On the surface, it would seem like Gangland would be a surefire hit. It leverages the popular gangster theme and melds it into a hybrid game that is part action, part strategy, and part simulation. You can run a number of illegal businesses, like speakeasies, brothels, chop shops, and moonshine distilleries, while also raising a family, putting out contract hits, and performing drive-bys. So, in theory, there's something for everyone here. Unfortunately, the execution of many of Gangland's different elements falls short of its lofty promise, thus leaving a game that has a lot of good ideas but is sometimes convoluted and often frustrating.
Developer: Stainless Games
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast LLC
Release Date: 11 Jul, 2012