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was a gritty look at crime and the police in London, but now SCEA is asking
players to reverse their thinking a bit and look at the criminal element from a
different perspective – that of the gangs.
London is a somewhat linear experience tracing the escapades of five gangs. SCEA
showed off the title at a pre-E3 event in Los Angeles. While related to The
Getaway, this is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a sequel to that game.
get to play as one of five gangs, each with different attributes, strengths and
weaknesses. Each gang is bent on revenge and to that end, embarks on a series of
missions (about 60-plus) within the London environment. The game was designed
for the PSP and takes into account available control schemes. To that end, the
dev team went for a fun, quick-action style with controls that are accessible
and easy to learn.
play as a single player, but rather as a group, easily jumping from one
character to another as you work through missions. When not playing as a
character, the game’s AI takes over, though the player can issue simple orders.
eight game modes total and some need to be unlocked before they can be played.
The modes are London Tourist, Riot Control, Speed Trap, Getaway, Cause Havoc,
Four Weeks Later (yes, based on the zombie movie), The Knowledge and Free
Roaming. Enter a pub and you can play minigames such as skittles, darts, as well
as British and U.S. versions of 8-ball.
The game is
fast paced with missions generally lasting from 5-10 minutes, though some will
go on longer. Graphically the game is solid, with well-rendered environments.
There were some minor clipping problems but the game is not slated to release
until towards the start of the fourth quarter and/or the holiday season, so
there is time to fine-tune some of the glitches.
linearity begins in the way the story is presented. Regardless of which gang you
choose to play as, you will all have the same starting mission – which basically
is to go into a building and take down a key target. Of course, you are not
going to waltz through unscathed. The game is run and gun simply because you are
on a timer. If you don’t get through fast enough, your target escapes and you
will be starting the level over.
London, at this stage, does not appear like it will set the PSP action-adventure
genre on fire, but is gearing up to be a solid addition to the title on the