Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Omerta - City of Gangsters Review

Hello Ladies and Gentleman!
Today I will be giving you a review of a Turn Based Strategy game called Omerta - City of Gangsters.

 A bit about the game and developers.
Omerta- City of Gangsters has been developed by Haemimont Games, but has been published by Kalypso Media.Omerta - City of Gangsters is an turn based strategy game in which you are a gangster leader. Your job is to take over the city that you live in.

About Gameplay.
Omerta has two different game modes. Multiplayer and Single player. And they are very different. In Single player you have to follow a given story. You are able to manage a whole town, you decide what building will be bakery, what building will be making alcohol, what building will be storage and what building will you be selling your stuff from. Of course, as you are completing your objectives the detectives always want to catch you. You also have few ways to deal with them - either kill them, or pay them to work with you. And even though you have settled with the Detectives for now, other detectives will try to get you. And once you take care of those as well, another mob will try to get you. So through your whole gameplay you had someone to deal with as your mob family grows.

The game is an real time strategy when you are managing the city. By that, I mean that you can see a lot of little details such as your mob members running around the town, stealing the cars that you told them to steal and then driving around the map in them. Then, when you send them somewhere, you can see them drive their cars to that location, get out of the cars and go into the buildings. Everything is very detailed and awesome! But when it comes to combat, the game turns into a turn based strategy game, in which each gang member (or a detective) has their own turn to decide what do they want to do, such as move around, hide behind covers or attack someone.

During combat each character has their own abilities. The player has to chose if he wants to move or use any of the abilities. The player can move and then use abilities, but he can't use abilities and then move. So, once you decide to attack someone, your turn is automatically over. Therefore, during the fight the player needs to think of the whole strategy. Each in game character is different. Some of them use bats, some use knives, some use hand guns and others use shotguns. And therefore each character has different skills. Some of them are medics while others are sneaky ninjas. All of this should be applied during your combat seasons, since in most cases you are always outnumbered by detectives.

Multiplayer does not have the city running gameplay. Multiplayer is either a versus game, or a co-op game with your friends, or random strangers. Multiplayer is a turn based combat game, in which you and your friend have to do various missions together, or compete against each other. The turns during multiplayer are very random and character based.

Graphic and Audio
Graphic of Omerta - City of Gangsters is very amazing. The details put  into the city, cars, characters, trees, shades and day and night cycles are really stunning for a strategy game. I was very surprised. Music, on the other hand gets quite annoying, so I had to mute it an hour into the game.

Pros, cons and final grade.
- You get to run the mob in a strategy game.
- Very beautiful graphic.

- Nothing new. Everything in this game has been seen way too many times before.
- Multiplayer experience is not as fun as single player is.

Final Grade: 5/10

Extra Info: The game is quite fun but I was expecting much more out of it when I first laid my eyes on it. I'm sad that it turned out as it did. I was actually playing the game with a good friend of mine, Str33tsGaming, who made a YouTube video of us playing the game. Since I liked the video I thought of placing it on my blog. So everyone can see a bit of Multiplayer, Versus mode. Enjoy!
P.S. I had no idea he was recording until the next day, when he uploaded it..

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