gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I was actually really excited about the thought of a decent management-style Mafia themed game. Sadly, this game didn't do much to scratch that itch.
It started off promising, but I realized very quickly that things were way too simple. I played the storyline and was flying through it. I decided to play on my own, outside the storyline, and there was nothing to it. You buy a bunch of buildings to produce, buy a bunch of other buildings to sell what you produce, and buy a couple other buildings for cash on the side....
The real problem is that you never really have much money going out. It's impossible to go bankrupt or fail, basically. There's no challenge to the game whatsoever, and it all happens way too fast. So... I mastered and completed the entire game in an hour.... great.
I'm currently a big fan of the Boardwalk Empire so I was looking forward to this gangster sim. Although, there is no affiliation with the series you're playing in actual landmarks in Atlanta City during the prohibition era. The controls have been simplified for the console, which I like. You can quickly set up jobs for your henchmen like extort, bribe, etc in real-time. The downside is that you have to wait for them to perform those duties, which seems like a drag when you're first starting out with only one henchman. I think a fast forward function would have been a nice addition early on, but if you're playing a sim game I think wait times are expected. The fun starts when you begin to build your empire and send in your goons to go in for kills. There's nothing like setting your guys around the perimeter with tommy guns while you walk in with a bat to beat faces in. :) I'm still building my empire so I'm not sure what it'll be like when I conquer the city, but I'm having fun doing it.
gamers (79%) found this review helpful
If you are not a fan of haemimont games and think that the gaming world revolves around FPS then you will not enjoy this game. Omertà is about constant strategy not action. Haemimont hasn't changed the look of its games in years and this is refreshing. We see what happens to franchises when the developer tries to appease the masses (think: res evil 6). This game slows down some for me when I have the combat missions. But if you focus on the 80% that is simbuilding beauty, strategy, haemimont silliness, then you have a quality game