Omerta: City of Gangsters
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"1920s murder-robbery-corruption is back." - Gamespot.com
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o·mer·ta (-mûrt, mr-tä)
A rule or code that prohibits speaking or divulging information about the activities of a criminal organization
Omerta - City Of Gangsters puts you into the boots of a fresh-from-the-boat immigrant with dreams of the big life. Work your way up the criminal hierarchy of 1920’s Atlantic City, starting with small jobs, recruiting new gang members and expanding your empire by taking territory from other mobsters. Establish your own crime syndicate and become the de facto ruler of Atlantic City!
Under the Boardwalk:
Conquer a historically accurate Atlantic City with 20 unique districts featuring real-world landmarks in a story-driven campaign or sandbox freeplay game
Craft a criminal empire:
Strategic real-time gameplay for planning coups, expanding your territory, extorting the competition and bribing the authorities
Nobody move! It’s a robbery:
Lead your henchmen into elaborately planned tactical combat as they pull off bank heists, robberies, street battles and more
Join the gang:
15 unique player-controlled characters each with distinct personalities, backgrounds, skills, equipment and “RPG-lite” development trees
Keep your friends close, and enemies closer:
Competitive and cooperative online multiplayer modes with persistent gangs
Nice Setting, But Gets Old QuickWolf_Bronski | Oct. 29, 2013 | See all Wolf_Bronski's reviews »
Despite the problems that published reviews pointed out, I gave this game a chance after I read about patches that gave the game a somewhat of an overhaul. The combat is easy to learn but can be a little difficult to master for novices, while gang management is simple yet encourages a little bit of thinking on the part of strategy. It was addicting early on, but after awhile, managing your criminal organization in this title starts to fall a little flat with repetition.
Infinitely playable.FreakDeity | Sept. 6, 2013 | See all FreakDeity's reviews »
What struck me most was the potential. Omerta is a good game but if it succeeds, it has the potential to be a great game. Add opposing AI gangs and allow for turf wars to occur, shrink the building sizes on the strategic maps and give players control over many more buildings, and you have a strategy title that has no equal and is infinitely playable.
Nice mix of Xcom-esque combat and Tropico.tallonkarrde23 | July 11, 2013 | See all tallonkarrde23's reviews »
I think the biggest problem this game faces is XCom fans expecting it to be Mafia:Enemy Mobsters rather than an entirely different game by an unrelated company, which is exactly what it is.
The game itself is a mix of both running the gang as a whole and combat missions alongside that. The main focus is the former - buying new joints, taking over businesses, and generally bringing in the cash while expanding your control out further. For me, the balance of this larger aspect along with the more focused henchmen control and combat feels nice, and I actually really enjoy playing. You can't just randomly make buildings and toss whatever upgrades on them that there are, especially not early on. Along with that you have to decide on how to expand - do you do a drive by or a buyout? This actually does matter and will often drastically change important aspects of your gang, and of course the most important thing that could end up in trouble for this; the income. Kalypso is known for the Tropico games which can be pretty challenging compared to others in the genre, I'd say some of that has carried over well into this game and gives a good level of difficulty so that you feel like you get something out of playing it and progressing.
The combat is strategic (albeit starter guns feel almost based on random chance to hit sometimes) especially after you start buying better weapons and getting new henchmen - and the town gameplay takes a good amount of planning to get down right and is surprisingly pretty addictive. The actual combat can be pretty challenging on a good level at times too - rather than feeling like things are too easily or unfairly difficult.
*Recently there was a large patch that actually added in a lot more to both phases; the combat is much more cleaned up and a lot of stupid bugs are fixed (like shooting through some obstacles before by the enemy AI) - but more importantly are the updates to the mob operations side of things. I haven't yet played with the patch, but there's been additions of rival gangs also spreading into your territory, attacking/taking over your businesses, and so on. This new aspect really sounds like it's made that part of the game miles better than how good it already was.
Overall, I'd say it's great if you don't mind a slower paced strategy game, and even moreso if you like the mafia at all. It's got a nice laid back pace while also keeping you thinking about your next move - but if you're looking for a lot of exciting action and combat you might want to go to XCom.
Uninspired gameBeta21 | July 9, 2013 | See all Beta21's reviews »
The idea for the game is definately engaging. But it fails in so many levels. The voice acting makes you cringe. You never really build a base or a criminal organization. Money is way to easy to come by.
The combat is very dry. There's no connection with any of the characters even your main character.
gangstars meet Jagged Allaince 2malagchonga | July 7, 2013 | See all malagchonga's reviews »
This game is great, its similiar to gangstars from the 90s with better graphics and a more smooth gameplay. The fighting is a roundbased version and with skills similar to jagged alliance 2. ITs still fun and great to paly the missions or sandbox, just try it out.