GC 2008: This Is Vegas Impressions

We meet with members of the This Is Vegas development team in the back of a limo at the Games Convention in Leipzig.

Earlier today, during a meeting with Midway and Surreal Software, we had an opportunity to check out the latest trailer for This Is Vegas. Watching the trailer on a laptop while sitting in the back of a parked limousine was far from ideal, but the brief presentation still served its purpose--showing off the caricature of Las Vegas that you'll be free to explore in the game. Like Liberty City in Grand Theft Auto IV, the gameworld in This Is Vegas is a scaled-down and tweaked-for-gameplay re-creation of the real-world city that it's based on, but if you've ever visited Sin City, you'll certainly recognize it.

The most obvious landmarks in Vegas, of course, are the giant hotels that line the strip, and while none of the real names are used in This Is Vegas, the hotels in the game really look the part. The Luxor has been renamed Mayan, Paris is now Palais, and Circus Circus is now Big Top, to name but a few. You'll be free to explore the whole of Vegas as soon as you start playing, and that doesn't just mean the picture-postcard areas. The modern strip and the "old Vegas" area of Fremont St. are both in the game, alongside residential areas, malls, and a large expanse of desert. You won't be able to go everywhere though, because as is generally the case in Vegas, you need to be a VIP to get into the best places--or at least into the most exclusive and expensive ones. Money isn't everything in This Is Vegas, however, and even if you choose to spend hours gambling and amass a fortune before you dive into the narrative, you'll find that a lot of doors are still closed to you because you've yet to earn a reputation.

This Is Vegas' unusual storyline casts you in the role of a newcomer to the city armed with only $50. The city is in danger of being taken over by a fast-food tycoon who wants to make it more family-friendly, and your goal will ultimately be to stop him and ensure that it remains a decadent adult-oriented holiday destination rather than another Disneyland. People on the street will hail you as a hero as you progress through the game, and we're told that ultimately you'll end up owning at least one of Vegas' prestigious casinos.

As you'd expect from a game that bears more than a passing resemblance to the likes of GTA and Saints Row, This Is Vegas will feature plenty of optional missions and activities that are completely independent of the story. These will include drinking, dancing, and gambling. But what if you've already lost all of your money at a poker table? No worries. There are paying "gigs" that you can undertake, and as far as we know, none of them involve flipping burgers, handing out leaflets on the strip, or parking cars. Rather, gigs will include street racing, underground pit fighting (which can ultimately lead to your becoming a big-name VFC fighter playing in front of big crowds), and working as a vigilante taking down muggers and such (which we're told can see you transform into a superhero known simply as Vegas Man).

A lot of these promised features sound great, so it's a little disappointing that Midway and Surreal Software decided not to show any of them here at the 2008 Games Convention. This Is Vegas won't be arriving in stores until sometime in 2009, though, so there's plenty of time for us to bring you more information on this one going forward.

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32 comments
grasshopper6
grasshopper6

I hope this comes out and doesn't get caned

STR33TFiR3
STR33TFiR3

Can't wait for the game! If implemented properly, this could up even GTA!

Stealthos
Stealthos

This sounds great, but I'm worried the news of midway going bust will stop this title ever being released! :(

SoulTaker23
SoulTaker23

Sounds like another GTA title just more focused on vegas and casinos and the like with a few better distractions when you get bored of the storyline or what have you. I hope there is a lot more freedom then GTA and i like the idea of owning a casino :D :D. Hope to see more!

merro69
merro69

is this a sandbox rpg?

Smash696
Smash696

..... cant see why all the comments are so positive. im pretty sure this game is not going to be good... (fear of a ban encouraged me to keep my comment polite).

Djdiddles77
Djdiddles77

This sounds like a pretty sweet game! Open world in Vegas to do what you want or missions!! Pretty sweet if you ask me! Looking forward to playing!

Morpheus9950
Morpheus9950

Guys, don't worry about not being an M rating, I saw a gameplay video of the main character using a hose in a wet t-shirt contest, there is no way it will be T.

AzNGaNgStel2
AzNGaNgStel2

sounds promising hopefully theres more freedom then GTA

Strigidae
Strigidae

And oh yeah... there better be a freakin' huuuuuuuge map.

Strigidae
Strigidae

Very promising. More developers need to pay attention to sandbox games. Hope there will be much, much more freedom. So much freedom that you can waltz into any building (and I mean any) and you can walk into every single shop. It's all about freedom... right?

garey017
garey017

Personally, I'd like to see some "AO" rated games come out. "M" games are usually nothing but a lot of swearing and violence, which is cool for a while, but we need something more "adult" adult, not "17 year old" adult.

fendr101
fendr101

@saintsrow13 haha ownage

saintsrow13
saintsrow13

@chingo35 Nice job spelling "veges". Idiot.

chingo35
chingo35

hhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha veges man!!!!!!!!! bull

datniccah187
datniccah187

This game might be pretty cool. The features so far sound awesome. As long as those features aren't let downs I'd image the game would be pretty good.

cpuchess
cpuchess

To have a game about you preventing Las Vegas from turning into Disney Land and not give it a Mature rating would a little odd. This game has got to have the strip bars and the call girls to make it have a realistic feel too.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I think this game sounds bad

ultimateICON
ultimateICON

guys games r not about strippers and sex it's about having fun and doing things u can't possibly do in reality. think about it.

kimshine
kimshine

i m waitingggggggggggggggggg

chesiercat
chesiercat

If this game isn't an M rating then I'm not getting it. Why would you come out with a free roam game of a place that's nick-named SIN CITY and not be a MATURE titled game? Why would I buy it when it sounds like a lame version of GTA4 which is an awesome game. It takes the mature rating and pushes it every time. That's what I want from games. I want you to shock me as well as entertain me.

viet1125
viet1125

Yeah More Mature games for PC ...Hope mine can handle this

Jackyll87
Jackyll87

I am sooo looking forward to this game. Put strippers and everything even if it makes an M rating please.