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Sudden Strike 4: European Battlefields Edition Xbox Review

Sudden Strike 4: European Battlefields Edition is the definitive version of the fourth title in the long running real time strategy series featuring not only the base game with its three campaigns as well as four more through the included Road to Dunkirk and Finland: Winter Storm add-ons plus a version exclusive three levels. While Sudden Strike 4 is available on other platforms, the European Battlefields Edition is exclusive to the XBOX One.

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Omerta: City of Gangsters Steam Review

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Omerta means code of silence, and that’s something that everyone should keep in mind here in Atlantic City where bottles get crushed and fools get poked. In Omerta: City of Gangsters players run through Absecon Beach, Illinois Ave, Maine Ave, Virginia Ave, North Carolina Ave, or Downtown Atlantic City. Choose your character from a series of mob personalities that would probably be called wise guys in their time. Select their stats based on their nickname around the hood growing up, whether it’s something like “Earful, Berries, or Hood”, and proceed. Answer a series of questionnaires that will define you as a person and then select how much gang violence you would like to be taking place around you (and towards you), then finally gameplay begins.

A top down view of the area you hope to one day control appears. Players can hire and fire a setting-appropriate cast of characters including Ma’ Evans, Big Man, Wolf, Dandy, Happy, Fishman, Squigs, Loony, and more. Ah, who could forget good old Squigs, a true right hand man. He would gut a man for me at just $15 a day and I wouldn’t hesitate to fire him if he told an unfunny joke. Quickly it becomes obvious that this title is more about strategy than actual mafia life. What a funny way to approach an economic simulator I thought to myself. Well, okay. I’ve enjoyed some of those in my day and actually think it’s a pretty cool way to present one. So is it actually any good?

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After amassing a full crew, upgrading my hideout and extorting a few local spots I came to realize that Omerta isn’t completely terrible. Members of your crew can be zoomed in on and observed making their daily rounds as dirty money and clean money are both earned (and kept separately of course), daily salaries to your thugs are paid out, liquor is acquired, and the business expands.

Players start out with their main man as a Level 1 Mastermind while other characters in their gang are somewhat expendable and have their own purpose such as Enforcing, Burglary, helping with Mastermind duties, Grifting, and more. Each character gets their own stats, equipment, perks, and talents which are advanced as things continue. Not only do players focus on getting them to accomplish earning for the great good of the mob they control, but they also have to think about the well-being of each individual by tracking any persistent wounds. After all, you’re only as strong as your weakest link.

Deals can be made with other gangsters who got what you want, or want what you need to get rid of. Money talks and, well you know what walks already don’t you. After all, it’s 2014 but after a few hours of sensual jazz pumped into your ear Omerta: City of Gangster’s soundtrack has you feeling alright with a trip down memory lane (that is memories from your past life). Some of these deals come with a catch of course, it’s not all fun and games in the life of crime. You can pay to increase your reputation in the streets, pay for guns, and even pay later for money given to you now. But when deals go sour, that’s when things really get interesting.

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Crooked Deals offer players a way to test the mettle of their gang’s members by pitting them in sticky situations where shots fire and not everyone gets to go home unharmed. Maybe things will be easier when we’re all microchipped and vaccinated by those micro-machines in The Matrix films, but back in the dirty days of booze and fedoras, hot lead answered the questions of justice.

A strategic economic simulation turns into a turn-based shootout when deals go crooked and it really feels awesome to take part in it. Send out some of your men and control their every action from using a first aid if wounded to which types of shots to fire at their enemies. That being said, the weapons of Omerta range from baseball bats to samurai swords, rifles, pistols, tommy guns, and more. Players have to get a grip on what each character’s role is in the fight and respond accordingly while moving from cover to cover, or risk having their salary-earning hustlers become victims to the ginsu. After seeing war in the street crew members level up and can gain bonuses that are tailored to their particular skill-set (or however you please if that’s not the case).

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As the game advances further from early beginnings to more complex mafia management, jobs and killing becomes routine. Heists, shoot-outs, dirty cops, and drunk damsels trying to get out of paying for their booze become commonplace. Jazz is replaced by Swing and some great things begin to happen. The local area you run is transformed and citizens feel happier for having you around, at least they better be – why I oughtta… Keeping track of how much is coming in, how much is going out, how much is clean, and how much is dirty are always challenges but can become normal to the brain of an economic strategist. When all else fails, let your enemies know its time to get hit, get shot, and get sliced. Everyone’s a haggler though, and even regular customers try to pull a fast one on you. Respect is just a fickle thing I guess.

Players establish more and more of a Mafia presence in their area by establishing Breweries, additional Safe Houses, Hidden Storage locations, Smuggler spots, Boxing Arenas, Private Investigation rings, Soup Kitchens, Distilleries, Accountant firms, Counterfeiters, Wholesale warehouses, Labor Unions, and all while keeping enemy gangs at bay. Once vehicles and guns are plentiful though a few drive-bys are definitely in order for assisting in this task. Goons can also be hired for stand up security keeping your each of your joints clear of issues. An informant can be sent around town to hear about even more opportunities you haven’t gotten to yet. Sometimes when the heat gets too heavy, Investigators snoop around and need to be bribed or otherwise dealt with. There are often multiple ways to deal with a situation, whether its getting information from the neighborhood gossip corner or murdering the competition. Shots ring out in the middle of the night and nobody seems to care or question why. That’s life in the fast lane.

Final Verdict:

I’ll take Omerta: City of Gangsters over SimCity any day. Taking things into your own hands when deals go crooked feels great, and there’s so much to do in a corrupt and fun city full of violence and economic potential that it’s hard to stop playing once you start. A few ways the game could be improved include a better looking and slightly more intuitive user interface (though what is presented is not too bad), as well as a more exciting and reasonable introductory experience to the game. The campaign is dull and players will likely favor simply playing through their own way instead of the arbitrary goals that are handed down. It sure would be nice if the Multiplayer had managed to keep its player base too. But there’s not too much to complain about overall though, since Sandbox mode is awesome, and we highly recommend this simulation title to everyone in the gaming community.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 8 / 10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Developer: Haemimont Games

Publisher: Kalypso Media

Available On: PC | Mac OS X

Played On: Windows PC

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.

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Quarriors! Official Gameplay Trailer [HD 1080P]

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The official gameplay trailer of Quarriors! for iPad.

 

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Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar Announced and Dated by Kalypso

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Kalypso Media has presented an exclusive Windows PC title titled Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar which will bring a strategic title to their portfolio as this historical experience from developer Longbow Digital Arts takes players into the First Century BC. The game’s entire map is over 1 million kilometers square and will feature forts, walls, bridges, and other structure building in addition to troop control while facing 100 objectives or more choosing from one of 20 plus factions featured in the game. More information will be right here on RealGamerNewz.com as it becomes available, we also know you can expect the game to release some time in Early 2014.

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Gamescom 2013: The Dark Eye: Demonicon Trailer

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The Gamescom 2013 Trailer for The Dark Eye: Demonicon has been released today by Kalypso Media and includes a look at the Gameplay of this title as well as promotional cinematic footage.

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Alien Spidy on Xbox LIVE Gets Between a Rock and a Hard Place DLC From Kalypso Media

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Check out the following screenshots from Alien Spidy’s latest add-on addition. On Xbox Live Arcade you can now pick up your very own copy of Alien Spidy’s Rock and a Hard Place DLC from publisher Kalypso Media. The price is only 160 Microsoft Points and delivers players a new way to enjoy the game with time and reflex challenge-centric modes. Check it all out below:

Official Press Release Excerpt:

Kalypso Media‘s titles include the critically acclaimed Tropico 3, Tropico 4, Sins of a Solar Empire (Europe and Asia), and Dungeons. Upcoming titles include The Dark Eye – Demonicon (PC), Air Conflicts: Vietnam (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC) and Rise of Venice (PC).

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Things don’t seem so bright.. (DARK Review PC)

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DARK, as some of you may know, is a stealth action RPG. That’s a pretty funky and bold mix that Realmforge Studios and Kalypso Media undertook. A mighty bold undertaking as to which they have failed at.

Story- DARK’s Story had a good start as you awake in a club by some mysterious voice calling out your name (Eric) and discover that you are now a vampire with no recollection of how it happened. It was probably a drunken induced night which we can all relate too. Starts like this always leave the story open to any possibility and I was ready for a good middle and ending, but I was sorely let down. It was like they crawled to the finish line with whatever they could come up with throwing in all the most ridiculous elements from every popular Vampire movie including Twilight. There were also quick cut offs that progressed the story, but looked like you were skipping dialogue. Some parts even felt like watching a slightly better (but still crappy) Gilmore Girls with back to back fast paced talking. It didn’t take long for me to skip through the story-line cut-scenes just so I could continue through so I could finish the game for this review.

Gameplay- Gameplay design wasn’t any better than the story. Boring, clunky, unresponsive, slow, and did I mention BORING? One cool thing I did like was the shadow leap ability which had you teleport. This feature would have been a lot cooler if aiming it where you wanted it even worked. AI in games aren’t renown for being the greatest, but the AI in this one is by far the worst. It took away from the entire stealth aspect of the game due to the fact that sneaking around them was about as easy as a Kardashian. Yeah I did it. I used a “Kardashians are wh##es” joke in a game review. Wanna fight about it? And IF you did get caught, fighting enemies one on one, one on two, or one on 4, was a joke. Super strength, super speed, and super hearing were all useless even if you powered up your abilities through the sorry excuse of an RPG system. There was practically NO RPG feeling to this proclaimed stealth-action role playing game. Aside from the typical XP gain you get through defeating enemies, it was very similar to the gain in Prototype or Infamous. Hell, even the main character looked like both protagonists from both games including everything from their look to their voices.

Controls- You can probably gather from the gameplay how the controls were. Sneaking up on an enemy and apprehending him to suck his blood for health, or kill him was smooth and fast. Fighting an enemy? That left mouse button will get clicked 100 times over before Eric would finally respond with some sort of move. If there were two enemies around, you might be able to maneuver over to the other one to take him out before he killed you, but chances were you would then again have to click your left mouse 100 times and hope for the best. The camera was also very touchy, and often swung around and down when you never even touched it. Moving Eric against objects in their sorry excuse for a cover system, and walking was also just very poorly designed which made using some of his abilities more complicated than it needed to be even for the easiest of scenarios.

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Characters/Enemies- Eric was easily the best character the game had to offer. He was the cliche protagonist bad-ass of course, but he was familiar and resembled a lot of other video game heroes. Oh, and he wore a hoodie. That’s like +10 to bad-azzery right there. Meanwhile, other characters fell short of the Eric glory. The game wasn’t focused around them which is understandable, but this lead to the reason why the story lacked and fails to fully pull you in. Just like a movie, games need good support roles and DARK once again failed in that aspect. Very disappointing to say the least.

Graphics- Despite the issues this game had, the graphics were probably the best thing it had to offer. The Vision Engine 8 runs smooth and looks great and if you played Orcs Must Die, you’re familiar with the engine and how it looks. Only if the rest of the game could have complemented this, which I feel was a big waste of resources.

Sound- Sound also wasn’t too bad. Music was good, and gave a real good ominous feel that went with the games stealth feel. But! Voice overs didn’t sync up with the characters mouths, and the sound effects for attacks didn’t match with the animations.

But I do need to commend them for having a good surround sound experience. It helped immerse you a bit which was hard to do when trying to overcome the horrible gameplay.

Final Verdict: So there you have it. One long drawn out way of saying that this game sucks. The game was a practically a pretty girl with an ugly personality that should be kept in the DARK. There was no replay-ability to the game, and I quickly uninstalled it as soon as I was done. Do yourself a favor and skip out on this one. If you want to appreciate The Vision 8 Engine, play Orcs Must Die, and if you want to play a cool Anti-Hero in a hoodie, stick with Prototype. I give this game an overall 3/10.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 3/10

RGN Rating: Below Bronze

Developer: Realmforge Studios / Publishers: Kalypso Media

Available On: PC / Xbox 360

Played On: PC

Review Copy Info- A digital voucher on PC and physical copy on Xbox 360 for this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for purposes of this review.

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Get Your Stealth-Action Grind on in DARK! Released Today on Steam

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DARK! Stealth-Action video game from publisher Kalypso Media USA and developed by Realmforge Studios with direction by Benjamin Rauscher from Oberhaching, Germany. DARK runs on the Vision 8 game engine and is available with features such as 3D and Oculus Rift support (more info: HERE). You will also be able to get a console version of the game on Xbox 360 on July 5, 2013 in Europe and on July 9, 2013 in North America. The following screenshots have been released by Kalypso Media today to celebrate the digital release of DARK which is now available on Steam and other digital distribution gaming retail outlets:

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