This game is one of EA's best efforts outside of the sports genre in recent years. It feels a little like Grand Theft Auto but also has the easy to use format that is common to EA games. While it is violent, there are no rewards for killing pedestrians, and doing so creates a hassel for your character. In true mob form, you can bribe police officers, but killing them isn't usually the best alternative. The weapon system in this game is great. You can start out by buying or picking up basic weapons at the beginning and can purchase more efficient and accurate weapons later in the game. The old stand-by's of shotguns, tommyguns, pistols, dynamite, and even bombs are all available for purchase. If you are a into character development, this is the "sandbox" game for you. It allows you to gain experience (respect) that you can use to upgrade any of 10 different skills. If you are a fan of the classic movie, you probably won't be dissappointed either. While the game takes place parallel to the action of the film, it is fairly well done and even though Micheal looks nothing like Pachino, the other major characters all show up. James Cann plays Sonny with gusto and makes the cutscenes pretty entertaining. The customization is great too, for those tired of playing as one of the GTA characters that you are forced to be in those games. You can change appearence, clothing, and body type, among other things. The gameplay is solid, and the shooting system is far more rewarding than most third person shooters. The game took me 25 hours to beat on the medium difficulty and another 10 to get all of the unlockables. Trust me, this is a great game with pretty good replay value.
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