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Police Alert: 'Gangs of London Arriving on Your Turf'

Explore London’s streets & landmarks in the palm of your hand
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

For release March 1st 2006

Crime action, strategy and mini-games all in one awesome handheld title!

SCEE (Sony Computer Entertainment Europe) is pleased to announce the release of Gangs of LondonTM on PSPTM (PlayStationPortable), later this year. Brought to you by SCEE's own London Studio, this all-new spin-off title takes the setting and criminal themes of the legendary GetawayTM franchise but offers gamers a whole new handheld gang warfare experience. With original game styles designed specifically for PSP and a huge range of new features, Gangs of London is set to be a hit with both gaming aficionados and those new to PSP.

Set in the mean and moody streets of London, this title isn't for the faint-hearted. Action meets strategy as you take on London's fiercest gangs in a bid for domination of the capital. With the opportunity to play as one of five gangs, you have to use brains and brawn to overcome the rival criminal factions and gain control of the city's underworld. Become the guv'nor of the Cockney, Triad, Yardie, Russian or Pakistani gangs and take on the capital over a number of unique and challenging game modes:

Core Action Game

Choose the gang you want to lead, be prepared to fight dirty and use your head to stay one step ahead of the competition. Each mission is separated with stunning graphic-novel style narratives that guide you through the background story of criminal masterminds fighting for the right to be called Mr Big - London's number one gangster.

Each mission lets you control a whole team of gangsters in tactical urban combat. With the ability to 'hot-swap' between differently armed characters in real-time and issue commands to other gang members, you must race and drive your way to the top over more than 60 action-packed missions. Gamers can re-play the missions from different gang perspectives, allowing for a number of different of routes through the game.

'Gang Battle' strategy game

'Gangs of London' also offers a turn-based strategy game which brings something completely new to PSP. Using a combination of skill, nerve and chance, gamers can take on up to four other gamers on a single PSP - or compete against the PSP controlled AI.

Combining some of the best elements of both board games and poker, 'Gang Battle' provides you with an interactive map on which you must commit your criminal forces to attack and defend patches of London turf, with bonus cards used to strengthen your grip on the city. As all moves are made 'blind' - players' hitherto secret actions unfold simultaneously at the end of each turn - there is huge scope for multiplayer bluffing, gamesmanship and treachery as you scheme your way to becoming Mr Big.

On top of these two exciting game modes, Gangs of London also features a number of other new options:

Free Roaming mode allows you to explore and tackle the streets of London on your own terms - take your pick of character, vehicle, weapons, mission objectives, weather conditions and police levels, but be careful when exploring enemy turf.

You can even take on the role of an American tourist, complete with paunch, jaunty shirt and conspicuous camera. At the push of a button, Gangs of London's Free Roaming mode lets you activate Tourist Mode, where you're tasked with exploring and photographing the city's most famous landmarks to unlock extras.

And if that wasn't enough, you can also compete with London's taxi drivers by trying out a portable take on the Knowledge (the test taxi drivers in London do to ensure they know every side-street, road and thoroughfare in the capital city). With all major streets signposted on-screen, it won't take long before you know London like the back of your hand.

British Pub Games

If it's a short but sweet gaming hit you are after, then Gangs of London's 'British Pub Games' may be just the thing. Slickly-rendered, bite-size games (including darts, pool and skittles) can be accessed from the main menu wherever you are - a perfect chance to experience some authentic boozer 'sports' when you're between bus-stops and a great way of challenging mates to a match.

Unique GameSharing Mode

The title also supports a completely original GameShare mode that will generate a Tube level unique to each PSP, with the content dependent on the serial number of the target system. Once an obliging Gangs Of London-owning friend has beamed it over, different players will find themselves faced with uniquely different mission objectives, environments, characters and weaponry. Whether you are destined to escape, armed only with a bat, from Oxford Circus's pursuing police or to clear Waterloo's northbound platform of 70 Triads with a machine-gun, only your PSP knows.

Key Game Stats

Platform: PSP

Developer: London Studio

Genre: Action/Strategy

No of players:

1 (action game)

1-5 (other games)

Game Elements:

Single player core action mode

Free-roaming city

'Gang Battle' strategy game

Authentic London pub-based games

Special features: Unique GameShare mode

No matter which of the varied game modes takes your fancy, Gangs of London will have you raring to spill some blood, sweat and tears for whoever you decide to 'run with'. Later this year, PSP owners will be fighting to hold London in the palm of their hands.

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For further information please contact:

Jennie Kong ([email protected])

PR Manager

Tel: 020 7911 8176 Fax: 020 7734 4926

Sony Computer Entertainment UK Ltd

About PSPTM (PlayStationPortable)

PSPTM (PlayStationPortable) is a new handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio. With graphics rendering capability comparable to that of PlayStation2, PSPTM features a 4.3 inch widescreen, high-resolution TFT display. The PSPTM system's storage medium - UMDTM (Universal Media Disc) - is a compact yet high-capacity (1.8GB) optical disc. With a wide range of accessories and connectivity options, including Memory Stick DuoTM, USB 2.0, IR port and Wireless (WLAN) functionality, PSPTM is the new entertainment platform from Sony Computer Entertainment.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, sales and marketing of PS one, PlayStation2 and PSPTM hardware in 104 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes games software for the three formats, and manages the third party licensing programmes for these formats in the PAL territories. At the end of September 2005, over 40 million PS one consoles had been shipped across these PAL territories, over 102 million worldwide. Between its European debut on 24 November 2000 and 29 November 2005, over 37 million PlayStation2 consoles have been shipped across the PAL territories, over 100 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history. Between the launch of PSPTM in Japan in December 2004 and 21 October 2005, over 10 million PSPTM systems have been shipped worldwide.

More information about PlayStation products can be found at www.playstation.com and www.yourpsp.com or visit the Virtual Press Office at www.scee.presscentre.com.

PlayStation and the PlayStation logo and PS one are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. PSP and UMD are trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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