Posts Tagged ‘Kalypso Media’

Wot I Think: Omerta – City Of Gangsters

By Adam Smith on February 8th, 2013.

I’m not a violent man by any means and that should make me very uneasy about my fondness for gangsters, but I far prefer them to other murderous avatars. I’m thinking pirates, ninja, warfighters and bald space marines. That was reason enough to draw my eyes to Omerta: City of Gangsters when it was first announced and I’ve finally played through the campaign of this city-conquering strategy game. I’ve already swung a baseball bat at the demo but went deeper into the underground in the hope that I’d find something there worth clinging on to.

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Breaking The Code: Omerta – City Of Gangsters

By Adam Smith on February 4th, 2013.

Omerta: City of Gangsters is out now and I’ve spent many an hour conquering Atlantic City, building an empire of bullets and booze. I’m not quite ready to tell you wot I think so I thought I’d use the posting of the launch trailer as an excuse to spill some secrets in your ear. I expressed my disappointment with the demo shortly after playing it, but I’m much less apathetic now. Omerta is an old-fashioned management game, with a simple but effective campaign structure and few frills, but its pin-striped heart beats steady. It doesn’t have the charm of Tropico, or that game’s simulated civilians, but it wears its theme well and performs turn-based combat in a clunky but effective fashion. Full thoughts later this week.

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Prohibited Thoughts: Omerta – City Of Gangsters Demo

By Adam Smith on January 24th, 2013.

Omerta’s demo is odd. I’ve been hoping that the game will deliver on its turn-based gangster shenanigans ever since it was announced, but I expected mild disappointment as none of the pre-release media had entirely convinced me. A demo seems like the perfect solution, providing a playable sample and helping my wayward mind to form some basic conclusions. That hasn’t happened. Instead, I’m still left with a strong interest in playing the game that Omerta might be, while at the same time half-convinced that Omerta isn’t going to be that game. You can download the demo for yourself or read on for more meandering opinions and details.

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Vol-Steady As A Rock: Omerta – City Of Gangsters

By Adam Smith on January 10th, 2013.

Here’s some Prohibition news: I watched Lawless last year and even though it’s paced badly at times, I enjoyed it and marvelled at Shia TheBeef doing some proper acting. Keep the lad away from Spielberg and Bay and he might have a bright future in the business called ‘show’. Or at least a less obvious one. Omerta takes place in the big city rather than out in the sticks but, like Lawless, it’s about guns, gangsters and odd pacing, the latter due to its turn-based nature. Craig pointed out that the latest trailer is a Mac trailer and it also reuses lots of footage from the previous video, but it does show more of the strategic interface and has a toe-tapping tune.

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The Gang Way: Omerta – City Of Gangsters

By Adam Smith on December 6th, 2012.

The first time I heard about Omerta: City of Gangsters, a fellow games journo described it to me as “prohibition era X-COM”. My brain went into overdrive and I trekked across several crowded convention halls, each larger and noisier than the last, in order to sip from this holiest of grails. Flappers, jazz maestros, nickel-a-drink barmen and sharply dressed gangsters combating an alien invasion with nothing more than an old-fashioned, a trumpet and a tommy gun? Sign me up! I had made a grave error. Omerta is X-COM in as much as there is a strategic, personnel and resource management mode paired up with turn-based combat. An updated Gangsters: Organized Crime then? Our first look wasn’t entirely encouraging but will this new combat trailer be more convincing?

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First Look: Omerta – City of Gangsters

By RPS on October 31st, 2012.


We sent Rich Stanton in undercover to find out where all those valuable gangster cliches were coming from. This is his report.

What do you think is the most memorable line in gangster movies? Gabriel Dobrev is the CEO of developer Haemimont Games, and giving us a brief spiel before we get a shot on Omerta: City of Gangsters – he plumps for the the opening of Goodfellas. “As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a gangster.”
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Splendid Prohibition: Omerta – City Of Gangsters Trailer

By Jim Rossignol on August 22nd, 2012.

Location, location, machinegun cabinet.
Kalpyso and Haemimont have released a footage-driven trailer for Omerta – City Of Gangsters. What is presumably an offshoot of their most recent Tropico engine is actually looking pretty good for the big outdoor city stuff, but perhaps a little less shiny when it comes to dealing with the nitty-gritty of combat and gangster-hobbling – although it will probably please most of your to learn that the combat stuff is going to be turn-based, while the city-level management stuff is in real-time. Still, that aspect of it will, one would hope, diminish next to the real task of trying to take over the city, battle with other bosses, and to deck out your gangster headquarters with baubles earned with your ill-gotten blood/booze money.

Also: nice jazz. Take a look, below. The game is out later this year, although no date has been confirmed.
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Found In Space: Legends Of Pegasus Out Today

By Adam Smith on August 10th, 2012.

I thought it would be a game about hooves

Legends of Pegasus is a turn-based space strategy game with realtime but pausable combat, colony management and a plot that falls out of a wormhole and comes across a bit Galactica-like. It’s out later today and I’ve managed to have a quick look, only really testing up to where it stops being a tutorial. With Gamescom and Weissbier taking up so much time next week, closer examination and eventual words about wot we think will be a little delayed so I thought I’d say, ‘hey, that game is out today’ and then add ‘I’m not sure I like the fact that combat, exploring, colonisation and management all take place on what is probably referred to as a ‘seamless’ galactic map.’

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Sight For X’or Eyes: Legends Of Pegasus

By Adam Smith on July 17th, 2012.

When a trailer begins with the line, “War has been part of mankind for ages”, you know it’s going to teach you important lessons about mankind’s parts. Legends of Pegasus, the Galactica-like 4X game from Novacore, has just such a trailer. It’s quite an old trailer, showing the game’s smelly, warlike humans, but there’s a new one today showing the X’or, who are an aromatic and peaceful machine race. Both are below. In all honesty, I’ve never smelled a X’or but surely they can’t be any more malodorous than the orifice-strewn bags of guts that house all the brilliance and beauty of human intellect. The game’s campaign will see the player exploring human, X’or and an as yet unannounced third culture and Alec’s preview makes it sound like it could be quite special.

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Supernatural Splinter Cell: DARK Is A Vampire Stealth RPG

By Nathan Grayson on May 12th, 2012.

Did I mention that you play as the main character from Prototype?
When I first saw the words “vampire” and “RPG” appear in DARK‘s elevator pitch, my brain immediately made a mad dash down the portion of memory lane marked “Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines.” But then my incredibly rare T-Rex-like vision disorder cleared up, and I saw other words skitter out – for instance, “stealth-action” and “RPG elements.” So no, this probably isn’t the long-awaited successor to Bloodlines’ bloodline, but the RealmForge-developed, Kalypso-published vampire, er, chokeslam sim could be interesting.

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Tropico 4 Is Free On Steam This Weekend

By Jim Rossignol on May 11th, 2012.


Just for the weekend, of course. Mr Zacny – who has a review coming up right after this article! – rather liked the fourth iteration of the colourful dictate ‘em up. You’ll be able to download and play the game on Steam tonight last night from 8pm GMT, and play it through the weekend. Should a purchase be aroused in your wallet, then there’s a 66% discount, too. So that’s pleasant. (And sort of appropriately timed.)

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Caribbean Quarter Pounder: Port Royale 3

By Adam Smith on April 27th, 2012.

I thoroughly enjoyed Port Royale 2 and if your idea of buckling swash and living the life of an outlaw on the high seas involves cargo management and financial ledgers, there’s every chance that you enjoyed it as well. While the combat was about as much fun as scurvy, the economic simulation was deep enough to create a compelling experience and taking up quests across the Caribbean made it feel more like a place than a spreadsheet. Port Royale 3 looks handsome in this trailer, which also contains the greatest press quote in the history of press quotes. Observe.

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Tropico 4 With Space & Internet Filtering?

By Jim Rossignol on January 13th, 2012.

Makes me want to break out Kerbal Space Program.
Yes, it seems to be real. Kalypso have sent word that the expansion for Tropico 4, which is called Modern Times, will features the possibility for enforced modernisation of your little republic, including a space programme. They explain: “El Presidente must modernise his island nation while battling sinister underground forces that threaten the future of Tropico itself in an extensive new single-player campaign.” That means fending off the collapse of capitalism, blocking your citizens’ access to the internet, and other signs of the times. Modern Times is due out in March, but at £19.99 it seems a little pricey! Trailer below.
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