Urban Reign

Urban Reign

Urban Reign

Precipitously hard.

Man, life's pretty tough on the mean streets of Pimlico for thugs like me. "Community support" po-po on every corner, leaves swept up whether they're brown or green, anti-climbing paint on the walls and ample parking. As I sit here typing this, there's a POLICEMAN ON A HORSE outside my window. Everyone minding their Ps and Qs. There aren't even any derelict buildings. How are we meant to form gangs and become addicted to heroin and generally fall off society's radar when it's all so bloody clean and tidy? Thank goodness for games like Urban Reign. Keeping it real.

See, this is what we want. You are BRAD HAWK. You are a PROFESSIONAL. You ANSWER TO NO ONE. I didn't even write down what the city's called that you're in, but it doesn't matter; you know why you're here; you're here to go around beating people up for money; you're here to be MEAN and ANSWER TO NO ONE except that lady handing out the missions and SHE'S JUST A DAME.

Dame? Yeah, you know. She's a, uh, um. Oh fishhooks. Okay look, I admit it, this is total charlatanry. My working knowledge of gangsters is limited to what I've seen in The Shield and Guys And Dolls, and I haven't even seen the latter so it's even worse than it sounds. I don't like mean streets at all; I like choccy biccies and cups of tea. The closest I've come to drug taking is battling a cold by mainlining Lemsip. I use the word "jumpers" and listen to Belle & Sebastian while talking to my Nanna on the phone about watercolours. I talk about my feelings. The only thing I've ever "tagged" was my ruler in school, and even then I felt like I'd committed some great act of hate against Shatter Resistance.

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Urban Reign confirmed for UK

Urban Reign confirmed for UK

Including Tekken cameos.

The latest hip-hop and happenin' street brawler from Tekken and Soul Calibur creators Namco has been confirmed for British shores, thanks to a publishing deal with Sony Europe.

Already available in the states for those who just can't wait to bloody their fists, the PAL version is scheduled to hit the shelves a little after the festive period at the beginning of 2006. We're promised an intense combat mechanic with a story mode featuring over a hundred missions as you punch, kick, head-butt and dive for the family jewels of enemies in, "a war that rages from the scummiest streets to the corruption tainted higher echelons of city government." Sounds a little like Jack Thompson's game when you put it like that.

There are sixty characters to choose from, including cameos from Tekken favourites Paul Phoenix and Marshall Law, and we're sure there'll be plenty of the obligatory petite young ladies with short skirts and shorter tempers to fool around with, especially in the 4-player multiplayer battles.

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