Godfather II: The Don Treatment

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It feels good moving up in the world. One minute, you're scrounging around on the bottommost rung of the seedy underbelly of the rancid back alley of a crime syndicate. The next, you're hobnobbing and canoodling with the big shots in the upper echelons of the elite of the cream of the crop – drinking Cristal and playing blackjack while a small army of cocktail waitresses fetches you drinks and fried ravioli. The Godfather II first look event was definitely a step up for yours truly. That's not to say I haven't gone to half a dozen press events, drunk myself silly and seen great games; but this is the first time I've done it for Kotaku as their new San Francisco correspondent. Which means I got a look at Godfather II without having to fight a pack of raging hooligans for the privilege.

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I also got my very own bottle of Cristal. This classy event featured a roundtrip tour of the San Francisco bay on a luxury boat, complete with a viewing deck that I was too chicken to go on while said boat was moving. Along with the standard perks of video game parties (open bar, amazing hors d'oeuvres), we also got a first look at the Godfather II on screen and in a weird, abstract tabletop game where the even the DM wasn't too clear on the rules. There was also a masseuse and blackjack tables and no, absolutely no, cement shoes. I can't tell you too much about Godfather II just yet (check back on Friday), but I can tell you from personal experience that it's no easy thing to get to the top – of anything. The mob, video game journalism, you name it. You've got to be willing to whack a few people, to shake things up. The path to the top involves a lot of muscle work, a lot of man power, and more than a little strategizing. And Dramamine, if you're going to be on a boat.

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@Oban: The first one didn't undersell, it just wasn't any good. It didn't really offer us much in the way of compelling experiences to justify the Godfather name, and didn't offer up much in the way of interesting new mechanics. It felt like a lot of tired game conventions thrown together with a hackneyed premise— view the Godfather events from the OUTSIDE!— that didn't make the experiences exciting. I'm glad they're trying the semi-RTS thing with the sequel, not that it sounds well-suited to the title, but it seems like they're at least looking to shake things up.

And in other news, welcome to Kotaku Proper, Mme Glasser. But I have to admit, the lavish event you described really makes me nervous— I know McWhertor spoke once on the Bonus Round about the lengths Kotaku goes to in order to maintain a sense of propriety, but this kind of event definitely gives the impression that Kotaku is just a press agent for the publishers. I don't think for a minute that Kotaku is doing anything untoward, but this is definitely not transparent. Just my two cents.