The Commission PC Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on The Commission by 302 Interactive and 2:30 AM Studios.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from the developers for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
The Commission is a grand strategy game with an organized crime theme. The game puts you in control of one of 5 crime families and has you fighting for control of an entire city and it’s many districts. The families you can choose from include the Bogiana’s, Calessi’s, Donano’s, Junio’s and Rocca’s. Each family has it’s own specializations and starting area. For example, the Junio family specializes in smaller rackets and are based in Fordham.
Once you’ve chosen your family, you’ll need to choose your difficulty level. Difficulties include Easy, Medium and Hard. Depending on your choice, your opponents could get a huge head start. Once the game begins you’ll be taken to the world map where the game can begin.
The game’s world is split into 4 major districts including West Cushman, Rochester, Dreyer Square and Fordham. Each district has a bunch of neighborhoods which you must fight to control. Each neighborhood has a few things to keep an eye on, such as its wealth, and size.
Once you’ve chosen a neighborhood to take control of you must take control of it with one of your top family members. You’ll also need to choose how much muscle you want to have in the neighborhood as well. Muscle allows you to setup more rackets, so the more you have the more money you’ll make.
After taking control of a neighborhood you’ll need to setup a racket to make money. There are many different types of rackets to choose from including burglary, casino’s, distilleries, insurance fraud, kidnapping, and narcotics to name a couple. Each racket has a different base cost and base profit so you’ll need to keep an eye on your current funds when choosing one.
As your rackets begin to make money, they’ll also generate heat from the police. If you gain too much heat, the leader of that neighborhood will be arrested and your racket will be shut down. You can choose to halt operations for a time to let the heat slowly deplete. It’s pretty tough keeping track of the heat on all of your rackets though especially when you control a large number of them.
Another thing that you can do is bribe politicians and the police to have them under your control. Bribing them can have great benefits for you, especially during conflict with another family. For example, bribing the police will allow you to have them conduct a police raid on a specific neighborhood which doubles the heat and can potentially have the opposing family evicted from the neighborhood.
Truth be told, I had a touch time getting into this game. The main reason behind that is that I’m not a very big fan of grand strategy games (I find them kinda boring in truth). That being said, it’s definitely a unique take on the genre and while it’s not a favorite of mine, some of you may find it to be fun. It’s not the most detailed or the most pleasing to look at but if you can get past this, you may enjoy the game. If you can’t then you’ll likely lose interest quickly like I did. Final Verdict: Worth checking out if you enjoy grand strategy games but it’s not something everyone will enjoy.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review For The Commission folks! I’ll be back with my next one soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!