The Godfather: The Game PS2 / PC

The Godfather: The Game PS2 / PC
Considering Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather films are themselves adaptations of Mario Puzo's novel, Coppola seems disingenuous railing against this video game version (especially considering Godfather III). But who needs Francis when you have great voice work from James Caan, Robert Duvall, Abe Vigoda and even some from the late Marlon Brando. (It's unfortunate Al Pacino was made an offer he could refuse.) The Tommy Gun-laden game follows major plot points of the Corleone saga, but its non-linear structure makes it feel like its own world rather than a rehash. It does resemble a Grand Theft Auto prequel with the Liberty City mafia relocated to 1950s New York. But that's no knock; the sandbox setting lets you climb the crime ladder at your own pace, earning respect, extorting businesses, taking over rackets and making your rivals sleep with the proverbial fishes. (EA)