don in a living recreation of the city. You will be placed at the center of action in one of history's most revered cinematic masterpieces, allowing you to create yourself in the game, and then choose your path as you rise from lowly outsider to envied and feared Don. As you take control of New York you will be challenged by the five families including the Tattaglia, Cuneo, Sollozzo, Brazini, and Stracci families. Mark Winegardner, author of the novel Godfather Returns, is providing story editing and fiction insight.

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Gun battle in the barber's.
Featuring non-linear action-adventure gameplay, The Godfather will offer gamers countless choices for solving the family's problems with brutal violence, skillful diplomacy, or a cunning mixture of both. From mob hits and bank heists to drive-bys and extortion, step deep inside the world of The Godfather where intimidation and negotiation are your tickets to the top. Players will use their powers of loyalty and fear to earn respect through interactions with characters in the world while decisions made by the player in the game will have lasting consequences, just as it was in the mob underworld featured in The Godfather fiction.

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Gun battle in the barber's.
Over 20 characters from the movie will appear in thsi game with many lending their voices to add a dramatic and cinematic touch to the game. Such voice actors include the late Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone, James Caan as Sonny Corleone and Robert Duvall as consigliore Tom Hagen. How did Electronic Arts get Marlon Brando in the game considering he passed away? Well, somewhat fortunately the developers managed to get him to record his dialogue just before he passed away late last year and despite being on a ventilator Electronic Arts have confirmed that his dialogue will be used in the game, as well as some additional dialogue being recorded by another voice actor. Certainly a fitting farewell.

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Gun battle in the barber's.
The Godfather is shaping up as a phenomenal title. Even non-fans of the movie (which should amount to only four people around the world) and those who haven't had the pleasure of seeing the movies should pay attention to this game. At this stage it looks like becoming EA's answer to Grand Theft Auto. Whether they can create a game as epic, or exciting, remains to be seen, but the potential is there, and boy is it exciting. In mid-2005 Electronic Arts confirmed that the game was going to slip beyond the games intended Christmas 2005 release and into 2006, but I'll give them all they time they want and given that the first movie is 33 years old now what's a couple of extra months?