This Tuesday I will once again be heading to the magical land of California to visit EA Redwood Studios, where a new game is brewing…

Yep. They did it again.

Let it be known- I’m not a big fan of the first Godfather game. In fact, I grew to hate it the more I struggled through it. The fact that I can’t remember if I bothered to beat it or not gives you an indication of how memorable it was. There were a ton of problems with the first game (repetitive missions, a story that kept you in the sidelines, trying too hard to be GTA, etc.) but they have to know what people thought of it, and hopefully have addressed the issues with this new one.

But I’m all about second chances, and they are doing a few interesting things with this one, such as with the focus on the more strategic side of things. You finally play as the Don and can send soldiers (with various specialties) on missions, or join them yourself while building up your empire. On the flipside, there was also more attention paid to hand to hand brutality, as seen in the trailer above. So I’m really going into this with a clean slate. The proof is in how it plays, after all. And God help me, it is hard not to get excited when you hear that theme song. Let’s hope they don’t screw the pooch again.

Expect a full report later this week. If you’ve got any burning questions about the game, leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to get them answered.