When it first came out for the PS2 and Xbox, The Godfather was considered a flop. A number of issues plagued the game, so when EA decided to bring the game over to the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii, it went back to the drawing board to fix a lot of those problems.
EA also decided to incorporate the Wii remote and PS3’s SIXAXIS controller into their respective console’s games with motion controls. The Godfather: Blackhand Edition for the Wii is the end result of that decision, and it’s more than just a simple port.
The Godfather’s story draws from the movie of the same name for a large part of the storyline missions, while adding in some new characters to flesh out the story. You play as a man whose father was gunned down by the Barzini family in 1936. We then move to the opening wedding scene from the film, where your mother asks Don Corelone to look after you and recruit you into the Mafia. From there, you start working your way up the Corelone Family ladder, all the way until you get to be Don of New York City.
The Godfather features many of the actors who were alive when the game was in production reprising their roles from the film, including Robert Duvall, James Caan, and Marlon Brando in his final role. Other actors who have passed on have had their likenesses placed into the game as well, and EA has done a good job of doing so. Unfortunately, there’s one noticeable difference, and that’s Michael Corleone, as Al Pacino didn’t give Paramount and EA his blessing to use his voice and likeness in the game. Michael’s still in there, but he just looks and sounds a bit different. The Godfather: Blackhand Edition is also unique in that it feature the Wii remote controls, but we’ll touch on that in a bit.
There’s a lot about The Godfather that will seem familiar to fans of similar-style games. The game is all about bringing businesses under your family while simultaneously trying to wipe out the other mob families in New York. You have a wide arsenal of upgradable weapons at your disposal, including tommy guns, revolvers, shotguns, Molotov cocktails, lead pipes, bats, and your own two fists. The game contains a mission-based story mode, as well as a chain of missions that are favors for the Corleone family and hits on other mob members. The rest of the time is yours, which you’ll be able to use to free-roam around each of The Godfather’s five neighborhoods.