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Platform: Playstation 2, Xbox
Genre: Action
Publisher: Eidos
Developer: Avalanche Software
ESRB: M (Mature)
ETA: 2005


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25 to Life


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What would happen if you mixed SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals with the film Training Day? Chances are your hybrid would be a lot like Avalanche Software’s newest title, 25 to Life.


Instead of throwing the player into a predetermined role, you have the ability to choose whether to hit the streets as a Cop or try to climb the ranks as a gangster. The side you choose to play will yield missions from busting out of prison to performing drug busts in the meanest and dirtiest streets.


Before hitting the streets, it’s always a good idea to look as badass as you possibly can. In come the customizable characters. There will be a default selection of gear to equip your 

character with, although as you progress through the game and gain more ranking new gear will open up. That way, when you’re playing online, other players can see how experienced you are.


Weapon selection is also a big part in the game. Since the main focus of a gangster in 25 to Life is to kill, they will have much more firepower than the cops ranging from your standard 9mm all the way to AK-47’s. The Cops will have their selection of big guns as well including some non-lethal weapons, such as tasers. Choosing how to take down either a gangster or a cop will play a big role in your overall experience.




Since culture is a big part of the game it’s mandatory that you’ll find a stellar hip-hop soundtrack in 25 to Life. Although no specific artists have been chosen, the game promises some of the best and most popular new artists as well as some head-banging classics.

Environments are also a key factor in getting through the game. No longer will you find cardboard pinups of barking dogs – if you actually get close to one, you better run for your life. Car alarms and pedestrians will also stand in your way sometimes, but since you are a ruthless gangster, or law-abiding police officer, I trust you will make the right decision.


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25 to Life is coming along nicely and will also support up to 16 players online through Xbox Live and the PS2’s network adapter. More information regarding the game will be released as the 2005 release date approaches.



Battle online with up to 16 players in this intense urban battlefield. Establish and defend your turf or uphold the law and exchange fire against your opponents using the USB Headset!


Compelling single player game-play. See the world of 25 To Life as you try to survive life on the grind as a rising Thug forced into life threatening situations.


Highly interactive urban environment delivers a superior and realistic game-play experience.


Car alarms, barking dogs, pedestrians are few of the items that may give your position away.


Fully customizable character system gives you the freedom to define your looks and style. Display your ranking by unlocking and customizing your gear with the latest threads!


Robust weapons arsenal includes both lethal and non-lethal ways to take down your opponents.


Cutting Edge Hip Hop soundtrack featuring undeniable rap classics as well as the best of current and breaking artists.


- Eric Lahiji

(May 23, 2004)