Maybe You Can Whack Fredo! EA’s Godfather II Goes Gold

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Electronic Arts has announced that its slightly-delayed organized crime action game The Godfather II has gold gold for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, and will arrive at North American retailers on April 7, with sales in Europe set to kick off April 10.

The Godfather II puts players in the role of Dominic, a made man in the Italian mob. After the leader of Dominic’s family is killed at a meeting in Havana on the eve of the Cuban Revolution, the Corleone family recruits Dominic to act as Don so Michael Corleone keeps his hands clean while under investigation by the Senate Committee on Organized Crime. Aided by the Corleone’s consigliere Tom Hagan (voiced by the role’s originator Robert Duvall), Dominic has to figure out how to run his crew, expand a mob empire, reach out to corrupt officials, keep mob rivals in check, and set up new rackets in new markets like Miami and Cuba.

Although an action game, The Godfather II also features a "revolutionary" Don’s View, which offers a 3D visualization of criminal activities and enabling a player to coordinate their strategy and plan their moves.

The Godfather II is priced at $59.99 and is rated M for "Mature" by the ESRB; customer who pre-order the game at retailers will be able to unlock an exclusive character they can hire into their mob family.