Posted: January 25
A combination of business management and tactical turn-based combat, Omerta - City of Gangsters will scratch your Mafia itch like you wouldn't believe. The atmosphere is absolutely incredible and you feel like you've hopped into a time machine and traveled back to the 20's. The single-player story was far deeper and more enjoyable than I had first expected it to be. You create your character by answering about half a dozen questions regarding their past and begin play at about the time they step off of the boat in the United States. From then on, you begin to form connections, set up (or extort) little businesses (some legitimate, others as fronts for the illegal activity taking place within), rob banks, chase off other gangs, etc. All of this takes place while an overarching storyline with several twists and turns plays out along the way.
The business management side of the game is entertaining, and simple enough to learn quickly without a significant time investment. On each map there are dozens of lots that can be built on (if there isn't already a building there), purchased, taken over, or firebombed by your gang. On these lots are everything from pizza shops to speakeasies to casinos to gun shops to smuggling rings, each with their own purpose and choice of upgrades.
The combat aspect of the game is can most easily be compared to XCOM. It's a turn-based tactical combat system that utilizes a variety of unit stats, skills, and equipment to engage in battles where a limitless number of approaches are possible. Though you can only ever have six members of your gang working directly with you at any given time, every single member of your gang levels up at the same time - a massive convenience for those Dons who prefer to swap gang members in and out on the fly.
I recommend this game to anyone who enjoys tactical turn-based strategy, light business sims, and that Mafia-era Roaring Twenties setting.