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New Trailer Celebrates the Launch of Omerta – City of Gangsters UK and Export Territories
 
o•mer•ta  (-mûrt, mr-tä) - A rule or code that prohibits speaking or divulging information about certain activities, especially the activities of a criminal organisation.
Bracknell UK, 1st February 2013 - Kalypso Media is pleased to announce that the highly anticipated Mafia themed game Omerta – City of Gangsters is now available across UK and Export retail stores as well as digital distribution portals. Available for Windows PC, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and coming soon for Mac, Omerta – City of Gangsters mixes city conquest with tactical turn-based combat and heist planning in Prohibition-era 1920’s Atlantic City.
 
To celebrate the launch, Kalypso has released a new gameplay trailer to get you in the gangster mood.
 

Download the trailer here
View the trailer on Youtube here 

Who’s the Boss? New "Character Creation" Video from Omerta – City of Gangsters Available
 
o•mer•ta  (-mûrt, mr-tä) - A rule or code that prohibits speaking or divulging information about certain activities, especially the activities of a criminal organisation.

Bracknell, UK – 29th January 2013 - In Omerta - City of Gangsters, your success as a crime lord depends upon your choice of henchmen and the unique skills your “Boss” brings to the table. Today, we're pleased to release a new video that showcases the Boss creation system from Omerta, along with featuring an assortment of thugs and thieves that you'll be able to recruit for your burgeoning crime syndicate. Grab the new video and get a first-hand look at Omerta - City of Gangsters, the city-conquest game that will have you taking over a 1920’s Prohibition-era Atlantic City through strategically applied brute force and business sense, while pulling off daring heists and fighting turf wars in tactical turn-based combat.
 
- Download the video here
- View streaming (YouTube) here

 
Omerta – City of Gangsters is a simulation game with tactical turn-based combat. Taking the role of a fresh-off-the-boat immigrant, with dreams of the big life, the player will work his way up the criminal hierarchy of 1920’s Atlantic City, New Jersey. Starting with small jobs, his character recruits a gang and expands his empire by taking territory from other gangsters. Eventually he establishes his own crime syndicate and becomes the de facto ruler of Atlantic City.
 
The player strategically manages his business and his minions in a real-time format, slowly but steadily increasing his influence over the city. The player sends his henchmen out on missions ranging from assassinating an informant, to raiding a warehouse, springing a friend from prison, robbing a bank or attacking a rival gang’s hideout. Nobody is above the law in Atlantic City, so it always helps to have a little cash handy to bribe a policeman or pay off a politician.
 
The turn-based combat in Omerta – City of Gangsters focuses on the tactical command of “The Boss” and his henchmen. Cover and stealth are essential parts of any shootout in the game. Finding the best vantage point to gun down an enemy, while taking cover from a hailstorm of bullets, can be just as satisfying as sneaking quietly behind a foe and taking him down.
 
Omerta – City of Gangsters will be available on 1st February in the UK and Export territories for PC and console. For more information please visit www.cityofgangsters.com/uk or www.facebook.com/OmertaCityOfGangsters

    

OMERTA: City of Gangsters will launch soon. At the moment it is available discounted for around £25.00 or £42.00 for 2 copies, then, as far as I can make out, it is free to play.  The graphics and animations, as featured below, look pretty good for the full game, but at present for this review I am playing the beta test  where these graphics are non-existent, at least they are on my screen.

All I see is a menu down the left side and a large grey area where minimal amounts of text appear. The menu has many options but to begin with the only ones you really need are those for CRIME and for CAR THEFT.

CRIME: You have the option to commit one of 5 different crimes, from extorting cash from a Kindergarten to Robbing a Hot Dog Stand, Running Errands for a Drug Dealer, Bribing the Cops and Stealing from a Jewellers.

  

CAR THEFT: From a Stadium, A Parking Lot, A Gas Station or an Ambush on a country road.

After playing the Beta my first thoughts are hopes - I hope that the actual game is better than the Beta - in fact i’m pretty sure it will be, it certainly can’t be worse. At the moment there is hardly any game at all. The only things I can do are choose a crime or car theft to commit, type in a 3 digit code, different each time, and hit submit.

Then in the grey area I get a short message. This reads something like “You failed but got away”, “the car you tried to steal was broken”, “success, you gained $N.00” etc. Then I have to wait 3 minutes (for a Crime) or 5 minutes (for a car jacking) before I can try again.

There are other activities, such as gambling, but you need a lot of money to participate and as you do not begin with much money you have to attempt to commit the crimes and steal the cars.

From the screenshots I found online there is obviously going to be a lot more involvement and gameplay but for now there is less gameplay, challenge or excitement than there is in your average FaceBook free to play game.

 

Omerta - City of Gangsters Partners with Omerta Free-to-Play MMORPG
Grab yourself a prize with Omerta The Godfather of online Mafia Games.

Bracknell, UK – 23rd January 2013 – To promote the launch of Omerta - City of Gangsters, the new strategy title from Haemimont (the developers behind the critically acclaimed Tropico 3 and 4), Kalypso Media has announced a partnership with Omerta, www.barafranca.com the Free-to-Play gangster themed MMORPG, offering players the chance to win mystery prizes.
 
Omerta is the Godfather of online Mafia Games. Established in 2003 and with 4.7 million players,Omerta is an online game where players create a Gangster profile and work their way to the top by participating in crimes, trading contraband, training bodyguards and lackeys and fighting other Mafiosi to become Don of the most powerful families across 8 cities in Sicily and New York.
 
With special multiplayer scenarios and innovative game-play, Omerta is the most original Mafia MMO and offers the chance to rise through the ranks, make new friends and rob and kill them!
 
By logging onto Omerta (www.barafranca.com) and using a voucher code printed on a flyer in theOmerta - City of Gangsters retail boxed version, players can experience the dangerous and violent online world of the Mafiosi. Once a player reaches the rank of Associate, they may suddenly win a brand new iPad, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, or one of 1000’s of other prizes. Every player will be a winner.
 
‘Mafia themed entertainment has always been an incredibly popular genre be it video games, movies or TV and the opportunity to bring the fans of Omerta www.barafranca.com and Omerta – City of Gangsters together is the perfect partnership.’ Commented Simon Hellwig, Global Managing Director of the Kalypso Media Group. ‘Kalypso Media is dedicated to delivering exciting and innovative gaming experiences and when we saw what the excellent Omerta was achieving with its fans we knew it was the perfect brand association. We are very excited to be working with the Omerta team and look forward to a successful and long-term cooperation.’
 
“When I heard about Kalypso's project Omerta – City of Gangsters I was naturally very excited to know more. It is great to be associated with such a prestigious and inventive games developer and everyone at Omerta is looking forwards to seeing the finished product!”, said Omerta Game LTD CEO, Steve Biddick. “We have been publishing and refining Omerta for 10 years and over 4.7 million players have enjoyed our game.” He added. Omerta – City of Gangsters is an awesome game! Our players will love it! Omerta – www.barafranca.com and Omerta – City of Gangsters are highly complementary games and we look forward to a long-playing cooperation between the two companies.”
 
Omerta – City of Gangsters is a simulation game with tactical turn-based combat. Taking the role of a fresh-off-the-boat immigrant, with dreams of the big life, the player will work his way up the criminal hierarchy of 1920’s Atlantic City, New Jersey. Starting with small jobs, his character recruits a gang and expands his empire by taking territory from other gangsters. Eventually he establishes his own crime syndicate and becomes the de facto ruler of Atlantic City.
 
The player strategically manages his business and his minions in a real-time format, slowly but steadily increasing his influence over the city. The player sends his henchmen out on missions ranging from assassinating an informant, to raiding a warehouse, springing a friend from prison, robbing a bank or attacking a rival gang’s hideout. Nobody is above the law in Atlantic City, so it always helps to have a little cash handy to bribe a policeman or pay off a politician.
 
Omerta – City of Gangsters will be available on 1st February in the UK and Export territories for PC and console. For more information please visit www.cityofgangsters.com/uk or www.facebook.com/OmertaCityOfGangsters
 
Omerta is a completely free-to-play independent browser-based mafia MMORPG developed and published by Omerta Game Ltd. Sign up today at www.barafranca.com

New Images from Omerta – City of Gangsters

 

o•mer•ta  (-mûrt, mr-tä) - A rule or code that prohibits speaking or divulging information about certain activities, especially the activities of a criminal organisation.

 
Bracknell, UK – 25th September 2012 – Kalypso Media UK is pleased to unveil new images from their upcoming criminal-empire building game: Omerta – City of Gangsters. These new screens feature some of the buildings that are core to the empire-building component of gameplay; as players, in the role of a gangster, must build, buy, steal or rent these locations in order to install their illicit (and sometimes legit) businesses in them.  Omerta – City of Gangsters is set for release on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC in early 2013.


 
Omerta – City of Gangsters is a simulation game with tactical turn-based combat. Taking the role of a fresh-off-the-boat immigrant, with dreams of the big life, the player will work his way up the criminal hierarchy of 1920’s Atlantic City, New Jersey. Starting with small jobs, his character recruits a gang and expands his empire by taking territory from other gangsters. Eventually he establishes his own crime syndicate and becomes the de facto ruler of Atlantic City.
 
The player strategically manages his business and his minions in a real-time format, slowly but steadily increasing his influence over the city. The player sends his henchmen out on missions ranging from assassinating an informant, to raiding a warehouse, springing a friend from prison, robbing a bank or attacking a rival gang’s hideout. Nobody is above the law in Atlantic City, so it always helps to have a little cash handy to bribe a policeman or pay off a politician.
 
The turn-based combat in Omerta – City of Gangsters focuses on the tactical command of “The Boss” and his henchmen. Cover and stealth are essential parts of any shootout in the game. Finding the best vantage point to gun down an enemy, while taking cover from a hailstorm of bullets, can be just as satisfying as sneaking quietly behind a foe and taking him down.
 
For more information about Omerta – City of Gangsters, please visit http://www.cityofgangsters.com orhttps://www.facebook.com/OmertaCityOfGangsters
 
The Gangsters Have Spoken - Omerta to Reset Multiple Major Versions Today
Mafia MMO players use the clever "Reset-o-Meter" to play at their own pace

Omerta Game LTD have announced the first round of Reset-o-Meter determined resets for their popular browser-based gangster MMORPG, Omerta. Players have used the Reset-o-Meter to reset 3 separate versions in one day, including the massively popular International and Dutch versions of the game. 

The Don's have spoken, and they demand respect. 

Ever since 1930's gangster MMO, Omerta launched in 2003, players have enjoyed near complete control over the ebb-and-flow of the game. When a dominant family topples all competition through heated negotiations and going to war with their rivals, the devs at Omerta Game LTD prepare a reset and a new version is launched. 

After 9 years of success with this formula, this January saw the players given even more control over how the streets of Omerta are run, thanks to the introduction of the new Reset-o-Meter. 

Using the Reset-o-Meter, gangsters across the world have spoken - the Dutch, International .COM, and Portuguese versions of Omerta are resetting today! 

"We're resetting 3 versions of Omerta in one day!", shrieked a hurried Bianca Evers, community manager for Omerta, "But the best thing about it is that we KNOW the players want the resets. In the past we have had to reset versions to rebalance the power - particularly if a family becomes too strong and muscles everybody else out of the game. As you can imagine, this approach pleases some and annoys others - but this time it's the players who have voted for the resets, so we're confident the time is right." 

The Reset-o-Meter allows players to vote for a reset at any time they wish. Players can cast one vote per week on whether Omerta should reset or not. If the voting is in favour of a reset, the version will be declared over and will relaunch the following week. Players of the International, Dutch and Portuguese versions of Omerta are the first to use this system to decide they're ready for a reset. 

"We're always trying to give the players as much control over their game as possible", commented Omerta Game LTD CEO, Steve Biddick, "Sure, we hold the servers and keep the game running, but we're just the Lackeys to the Dons playing Omerta at the end of the day. The Reset-o-Meter puts the life-span of a version in the hands of the players, letting them decide exactly when a game ends and a new one starts. If they say 3 versions must be reset – then 3 versions must be reset! Only a fool disagrees with a gangster, and I don't like the thought of sleeping with the fishes." 

The International, Dutch and Portuguese versions of Omerta are resetting today. 

Omerta is completely free-to-play, only requires a modest PC with an internet connection, and is currently available in 28 different languages. 

Register for the International version of Omerta here: http://www.barafranca.com/ 
Register for the Dutch version here: http://barafranca.nl 
Register for the Portuguese version here: http://barafranca.com.pt
Players can also register and login using their Facebook details: http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=209330669094906 

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