How to Beat Empire of Sin: Gang Wars (Tips, Tricks, & Strategies)

Empire of Sin takes place in 1920s Chicago where players will choose from a pool of mob bosses to run their crime syndicate. From running casinos to having sit-downs with other bosses, Empire of Sin is an immersive, intriguing strategy game. There are 14 bosses for players to pick from, with more to come in the DLC, and some of Empire of Sin's characters are based on real people. Each boss has unique combat skills, empire bonuses, and diplomatic boosts that give players a new experience with each character.

Players will start by picking one of the 14 bosses based on their play style and skills. Each boss in Empire of Sin has strengths and weaknesses to consider. For example, Dean O'Banion has a very powerful combat bonus, but it will be difficult for players to start or maintain alliances while playing as him. Choosing the right boss will depend on the path to victory that players want to take.

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In order to win in Empire of Sin, players will need to take out every other boss and own all crime in every available neighborhood. There are a variety of ways to accomplish this, including building diplomatic relations or monopolizing the booze running game. Every choice players make will bring them closer to victory (or defeat). It will take time to build up enough resources to strike at opposing mob bosses, but there are a few different strategies players will be able to focus on.

There are three main methods of winning in Empire of Sin: playing the diplomat, focusing on businesses, or practicing active aggression. Certain bosses are more suited for these tactics than others. Frankie Donovon has stat boosts that make him great for booze running, while Mabel Ryley is better suited for the casino business. Some bosses also have powerful combat bonuses that make it easier for an aggressive campaign. All three methods have downsides and risks, and some will take longer than others to complete.

The Diplomat

Diplomacy is, arguably, the hardest mechanic in the game to utilize. Even after an alliance is formed, rival bosses can turn on the player, and their character can end up worse off. Still, there are some benefits to playing nice with the other bosses. Players have the option to team up with other bosses, which can be very helpful for taking out some of the stronger rivals. To remain diplomatic and avoid confrontation, build businesses in abandoned buildings instead of taking over enemy rackets. Players can trade businesses, offer tribute, or perform favors for other bosses to strengthen their relationships. This method will also help keep the cops at a distance because players won't be committing as much crime when they play diplomatically. This is by far the longest path to beating Empire of Sin.

The Business Mogul

For this route, players will put all of their focus into taking over or developing fully upgraded rackets. Of course, there will still be options for diplomacy or aggression, and inevitably players will need to take out other bosses. However, there are a large number of abandoned buildings to take over that can help grow a player's empire without ticking off rival bosses. There are casinos, speakeasies, breweries, and brothels. Depending on the player's boss, some of these businesses can be quite easy to upgrade and expand. Angelo Genna has great bonuses for building an empire based on speakeasies, and Frank Ragen is optimal for a syndicate focused on breweries. Depending on the level of diplomacy players practice, businesses can also be traded or alcohol can be sold for more than it's worth. Having a business-heavy playthrough of Empire of Sin will grant players the money they'll need to eventually take out the other bosses.

The Aggressor

Making aggressive moves will increase notoriety and make it easier for players to recruit tougher gangsters. It will also allow them to quickly upgrade rackets and promote a gang member to a higher rank, such as advisor or underboss. To follow this path, players will need to put most of their focus into fighting, taking over rival businesses, and winning wars. Players can run businesses to gather funds for upgrading weapons, recruiting top-tier gangsters, and expanding their criminal empire. Although building rackets will be necessary, the main focus will be increasing notoriety with strong, hostile moves that quickly take out the competition.

There are, of course, downsides to each playstyle and specific bosses that work better than others. Playing aggressively means sacrificing any diplomatic bonuses, and players can also expect more requests for war. The aggressive campaign is also the riskiest, because if a player's boss dies the game immediately ends. Alternatively, with the diplomatic approach, it can take much more time to build up an effective gang and be able to attack safehouses. Focusing mainly on developing strong businesses gives players a good balance between friendly and aggressive gameplay options. The business route will also allow players to have a secondary focus as they will have enough money to make significant moves against (or for) others.

There are other strategies with minor differences and some paths that are hybrids of the main play styles. Since Empire of Sin gives players complete freedom to make decisions, there's a myriad of possibilities to ensure a unique experience for each player. However, the above methods for winning combine the various choices players can make for a coherent strategy to reach the end. Empire of Sin is an intricate strategy game that gives players the freedom to choose how they'll rise to the top.

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Empire of Sin is available for Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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