Though it shares a title, The Godfather II isn't a direct adaptation of Coppola's cinematic classic. Instead, it makes use of specific elements and loosely associates itself with the storied film franchise through certain settings and characters (it is set during the 1960s portion of the story). It doesn't mirror the plot of the movie in any way either - rather, it continues the story from the first Godfather game, tasking the player with creating and maintaining their own powerful "family" of Mafioso thugs and criminal operations.
Gameplay in The Godfather II is a mix of action and strategy elements. The "open world" element of the game is very similar to the Grand Theft Auto titles, encompassing several different cities and providing players with a variety of missions and objectives. Being a mafia member, you'll frequently be called upon to put people impeding your "business" or bothering those asking you for favors in their proper place (i.e. six feet under) – often in very violent ways. Planning out who to target, who to put pressure on, and who to do favors for is an important part of the game, and provides a strategic element to break up the action sequences. You'll also be able to recruit and command underlings to take care of your "dirty work" should you not be in town when a rival family decides to horn in on your territory. Your men aren't quite as skilled as you are, however, so outfitting them and preparing them for the job is also important. -