The digital delights of Sony’s scrumptious PlayStation Network service know no bounds. Aside from letting punters compete in online gaming, stream films, browse the Internet and more, its premier attraction rests in the copious supply of downloadable games ripe for the picking. From PSN exclusives to PSOne Classics, minis and plain old add-on content, Sony’s online space is chock full of goodies battling it out for your hard-earned digital dollars.
Welcome back to another installment of Inside PlayStation Network, where every Monday – Friday we’ll pluck a PSN release—be it new or old—and put it in the spotlight for a thorough dissection. Fancy getting a new PSN game but don’t know what one to plump for? Perhaps this feature will help. Didn’t realize that a game was available in your region until now? We've got you covered. Or, perhaps you were musing over what those lucky Japanese folk were tucking into over in the Land of the Rising Sun? You can be sure our coverage will extend to those rare regional exclusives as much as those firmly embedded on the public consciousness.
For our latest entry, we turn the spotlight on Gangs of London.
Developer: Team Soho
Region(s) available: North America, Europe, Japan
Despite sharing many similarities with The Getaway, Gangs of London bears no relationship with Team Soho’s lauded Snatch-inspired sandbox romp. Rather, this PSP outing stands on its own two feet, with players signing up to one of five ethnically diverse gangs from Blighty’s crime-ridden capital – The Talwar Sword Brothers, the Water Dragon Triad, the Zakharov Organisation, the Morris Kane Firm and The EC2 Crew.
Story mode is the main attraction as you’d expect, with players able to engage in a variety of objectives across London. One mission may see you rocking up in a nightclub armed with a jackhammer, while another may have you attempting to wreck an enemy vehicle or racing against the clock. It’s not all running and gunning though, with stealth-based antics and kidnapping missions also punctuating the game’s louder moments. Lack of variety certainly isn’t a problem here. Outside of the campaign, Gangs of London also offers up a plethora of mini-games under the ‘Free-Roaming’ moniker.
Among the highlights here include Free Drive, which sees players speeding across the city while keeping an eye out for gang activity, and ‘London Tourist’ mode where you assume the identity of a U.S. tourist tasked with taking snapshots of iconic landmarks. Meanwhile, ‘Cause Havoc’ has you accumulating points by embarking on a murderous rampage across London, while ‘Speed Trap’ is another driving-based romp where you must maintain a specific speed to prevent a bomb planted inside your vehicle from exploding. Hell, even the undead pop up in the zombie-infested Four Weeks Later mini-game.
Keeping things British, Gangs of London also throws in a number of bar-based games, all of which are appropriately accessed from a pub-style hub. Here, you’ll be able to take a load off and potter around in a game of darts, skittles, pool as well as an arcade game. As the Brits would say, it's well cool, innit!
Tune in again same time tomorrow for another glance Inside PlayStation Network.