[Electronic Arts has provided us with a neat Godfather II exclusive -- a blog posting from Jehanzeb Hasan, part of the game's QA testing team. Hasan talks a bit about the curveballs the game throws the player's way, generating the unexpected and keeping you on your toes.
The post will appear on the official Godfather II Web site later this week, but we have the early exclusive for Destructoid readers. Enjoy.]
The hour is late and a myriad of babbling voices trickle through the lobby of La Maison Rouge. Amidst the clinking of glasses and the idle chatter of some of the evening guests, a rumor has spread -- something has happened in one of the rooms upstairs. Quietly, a fairly dressed gentleman, middle-aged and balding, steps out from the room in question, and adjusts his tie. He surveys the corridor and carefully shuts the door behind him.
"It's Mr. Hagen," someone whispers, "consilgere to Don Corleone."
The muffled voices grow louder and some of the house regulars are bold enough to crane their necks past the grand chandelier and catch a glimpse of the man standing near the railing upstairs. He appears calm, a bit satisfied, waiting for something or someone, perhaps … and that's when YOU step into the scene. A momentary flash of recognition sweeps through the hall and lingering eyes begin to meander elsewhere, gazes are lowered, and faces turn back to their drinks. Whatever it is, it must be Corleone business -- and the less you know, the better.
When you've played through this section of the game as many times as I have, you should have a pretty good idea of what to do next. My usual game plan is to navigate my way through a brief conversation with Tom Hagen before heading off to the airport and booking a ticket to South Florida... but this doesn't always play out as expected. Such was the case on a recent playthrough.
Take, for example, another case... Only a couple days ago, I was planning my conquest of Queens and had just arrived at one of the local appliance stores held by a rival family. I had just stepped onto the sidewalk with a few of my henchmen, when a sudden, loud, glass-shattering explosion threw me back in my chair. Another family had bombed the venue just as I had arrived and foiled my attempt at extorting the business. I was fortunate I hadn't arrived a moment sooner; otherwise, who knows what would've happened!
Godfather II ships for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC on February 27.
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