February 01, 2005

This Is Not Your Father's Atari

"LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - James Caan (news) and Robert Duvall (news) have joined the late Marlon Brando (news) in providing voice acting and likenesses for Electronic Arts' "The Godfather" video game.

Caan and Duvall, who reprise their respective roles as Sonny Corleone and consigliere Tom Hagen from the film, also were involved in the development of the game and are scheduled to attend its premiere unveiling of the game in New York's Little Italy on Feb. 10.

The video game, which draws inspiration from both Mario Puzo's book and Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 movie, is scheduled for release in the fall.

Before his death last July, Brando granted EA the rights to use his likeness, and he recorded voice-overs that virtually reprised his Academy Award-winning role as the titular Don Vito Corleone. EA also secured the rights to the Grammy-winning music Nino Rota composed for the movie and its soundtrack."

Of course you are probably wondering what the game involves, here is your answer.

"The game will allow players to create their own mob character and work their way up the criminal chain from petty theft to drive-bys and extortion to control of the Corleone family in a virtual New York spanning 1945-55.

Players will use their powers of loyalty and fear to earn respect through interactions with characters in the world, where intimidation and negotiation are key to success. 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."

Could be interesting.


6 comments:

PsychoToddler said...

"Could be interesting."

Sounds exactly like the Grand Theft Auto games.

Except that the Godfather is hailed as one of the greatest movies ever made, and the GTA games are hailed as a sign of the decline of Western Civilization.

I know, movies are for grownups and the games are aimed at kids. Whatever. I'd post more on this but I got some aliens to blast.

Jack's Shack said...

P.T.,

I am a big fan of video games too. It is good to be a kid at heart.

PsychoToddler said...

Just wait until you have to compete with your kids for playstation time.

OTOH, I've heard it builds hand/eye coordination.

Jack's Shack said...

Eye/hand coordination. I think that I still need to work on that, must mention to my wife.

PsychoToddler said...

Give up now. Wives will never understand this kind of thing. We have to work on the next generation.

I'm currently in the process of turning my 8 year old daughter into a one-woman killing machine.

Jack's Shack said...

I'm currently in the process of turning my 8 year old daughter into a one-woman killing machine.Now there is an admirable goal. :) Working with the next gen is important.