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The Godfather

Platform(s): PC, PSP, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Genre: Action
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Electronic Arts

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'The Godfather' (ALL) Developer Interview #5

by Rainier on March 3, 2006 @ 1:14 a.m. PST

Featuring non-linear action-adventure gameplay, The Godfather will offer gamers countless choices for solving the family's problems with brutal violence, skillful diplomacy, or a cunning mixture of both. From mob hits and bank heists to drive-bys and extortion, step deep inside the world of The Godfather where intimidation and negotiation are your tickets to the top. Players will use their powers of loyalty and fear to earn respect through interactions with characters in the world. Decisions made by the player in the game will have lasting consequences, just as it was in the mob underworld featured in The Godfather fiction.

Q : Name a few of the major weapons in The Godfather The Game.

MO: There are five classes of weapons in The Godfather The Game starting with your bare knuckles (these are often the only intimidation tool you’ll need) to melee weapons (bludgeon your opponents with crushing blows using baseball bats and lead pipes) to stranglers (sneak up on your opponent and garrote him from behind feeling his heartbeat in the controller) to an arsenal of firearms (ranging from the .38 Snub Nose - wielded primarily by beat cops patrolling the streets of NYC to the legendary Tommy Gun - wielded by the highest ranking mobsters throughout the city) and of course the heavy explosives (molotovs, dynamite and time bombs used to take out mobsters in quantity, blow safes/vaults and if necessary blow up an entire building).
Each firearm also has three upgrade levels that are purchasable through Black Market Merchants spread throughout the world. They aren’t cheap, but are well worth the investment. The firearm categories include revolvers, pistols, magnums, shotguns and Tommy Guns.

Q : What research went into the creation of these weapons? Did you watch any movies besides The Godfather?

MO: We did a ton of research including watching The Godfather and other films as well as online examination (particularly for our modified firearms) and even went as far as going to the shooting range ourselves to wield of few of the firearms used in game…during our motion capture shoots we even rented a Thompson Submachine Gun and fired off blanks to get real teeth-chattering shooting motion for our character as you see depicted in the film(s).

Q : What’s your favorite weapon, and why?

MO: My favorite weapon is the Level 3 Shotgun: The Street Sweeper. It is a modified shotgun with a cylindrical clip that holds10 shells (allowing for fewer reloads) and fires like an automatic firearm (mowing down anything in its path). With a high Shooting skill, you’ll have very few problems with this gun in your hand…just be sure to keep plenty of ammo on hand.

Q : Any tips on handling a firearm?

MO: Firearms are most useful when trying to take over larger venues (warehouses, transport hubs and rival family compounds), but they are also a useful tool for “negotiating.” Using the Pressure Point Targeting system you can take aim at your opponents “pressure points” and shoot to wound rather than kill. You can’t extort from a dead merchant or offer a dead cop a bribe so rather than take aim at his head and eliminate your target with one pull of the trigger, you can instead take aim at a knee or groin to immobilize your opponent…or when you become more adept you can also shoot to disarm your opponents by firing at their shooting shoulder and then finish them off up close and personal (the optimal way to earn respect).

Increase your shooting skill to get more precision with your firearms, purchase gun upgrades for more firepower, increase your Street Smarts skill to increase your explosives carry limit and purchase safehouses to keep your ammo stocked.

What’s the best weapon for long range aiming? Short range?

MO: The modified 1H firearms (Saturday Night Special and Assassins Pistol) are best for long range accuracy and while the Shotgun(s) are the best firearms for close range I always like to switch to my bare hands...hand-to-hand kills generate more respect which is the key to The Godfather world.

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