Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 41
  2. Negative: 12 out of 41
  1. Feb 9, 2013
    49
    It could have been a modern version of Hothouse Creations’ Gangsters 2 mixed with XCOM. But what you get is rather superficial in every aspect. The turn based battles suffer from an inconsequent and sometimes broken cover system, while the business aspects don’t offer any challenge at all.
  2. Apr 5, 2013
    40
    A flop in every aspect – should do time. [CD-Action 04/2013, p.74]
  3. 52
    A botched blend of XCOM and Tropico, which ultimately boils down to shallow strategy in a Goodfellas skin.
  4. Feb 3, 2013
    50
    If you're really into mafia movies and other cosa nostra flavored dealings, you might get some pure novelty enjoyment out of it on a Steam sale, provided you can put up with the repetitive nature of the game.
  5. 40
    Outside of its fights, Omerta is some sort of mind-numbing occupational therapy for the slowest of days, inside of them, it's often an incompetent carbon copy of much older and much better titles. It's not even that it's so bad that it's good. It's just boring and its plain existence is free of any relevance whatsoever.
  6. Feb 19, 2013
    40
    A very good idea wasted on a poor layered structure is in a few words the essence of Omerta. An offer you can definitely turn down.
  7. Feb 14, 2013
    70
    The game bravely follows in the steps of XCOM and quite successfully mixes economic management with tactical turn based combat in a well-made mobster setting. Although without any real problems, Omerta: City of Gangsters still manages to come off a bit bland due to its excess in variation and lack of depth.
  8. Mar 8, 2013
    70
    Omertà is a good gangster game that mixes well the economic management with tactical turn based combat system. If only it could be more challenging and technically better.
  9. Jan 31, 2013
    60
    Omerta fails to close the loop that XCOM managed so adroitly by having a strategic layer so simple as to be a pointless afterthought, with no simulation depth to make up for a game world that turns the other cheek to the most egregious of criminal offenses and a combat system that doesn't rise above basic adequacy.
  10. Feb 4, 2013
    67
    Omerta is the sort of game where if you want to play it at all, you should wait for it to drop well below the $40 price where it is now.
  11. Jan 31, 2013
    40
    The blend of management and tactical combat in a prohibition historical context was a nice promise. The atmosphere, the jazzy musics, the deep gameplay elements, everything is theoretically there, except for one major thing: challenge. There is no tough choice, no difficulty in getting wealth and shaking the authorities, no trouble in the combat. Whatsoever.
  12. Feb 6, 2013
    70
    A charming retro experience that captures the swing and swagger of the 1920s and the nostalgia of turn-based titles from the ’90s, but without incorporating anything that truly evolves the genre or that is even executed to the standards of similar games out presently.
  13. Feb 1, 2013
    70
    Omerta: City of Gangsters isn’t the fantastic game we hoped it’d be. But it still has a well worked-out combat and management system and really brings home that 20’s vibe during combat. That alone justifies giving Omerta: City of Gangsters a go.
  14. Mar 24, 2013
    52
    A blend of XCOM and Tropico that boils down to shallow strategy in a Goodfellas skin. [Apr 2013, p.78]
  15. Feb 8, 2013
    30
    Omerta will certainly keep you occupied for long periods of time, but only if you’re punishing your attention span. The world itself is quick to drop you into the 1920’s experience, but never amounts to anything more than a lifeless shell. Factor in some embarrassing voice acting, painful writing and a reluctance for Omerta to ever truly let itself go wild with its concepts, and all you’ll left with is a hollow time consuming experience.
  16. Apr 9, 2013
    40
    A promising concept of managerial and turn-based strategy from the Prohibition in the United States era. However, its realisation is unfortunate. From the managerial point of view the game is too long, reminding Waiting for Godot. Entertaining fights are subsequently killed by repeating locations and unpolished cover system.
  17. Jan 31, 2013
    75
    For all the great amount of detail put into the experience, the lack of real, permanent consequences and a fully simulated opponent is a huge letdown. Scripted missions just aren't enticing enough to warrant repeated plays.
  18. Feb 8, 2013
    40
    Omerta feels like nothing but work, and dull, repetitive work at that. It's certainly not a success, but a soulless, bland, incoherent experience that frequently frustrates with its inability to capitalise on a handful of good ideas.
  19. Jan 31, 2013
    50
    During each mission, there's a chance for some turn-based squad combat to occur. These fights, I'm sorry to say, are a poor man's XCOM.
  20. Jan 31, 2013
    59
    The game mechanics are fundamentally broken.
  21. Feb 13, 2013
    65
    Despite its promising premise, City of Gangsters fails to deliver. The shallow game play and clunky turn-based combat don't engage the player for the long haul.
  22. Jan 30, 2013
    70
    A game with some good ideas. Unfortunately, the game does not live up to its potential. An overall a feeling of crudeness remains and the repetitive gameplay can't captivate.
  23. Feb 11, 2013
    60
    Despite a considerable amount of setbacks, Omerta: City of Gangsters isn't a game doomed to fail. It's obvious that Haemimont Games first and foremost makes really good economic strategy games, but perhaps someone thought that this area in Omerta won't be appealing enough to make it a key feature. The game in its economical aspect is simplified, but at the same time is light and pleasant and didn't need anything else implemented "just because". Unfortunately, all in all Omerta is an experiment that could have gone better.
  24. Feb 3, 2013
    84
    What struck me most was the potential. Omerta is a good game but if it succeeds, it has the potential to be a great game. Add opposing AI gangs and allow for turf wars to occur, shrink the building sizes on the strategic maps and give players control over many more buildings, and you have a strategy title that has no equal and is infinitely playable.
  25. Mar 12, 2013
    50
    A functional but forgettable budget title featuring clarinet solos and wiseguys. Wait for Steam sale. [Apr 2013, p.78]
  26. Feb 6, 2013
    52
    It suffers from an almost total absence of risk or failure even on the hardest difficulty. There's charm and a good soundtrack in store here, but it quickly loses its appeal amid gameplay that never stops feeling as though you're working your way through a tutorial.
  27. Feb 27, 2013
    60
    On the whole, Omerta offers an engrossing(if not deep) strategy experience with a mediocre-yet-sufficient combat system thrown in. It's a shame that Omerta was released so soon after XCOM: Enemy Unknown, as the comparisons are unavoidable and Omerta simple doesn't offer the same quality. Omerta can still be a lot of fun, but the price is not right for most gamers.
  28. Jan 31, 2013
    60
    Omerta is not a title I have plans to revisit, but the single player campaign had a definite spark to it that kept my attention. My advice: keep an ear to your digital download platform of choice and wait for it to make you an offer you … well, you know.
  29. Feb 28, 2013
    60
    Omertà: City of Gangsters is far from becoming the crime simulator we all expected. It's a game depleted by notable absences in many aspects and a great idea overshadowed by a really poor execution. The product can entertain, but is unable to attract fans of mafia theme enough because a continuous lack of options throughout the whole game. Fortunately, it is fully distributed and localized with a lower price in Spain, and this is one of the few reasons to buy it.
  30. 30
    You can see the basis of a good game here but Omerta gets almost everything wrong, from the shallow gameplay to the bland, characterless gangster atmosphere.
  31. Feb 9, 2013
    65
    The idea of blending management and turn based strategy is good and Kalypso did well on graphics and sound. Unfortunately the overall experience is compromised by lack of depth and challenge.
  32. Jan 31, 2013
    78
    Not as tough or as deep as it could be, Omerta is still a destination well worth a visit.
  33. 72
    Nice gangster-setting and easy to learn gameplay-mechanics. The game mixes tactical combat like in Jagged Alliance with a strategical management of your gangster-business. Unfortunately the gameplay itself isn’t that challenging or going in depth as it could be.
  34. Jun 10, 2013
    60
    Despite its elaborate nature, Omerta does not offer a great deal of variety, while giving the impression of a 10-hour-long tutorial, constantly guiding the player. Such a repetitive game will not take long to get tiresome. [March 2013]
  35. Mar 30, 2013
    40
    Omerta's 1920s mobster charm quickly wears away to show its shallowness, and any hope of mob-boss stardom dies with it. [Apr 2013, p.94]
  36. Mar 15, 2013
    70
    Strategic part is about as exiting as Excel, but that's what you get when you have no enemies and no fear of losing. The idea on turn-based combat is to create a system of many variables, not a turn based version of simplistic real time battle. The new XCOM got it wrong, too, so please copy the old masters, don't please the simpletons. [March 2013]
  37. Feb 28, 2013
    50
    Tidy, but styleless visuals are the final insult. This game looks just as bland as it plays. It is neither good or bad, it just exists. It is hard to believe that this was made by the people who brought us Tropico 3 and 4.
  38. Feb 25, 2013
    40
    Bland, boring, and turgid to the last - look to Tropico 4 for a fine example of micromanagement, or instead XCOM Enemy Unknown for turn-based kicks: Omerta: City of Gangsters deserves to be thrown in a trunk and taken "someplace up state."
  39. Apr 11, 2013
    50
    Best avoided by anyone seeking a real challenge or keen to get their teeth into some serious multiplayer gaming!
  40. Feb 19, 2013
    50
    Omerta's a deeply flawed blend of real time strategy and tactical turn-based battles that doesn't live up to the expectations of its premise.
  41. Feb 19, 2013
    40
    Aside from the campaign mode, there is a lackluster sandbox involving the building of a criminal empire without objectives or opposition. Go online and you can take the terrible combat system and enjoy it with friends, or against them, if you wish. But you won’t feel like a gangster, but rather an accountant with a penchant for real estate.
User Score
4.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 193 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 52
  2. Negative: 30 out of 52
  1. Feb 1, 2013
    3
    I have played this game for about 8 hours so far and I have mixed feelings about it. The combat is very mediocre and I skip it whenever I can. I think the strong suit of the game relies in the economy of the game. That said it is extremely repetitive. There isn't much to build or manage and they make up for it by just making you start over for every mission. I really wish there was more of a persistent world thing going on. It's pretty simple and easy to learn but it is lacking a lot of depth which makes it mind numbingly boring after a while if you are a strategy game fan. One gripe I have is about unique weapons. Maybe I accidentally skipped something but I haven't found a single one yet and I've done a bunch of missions that say I get one in those missions. I end up buying most of the property on the map before I move on too, so I don't know. Would be okay if this was a 19.99 game instead of a 39.99 game. It just doesn't have much lasting appeal. Full Review »
  2. Feb 2, 2013
    0
    44.99 euro for this?
    It has been said before. You will pay a AAA price for a flash game.
    You will regret paying when you realise how utterly
    boring and shallow the game is.
    The mafia strategy genre is still waiting for a proper game adaptation. This is NOT it!
    Kalypso has taken the hopes of gamers for a good gangster game, and crushed what little was left of their credibility along with those hopes.
    No amount of patching (doubtful Kalypsoy will even make any) or the numerous amounts of expensive DLC (that will no doubt follow) will ever justify the price charged or the lost credibility.

    This is shameful, pathetic and sadly these days, not even original.

    For shame, for shame...
    Full Review »
  3. Feb 1, 2013
    8
    I like the game quite a bit. Is it perfect? No. It could be a bit more challenging, and it lacks a little depth in my opinion. However, that being said it's an enjoyable game with a number of great features. The music, setting and overall concept are fun and well thought out, there are just a few problems in execution. I do wish there was more extensive Co-op options. Full Review »