A Game I Cannot Refuse
I got myself a copy of The Godfather videogame for the PS2 during the week, and I'm actually a bit excited at trying it. There's a Create-a-Capo feature which starts off the game, and after you put together your customized Italian-American, you take your Made Man to take part in Mario Puzo's gangster epic-turned videogame.
According to write-ups, the game puts you in the role of a young man whose father is gunned down prior to the events in the first Godfather film. During the opening scene of the wedding of Don Corleone's daughter, your mama asks The Don for a favor- to make you a member of his family. Of course, Vito can't refuse a request made on his daughter's wedding so you're off on your merry way soon enough. The gameplay seems to be a mix of GTA free-roaming with shooting and driving elements. There are also extensive hand-to-hand combat moves... though it's more roughing up and beating some poor schmuck into being your milking cow rather than actual martial arts. Aside from taking part in the main and fixed Godfather storyline (which lets you participate in the aftermath of events such as the infamous Toll Booth massacre), you take over businesses and eventually try to spread your influence and become as powerful as the Don himself.
Sounds cool. The game has had some positive, if not altogether pretty good, reviews so far. I'll try to polish my tommy-gun skills over the weekend.