Total Overdose E3 2005 Preshow

This action game offers Grand Theft Auto-style gameplay with a little south-of-the-border flavor.

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How cool is Total Overdose? According to publisher SCi, it's quite cool, especially when it's described as "a super-cool, tequila-fuelled rampage through Mexico's gun-toting, drug-pushing underworld." Yes, that's right, tequila-fuelled rampages. And we've got more details on the game, which was announced in March and will be shown at E3 for the first time.

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Total Overdose certainly looks and sounds inspired by the Grand Theft Auto games, as you'll get to explore 18 different Mexican environments and basically cause trouble. The year is 1989, and you play as a character named Ramiro "El Gringo Loco" Cruz, an ex-con fresh out of prison and looking to kick up a storm. Ramiro is the son of a DEA agent, and his twin brother is also a DEA agent. Events then drag Ramiro into trying to help his family. And by that, you'll go around crashing cars, stealing, shooting, fighting, eating burritos, jumping bikes, meeting girls, and, of course, drinking tequila, in your quest to take down a ruthless drug cartel.

The game will introduce a freestyle combat and stunt system, which is supposed to allow for some pretty outrageous moments. In one screenshot, you can see Ramiro almost running along a wall, blasting gang members with a pistol. In another, Ramiro is sliding down a wire, getting shot at from below. There are more than 20 weapons, and they promise to get bigger and badder as you go through the game. You can also use a real-time rewind system to perfect your combination moves, including powerful loco moves.

The soundtrack will feature songs from bands such as Molotov, Delinquent Habits, and Control Machete. The game is being made for the PC, PS2, and Xbox, and it should ship for all three platforms this summer. Naturally, the game's subject matter guarantees that it will be rated M for Mature.

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