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25 to Life is set in the urban inner city jungle where you can choose to be either a law enforcer or law-breaker. In single-player mode, you follow the storyline of young Freeze who is trying to survive in the hood and protect his family, or that of Shaun Calderon, a gang leader who had to escape to Mexico. On the other side of the law, you can play the cop Lester Williams whose department is swamped by corruption.

Whatever you choose, the bulk of the game has to walk through the cities, hide behind corners and then bust out and shoot people. As always, you have an arsenal of weapons and moves at your disposal.

You can also play online with several people, fighting against each other in teams.


25 to Life Windows Cinematics advance the storyline.
25 to Life Windows Mission briefing
25 to Life Windows You can set up local network games.
25 to Life Windows A lot of options in the customization panels

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GameZone Windows Feb 13, 2006 8 out of 10 80
UGO (UnderGroundOnline) Xbox 2006 C+ 58
JustPressPlay Windows Jan 28, 2006 4 out of 10 40
TeamXbox Xbox Jan 19, 2006 3.5 out of 10 35
ActionTrip Windows Feb 01, 2006 32 out of 100 32
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Feb 14, 2006 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
1UP PlayStation 2 Jan 18, 2006 3 out of 10 30 Windows Feb 08, 2006 2 out of 10 20
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Mar, 2006 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
Maximum PC Windows Mar 16, 2006 2 out of 10 20


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The game received some publicized outrage from police groups such the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund who called for a boycott of it prior to its release due to the objective of killing cops while playing as a thug and the ability to use humans as shields. Eidos did delay its release for a few months, partly to polish up game play but also to tone down "kill moves".

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