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Gangland
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Developer(s) MediaMobsters
Publisher(s) Whiptail Interactive
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, Mobile phone
Release date(s) February 14, 2004
Genre(s) RTS/RPG/Sim
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: Mature (17+)
PEGI: 12+
Media PC CDROM
System requirements 600 MHz CPU, 128MB ram, 1gig HDD
Input methods Mouse, Keyboard

Gangland is a computer game created by Mediamobsters (now: Sirius Games). It was released on 14 February 2004. It has the premise of mixing real-time strategy (RTS), role-playing game (RPG) and simulation (Sim).

Contents

Story

The player takes the role of Mario Mangano, whose four brothers, Romano, Angelo, Sonny, and the eldest Chico, are caporegime of the Mangano crime family based in Palermo. When their father, the Don of the Borgata, dies, a power struggle hits the family and ends with Chico being nominated as the new boss. Romano, Angelo, and Sonny murder Chico after his promotion and flip away from Italy to the new world, escaping the police manhunt meant to capture them. Two years later, Mario's uncle Vincenzo Mangano calls Mario's grandfather and says that the three brothers are in his city, Paradise City. The single-player campaign begins when Mario is sent to Paradise City by his grandfather to work under Vincenzo until he is powerful enough to hunt down and kill the three murderous brothers.

Vehicles

There are 7 drivable vehicles available to steal or purchase:

  • The Runabout is a small car, which could be compared to the Mini Cooper. This is a light blue, and can seat two units. It has good handling but is slow, and has poor armour.
  • The Street Car is a light car, in grey, and can seat two units. It has average handling and average speed.
  • The Truck is a heavy, bulky utility vehicle, that can seat eight units, but unlike the other vehicles has no shooting seats. It is very slow and has poor handling.
  • The City Car is a black, Cadillac-type vehicle, that can seat four units. It has decent handling and a decent speed.
  • The Military Vehicle is a Humvee-style vehicle, that seats four units. It has incredibly heavy armour (the heaviest), but poor speed and handling.
  • The Sports Car is a red Dodge Viper style car which seats two units. It's very fast, and has decent handling.
  • The Police Car is, as the name says, a police car. It can seat four units, and has average speed, armour and handling.

Note: The Military Vehicle, the Sports Car, and the Police Car are not available to steal on the map, and must be purchased.

Paradise City Mobs

The Mangano crime family is not the only organised crime syndicate; it shares the Paradise City underworld with seven others.

  • the Jewish Mafia: Led by Rabbi Viktor Schwarzchild;
  • the Frantino crime family: American Mafia, Led by Rocco Frantino;
  • the Cartel: Led by Amado RaĆ¹l Callas;
  • the Yakuza: Led by Riju Teshighara.
  • the Russian Bratva: Led by Alexander Minkowskij;
  • the Black Mafia: Led by George King;
  • the Triads: Led by Fei Li Xiao;

Reviews and Criticisms

A common criticism of Gangland was its repetitive gameplay. The game also suffered from a poorly implemented checkpoint saving system, as well as game mechanics that would discourage the use of certain units because of future penalties. Some of the actions a player could perform could be considered game breaking actions (such as the permanent destruction of vital resources) that could ruin multiplayer games.

Mobile phone release

The game was released on an unknown date by King of Mobile for mobile phones. The story and graphics are much simpler, and different from the PC version. The player controls Mario as he carries out Vincenzo's instructions to kill rivals.

Sequel

On Oct 1st publisher CDV announced that Escape From Paradise City is gone gold and would be available on Oct 24. Escape from Paradise is developed by Sirius Games [1] .

References

  1. ^ Escape from Paradise City goes gold

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