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Crime Life: Gang Wars (Xbox)

Mature
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Press release (17th August 2005):

    Soundtrack to a Crime Life

    New German artists announced to accompany D12 and Hip Hop's finest on Konami of Europe's Crime Life soundtrack

    17th August, 2005

    Konami of Europe has announced that it has recruited further artists to provide tracks for the soundtrack of its forthcoming gang-based action title, Crime Life: Gang Wars.

    The game already features Detroit rap collective D12 as vocal talent for key characters in Crime Life: Gang Wars and who provide bespoke music for the game's soundtrack, and the group will now be supported by a wealth of additional talent. D12 member, Kon Artis, provides three artists from his Runyon Avenue label in the form of Big Dame, PHEAR and T Baby, while Konami has also recruited up and coming stars of Germany's fast-growing Hip Hop scene with artists from the Roxsta label.

    Roxsta signings Spax, Fratelli B, Pyro, Doppeldecker featuring Tefla and Jaleel and Leif & Direkt will all have tracks in Crime Life: Gang Wars, providing a suitable urban theme to the gritty events of the game - and true international flavour to the soundtrack. Further European talent is also showcased in the form of Guvnor P, Doom Man and Jason Flemyng, Seyi, Sweetie Ire, Dek the Raw, Mnemonic, All you can Beat Productions and Stylbik.

    Crime Life: Gang Wars focuses on a young hood called Tre, as the player tries to pick a path through the many criminal opportunities the game's Grand Central City location offers. Using strong narrative elements, the game explores ideas pioneered in celebrated gang movies such as New Jack City and Boyz 'n the Hood, with Tre attempting to protect those close to him from exploitation and abuse, while also being on guard against those that conspire against him. Urban culture provides the central theme for Crime Life: Gang Wars so the use of D12 and the new artists fits in perfectly with the game's use of Hip Hop music, fashion and attitude.

    "With the addition of European and German talent to Crime Life: Gang Wars, the game will enjoy a wide-ranging soundtrack that will appeal to everybody," commented Martin Schneider, Sales and Marketing Director Germany, for Konami of Europe. "The music we have will create a realistic backdrop to the hard-hitting action on display, breathing life into Crime Life: Gang Wars' mean streets."

    Crime Life will be released for PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC in November 2005. For more information, please visit www.konami-crimelife.com.

    Contributed by Sciere (243565) on Apr 06, 2006.

Press release (17th August 2005):

    Crime Life hits the street

    Konami of Europe's gang-based fighting game comes out of the shadows

    17th August, 2005

    Konami of Europe will be using the Games Convention show in Leipzig to show a new version of its vaunted free-roaming fighting game, Crime Life: Gang Wars.

    Built around an accessible, thrilling, free-roaming 3D beat'em' up fighting system, Crime Life: Gang Wars is a stunning crime-themed action title, tracing the rise of a young hood within a tough street gang. The central character, Tre, is followed as players embark on his journey to make a name for himself. The game mixes action and fighting elements within a gritty, detailed storyline to explore modern-day urban gang culture.

    Incredible detail is used to bring Crime Life: Gang Wars' setting of Grand Central to life, with the graffiti-marked streets playing host to snooker halls, barbers and stores, all of which provide focal points for locals. Running the city are The Headhunterz, a powerful, rival gang modeled on and voiced by key members of D12 - Detroit's notorious Hip Hop Collective. Tre joins his cousins gang, The Outlawz where he will rise from small-time hood to major-league player as they try to regain their turf from the Headhunterz.

    Urban culture provides a sharp focus for Crime Life: Gang Wars, with the game enjoying a varied Hip Hop soundtrack featuring Europe's up and coming artists, while the game also features the styles and fashions of Afro-American inner-city culture. A sense of community also features strongly and Tre works to defend his crew from the violence and treachery that permeates the society he lives in.

    In Crime Life: Gang Wars reputation is everything, and for the player to survive they must establish Tre as the toughest fighter against the most menacing gang members out there, all of whom are battling for street supremacy. The player will always feel like their next fight could finish them or make their name forever - will Tre's story have a happy ending?

    Crime Life: Gang Wars will be released for PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC in November.

    Contributed by Sciere (243565) on Apr 06, 2006.

Press release (19th May 2005):

    KONAMI TO BRING CRIME LIFE: GANG WARS TO THE STREETS THIS FALL

    New Crime Action Game To Feature Detroit Rap Crew D12

    LOS ANGELES – Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) Booth #800 – May 17, 2005
    – Konami Digital Entertainment – America, a division of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced that it will unleash Crime Life: Gang Wars for the Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC-CD ROM this fall. This free-roaming, beat-em-up action game features a dynamic, engaging story line that delves into modern urban culture and puts gamers in the shoes of a small-time gang member as he fights his way for control of the city. Adding an air of Hip Hop authenticity to Crime Life: Gang Wars is the Detroit rap crew D12, which will be creating original music for the title and whose members will lend their voices and likenesses to the game.

    "The scope of Crime Life: Gang Wars will be vast, so we wanted to make sure that all of the elements were in place for an epic and engaging action game," said Jason Enos, product manager, Konami Digital Entertainment – America. "Players will need to master the fighting system to conquer the streets. In addition, the music and the participation of D12 will truly enhance the game and give it the feel of urban pop culture that we've come to recognize from popular films and TV shows."

    Produced by Konami of Europe, Crime Life: Gang Wars boasts a strong narrative that shows the dangers and strains associated with gang membership, and promotes a strong sense of morality via game elements inspired by classic gang movies, such as New Jack City, Boyz 'n the Hood and Menace II Society. The player must protect his own people from exploitation and abuse, and defend his crew from the violence and treachery that permeates the society he lives in.

    Crime Life: Gang Wars stars Tre, the young leader of the Outlawz, once Grand Central City's most powerful gang. Gamers maneuver Tre through the dangerous streets, using his fists and brains to protect his crew and build his reputation. Reputation is all that matters in Grand Central City, and to succeed Tre will have to prove himself to be the toughest fighter and smartest leader as he battles for his gang's supremacy. With a morally infused storyline, every decision made by the gamer in Crime Life will have consequences and an impact on the outcome of the game.

    In addition to bespoke music from D12, Crime Life: Gang Wars will include songs from up and coming UK rap artist Doom Man. Also, Jason Flemyng, popular British actor and veteran of hit crime flicks Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch will lend his voice to the list of in-game characters.

    For information, screen shots, music and more from Crime Life: Gang War, go to: www.konamicrimelife.com.

    Contributed by Sciere (243565) on Apr 06, 2006.

Press release (7th April 2005):

    Soundtrack to a Crime Life

    D12 and some of the Hip Hop's world's finest to provide tracks for Konami of Europe's forthcoming gang-based epic

    Konami of Europe has announced a collaboration with leading Hip Hop collective D12, and a soundtrack that will feature a wide array of musical talent and styles, for its forthcoming Crime Life: Gang Wars title.

    The Detroit-based rappers have provided the main theme track for the game, and will also provide the voices and likenesses for key characters that appear in the game. Crime Life: Gang Wars, which is being produced by Konami of Europe's Product Development studio, will also feature musical contributions from some of Hip Hop's up and coming stars.

    Crime Life: Gang Wars focuses on a young hood called Tre, as the player tries to pick a path through the many criminal opportunities the game's Grand Central City location offers. Using strong narrative elements, the game explores ideas pioneered in celebrated gang movies such as New Jack City and Boyz 'n the Hood, with Tre attempting to protect those close to him from exploitation and abuse, while also being on guard against those that conspire against him.

    Urban culture provides the central theme for Crime Life: Gang Wars so the use of Detroit-based D12 fits in perfectly with the game's use of Hip Hop music, fashion and attitude. The group has provided an exclusive bespoke track entitled 'Throw It Up' which will be part of the game's soundtrack, the group will also be providing the voice and likenesses of leading bosses of the game's HeadHunterz rival gang.

    D12's Bizarre, Proof, Swifty, Kon Artis and Kuniva recorded their roles in February, with the developers currently incorporating their likenesses into the game. They will inject their unique personalities into their HeadHunterz alter-egos. Their input will complement Crime Life: Gang Wars stunning visuals and the rich characterization that brings the world of Grand Central City to vivid life, and each gang member will be instantly recognisable thanks to D12's enthusiastic involvement.

    In order to reflect the diversity of the music and to provide a soundtrack that matches the events in the game, the Konami title will also feature material from the cream of new Hip Hop talent, including Guvnor P, Doom Man and Jason Flemyng, Seyi, Sweetie Ire, Dek the Raw, mnemonic, All you can Beat Productions and Stylbik.

    "With talent from the USA, UK, France and Germany collaborating to put together a wide-ranging soundtrack, we delighted to make use of American & European artists in Crime Life: Gang Wars," commented, Tony Bickley, Head of Konami of Europe Product Development. "The assorted tracks we have collated will be vital to producing an authentic soundtrack to the game, and we are pleased to feature European artists who will perform in their respective languages."

    Crime Life will be released for PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC in September 2005.

    Contributed by Sciere (243565) on Apr 06, 2006.

Press release (10th February 2005):

    Konami offers a life of crime!

    Gang warfare comes to PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC in Konami's new action-packed crime epic.

    Konami of Europe has announced it is to publish a new action title for PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC entitled Crime Life: Gang Wars. Crime Life: Gang Wars is a free roaming crime based beat em up. Mixing action and strategy elements within a gritty, detailed storyline to explore modern-day urban gang culture, the player is cast as a small-time homie who must work their way through the ranks to become a gang leader.

    Urban culture is the focus of Crime Life: Gang Wars. Hence the theme of the game will be Hip Hop. Hip Hop is popular urban youth culture, closely associated with rap music and with the style and fashions of Afro-American inner-city residents.

    Developed by Konami of Europe's Product Development, Crime Life: Gang Wars boasts a strong narrative that shows the dangers and strains associated with gang membership, and promotes a strong sense of morality via game elements inspired by classic gang movies, such as New Jack City, Boyz 'n the Hood and Menace to Society. The player must protect his own people from exploitation and abuse, and defend his crew from the violence and treachery that permeates the society he lives in. The game itself is set within Grand Central City, a sprawling metropolis where ruthless gangs are vying for power as the police struggle to contain them.

    The game's stunning visuals and rich characterization truly bring Crime Life: Gang Wars alive, with each gang instantly recognizable via a large cast of anti-heroes. Reputation is everything, and for the player to survive he must establish himself as the toughest fighter against the most menacing gang members out there, all of whom are battling for street supremacy. The player will always feel like their next fight could finish them or make their name forever.

    Crime Life will be released for PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC in 2005.

    Contributed by Sciere (243565) on Apr 06, 2006.