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      25.05.2010 22:59
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      Overall a decent game if got for a couple of pounds

      Gangsters Organised Crime is a Hothouse produced game that is a number of years old now, as it was originally released in the late 1990s / early 2000s. The game is set in 1920/30s America during the rise of gangs and the mob.

      The game has you play as the head of one four crime gangs in a city and there are a number of objectives the games has for the player to win. You must either take down the three other gangs, go clean and get rid of the illegal side of your business empire or run for mayor.

      The game starts with the player having a head quarters from where all the hoods (the people that carry out your orders) leave from. The player will be given a small number of hoods and from there it is up to the player who they wish to proceed. The types of orders range from the non-criminal collecting of protection to killing a person.

      The easiest way to gain money in the earliest part of the game is by extorting like they did on the 1920s. From there the player will have to recruit more hoods and have to look out for the other gangs. After each turn, from where the player can watch his hoods in real time, the player can plan the next week ahead and gain information from the previous week. This will come in the form of a newspaper and the report from your hoods, accountant and the lawyer.

      There are one or two problems with the way a player can gain information from the previous week, as it is not all in the one and place and if you forget where you are looking for it, you can find yourself spending time going through all the menus.

      In terms of the real time elements of the game, it can be the most boring element of the game in the early stages, as nothing normally happens other than extorting and collecting protection. But this can be negated by the fact the game can be speed up by clicking on a 1920s watch.

      Overall the game can be interesting in stages but does become boring as starts to become mundane with the tasks that need to be carried out. The graphics of the game are what one would expect from the time that the game was made; but from todays comparisons do seem very outdated.

      The game can be purchased from the republishers like Sold Out, or whatever they are called today and can therefore be picked up for less than a couple of pounds, which the game is probably worth. The play the game on Windows XP, the player will need to download a patch from the Sold-Out website otherwise an error will be displayed every time the game is started up.

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      13.12.2009 18:10
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      Could have been amazing

      Gangsters is a game that really delivers what it says on the tin; it is a game about gangsters, seeing you as the leader (or "Don") or a mob family, where you have to associate with and mostly eliminate competing rackets. You can do so through clever negotiation, brutal intimidation, or simply wiping your competition out with an array of machine guns. If The Godfather was to become an RTS game, this is how it would play out.

      Although I did find that the gameplay took a little getting used to, this is quite a layered game that becomes more enjoyable as you play it, I find. Every trope of the mob film has been recreated lovingly here, such as the ability to send out your "soldiers" to reclaim "protection" money from the surrounding businesses. In principal, it is great, although it has a few presentational hiccups that don't make it as impactful as it could have been. For example, there isn't a soundtrack running throughout, meaning you don't get that mob film vibe as much as you might like, although artistically it is quite a well designed yarn.

      The problem comes with a lack of development; while the initial ideas are quite fun, and the game manages to reach a peak of enjoyment once you've gotten used to the HUD and controls, but you soon find that there's only a superficial level of depth to things, and after the first "week" of the game, things become very repetitive. It can be quite easily micro-managed, meaning that it soon becomes quite a robotic exercise of extort, murder, rinse, repeat. There's not much skill to be had after a while and it doesn't throw in enough left-field elements to keep it interesting.

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      04.12.2009 14:58
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      An instant classic.

      Released in 1998 by Eidos, Gangsters:Organized Crime is an addictive strategy game whisking you all the way back to the 20's. Fast talking, high trousered fun. The action takes place in a randomly generated city, the player has many options available to them and many paths to victory. Build up your assets by establishing illegal bussinesses around the city (as well as legal ones), watch out for frequent FBI raids though. You could run for mayor or merely destroy your rival gang factions (of which there are three).

      The game is split into two main sections, the first is a top down view of the city alongside various tabs such as Weapons (available to buy/sell), an accounts screen, territory owned and so on. From here you will plan the illegal activities your hoods will undertake in the second part of the game, activities ranging from arson, murder, robbery and extortion amongst others. You'll also have to send thugs out to recruit new members to your criminal family.

      Once you are happy with the orders issued, you click to begin the working week, this scrween has a choice of camera angles and basically lets you watch the planned actions transpire. Although there is a slight amount of chopping and changing that can still be done, in reality though you can only instruct your goons to wait, proceed and assault/kill police officers and rival gang members.

      I recently bought this game after having sold it years ago and I must admit it's a hell of alot more difficult than I remember, it's all to easy to get assassinated, arrested or just out muscled by your opponents, still, Eidos have produced a classic game that's gameplay is deep and addictive. The graphics are fine but unfortunately theres no music present in this particular copy I've got. There was music in the last one I owned and there is an option to select music tracks in game, this is undoubtedly a problem with the disc rather thanm the game in general though.

      Gangsters is tough, really tough, but it's addictive nature ensures that you'll keep playing until you've got a little better and will hopefully last a little longer in the gangster underworld.

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      03.05.2009 14:15
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      Definitely buy this if at £5 or under

      I was fortunate to play this before playing its sequel and I think it is a very fun if not high quality game. The most important feature of this game is that it is a strategy game and the all the skill comes from this, the game does feature first person/ third person shooting. I like this because it makes the game very original.

      Perhaps what really makes this game is the amount of power you have, which is bound to make you feel good. You are in charge of over 50 gangsters and if you are inclined to micro-manage, can give each one of them individual orders.

      The games depth is both impressive and not so good. The number of business is vey good but the variety less so- particularly graphics wise. One pretty insane thing is the ability to search through lists of all the citizens in the city you are working in- you can send a gangster to kill a randomly chosen citizen if you so desire.

      Referencing back to my comment about this not being high quality, there are quite a few bugs and certain things can make the game painstakingly frustrating to play- if you can get past this however it is a surprisingly enjoyable game to play.

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      03.08.2008 22:09

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      Grab the sequal if you are new to this series!

      Admittedly, i purchaced and played this game after playing through much of the sequal (Gangsters 2: Vendetta), whilst i wasnt expecting quite the refined and entertaining gameplay of Vendetta I was sorely dissappointed in what I was presented with.

      Firstly, and quite crucially, the interface and control system is more complex and unforgiving than running an actual organised crime family, in may cases you are given no clue as to the possible results of your actions and I spent much time basically experimenting with the different commands I was able to issue (with varying degrees of total disaster). It is also hard to determine exactly what it is you are supposed to be doing in order to win levels, as this is never made explicitly clear.

      All that said, I kept playing, and beneath its harsh and slightly ugly exterior is some deep strategy and a lot of oppertunity to acheive success with your superior criminal brain.

      The bottom line though, get the sequal, its a much more rounded title.

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      09.02.2002 22:12
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      I bought this game a couple of months ago, firstly because I love Sim games, and secondly because it was a budget title and was retailing for a mere £4.99. In this game you play a gangster, not any old gangster, you are Mr Big, the man who gives the orders, you decide if a shop should be done over, you decide if you want to kill a rival gang member. As will most Sim games, there is no action as such, you have to organise things and watch how the results turn out. The game play is first done in note book style, at the beginning of the game you have about seven hired hands at you're disposal. You decide who should lead that gang, and you then assign each gang tasks, this includes collecting protection money, indimidating shop owners into giving you protection money, you may like your gang to rob a business, this is quick way of earning cash, however, it is risky. You can also recruit new gang members, accountants and laywers, the more gang members you have the more jobs you can get done, and accountant will sort out your money, and a lawyer will help you stay out of jail. You can also buy business's legit, you can also folow rival gang members, and if you fancy take em out. No gangster can operate without weapons and cars, so this option is available obviously the more money you have the better type of weapon and car you can buy. Once you have decided whos doing what, you click done, and you find your gangsters on the street, you can watch what they are doing, and keep tabs on them, say you get caught doing a job, you can shoot the persuing cops in an escape bid. For me this is the worst part of the game play, this is played out over seven days, so you will wait a good 15 minutes for the tasks to be carried out, I'm surprised there is no game speed option here. You can also play lots of variation such as short game, long game, and one goal only games. This is a great
      game for the money, the grpahics are good, and as long as you have a half decent computer the game flows along quick nicely. This game is a must for any Sim fan, and its a snip at £4.99.

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        20.11.2001 14:48
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        Gangsters ihas to be one of the best buy's this year for me as far as PC games goes and at £4.99 it is a real bargain. Set in a typical Chicago type town in the early 20s Gangster is a game where you are the boss and anything you say goes from getting your men and women to blow up the High Court or Robbing the town's banks,radio station or even small businesses. You are the boss of a small time operation to start with trying to take control of a virgin town as far as extortion and murder are concerned and you can use any means necessary to achieve this hiring more hood's,a lawyer,an accountant even snitches to let you know whats going down,Police are easily bought and with enough dow earned from robberys and tax evasion also extprtion and protection money you can bribe Judges and the FBI. This game is very much mastered by taking things nice and slowly and hitting out hard when you must and when you do send out a kill,bomb,arsen,ambush or kidnap order you can watch it as it happens and with brilliant effects you will get lost in viewing for hours seeing buildings burn to the ground and people who don't want to pay for protection get done over really is graphic in every sense so best for over 15 year olds I think. There are about 5000 different characters each with their own individual skills and names all of whom can and will be bought for the right price increasing your hold on the town so you can even have your accountant run for mayor and then the power really begins. You are however not alone in this town and with 5 other gangs all trying to be in control you will get to make war,peace,or alliance with them depending on the mood that takes you. The game is very easy to play once you have got the hang of it but when you get the option to have a tutorial on your first go I would take it as it will show you through all the icons and what they do and with one of your hood's voices talking you
        through it. Throughout the game if you have good men under your control they will help you through and tell you when more money or men are needed then all you do is go out there and rob banks or recruit new hood's. As the title say's True Power is never given it is........TAKEN. This game only cost me £4.99 from Electronics Boutique made by Sold out Software who do also a great range of other titles all for about the same price so go on what have you got to lose BOSS!!!!!!

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          12.09.2001 04:38
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          First off I would just like to say that if you don't rate this I'll send the boys round, Got it. Only joking. This is Gangsters for the PC. You're chance to play the heavy mob. This is a real-time strategy game based in the Chicago 1930's prohibition era. You play a mob boss with the task of building an empire that can control the whole city and crush 3 rival gangs. You build up your own Mafia style family from a game containing 400 gangsters, each with different skills. Gangsters such as William "Fury" Kassel, Connall "Tiepin" Dolen, John "Psycho" Lord and many more. Then you can move in and take over the virtual city with its 5,000+ citizens. This game has 2 modes of game play. The Gang Organiser and The working Week. You start with the Gang Organiser, And that's how it looks, a filofax style book with all the information on the gang and the city. This is very complicated, Too complicated. This is where you set out the orders for the working week, Check your team, accounts, territory. you can organise recruiting of gang members, raids, extorting, collecting protection money, bombing other gangs building's, killing, kidnapping and many more. You also need to distribute cars and weapons, set wages and how much to charge for protection. which buildings to target and loads more. You have a limit as to how many orders you can set as you only have a week to carry them out. Once set you can "Hit the Streets. The Working Week takes you to the city with a 3D isometric view. You basically sit back and watch your gang roam the city carrying out your orders. You can open a window for each member and watch them all at once or follow them around on the main window. On the main window you can interact with the citizens on the street or the buildings. If you want to bomb city hall your hood wont enter if the police are guarding the door. You could of ordered your hood
          to bribe them, or when your hood stops outside you can shoot them. This usually causes a mass shoot-out. bad idea. This part of the game gets a bit boring and repetitive after awhile, Luckily you can speed the clock up. The graphics are fairly good and the sound average. The game does run pretty smooth and I've had no bugs or crashes yet. Overall this is a game for strategy fans only, There is no instant gratification, Apart from your area of control expanding. You need to play for a long time to build your city up which could put people off, like me. I like strategy games but ones witch show results, like Sim City 3000 or Airport inc. But don't let me put you off, I'll leave that to the manual, When you see it you may pass out. 96 pages. You do get a basic tutorial which is a help, I couldn't of sorted the game out without it. If you have a lot of time to concentrate on a game this could be for you. Minimum requirements..... Pentium 166. 32MB RAM 2MB SVGA Video card 4xCD Rom 100 % Windows 95/98 and DirectX 6.0 compatible sound card required. DirectX 6.0 included on game disc. Reccommended requirements..... Pentium 200 32MB RAM 2MB SVGA Video card 8xCD Rom 100 % Windows 95/98 and DirectX 6.0 compatible sound card required. Requires Gangsters CD-ROM in drive to play.

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            09.05.2001 03:35
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            Imagine yourself in the 1930's wearing an expensive suit and a stylish hat, while standing in front of a classic black thirties car with a big brutal-looking thug behind you to your right, a beautiful woman to your left...can you see it? No? Then go get Gangsters. Welcome to New Temperance... Gangsters is created by Hothouse Creations and published by Eidos Interactive. It lets you control your own gang of thugs in a US city during the Prohibition period of the 30's. It is up to you to make the most of this city by controlling more than a hundred thugs, running illegal businesses, killing your opponents, bribing the mayor or Police Chief and, if you have to, killing the rival gang leaders as well as anyone else who gets in your way. Managing this is no easy task, and if you're looking for a game you can play with your mind on standby you might as well stop reading now, because Gangsters is a game that challenges you to use your mind to the best of your ability. 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.

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              06.05.2001 17:01
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              The graphics in Gangsters are top notch. The city of New Temperance is absolutely enormous, with all the hustle and bustle expected from an actual city. As you might expect, this type of detail doesn't come easily. The initial load time of the city takes awhile, but is happily worth it. The only serious problem lies with the inability to play the game with any success while all the buildings are in place, as often the skyline obscures the action. Upon removing the buildings, you are left with a cityscape more reminiscent of Fallout 2 than of the 1920's. The sound is absolutely fabulous. Your thugs make appropriate noises when they're off taking care of your business. If you are threatening someone, you hear cries of mercy that would warm any Gangster's heart. All the while, you get the audible delight of the background music. Very rarely is background music acceptable, let alone good. The slick soundtrack in Gangsters is a treat to anyone with a good soundcard. With both good graphics and superlative sound, it saddens me to turn to the gameplay. At first glance, Gangsters: Organized Crime appears to be a real-time strategy game, but don't let that fool you. It is, in fact, more of a simulation than anything else. Each week begins with a status window. You have to check your territory, your accountant, your diplomacy, and your lieutenants to see how you did the last week. Most of the game is played from this status window. From here you give your orders, only to watch them being executed during the week. Once the week begins, you can do little more than sit back and watch. Over the course of the game, you do very little day-to-day operations. Needless to say, this is frustrating. If a business refuses to give you the money you want from them, you cannot react immediately. Instead, you have to wait until the end of the week and command one of your lieutenants to take care of the problem. With tons of small details to keep t
              rack of, the average gamer will feel overwhelmed. This might not have been as bad an issue had the tutorial been better. Not only do you have to run the tutorial through a combination of on-screen actions and directly reading from the manual, but it doesn't come close to telling you of all the commands in the game. It gives you a very simple overview of how to play, leaving you to fend for yourself on the finer points. The first few times you play will be more frustrating than anything else, and many gamers will be discouraged by the steep learning curve. For people who majored in Economics or Micro-Management in their college days, Gangsters: Organized Crime is a dream come true. For the rest of us, it is a game that fails to rise to expectations. Personally, I'd rather be responsible for torching an unruly shopkeeper then making sure I audit a business in order to assure I'm collecting the right amount of protection money. Gangsters: Organized Crime does a good job of simulating the life of a mob boss, but it could have sacrificed reality to make it a little more fun.

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                14.02.2001 01:49
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                Gangsters, a great idea at the time but something that went a little wrong along the way. I found this game slow, very slow in fact to run on my system. Which is terribly annoying, it takes forever to progress if you spent an hour a day on this game you would be playing the scenario out for about 2 months. You can't really play this game you just tell you foot soldiers what to do, and then you watch them make a mess of things which you can do little to mend when the week has began. When I play I find that I set so many orders then at the end of the week only half of them have been accomplished. Plus half of my men are dead, what is that all about! They move in squads of 3/4 and they all are carrying tommy guns. The music is good, not annoyingly tedious so that you have to unplug the speakers. The graphics are also good the street brawls are worth a watch. The style of kidnapping is hollywood oscar standard. They walk up to the suspect and politely show him to the door of the car, no struggle all very gentleman like. If one of your many talents is patience than you may be able to sustain brain capacity long enough to enjoy this. Unfortunately I got bored of waiting for the goods that never seemed to materialise.

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                  19.11.2000 00:19
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                  Gangsters is the crime sim that we’ve all been waiting for. With amazing graphics, tons of crimes and a completely original idea Gangsters looks like a fantastic game. If you’re still not sure weather you’re ready to start blowing up schools then feast your eyes on this… Gangsters gives you the chance to make you own team of bandits in a realistic 3D world. It’s packed with loads of scenarios and problems to keep you busy. The aim of the game is to become the most powerful gang in the city, making sure the other gangs don’t get in your way. This game is definitely not a walk in the park. The other gangs’ll try to make your life misery. To stop them you’ve gotta do a little ‘reasoning’… In Gangsters there are masses of crimes to commit. There’s bombing, stealing, ambushing, killing, extorting and lots more. The good thing about gangsters is that you’re in charge so first off you’re going to have to recruit some team members. Once you’ve done that it might be good to expand your property so get a man whose specialty is in extorting. If your people who own shops and things on your property do not pay the protection money you could get into some trouble. This is the fun bit. Bombing. Recruit a bomb squad and watch them get to work. If you look closely you’ll see little people run out on the building and if you look even closer you’ll see that they’re on fire! The graphics are fantastic. It’s kind of the view you get in grand theft auto but zoomed in and 3D. This is the best way to view the game and in crystal clear 3D you couldn’t get any better. As the people walk along you can actually see their faces and what they’re carrying. Absolutely fantastic, you can’t stop playing. There is only on problem with Gangsters though, you either love it or hate it. Be safe and rent it first or even better, borrow
                  it from a friend. That’s what I did and I love it.

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                    03.10.2000 04:31
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                    Ever wanted to rule you own city, running what happens, when it happens and how it happens, well now you can in Gangsters Organised Crime. You start off as a small time gang leader with a few recruits. To finance your operations you must establish a protection racket and extort the local business’s and houses for as much money as you can bleed out of them. While you are establishing your empire you need to recruit more gangsters, an accountant to evade taxes and a lawyer to bribe police and other officials (Judges and the mayor) they also fight out your gangsters court cases when they unfortunately get arrested. When your bank balance has grown a bit you can then buy legitimate business’s and establish illegal business’s in the back alley or room behind them. These could be brothels, casinos and counterfeit press’s amongst others. These are where you can make serious money but you also get trouble with the FBI. But the main aim of the game is not to set up illegal business’s but to eliminate the 3 other gangs and take ultimate control of the city. To eliminate your opponents you can either organise hits on their leader, go into there territory and shoot anything that moves or eliminate there income. To cut off there cash supply you can smash up, blow up or set fire to the business that are paying the opposition gangsters or you can intimidate the shop owners into paying you protection and as you work your way through there empires eventually they won’t be able to finance there gangsters wages and there empire will collapse. Gangsters is an amazing game and I recommend that you should go out and buy, beg, borrow or steal a copy of it today.

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                    Gangsters looked a really good and interesting game to get, but boy was I mistaken. Its rubbish, I have deleted it off my hard drive now because it is so boring, and it just uses up loads of space. It’s a waste of money, and definitely a big no for someone who wants an exciting game for their PC. It is lacking everything a good PC game needs. And definitely would not recommend it to anyone. Its dull and just takes up too much time.

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