The Godfather II
It was bound to happen eventually. Grand Theft Auto's success gave birth to so many imitators that it was just a matter of time before someone found a way to out-Rockstar Rockstar.
- Action and strategy elements are solid, top-notch writing and voice acting
- Environments look a little flat, team-mate AI can be wonky at times
Just when you think you're done, Godfather II pulls you back in with its deep and satisfying strategy. The game isn't perfect by any means but it is so criminally addictive, we had no choice but to award it five stars out of five. If they decide to do a third game, keep your fingers crossed that it's better than the third Godfather movie.
Price$ 99.95 (AUD)
It was bound to happen eventually. Grand Theft Auto's success gave birth to so many imitators that it was just a matter of time before someone found a way to out-Rockstar Rockstar. That's exactly what EA has accomplished with Godfather II-it improves upon the 'crime boss' aspect of GTA and becomes the experience by which other crime games must be judged. It isn't the best open-world game out there but it does a sublime job of capturing what it feels like to be the head of a virtual crime family.
You'll take the role of Dominic, a thug-turned-Don who rises to prominence by defending the honor of the Corleone family and wiping out the forces that oppose it. It's a story that dovetails with the film of the same name, but it doesn't detract from the gameplay. Much of the game revolves around takeovers: You drive to an enemy business in one of three massive environments (New York, Florida and Cuba), kill the opposing guards, rough up the owner and take control of the racket. The action is plenty satisfying on its own, with a lock-on aiming system that's simple to use without making things too easy.
Your assaults can be made considerably smoother by utilising the special skills of the three-man crew you assemble; there are classes ranging from the Electrician, who can keep enemies from calling for back-up to the Bruiser who can knock down reinforced doors.
It's Good To Be The King
As fun as these petty crimes are, the metagame surrounding them is just as engaging. When you control all of a certain type of criminal outfit — bordellos or chop shops, for instance — you'll get a big advantage in combat like brass knuckles or bulletproof vests. Knowing that kind of bonus is just a couple of takeovers away makes it impossibly difficult to set the controller down for the night.
If I were to lodge one complaint against the game, it's that the environments could use an extra coating of graphical polish, but the slight lack of fidelity is more than made up for by the gameplay variety. I'm not ready to call this the king of open world games - that crown is still firmly ensconced on Nico Bellic's head - but when it comes to replicating the feeling of being an underworld kingpin, Godfather II is the Don.
Join the newsletter!
Bang and Olufsen Beoplay A9 Speaker
Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB 3000
Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Watch
Ballistix Sport AT
Apple iMac Pro
Samsung QLED 8K TV
Toys for Boys
ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac
Little Bits DROID Inventor Kit
Tivoli PAL BT
ESET Internet Security
ESET Smart Security Premium
Nix Pro Colour Sensor
Oregon Pro WMR500 Weather Station
Osmo Coding Awbie Game
Ikea RIGGAD work lamp with wireless charging
Naztech Xtra Drive Mini + 256GB microSD Card
SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3
TimeFlip Magnet Simple Time Tracking Device
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker
If you own an action camera, it’s probably a GoPro. But if you are planning on sharing any footage of your latest outdoor adventure with friends and colleagues, you will need more than just hardware. You will need software.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo R17 Pro review: Oppo's thriftiest flagship yet drives a hard bargain
- 2 Nokia 7.1 review: A modest and modern mid-tier option
- 3 Tenda Nova MW6 review: A gateway drug for mesh Wi-Fi
- 4 Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: Expensive, but probably the best phone you can buy right now
- 5 Apple iPhone XS review: Astonishment at a price
Latest News Articles
- Fortnite and PUBG could be banned in China
- Epic Games cuts the once-loved 'Infinity Blade' series from the App Store
- Resident Evil 2 Hands On Preview
- PC World 2018 Editor's Choice Awards Nominees Announced
- Support for AUD finally comes to Steam (with a catch)
PCW Evaluation Team
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)
It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
- PC World 2018 Editor's Choice Awards
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: Full, in-depth, Australian review
- Razer Phone 2 review: One for the fans
- Everything you need to know about Smart TVs
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?