25 to Life on the loose

Eidos' controversial cops-vs.-criminals shooter ships for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC.

After being postponed for months, 25 to Life has finally shipped to stores. The third-person shooter, which pits teams of cops against bands of criminals in Battlefield-style combat, is being released on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC. The console versions of the game retail for $39.99, while the PC version will cost gamers just $29.99.

As you might expect from its subject matter, 25 to Life is rated M for Mature. However, the 17-and-up sticker the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) slapped on the game did little to shield it from controversy. In the wake of the "Hot Coffee" scandal spawned by Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, it was blasted by US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and CNN Headline News anchor Nancy Grace for encouraging criminality among impressionable youth. Unsurprisingly, antigame activist Jack Thompson was among one of its most vociferous critics, at one point circulating an e-mail saying he heard "from a credible source that Eidos has decided never to release 25 to Life."

Many speculated the controversy was behind Eidos' decision to delay 25 to Life from its original October 2005 release date until January 2006. Was it worth the wait? Check back later this week for GameSpot's full review. In the meantime, consult our previous coverage for details on the game.

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30 comments
santana4064
santana4064

all this wait for this game, but is it worth getting it?

boo_dat
boo_dat

Eidos has only a couple of successes as far as I'm concerned...and that's the hitman series! Can't wait for Blood Money!

MrHanson6
MrHanson6

Anyone who buys this game is an idiot.

ufopuller
ufopuller

I like eidos (even had stock in the company)

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

i'll bet mah 360 pre-order it'll be gabage, 7.0 or less-get at me if i'm wrong

mikekare79
mikekare79

Sweet. Will it work on the 360 since it's new?

Jamesp2005
Jamesp2005

Anyone know if they are going to make a patch for it so it can be played on the 360?

forever_blank
forever_blank

Yeah, but even I admit that they whole idea is a bit.... well violent. Least it cuts to the chace.. though

superninjahype
superninjahype

Thank god for the 360, now it lowers game prices for other consoles!!! wooo!!!!!!!

SturokBGD
SturokBGD

For the record, the one and only single reason Eidos delayed the game was because... JANUARY IS A MUCH BETTER TIME TO LAUNCH A RISKY BRAND NEW IP THAN IN THE HOLIDAY BLOCKBUSTER MONTHS. Always has been, always will be. Gamespot et al should stop reporting on idiots like JT and start reporting things as they've been for over 20 years. You call yourselves journalists, too... pfft.

SturokBGD
SturokBGD

Stop talking about Jack Thompson and idiot politicians and watch how fast they go away.

KREEPYKRAWLLY
KREEPYKRAWLLY

Watch out, politicians are about to go J.Allard on the game industry's a$$.

meowth9
meowth9

I do so hate to be the negative nancy, but this game stands a very low chance of being good. Eidos's recent games have been rather hit or miss...

darkheart73
darkheart73

a gta rip-off that actually looks GOOD? SIgn me up!!

LordOfMidnight
LordOfMidnight

Going to be really interested to see how this game turned out.

way_eXtreme
way_eXtreme

the 2 greatest games ever meet into 1: Grand Theft Auto + Socom

orenishi
orenishi

Could be good, hope its like socom

XlpranksterlX
XlpranksterlX

So... this reminds me off 50 cent bullet proof.

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

Definitely passing on a "cop-killing simulator." I'm sure Jack Thompson is excited for this release. ;-P

ghsacidman
ghsacidman

This could be another urban GTA rip off thats not worth anyones time. Or it could be totally wicked so.... Gonna wait for the GameSpot editor's words on the matter before I even think about picking up this title. It's made by Eidos.... it could be another "Total Overdose". And that game, was probably the worst game EVER!!!!

abdu4
abdu4

Me too, will wait for the Review

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Looks cool, will wait for GS's review before I make a decision on buying it or not.