From United Front Games, the studio that made ModNation Racers for PlayStation 3, comes a bloody action game meant as a reboot of the True Crime name. At E3 2010 we got a chance to see the game running as protagonist and undercover officer Wei punched and kicked his way through the street of Hong Kong where the game is set.
It's an open world game so you can expect a lot of the genre's standards to be in place, but United Front is trying to set its game apart with its combat system, among other things. When Wei gets in a fight, he can punch and kick and combo his opponents to death, eventually leading to an arm snap or debilitating kick to a knee joint. Instead of simply punching and dodging, you can also take advantage of the environment. When you've pummeled a foe enough you can choose the piece of the environment with which you want to interact. Sometimes that means you'll smash faces through TVs, toss enemies into dumpsters, push faces into air conditioner fan blades, or sometimes slam freezer doors into a foes' heads.
The game's not all combat. In on-foot chase sequences you'll bob and weave through crowds of NPCs while pursuing your target, taking care to not let any bystanders slow you down. Many times this just means swerving side to side as you run through, though Wei can also run up walls and hop across tables to more swiftly traverse environments.
Also shown was a driving mission where Wei hopped on a motorcycle and tore through the sunset streets of Hong Kong. When firing his weapon from on the back of the bike time would slow significantly to let you more easily line up a kill shot. Wei eventually makes contact with a gangster and takes him hostage as a fire fight breaks out, shoving him into a car trunk and taking off down the road while being chased by more cars and motorcycles. To fend them off he can fire out the window, targeting passengers of enemy vehicles and shooting out their tires.
The game looks to be violent and features plenty of coarse language, but still might be fun. It wasn't a hands-on demonstration, so we'll have to wait and see how it controls. The game's coming out this fall on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC, so expect more coverage on IGN leading up to that.
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