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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.

What do you get when you add some elements of everyone’s favorite series Tropico and sprinkle in some Jagged Alliance? Well you get Omerta: City of Gangsters. Now I am not saying they are identical because that would be far from the truth as Omerta will bring you back to the roaring twenties, were upcoming gangs rule the streets as well as the booze during the dry days of prohibition.

As you can see from the video above you will be robbing banks and building your empire by selling booze and making fast getaways from the Police in Atlantic City in the 1920’s, but is that all there is to Omerta: City of Gansters? Well Platform Nation I will have to say no, Omerta allows you to play as the fresh face immigrant that comes to the US with big dreams of living large and making money at one of the most opportune times in US history, the Prohibition era.

In this tactical turn-based combat strategy game, you will have to build your empire from the ground up by starting out small by recruiting key gang members and taking over businesses to open up your own illicit business, all the while laying low so that you do not attract the attention of the police and possibly landing yourself in the pokey.

Once you start up Omerta you will get the background of your character as we explained above, the fresh faced immigrant hoping to form his own crime syndicated in Atlantic City. You will be asked six questions and the answers you choose will create your characters past, which will give him certain attributes in the game. Now you will not be building your city from the ground up, but you will be converting pre-existing buildings you take over for your own personal gain that will lead to your illicit businesses down the line.

As far as combat goes it really depends on how you play. You will be able to find cover and sneak up those you are attempting to take out, and if that isn’t your type of strategy you will be able to use the auto resolving combat feature, but who wants to do that when you can direct your character you are controlling at that time take that well placed gut shot or deliver a swift kick to the groin. But as in any turn based tactical game you can lose characters as gang members will take damage that may not heal and in the long run may not be a useful resource in your gang, that can make robbing your next speak easy or bashing a KKK member in the junk a little more difficult.

You will face many tasks throughout the game and they all lead to one thing taking over Atlantic City by any means necessary to include running guns, selling booze and knocking over banks and even busting your allies out of the joint, all the while keeping yourself and your gang alive.

Omerta: City of Gangster is a game that I can not wait for. It is going to be one of those that you may find yourself losing hours at a time all the while thinking minutes may have passed you by. The decision making process is going to be one that can make or break your game and I suggest you think wisely and not try to rush the game and make half cocked decisions as they may lead to your demise and your dreams of establishing your crime syndicate in Atlantic City in one of the cities most colorful time, the 1920’s.

Omerta – City of Gangsters is a simulation game with tactical turn-based combat. Taking the role of a fresh-off-the-boat immigrant, with dreams of the big life, the player will work his way up the criminal hierarchy of 1920’s Atlantic City, New Jersey. Starting with small jobs, his character recruits a gang and expands his empire by taking territory from other gangsters. Eventually he establishes his own crime syndicate and becomes the de facto ruler of Atlantic City.

The player strategically manages his business and his minions in a real-time format, slowly but steadily increasing his influence over the city. The player sends his henchmen out on missions ranging from assassinating an informant, to raiding a warehouse, springing a friend from prison, robbing a bank or attacking a rival gang’s hideout. Nobody is above the law in Atlantic City, so it always helps to have a little cash handy to bribe a policeman or pay off a politician.

The turn-based combat in Omerta – City of Gangsters focuses on the tactical command of “The Boss” and his henchmen. Cover and stealth are essential parts of any shootout in the game. Finding the best vantage point to gun down an enemy, while taking cover from a hailstorm of bullets, can be just as satisfying as sneaking quietly behind a foe and taking him down.

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