Illegal alcohol in the city of gangsters

Ahead of my preview being published, I’m going to tell you the story of when I went to see Kalypso Media show off their new game, Omerta: City of Gangsters.

I got up at 7am, which is too early for an unemployed university graduate, wouldn’t you say? It was cold, grey and rainy, but despite everything I was excited.

I trudged up and down Earls Court Road under my umbrella looking for the place. My destination was Evans and Peel Detective Agency, which I was told was just a front for “The Boss'” speakeasy. You know, like when alcohol was illegal… in America. I walked past it twice before noticing the unassuming door off down a side road. I pressed the buzzer.

“Who’s there?” came the voice over the speaker.

“Hi, I’m here for the Omerta event?”

“I don’t know what that is… what’s the password?”

Ohh.. so they were serious about this whole speakeasy thing. I had to get out my invitation to check that I had to mention that “Tommy ‘Two gun’ Tucci” had sent me. By then there were a few of us here, getting colder and wetter by the second, but eventually we were let in and walked down the stairs.

The detective’s office was tiny. No windows, and no doors other than the one we had just came through. A stern looking man in all the 20s garb was sitting behind the desk, waistcoat, cravat and all, and asked us once again why we were here, and what the password was. One of the other journalists mentioned that he hadn’t paid enough attention to the invite, to which the man behind the desk mumbled

“You clearly have not.” With no lack of disdain in his voice… he really was quite convincing.

Finally, the man got up, and opened up the secret door in the bookcase… of course… and we were let through into a dimly lit bar and restaurant. By dimly lit I mean realllllly… candles and ancient looking coil bulbs. I took a picture of the area where we were being shown the game without the flash on:







There were yet more dressed up people in the bar, pouring cocktails and serving out drinks. It was definitely not what I was expecting, but it was certainly impressive and quite good fun.

I was handed a virgin cocktail (there were ones with vodka available, but it was 11:30 in the morning, come on) and we were given a thirty minute live gameplay demo of the game, and were then shown to laptops and just allowed to play it. I was thinking maybe we’d get an hour on the game, or be limited to one mission, but two and a half hours later, when I had to leave to get my train home, I was actually still playing it, and thoroughly enjoying it.

Check back later in the week for my preview! I’m looking forward to playing even more of the game when it comes out early next year.

2 comments on “Illegal alcohol in the city of gangsters

  1. […] might also be interested in the story of when I went to visit Kalypso so I could write the preview.  They had turned this restaurant/ speakeasy into a developer headquarters, and it was good […]

  2. […] As January fades, there are still a couple of games worth mentioning. Omerta: City of Gangsters is out today, and you can read my preview of the game I wrote a while back here. If you’re interested in my actual trip to see the developer Kalypso show off the game, you can read my account of the day here. […]

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