Since I had already gotten my old Xbox 360 out of storage so I could play The Godfather game this weekend, I decided to also try my hand at the replaying game version of The Godfather II.
The Godfather II takes place in the 60s. You play Dom, a Corleone soldier who becomes Michael’s right-hand man after you help him escape from Cuba during the revolution. Back in New York, Michael assigns you to take control of the city from the Rosato brothers. Eventually, you will also gain the ability to fly out to Miami and Cuba, where you’ll meet Hyman Roth and continue to extort businesses and battle rival families. It’s another Grand Theft Auto-style game, where you can focus on the story or you can just focus on exploring the open world and seeing what type of trouble you can get into.
The good thing about The Godfather II is that you get to select the members of your crew and you can send them on all of the missions that you don’t feel like dealing with. They also stick with you and act as bodyguards whenever you get into a gun fight. Choosing the members of your crew is one of the best parts of the game because every potential recruit comes with their own skills and their own personality. Like you, the members of your crew can be taken out of commission if they get heavily wounded but they’ll always return after a brief trip to the hospital. However, if you get tired of a member of your crew, you can remove his invulnerability and toss him off a roof or send him on a suicide mission to attack the Rosato Compound all by himself. That’s the power of being the underboss.
Other than the stuff with the crew, Godfather II is not as much fun as the first Godfather game. The combat feels clunky and the game’s overall design feel rushed. Sending Dom to three different cities instead of concentrating on recreating 60s New York was a mistake. There’s not that much difference between the game’s version of New York, Miami, and Havana. Plus, the game didn’t allow me to take out Castro. What’s the point of sending me to Havana if you’re not going to let me change history?
When it comes to Godfather games, the second one is good enough to be played once but it doesn’t reward a replay. The first Godfather game is the one that still remains enjoyable after all these years.