“The future is chaos and chaos is you!” - The Exploited “Chaos is My Life”.
The World United Solidarity (WUS) has made life boring in the year 2050. No sex, no booze, not even candy cigarettes were allowed. The people were tired of being WUS-sies, they had enough of censorship on TV and on the internet. Enter the Chaos Overlords. Former crimelords and CEOs, these leaders decided to capitalize on the people by creating chaos - selling the populace all the drugs, high-caliber weaponry, and pornography they desired. The cities have become battlegrounds as the Chaos Overlords vie for power as they attempt to destroy each other.
You are a Chaos Overlord. The city lies vulnerable before you, waiting for all the chaos that you can bring. Wage a strategic war of influence on an 8x8 grid that represents city blocks. Hire gangs at the beginning of each turn and seize control of the city, block by bloody block. Research new items for your gangs to equip so they can dominate your enemies’ gangs in combat. It’s time to make some chaos, so go out there and kick some neck!
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c, 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard. Compatibility notice: Windowed mode is not supported. Patched to version 1.1
Posted on 2013-05-28 06:39:35 byrob.liefeld:
I haven't I played a whole lot of games like this.
To put it simple, ChaosOverlords is very much like a PC conversion of a physical boardgame. But in this hame, there is no pshysical version I'm aware of.
In this futuristic/cyberpunk themed game, you control a handful of gangs and try to take control of parts of the city (or kill someone, or grow influence, whatever the missionbriefingread more tells you to do - and there is a LOT of variations), which is basically your board for the game. A stated before, this board is always only a 8x8 grid, which makes for a very thight and exhilirating game, and all of the squeres are randomized in each game. This is not a tactical game. It's not Xcom or Syndicate . It's mostly about managing your forces and resources, and making decisions based on them. I used to play this game a lot, back, when it came out, and I had two major issues, which makes this game slip to "4*"category:
1) - The GUI. Getting familiar with it, took too long. A bit convoluted, and kinda hard to get a good view on everything you do at once (and since it is a grand strategy title, this should be neccesary). And maybe that's why I found the game really challenging, which, on the other hand is a good thing (or maybe the AI is really damn good).
2) - this really doesn't have to be a PC game. I love the whole mood, the artwork and everything, but I think this would make a really cool tabletop game in real life, that I would much prefer to play live with friends of mine.
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Posted on 2013-05-28 06:48:33 byDeus_Ex:
Ah, this brings back memories. My good old reliable 486 was used to fire up this game the first time in 1998 and I immediately fell in love with it. The basic gameplay consists of occupying squares in a grid-like map. Each square in the grid has certain structures that are mainly used to obtain money and control over that square. You pay gangs money to work for you and occupy theseread more grids, as well as defend them from the enemy.
The gangs! Whoever came up with these must be bordering on mad genious. You've god the dreaded blood order, you've got smiley-face gangs, scientists, suicidal party goers, professional atheletes with questionable business ethics and so on. Better gangs cost more money to hire, plus they have an upkeep that must be paid each turn. Hire too many gangs too early, and you'll quickly sink into a financial crisis that will be your undoing! You'll research weapons and equipment that will help you complete this goal. Too much chaos and the cops come after you and not enough and you will get run over by rivaling syndicates. You have to carefully balance resources, offense, defense and other variables to be victorious.
The only complaint I have is that sometimes you will get a lot of crappy gangs for many turns which will prevent you from advancing, so there is also a factor of luck involved. Usually this only matters at the beginning of a campaign, though.
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Posted on 2013-05-28 14:37:20 byBrego:
I spent years thinking i made this game up after i lost the disc in a house move and forgot its name! A good chunck of my teens was spent playing this game after i found it in a bargin bin. The interface has aged, its true. However if you stick with it you will find a great turnbased game. As mentioned in another review, it plays alot like a boardgame. It has some great artworkread more to represent your gangs as you set to work taking out rival gangs. You can equipment with various items you can research and each square of the 'board' contains various building of different values that add to your empire. If boardgames are your thing, i wouldnt think twice about trying it out! i know what im going to be doing for the next few months!
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