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You've probably never heard of the PSP game Gangs of London, and believe me, that's with good reason. I played it after receiving a promotional copy, but believe me that I would NEVER have paid to play it, for it is a horrendous GTA clone that has none of the wit, charm, hilarity, or even just good gameplay that the GTA games are bursting with. The game revolves around a number of gangs in London (unsurprisingly), and after choosing one of them, you then have to attempt to assimilate the others ones and basically become the King of London. There's not much more to it than that.
Visually, I'll concede that it isn't too bad looking, although it's hardly a good way to demonstrate the power of the PSP either. London is quite faithfully modelled, although some of the animations and character renderings are quite laughable at times. Vehicles are the highlight, having the appropriate sheen and lighting effects, although sadly you'll be driving through fog some of the time which will take away from this (as well as being a cheap way to distract from pop-in). Aurally, the game is decent, but there's the distinct feeling that voice actors with this talent should be working on something far better.
The gameplay is mind-meltingly simplistic; you get a mission, you aim, you shoot, you repeat. What really makes this game disappointing is the lack of explorative play; you can't just drive around London, GTA-style, and instead there's a menu where you have to pick missions from. The missions are virtually free of story, and basically you just have to murder or protect someone. Without any cinematic treatment or the ability to explore London, this becomes repetitive and boring very quickly.
Simply, this is a poor game that's not worth your time.
From the creators of the Getaway and it's sequel Black Monday on the PS2 comes Gangs of London, this time they try thier luck on the handheld and the PSP is it's destination. Following the same type of game as The Getaway and channeling the spirit of Grand Theft Auto, this game sees you as a gangster working the seedy underground of London.
First off, the graphics are quite poor, after seeing the GTA series on the PSP we've all witness just how good the PSP can emulate and how great games can look, so theres no reason why this shouldn't meet the same stard.
The Gameplay isn't that much fun and can be slighty lawkward to control espeically during the car missions.
Sound is a bonus as the cutscenes etc all have great voiceovers that are well acted and come across well in the game.
The main problem you'll find playing Gangs of London is that you seem to be repeating the same missions over and over again and doing the same thing, it gets very boring pretty fast. Again in comparison to GTA theres no life in this game at all really.
I can't really recommend this game that highly, if you've completed the GTA games and want something in the same vein you could take a look but be prepared for a step down in quality. Thumbs in the middle.
Gangs of London part of The Getaway series and I'm shocked with this game because its actually a great game. The other Getaway games i never liked but i love the way the story has been set up on this. Now reading other peoples reviews to you know don't listen to them if you like the look of the game buy it or at least try it.
Gangs of London features 6 gangs only 5 are playable theres the Cockney Morris Kane Firm which is the longest-established of the London Gangs. There is the Jamaican EC2 Crew which are pretty cool, Talwar Brothers from Pakistan newcomers to the London scene, Zakharov Organisation a Russian gang, Water Dragon Traid the Chinese gang. The last gang which is unplayable is Andy Steel's gang. Each gang your going to have to kill each one of them and cause mayhem on the city of London. Each gang has the same story but the only different things are the boss your gang will talk in there own voice, the cut scenes are a little different. Now the cut scenes are just comic book graphics kind of what Driver 76 has used but it gives the game a great effect.
Theres a lot of extra content in the game such as Free-Roaming where you can Free Drive. Be a London Tourist - and take pictures of the landmarks only thing is you cant drive you can only get a taxi or bus which is slow to get around in.
Cause Havoc - this mode is causes as much havoc as you possibly can, Speed Trap which is kind of like speed the movie keep your speed up or if you stop or slow down the car will go up in flames.
Riot Control - heres your chance to play as the police and defeat or arrest rioters. Getaway - sees you going against the police here you will have to out-drive them and survive until the time runs out.
Four Weeks Later - The dead or rising terrorizing London now your going to have to kill each zombie before the time runs out.
The Knowledge - here you play as a London Taxi your going to have to know your way round to play this one. Gang Battle use strategy and good sense. this one isn't a very good game as to the others.
Next theres the Pub Darts now everyone should know this game.
Skittles kind of like bowling but without the bg bowling. Best pub game on here I've played this one the most.
UK 8-Ball Pool and US 8-Ball Pool
Last game is the Ye Olde Arcade The game is worth buying other people have hated the game i don't see why they thing it is so bad this is a great game and worth the money to. Good graphics game play is very good some major problems with this at all. I am from England and i love the game. It doesn't matter where your from you still may like it.
Gameplay - nothing wrong with it i like every bit of it
Graphics - are nice i dont like that your car goes throw buses or cars a little, its great how they got such a big part of london on there but as the getaway has it no shop logos.
Sound - actually there is some good music on it but not all is great nothing really wrong with the sound effects.
Value - worth the money for sure a lot of extras Check out the game buy it and hope you enjoy the 60 missions on the game and the extras. Still even when your finished you will be playing back for more as another gang like what i have been doing.
Gangs of London is a game for the PSP which was released in 2006 and is very similar to the Grand Theft Auto series. Essentially you are a gang member in London and have to complete a number of missions to progress through the main part of the game.
I'll confess at this point that on Grand Theft Auto, I'm not very good. The missions mostly defeat me and I just enjoy cruyising around the city in the cars finding secret areas and meeting some smaller challenges. I like that kind of game where you can just pick it up for a few minutes.
Gangs of London is similar in that you can work through a number of missions (in what is called the "story mode"), and you can complete them in any order you want. There is a good choice of missions and you can miss out any that cause you trouble and try them again later.
For me, I found the missions too difficult and I soon lost interest in them. I personally felt that I was so far off finishing them and that the controls were so clunky that I was unlikely to ever complete them, and so I soon gave up.
However you can play the game in a different way, and just go exploring or perform some other challenges. This section is called the "free-roaming mode". In this section you can free drive, be a tourist in London (where you take pictures of London landmarks), cause havoc, speed trap, riot control, getaway, four weeks later and my favourite in this section, "The Knowledge". In this you have to race to different parts of London as quickly as possible using your map and knowledge.
Although I found these all of passing interest, I soon got bored of the "free-roaming section" as well, and was just going to put the game down before I realised that there were some other extras on the game.
There is a section called "Gang Battle" which is a turn by turn game which is similar in principle to Risk, where you have to fight other gangs in different parts of the city. This strategy game is superb and in my view far more addictive than the main game. You can choose from a range of difficulty settings and the game lasts around 20 minutes or so. It is logical, easy to play and great for filling in a few minutes.
Then there is a section called "The Pub", which has sub-games entitled darts (fairly good, easy to use), skittles (very addictive although I can't get past level eight), UK 8-ball pool (a bit dull after a while), US 8-ball pool (very similar to the previous game, just different rules) and arcade. This arcade game is absolutely brilliant, and is similar to the Snake game on phones.
This game in itself for me provided the longest lasting entertainment of the whole game, 32 levels of this little game (I'm on level 29) where you have to use quick reflexes and concentration to succeed.
For me, the whole game seemed slightly bizarre. Huge amount of time has no doubt been spent on producing the whole game, but the main part of the game is quite dull, and the extras are in places simply brilliant. It goes to show that games don't have to be visually superb to be playable, and if the writers hjad shown the same thought and insight in the main game as in the extras, the game would have in my view been much more playable.
The game is now available on PSP Platinum, which retails at 14.99 pounds. It's not as good as Grand Theft Auto, but there is a depth to the game that does provide a good few hours of playing entertainment. For me though, the main game itself is a let-down.
Gangs of London is a game i can't put down. Its been fantastic since the day i had it. its much like a grand theft auto style of game, where you can drive cars and you take up missions.
Your one of five gangs fighting to take control of the city, Burgle, Defend, attact, do what ever it takes to be number one.
Control up to 3 members of your gang on anyone mission at anyone time, ( much like a live action worms like game ) .
Other than the main story mode there are several mini games to keep you going for hours, including the pub games : pool, darts, ballards. There is also arcade games and a fantastic adaptation of snake in a veriety of puzzles to solf. one of my favourite mini games is the 28 days later spoof ( even though the film was not fantastic, this was! ) wher you go round the streets of london looking for and killing zombies. classic!
When I first picked up this game it looked as though there was going to be plenty of variety to keep me interested and to provide a lot of game play time however unfortunately as a lot of it is not very good you will have given up playing this game a long time before you have exhausted all of the various options.
Based not surprisingly in London you take control of one of five big crime families in the capital and your aim is to take over the territories and operations of the other gangs. These fall into the usual stereotype of Triad, Russian mafia and some home grwon traditional Ronnie and Reggie style gangster.
To succeeed you have to complete a number of missions which while quite varied do not have any real continuity and at the end you have to defeat the rival gang leader, all quite predictable and rather disappointng to be honest.
The missions are varied with a few that involve driving skills whilst other just have you shooting everything in site, you do also get to do a bit of kidnapping and of course a few robberies. The problem is that once you have defeated the first gang the remaining territories have pretty similar missions to complete so that there is not as much variety as there seemd at first sight.
The mechanics of thegame are not that great, shooting is clumsy to say the least and the auto targetting function is poor. Driving is not a lot better and the controls are much too responsive making driving quite difficult to control the car.
The only real positive to this game is the visual presentation which is quite satisfactory although the movement of the characters is not great the backdrop is with quite a lot of detail and a sprawling city to explore.
In summary not a game I would recommend and certainly it is not worth the £27.99 that HMV want for it.
The Getaway series expands onto mobiles with an all-new spin-off that marries strategic grabs for territory with all out gang violence on the streets of the capital. With a suite of multiplayer modes and a 60 level single player this will keep you playing longer than the PS2 originals.