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Gangsters of the 1920s 

They may not be a household name, but German company Kalypso Media is taking two popular gaming genres and mixing them together to create a unique experience.

OMERTA: CITY OF GANGSTERS is a classic turn-based, real-time strategy game based around the world of, as the name suggests, gangsters in 1920s Atlantic City.

It will be launched on to Windows PCs and Xbox 360s in February next year.

As a would-be crime boss, gamers will be tasked with building a criminal empire in an attempt to take control of the city by building, buying or taking over buildings which can be turned into distilleries, illegal boxing rings and much, much more.

There's money laundering, gunfights and elaborate heists thrown in, as well as recruiting characters to perform certain jobs, such as spying, fighting and even tackling enemy gangs.

The 360 version of the game is expected to RRP at $69.95, while the PC version is set down at $49.95.

For more info, check out the website bit.ly/R5BT1L

Halo 4 map pack

Halo 4 fans get ready for more action!

343 Industries has announced that the new Halo 4 Crimson Map Pack will be available to download from December 10 - that's next Monday. The pack will feature three new environments to battle on with friends - Wreckage, Harvest and Shatter. 

The map pack will be available on Xbox LIVE for 800 Microsoft points and will be one of three upcoming Halo 4 add-ons, which will be available in February and April. 343 has also unveiled a new game mode, Extraction, which will also be available from December 10. (A full War Games Map Pass for all three map packs is available for $33.50 or 2000 Microsoft points).

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