Upon first glance, The Commission: Organized Crime Grand Strategy seems like the perfect accompaniment to those naïve, pre-adolescent years of mine spent fascinated by tales of the American mafia.
After a closer look I’m inclined to conclude otherwise; where my previous self was more so interested in the rags-to-riches fables Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola and Brian de Palma glamorized, The Commission: OC clarifies that it in no way intends to sensationalize the prohibition era.
Plus it’s turn-based strategy, not something my mental faculties were equipped for at the time.
In The Commission: OC, there’s no immigrant getting off a boat to throw New York’s boroughs into disarray; rather, this very sober proposition begins by having you choose which of five New Shore’s crime families you’d prefer playing Don to.
Each family comes pre-established with its assortment of underworld networks, backgrounds, fortes and weaknesses, to the point that your purpose is that of experiencing a simulation of what it takes to manage a criminal empire.
New Shore is divided between five major boroughs, each one representing the borders of the five major mafia family class structures and the different racket efficiencies between them. #screenshotsaturday #indiedev #indiegames
Posted by The Commission: Organized Crime Grand Strategy on Saturday, March 17, 2018
From carefully picking your family’s various units to prudently investing in local rackets, The Commission: OC’s strategy of expansion encourages focus on a deep loyalty system and in-game politics. The former is often a measure of how likely a member of your family is likely to rat on you – in the event they’re captured by the enemy and put to trial under a sleazy judicial system.
A caporegime’s/soldier’s loyalty to the Don varies periodically with issues such as their monthly cuts, recent family arrests, deaths and/or recruits, to name a few. Much of which can be mitigated by smartly bribing the relevant public officials on the other hand.
Players can expand their influence upon New Shore by investing into a variety of illegal rackets: Casino, Narcotics,…
Not too complicated a game of numbers then, which far from having you run amok across the streets of New Shore as one hyper-stylized Mafiosi, would rather have you behind a neat crime-management interface, relevant Glossaries, flashy buttons and jazz.
If that sounds like your kind of fascination, The Commission: Organized Crime Grand Strategy is due August 23rd on Steam. It will presumably be Orlando, Florida based 302 Interactive’s first, who also happens to be inviting playtesters/content creators to an official Discord.
Lots of visual updates this week. New crests for the boroughs, color filter updates, more polish to the interface layout, and some flashy menu buttons! #screenshotsaturday #indiedev #indiegames
Posted by The Commission: Organized Crime Grand Strategy on Saturday, March 10, 2018
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