Have you ever dreamed of dominating an entire city? With the mastery of all neighborhoods, streets and corners under your influence? With the management of a crime empire? Maybe not, but I assure you that you will dream of it after playing Empire of Sin, the new installment of Romero Games Ltd. (with the great John Romero) and editor Paradox Interactive. Let’s see what this adventure has in store for us.
Graphic adventure through Mafia town
When dealing with games of this style, the graphics section is rarely seen as a determining to make the game entertaining and entertaining. Empire of Sin It devotes its resources very wisely, with excellent graphics and an artistic style, which is present when it is needed most: during moments of combat and / or greater player interaction. We illustrate it with an example:
Now let’s compare the simple screen and sober above with the following screenshot from gameplay, in which we find ourselves in one of the scenarios.
As we can see, it is about good design decisions. Most of the time we’ll spend it locked up in the fights (which are rotated, as we’ll see later) so that’s where the graphics, fluidity and beauty of the game stand out. The decor of the 1920s in the American city is very successful, making us feel in our sauce Like the mafia bosses we aspire to be
The menus are remarkable, which follow this clean and neat artistic style and are inspired by the same principles:
In the sound section we find a game that at first glance could be described as complitly normal. Music contributes to the correct tuning of the game, but due to the genre of the game it is always adaptive music, which in most cases simply accompanies us during the missions and activities that we perform.
Not so with kinematics and with other small key moments in history, in which we appreciate the music composed for the occasion. The sound effects are equally noteworthy, as are the sounds and ballistics of the weapons, which lend credibility to the game.
Hit hits, threaten, hit more hits
If there really is a brilliant and lovingly crafted in this title, is the gameplay. Combat, progression, and resource management mechanics all fit together, giving us a fun and innovative experience. Combined with the his tory of the various mafia groups in the city, it captivates with its mystery and its action.
After choosing our Boss or Mafia Boss, and completing the tutorial, we need to proceed to expand our empire. On the one hand, we will have to fight against rival groups and various enemies that we find. In Empire of Sin, the fight takes place in turn (pure style X-with), in which we will control our mafia boss as well as the henchmen and murderers we have hired.
The action that makes us progress properly is defeating other bosses or mafia bosses. By killing them, we will purge the neighborhood of their influence, and we can take it under our control. In order to defeat these bosses, we will first need to have killers working for us. And to keep these murderers, you will first need to get hold of premises, such as liquor stores and distilleries, bars, brothels or casinos, among others.
All this will make that at the moment of truth, at the moment of combat, our units do more damage, have better skills or more points to spend each turn.
Most enemy attacks, as well as their abilities, are based on firearms (pistols, shotguns, machine guns, etc.). Therefore, we must plan our strategy well, Find cover to attack?
The style of play is free. We have a main plot, but also side missions that will also allow us to gain experience and progress. We have total freedom When choosing which missions we want to do, although in order to qualify for higher reward missions, we must have progressed at least a bit in the main story to become stronger.
Empire of Sin it’s a title fun and addicting. Once you master the mechanics, having fun growing your empire and taking down other gangs is something to take for granted. With a excellent premise, bountiful side quests, and simple mechanics, but with a lot of variety, create a story set in the 1920s that won’t disappoint either die-hard fans of the genre or new players. If you want to be in the know about more games like this, don’t miss our analysis section.
Empire of Sin
- Frame and design
- Excellent playability
- Particularly interesting for fans of the genre, equally attractive for beginners to turn-based action games and resource management.
- Minor graphics issues
- No Spanish dubbing (subtitles only)