The Godfather: The Game is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Electronic Arts. It is the first video game in the Godfather series and based upon the 1972 film of the same name. Originally released in March 2006 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Microsoft Windows, The Godfather has since been released for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. A smaller variant of the game has also been published for the PlayStation Portable.
The game is notable in that it features the return of several actors from the original film to lend their voice. The participating actors are James Caan as Sonny Corleone, Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen, John Martino as Paulie Gatto, and Abe Vigoda as Salvatore Tessio, with the most notable absences being Marlon Brando (because of his ill health and his late death, the audio producers found that the quality of the recordings were not good enough and hired an imitator, although players can hear one piece of audio that Brando recorded, John Cazale (due to his death in 1978), Richard Castellano (due to his death in 1988) and Al Pacino (who is absent in image as well as voice, choosing to lend his image instead to Scarface: The World Is Yours.
The game starts in 1936 in Little Italy with a cutscene that shows the death of Johnny Trapani, the father of the main character Aldo Trapani (the name is confirmed in the sequel) and the destruction of his bakery by the Barzini crime family, one of the Corleones' rivals in New York. In the aftermath, Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando/Doug Abrahams) comforts the child, telling him that when he is old enough and the time is right he will have his revenge. The story then moves to 1945, with the wedding that begins the film. Aldo's mother, Serafina (Sirenetta Leoni), asks Don Corleone to look after him, as he has been hanging with the wrong crowd, so the Don sends Luca Brasi (Gary Chalk) to recruit Aldo into the Mafia. From this point forward, Aldo is taken under the Corleone family's wing and begins to work his way up the organization.