With most games on the Nintendo Wii being the cuddly kind, The Godfather: Blackhand Edition is definitely a refreshing change. The Godfather is the perfect action game for using the Wiimote controller; you can punch, grab, strangle, throw, slam, and shoot all with fairly realistic movements. As for the game itself, for a solo adventure it keeps you on your toes!
The game follows the storyline of the original Godfather movie. If you’ve seen it you’ll enjoy being a part of classic scenes as the Corleone family rises to the top of the mafia in New York. Even if you don’t know the story, the game will get you involved with plenty of story missions and side objectives that you can accomplish along the way.
You start as an Outsider, and work your way up through the ranks to the position of Don. Respect and money are both earned as you extort from store owners, take over rackets, polish off gangsters on your hit list, and perform ‘favors’ for those that need your help.
The Godfather for the Nintendo Wii offers a variety of tools to work with, from a blunt shovel, tire iron, golf club or baseball bat to a good selection of guns (pistol, magnum, shotgun, machine gun) that can be upgraded for more shot power and larger magazine capacity. If guns aren’t violent enough for you, try throwing a Molotov cocktail at a mobster and then shoot him while he burns…did I mention this game isn’t cuddly? You can use dynamite, timed bombs, and there’s even a hit squad of Corleone tough guys to come back you up if you’re feeling outnumbered.
As you upgrade your weapons, you also upgrade yourself with a RPG-esque point system…you can improve your skills as a negotiator with store-owners or police (yes, they all can be bought from the Chief to the FBI, you even learn how to blackmail the various Chiefs for free protection), or get better with your hand-to-hand and gun accuracy skills instead. Spending enough points in certain sections can earn you new techniques, like the pistol whip, or heavy power-ups like unlimited ammo!
There are a few areas that could have been better. For instance death doesn’t impose a tough-enough penalty…you come to at the doc’s office and lose a tiny amount of money. It’s less of a challenge when you’re not afraid to die. I really want to have to scramble to avoid the knife if you know what I mean.
The Godfather offers no multiplayer options at all. Even some mini-missions that people could compete over would be good…who can get the most from the store owner, kill the most mobsters in 5 min, etc.
Overall, The Godfather Blackahnd Edition for the Nintendo Wii really is an enjoyable game…it kept me involved all the way through and made great use of the Wiimote and Nunchuk controllers. The Godfather is a must-have for any adult Wii owner, provided you like solo games. Perhaps in a sequel we’ll see some multiplayer action!
Picture this: Taking a leisurely 90 mph drive through New York City (stolen car of course), your trusty henchman leaning out the window shooting the cops and/or mobsters chasing you, heading towards a ‘family’ compound that you and your hit squad are about to bomb…it’s truly a perfect moment.