(DVD Case) (GANGSTERPR)
Hothouse Creations Ltd. / Eidos
ESRB Rating: Teen (13+) - Animated blood and violence
The Strategy Game Where Crime Pays
Set in a Chicago-like town in the 1920's prohibition period, Gangsters is
the strategy game where crime pays! From extortion and intimidation to street
execution or all-out bloody gang warfare, Gangsters creates a world where you
are 'da boss' with the power of life and death over those you control.
Played in a vast city filled with over 5000 individual characters, Gangsters
combines real-time action in a highly detailed isometric terrain with an
easy-to-use strategy planning interface, to authentically recreate the seedy,
violent and ruthless world of gangland mobsters.
Plan your strategy and watch it unfold in a 1000 block city.
Control over 100 gangsters in your organization.
Extort, intimidate, bribe, run illegal businesses and kill
Living world - 5000 citizens to interact with.
Break the law with complete immunity.
Multiplayer support for up to 4 players over LAN and Internet.
Windows 95/98: 166 MHz Pentium processor (P200 recommended), 32MB RAM
(64MB recommended), 150MB of free uncompressed HD space, 2MB SVGA DirectX 6.0
compatible video card (4MB recommended), DirectX 6.0 compatible sound card, 4x
CD-ROM drive (8x recommended), DirectX 6.0 required (included), mouse.
Network Support: Up to 4 players multiplayer, IPX or TCP/IP (LAN),
TCP/IP (WAN) via mplayer - 28.8 kbps or higher, internet connection required.
Domain by Lars Andersen (12/98)
"One of the first things that strikes you about Gangsters is the detail and
the many options available. At first they are overwhelming, but as you
experiment and learn, you realize that the number of options is one of the
game's biggest strengths rather than a weakness. There are 5000 individuals in
New Temperance (the name of the city), and you can interact with all of them.
The DA's, the policemen, judges and everyone else are named and they can be
targeted individually for any number of missions, ranging from bribery to
killing. The shop owners are also named, and should one of them balk at paying
protection, your lieutenant will report back with the name of the sinner and
the location of his shop. It is then up to you, "Da Boss", to target him for a
punishment, whether you want to bomb his/her shop, assault him/her or even
commit a murder to get some respect, it's all up to you."
"The game is divided in two phases, a weekly planning phase and a real-time
action phase. The balance between the two is good. You will spend a bit more
time in the planning phase than you will in the action phase and this adds to
the overall feeling of a game more mentally challenging than anything. It is
not possible to interrupt your gangsters during the action phase to issue new
orders (except for four simple combat orders) so you have to give detailed and
well considered instructions for them in the planning phase. This takes
considerable time, especially further into the game, but the time it takes is
well spent if you, like me, love making plans that look great on paper."
"I don't think I have played a game better than Gangsters this year. This
game skyrockets into the Top 3 of my games collection. I've been playing games
like Settlers 3, Populous
3, Half-Life and Railroad
Tycoon 2 extensively, and in my opinion only Half-Life can compete with
Gangsters when it comes to realism and credibility. On both those counts
Gangsters is as good as they come and became an instant classic the moment it
"One of the things that makes Gangsters stand out from the rest is the
incredible freedom you have to pursue any tactic you desire. With many games,
the means of achieving your goals are given as soon as you read the back of the
box or within an hour of first playing the game, but with Gangsters there is a
wide variety of viable strategies you can use to win the game. Whether you want
to place all your efforts in protection rackets, or you wish to do ten raids a
week to make money, you decide. The goal of the game, becoming a legitimate
businessman or being elected Mayor, can be reached using many different
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