Review: Empire of Sin – SENSES

Fun strategy in true gangster style.

As I wrote when I reviewed Gears Tactics (which also became the sixth best game in 2020) so I really love strategy games. So when Empire of Sin appeared so I took the opportunity to see what it could contribute to one of my favorite genres.

Empire of Sin paradox Interactive - press image - copyright 2020
Press photo: Paradox Interactive

IN Empire of Sin, from Swedish Paradox Interactive, you start your journey as a petty criminal who can work his way up and reach the absolute top. You have to choose if you want to work with your competitors, or if you have what it takes to kill them and take over their territory. To help you, you have loyal employees who stand by your side during these intensive “negotiations”.

Empire of Sin.  Paradox Interactive - press image - copyright 2020
Press photo: Paradox Interactive

Empire of Sin is played from an isometric view and the graphics are really nice. There are nice light effects and great detail. It really feels like the game creators have not saved on gunpowder to create a nice background to the game mechanics. You are usually at a numerical disadvantage and therefore it is important to use strategy and cunning to complete the task. To help you, you have firearms, but also your fists and other attachments such as baseball bats. At the beginning of the game you choose your avatar and these different characters have different skills and attributes.

Empire of Sin.  Paradox Interactive - press image - copyright 2020
Press photo: Paradox Interactive

It’s not just about fighting, you also need to make the economy go together so that your empire does not collapse. Which politicians and police officers you should bribe and which ones you want to try to lure into your world is also important. Empire of Sin is very advanced on this front and you can really spend hours on all the details.

Empire of Sin shoot out.  Paradox Interactive - press image - copyright 2020
Press photo: Paradox Interactive

That’s a bit of a shame Empire of Sin is that – even though it is an incredibly well-made game – some details leave a lot more to be desired. Among other things, there are very few characters you fight against and many times you go into a room with ten clones of exactly the same character. That sounds the same, fights the same and above all looks the same. Unfortunately, the feeling quickly becomes a bit cheap and it would have been fun with a little more variety. Then the game is insanely difficult in places, so be prepared to die a couple of times before you get the cut on everything.

In summary, that is Empire of Sin still a really fun and well-made strategy game and the only reason it does not become one must is because it’s not a game for everyone. They need to like strategy to appreciate Empire of Sin fully.