Omerta - City of Gangsters is a simulation game with tactical turn-based combat. Taking the role of a fresh-from-the-boat immigrant, with dreams of the big life, the player will work his way up the criminal hierarchy of 1920’s Atlantic City.
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Release Date: Jan 31, 2013

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Omerta - City of Gangsters is a simulation game with tactical turn-based combat. Taking the role of a fresh-from-the-boat immigrant, with dreams of the big life, the player will work his way up the criminal hierarchy of 1920’s Atlantic City. 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.

Key Features

  • Historically accurate representation of Atlantic City and its landmarks
  • Strategic gameplay allows city overview, planning, expansion and gathering of intel
  • Turn-based tactical combat with a cover system and stealth action
  • 15 unique player controlled characters each with unique personalities and backgrounds
  • A RPG system for development of player characters and managing their equipment
  • Competitive and cooperative multiplayer mode with persistent gangs
  • 15+ hours of gameplay in a single play-through
  • 20 unique maps visualizing the various districts of Atlantic City

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 32-bit, Vista SP2, Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 8800, Radeon HD 2000, Pixel Shader 3.0, 256 MB discrete RAM
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB HD space
    • Sound: DirectX compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: 2 GHz Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 400 series, Radeon HD 5000 series, 512 MB discrete RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.7 or higher.
    • Processor: Dual-core or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Graphics: Intel HD 3000 or higher, NVIDIA 8x00, 9x00, 2x0, 3x0, 4x0, 5x0 and 6x0, and AMD 2x00 or higher.
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taeH 1
36.2 hrs
Posted: August 22
yes, it could have been much better and really make more out of the gangster setting. however, it was still a lot of fun especially with the add-on. the economical part and the fights are pretty tough on higher difficulty levels. with a lot of different weapons and gangsters the fights are pretty cool, so look forward to it!
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Lazzarey
6.6 hrs
Posted: August 21
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Death&Taxes
37.0 hrs
Posted: August 20
Pros: If you are a fan of the XCOM kind of isometric turn based combat, you will probably like this. But a few caveats; this game is more about building up your criminal businesses than actual combat. Expect to spend the majority of time panning around a little neighborhood in Atlantic city looking for a Premises or a Joint to add to your crime ring. But that is not to say combat is lacking, there is a fair amount of it.

Cons: Remember the XCOM comparison? Unlike XCOM, this just does not have the same level of depth or mood, especially in its combat. The sounds of the guns are muddled, the characters speak in some of the most cheesy dialogue, and the setting is right out of a 1940's B-Movie, including some latent racism/bigotry (i.e. the Irish character who when he isn't hiccuping between turns, is complaining about needing a drink). Finally, as a technical concern the zoom is set too close in on the city screen, preventing a true bird's eye view of the various businesses in the neighborhood. As a result, it can be maddening trying to find a particular location.

Bonus Pet Peeve: Kalypso's redundant, pointless 3rd party DRM. Despite playing through Steam, expect to have to set up a Kalypso account and then to mash the enter key a few extra times each time your try to start the game.

Overall: If you like mobster games and the previously mentioned isometic style, by all means give it a try. At its best, it is a fun little game. But expect your enjoyment to be blunted a bit by the lack of polish and depth overall. Don't buy it at full price, but wait for a sale. This game gets steep discounts, in fact it was once free on a certain steam competitor that shall not be named.
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TD
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 20
Very good birds eye view of being a gangster and the world is interactive with all its buildings and theres lots to do in this unique gangster feel life
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Chuck Finley
44.2 hrs
Posted: August 18
This game asks that you be meticulous and think out your actions before you make the. It is well understood that many would find this game boring. That being said it is a fantastic game if you enjoy a game that can feel slower moving but asks for planning and thinking things out. The mechanics seem to work fine for me and it is exacty what you would expect of this sort of game. I am sure that many dont like this game as it is slower and I find it a little bit of fun to play while watching movie as it doesnt need full attention like many other games. If you are looking for an immersive game that is action packed and a thrill a minute then move on, this game isnt for you.
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【Sollok】™
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 14
Taking the role of a fresh-from-the-boat immigrant, with dreams of the big life, you must work your way up the criminal hierarchy of 1920s Atlantic City. Starting with small jobs, you'll recruit a gang and expand your empire by taking territory from other gangsters, to the point where you eventually establish your own crime syndicate and become the de facto ruler of this world.

Practically everything you do is in search of more of the game’s resources--dirty and clean money, firearms, liquor, and beer. There exists a strange economy where you can exchange any of these items for another through various offers that get posted over time. Generally, each level in the campaign will ask you to harvest a certain amount of a particular resource or two. The system is interesting at first, but it quickly proves itself to be easily gamed. Your task is usually simply turning one thing which you have a lot of into something you don’t have much of. It’s just a matter of finding someone with the right offer for you--50 units of beer for $500 in dirty money, or 20 firearms for 20 bottles of liquor, for example.
The need to distinguish between dirty money and clean income hints at depths that never appear. Then that mission ends, you're dumped on a new map, all benefits of your previous success magically erased as you start over from scratch again.

As you progress through the game, the roster of mobsters will increase, each coming with their own specific weapon, and preference for violence. While this does vary the action, the whole thing becomes dangerously unbalanced; melee becoming a very distant second to anybody with a gun.

Omerta: City of Gangsters feels under-developed and too clunky, which quickly sucks the joy out of playing. For me this game is an offer I CAN refuse, I can't recommend Omerta: City of Gangsters to even the biggest mafia fan. But if you feel this game might be something you'd enjoy, at least play the demo before spending any hard-earned cash.


THE GOOD
- A good idea for a game
- A variety of mission types
- Colourful cast of characters

THE BAD
- Slow-paced, restrictive, and dull
- The game feels dated
- Cover system is broken
- Underdeveloped UI
- Insufficient feedback mechanics
- Fails to deliver on its potential in any area
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Nard eat Nard
9.2 hrs
Posted: August 14
Games are fun
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Pazuzu
25.5 hrs
Posted: August 8
This game is fun! I spend a lot time playing it because I like Mafia games, strategy and turn based combat

If you life this kind of game, you must have it
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Dr Drezko
17.8 hrs
Posted: August 3
This is a great game
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tmk
25.7 hrs
Posted: July 25
If you love mafia like I do then It's not a bad game at all!
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Taking the role of a fresh-from-the-boat immigrant, with dreams of the big life, you must work your way up the criminal hierarchy of 1920s Atlantic City. Starting with small jobs, you'll recruit a gang and expand your empire by taking territory from other gangsters, to the point where you eventually establish your own crime syndicate and become the de facto ruler of this world.

Practically everything you do is in search of more of the game’s resources--dirty and clean money, firearms, liquor, and beer. There exists a strange economy where you can exchange any of these items for another through various offers that get posted over time. Generally, each level in the campaign will ask you to harvest a certain amount of a particular resource or two. The system is interesting at first, but it quickly proves itself to be easily gamed. Your task is usually simply turning one thing which you have a lot of into something you don’t have much of. It’s just a matter of finding someone with the right offer for you--50 units of beer for $500 in dirty money, or 20 firearms for 20 bottles of liquor, for example.
The need to distinguish between dirty money and clean income hints at depths that never appear. Then that mission ends, you're dumped on a new map, all benefits of your previous success magically erased as you start over from scratch again.

As you progress through the game, the roster of mobsters will increase, each coming with their own specific weapon, and preference for violence. While this does vary the action, the whole thing becomes dangerously unbalanced; melee becoming a very distant second to anybody with a gun.

Omerta: City of Gangsters feels under-developed and too clunky, which quickly sucks the joy out of playing. For me this game is an offer I CAN refuse, I can't recommend Omerta: City of Gangsters to even the biggest mafia fan. But if you feel this game might be something you'd enjoy, at least play the demo before spending any hard-earned cash.


THE GOOD
- A good idea for a game
- A variety of mission types
- Colourful cast of characters

THE BAD
- Slow-paced, restrictive, and dull
- The game feels dated
- Cover system is broken
- Underdeveloped UI
- Insufficient feedback mechanics
- Fails to deliver on its potential in any area
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
333 of 370 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
101.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2013
tl;dr version:

PROS:

+ Easy to learn, not that hard to master
+ Authentic language, music and scenery
+ Functionally combines Economy Sim and Round-Based Combat
+ "Sandbox" Mode where you can check out tactics you didn't try in the campaign
+ Fine-tune your henchmen and their weaponry by leveling them up and finding new firearms
+ All weapon classes (Revolver, Pistol, Knife, Baseball Bat,...) have their own playstyle and useful
+ All STATS (Strength, Endurance,...) are useful and you can reset PERKS for your player/henchmen easily
+ All characters unlock widely varied combat-specific SKILLS which if properly used give a BIG advantage in combat
+ Multi-Player with Henchman Level Progression
+ Skills, STATS and Perks and the ability to switch out your gang on the fly helps to vary gameplay


CONS:

- Average economy system will be too easy and simple for above average sim fans
- Turn based combat can be a bit infurating (Hit chances, friendly fire, damage stats,..)
- Playing too many hours in a row will show how repetetive the gameplay can get
- Co-Operative Mode is restricted to 2 modes of the Turn Based Combat, no co-op campaign with economy map!!
- After 10 hours you have may have heard and seen everything that exists in the game
- You might think that some henchmen are better than others



DLC WORTH IT?

Yes if you get it all cheap at once, each DLC (not counting ADDON!) adds 1 mission and 1 henchman but on their own not worth 5 bucks.

SUMMARY: Definitely buy if you want a fun and not too deep eco-sim/turnbased hybrid and feel a bit like "Boardwalk Empire" or other Prohibition-related media. Great game, just not perfect but one can forgive the weak spots.


Long Text:

A fun little niché title that combines economy simulation with round-based combat in a meaningful way. By no means the most deep and realistic simulation of the Prohibition Era but it manages to capture the atmosphere through authentic, if sometimes comical, voice bits, great and fitting music and general flair.


Neither combat nor economy sections of the game work perfectly but work seamlessly together but it can get repetetive.


Multi-Player is PvP (vs other players and their gangsters) and 2 Co-operative missions. You can only play the turn-based combat but you can build your gang out of the game's henchman list, level and equip them according to your preferences (and what you can afford).



It IS a fun game that draws you in with its charm, easy to use and understand controls and mechanics, quick action and original maps based on Atlantic City.


It is NOT a hardcore economy sim with deep layers of mechanics nor a high-tech combat simulator.

You are limited to the ingame ressources and will most likely figure out the most efficient way to play about midway through the 10-15 hour campaign and slight repetivity might sour your experience.
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303 of 354 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2013
Actually, that is very controversial game to be recommended...

On the one hand, it's a quite attractive mix of city management game (like Tropico series) and tactical combat game (like XCOM or Silent Storm).

On the other hand attempt to mix these two features can't be called successfull because:
- management part much easier than in Tropico and not so absorbing:
- tactical combat part can entertain you but it's far-far behind XCOM or Silent Storm:

In other words, if you have an opportunity to buy it on sale for 5-10 USD (with all DLC) then do it - worths it completely. If it's much more expensive, it's simply waste of time and money.
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299 of 388 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
I love gangster settings, but this game has oen massive problem.
It's boring.

You will sit on the map waiting for resources to unlock so you can continue plugging away with the game. Want to break up the monotany with combat missions? You'll be punished with a raised alert status with the cops. It goes too high and the game is over.
Unless you have money to bribe, in which case it's never a concern.
And sadly the combat missions feel random. The difference between everybody living and everybody dying can sometimes just feel like a random dice roll, even after playing the entire mission smart.
To add insult to injury I still don't know how to change the weapons my crew is carrying. And I'm ten hours in.
There's a lot of potential but it just doesn't live up to any of it.
I won't begrudge anybody who likes this game, but this game just wasn't for me.
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121 of 140 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2014
Omerta is not a terrible game, and I'm almost inclined to give it a thumbs up. Heck, I spent 30+ hours playing it, so you might think that's an implicit recommendation right there. But it's not.

There's enough going on in Omerta to keep you occupied in a pleasant, cow-clicker kind of way. But the strategic/RTS layer lacks enough depth to be really satisfying - every mission plays out in pretty much the same way, tilting from "how long do I have to wait until my next building? I hope I don't run out of money" over to "I'm printing money and the police are in my pocket" in about 10-15 minutes each time.

The tactical combat is pretty fun, but unlike XCOM EU, you don't feel like you're really making many interesting choices in the team construction. I've carefully balanced my squads between AoE shotgun-types and single-target pistol/rifleman. I've also just thrown a bunch of characters in with the best-rated weapons that happen to be in my inventory. Either way you'll find a way to win without too much sweat. So leveling up gang members and choosing their skills/perks becomes a forgettable side note, not the kind oi high-stakes, nailbiter moment it should.

I picked up Omerta as part of a Humble Bundle so I'm plenty happy with the purchase. If I'd dropped north of $10 on this, though, I'd feel cheated. Omerta has some nice production values, but the gameplay is a lot more like a Facebook/casual game than a real AAA title.
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92 of 107 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2015
This is one of those games that takes a good idea, in this case running a mafia gang in 1920's Atlantic City, but just doesn't deliver on its potential. Each level is set in a different neighbourhood of Atlantic City. You have an overview of that neighbourhood where you can rent or buy buildings and establish illegal or legit businesses or joints. There's also some squad based tactical combat where you control some of your hired gangsters as they fight rival gangs or cops.

Good points:
- the games style is pretty good with nice looking maps that pull of the 1920's look quite nicely. The music also adds nicely to the games atmosphere.
-running your own mafia gang is pretty fun for the first few hours at least

Bad points:
- this game gets very repetitive after a few levels. The basic formula for each level is start setting up businesses, discover more of the neighbourhood, set up more businesses, gather enough money, resources or liked rating to complete objectives, combat mission end. While the campaign has a story and objectives that try to keep things fresh is doesnt stop the repetition creeping in and the game becomes a chore.
- the combat sections arent great. Granted its not the gameplays main focus but it doesnt have much depth and combat sections become more of a nuisance later in the game.

I've ticked not recommended for this game instead of recommended but it's really one of those "somewhere in the middle" games. It's not so much a bad game but it's not good either, just average. If the game sounds like something you'd enjoy it might be worth a try but probably not worth it otherwise.
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118 of 148 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
It is a single-player monopoly.
The main problem with the game isn't the poor combat or the fact that there's no point in strategically building your buildings for one purpose or another.
The core problem is that you can't lose.

There is no competition trying to compete for the same areas that you are. Imagine a strategy game in the style of Starcraft where you find a set of minerals but there's no point in rushing to build there because no one else will take it. As a matter of fact, there is no point in building bunkers or base defences either, because the only time you will get attacked it will be scripted.

Additionally the multiplayer is a joke. It only allows you to do a small number of pre-created missions. There were gangster games made over ten years ago that have higher quality than this!

The only good thing I can say about this game is that it has a good atmosphere. Worth 20 Euros? No, absolutely not.
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106 of 140 people (76%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 11, 2015
This is one of the games where I'd like to have an option in between recommended and not recommended.
It fully deserves a "Meh." and that's just what I'm gonna give it.
So I am not saying that you shouldn't get it, neither that you should.

The idea and setting are nice and the game is fun in the beginning, but gameplay just remains absolutely the same all the way through.
Step one: Let's build a mafia business with illegal alcohol and stuff
Step two: Oh look, the (other) bad guys! Let's kill all of them.
Step three: Congrats, you win! Now go the next place.
Over and over and over and over and over.

The economics are extremely simple and the whole game is very repetitive. That doesn't mean it isn't fun for a few hours, but finishing it is one of those things life is just simply too short for. I lost interest somewhere on the way.

tl:dr: Meh game, fun for a few hours, getting it on sale may be worth it, but you probably won't finish it.
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77 of 98 people (79%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
47.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 2, 2014
After playing total of ~30 hours and in fact finishing the game with every unique weapon, unfortunately I don't recommend this title.

Let's start from the good side. You have very nice voice-acting, awesome graphics (especially rain visuals on street is pretty damn good, I liked that), and... yeah, that's it.

For some reason I couldn't find more pros. It's a very simple mix of strategy and RPG, with turn-based combat. Gameplay is pretty damn boring, it takes some time in every mission to "settle up" and make a good income, only to discover that 5 minutes later mission is finished... And you start again...

Actually there's no real reason for "having fun" with doing anything apart from main storyline. The only things, which are permanent are the weapons, and most of them are useless anyway.

I won't lie if I say that I had higher hopes for this title. I love Tropicos and got this game as a preorder special to Tropico 5, and decided that I can play it a bit before Tropico 5 arrives, but no. Game is unfortunately boring, repeatable, very short (you can finish it with collecting most of the achievements under 20 hours, on normal gameplay it's about 10-15 hours I'd say), and doesn't really offer ANYTHING, which could potentially hold me for a bit longer.

Sorry Kalypso, but Omerta isn't your strongest title. Adding more RPG elements like taking 1/10 or even less of daily income to the next mission would make it far more enjoyable. There's no real reason for making anything apart from storyline, and perhaps collecting some interesting weapons, but even this is pretty optional. I had higher hopes for this game and I was sure that it will be similar as with Tropico - I start playing and it forces me to finish every damn mission, only because it's that good game. In this case, I had to force myself to finish this game, and it's unlikely that I'll launch this game ever again.
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91 of 121 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
36.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2013
I don't like to berate games for nit picky reasons, but I really didn't enjoy Omerta for nit picky reasons. Omerta uses a turn-based combat systerm (like Heroes of Might Magic), combined with a free market economic environment (like Patrician, or any of the Impression city games) and has a "take over the world through back alley means" main goal (like Grand Theft Auto or Tropico). It begins with you making a "custom" character (you pick one of six portraits, his starting weapon and his stats). After that, your story picks up and you go from immigrant to booze king of New York during the Prohibition. Typical gameplay involves sending one of your six on hand gang members (all of which are preselected) to buy one of three main commodities in the game (beer, liquor or guns), steal any of the commodities, sell any of the commodities, establish a property that deals with any of these things, or just accumulates money. Every now and then, you will need to go into a combat mission, which involves you picking four (and only four) of your six gang members. Each character does have their own special weapons and talents (healing abilities, morale boosting abilities, etc.) and you get to plan out the assault/raid/assassination. Here are the reasons I didn't like this game: 1.) They don't let you customize the main character as much as, say, Baldur's Gate, nor do they let you make custom characters to bring into the game (like Freedom Force). 2.) the learning curve is horizontal until the very, VERY last mission. Then it becomes vertical. In other words, I ended up rage quitting over how easy and not challenging everything was after they decided to make the last mission 20x harder than the previous missions. 3.) You are given a multiplayer option that nobody uses (pay $40 for this game or nothing for TF2, Planetside, Dota 2, or Tribes: Ascend?). 4.) This game was very cheaply made, and that's coming from a guy who still will play Heroes of Might and Magic 4, Zeus: Master of Olympus and other cheaply made strategy games. There are spelling/ grammar errors everywhere, the jokes they make in this game are dumb and the voice acting quality leaves me wondering if the white guy sniper is actually black, or if the drunken irish doctor is actually Italian. 5.) There is absolutely no replay value and very restricted freedom in the game. After you beat the campaign (and the dlc, if you REALLY think that's a sound investment), you have an open sandbox mode (which isn't bad, to be fair) and the aforementioned multiplayer mode. Considering that Kalypso made this (yes, the people who made Tropico made this crap), I was disappointed with the fact that I couldn't just put a hit on random people (random buildings, yes, random people (Mike Hodges, etc) no). While Kalypso is doing everything to always add content and fix bugs, it simply isn't worth the price. For $40, buy XCOM or the newest Tropico. For $5.99 or less, go to GOG.com and you'll find several quality strategy games that trump this little thing.
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