In 1899, the coastal cities of the world flooded. In New York City, most people left. But some didn't. Those people banded together into groups forming their own City-States. Italian immigrants in Little Italy formed the Mano Nera City-State, the police and government workers became the Tammany City-State and so on.
Determined to survive and even thrive in this hostile environment, they turned to the sea for sustenance. What they could not provide themselves, they traded for with the "Mainlanders". Fresh water pumped into the city through pipes. One day, the water stops flowing through the pipes. As the city watches it's water reserves run lower and lower, it is you who will attempt to save them...
Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates is a Role-Playing Game in the Classic sense. Our goal was to provide you with the familiar experience of looting, questing, character progression and more just like the old school games did. Aside from the graphical upgrade to the present day, we also wanted to forge our own path in the way we tell stories and the world we create for you.
The 19th Century has a wealth of experiences to draw from that you don't typically see in most games. That gives us a chance to give you something new. To give a few examples: Successful politicians were those with the largest gang of thugs and control over the Polling Stations. Workers Unions were coming of age around this time with frequent strikes and many times, strikebreakers. In gambling dens, dogs would fight rats. This is a sampling of some of the ideas we worked with in telling our stories.
We also wanted you to feel that our world has a sense of Authenticity. In a flooded, Neo-Victorian version of New York, that sounds a little far-fetched. Yet, we did our research. You will meet real life figures from the era: Monk Eastman, Mock Dock, Silent Charlie Murphy. You will visit real life locations: The Tombs Prison, the Brooklyn Bridge. You will consume real life medicines when your party is in trouble: Goulard's Extract, Hunt's Remedy, Shoo-Fly Powder for Drunkenness. That is if you trust Victorian era medicine...
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The best part of EMPYRE: Lords of the Sea Gates for me personally was its great and amazing story and I really enjoyed it. this game almost offers exactly what it promised and if you are a fan of RPGs with deep story telling and unique visuals, you will find this game very interesting and enjoyable. the gameplay is smooth and balanced and puzzle solving and combat style of the game are compelling with great covering mechanics and somehow can be challenging too. the artistic design and visuals of the game are really amazing and you kind feel you are playing Dishonored, but this time it's top down 2.5D and it really sounds cool. the musics and soundtracks really shine and help to create a unique and lovely atmosphere for the game. EMPYRE: Lords of the Sea Gates is overall a great and unique experience with steampunk background and if you are a fan of old style top down RPGs, you will definitely like this game!
Really enjoying this so far, it reminds me of the original Fallout games but with updated graphics and a Steampunk feel. I want to recommend this game to any interested cRPG fans. Any story-based indie RPG deserves support, and this seems like quite a good one. Empye looks great and has an interesting setting. The control is easy to understand. Unfortunately you can't create your own character but can only choose from pre-made ones. The combat is real time with pause and, while not as good as titles like Tyranny, it's solid and quite challenging on hard difficulty. The story and setting are the game's strengths. Although it can be rather terse, the dialogue is well written and gives you chances to make decisions and use certain skills. The setting's lore is well fleshed out, to the point where you can even click on many characters and read short biographies about the many personalities and factions in the world. But don't expect an open-ended sandbox RPG. The closest analogue to Empyre is probably Shadowrun Returns. You will progress through a linear storyline while you make decisions and uncover side quests along the way. It may not be the AAA masterpiece you've been searching for, but at the very least for any fan of Steampunk it?s an absolute must-play.
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