True Crime: Hong Kong
True Crime: Hong Kong Thrown a Lifeline as Square Enix Pick Up the Rights
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Square Enix has confirmed that it's bought the rights to United Front Games' True Crime: Hong Kong, after Activision shelved the game earlier this year. While Square Enix now owns the rights to publish the game, it doesn't own the IP,  meaning that True Crime: Hong Kong will be completely renamed and rebranded.

"When we first saw and got our hands on the game we fell in love with it," Square Enix London Studios General Manager Lee Singleton told Gamasutra in an interview regarding the acquisition of the "sticky" game.

"It's one of those games where you don't want to put the controller down; it's what we call 'sticky'" Singleton added. "When we met the team at United Front Games, it was a done deal in our eyes - we instantly recognised the huge potential in the game and the team. UFG is an incredibly talented team, who have individually worked on some of the biggest games in our industry, and this talent shines through from the moment you walk in the door."

While it's not currently clear what name True Crime: Hong Kong will now be released under, Square Enix is giving United Front Games the time it needs to make the game the best it can be. "We see this as a fantastic opportunity to create a new and unique franchise which gamers will come to know and love for years to come," said Singleton. "We are committed to working with the team at United Front Games and giving them the time needed to realise the full potential of the game's standout features and create a truly unique open world adventure."


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Comment #1 by rrushn
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 03:29:17 PM
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Awesome news ! I bet alot of people, including myself, will wet their pants over this !

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Comment #2 by Lucas McCain
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 03:31:11 PM
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I remember liking True Crime. Would be cool to see a new one, and Hong Kong sounds like a good location.

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Comment #3 by EDDS
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 03:33:37 PM
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YESSS!!!!!!!!!!!! was shocked when it was canned, glad to see sqaure doing something useful for a change.

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Comment #4 by whitewolf11761
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 03:33:50 PM
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I was never a big fan of the True Crime series of games. Square Enix picking this up could open it up to a whole new audience though. We will wait and see what they do with this.

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Comment #5 by PluralAces
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 03:36:12 PM
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I dont understand the point...its not going to be a True Crime game since Activision still owns the this is going to be a True Crime rip off since the game is practically done, just gonna have a new name??

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Comment #6 by Ricey-BFD
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 03:40:37 PM
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Comment #7 by cheevo360
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 03:41:49 PM
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Yummy finally True Crime is back!! Thank you Square Enix for bought this game to own rights and publish it 8D

You are screw Activision!! you are awesome Square Enix!!!

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Comment #8 by kronix29
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 03:41:52 PM
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Comment #9 by Len lfc
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 03:43:28 PM
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@5 But they have bought the rights to make the game, so obviously it will still be a True Crime game just with a different name. like CoD.

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Comment #10 by ajtm696
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 03:46:54 PM
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Nice. I loved LA and New York. I'm glad this game isn't dead.

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Comment #11 by MattCannell91
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 03:47:43 PM
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@3; Useful for a change?

Two words for you; Final Fantasy.

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Comment #12 by GR4V1G0R3
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 03:47:59 PM
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wait ... true crime.... bah, never played the originals, but i did see them being played, and they looked pretty poor
(not as poor as the guy who was playing it said it was overall, but poor, dodgy controlls etc)

will give it a miss unless they've totally revamped it, making the combat more involving, and varied would be a great start (don't know about the storyline, i didn't pay much attention, never do, unless it's an RPG)

i'll try the demo if they do one for it, if not, i ain't buying it, no chance, i've seen what happens with games that don't get demo's, they're often very poor

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Comment #13 by Akatsuki Sw1tch
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 03:53:39 PM
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Played the original on Xbox & it was a bit gash, This one actually didn't look half bad which was surprising when it apparently got canned.

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Comment #14 by tommy50
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 03:54:40 PM
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Hong Kong Crime: The Truth perhaps?

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Comment #15 by The Bum-Mobile
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 03:56:16 PM
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Awesome. Hope this does will, a big "fuck you too" to Activision.

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Comment #16 by Commandment VII
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 03:59:52 PM
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Deus Ex: Hong Kong.

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Comment #17 by mjc0961
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 04:05:08 PM
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So basically what I got from this article is that Square Enix has never played ModNation Racers. Oh well. They already publish Kane and Lynch for some reason, what's another poor game to put them in even deeper crap?

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Comment #18 by LordBunnyHunter
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 04:05:29 PM
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I just want it to come out to the stores. I simply cannot wait to explore one of Asia's biggest and most popular city on my own in a video game. Finally a new location - GTA's never been there before.

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Comment #19 by Commandment VII
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 04:06:06 PM
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@5 It won't be a ripoff, considering the game was being developed as True Crime: Hong Kong, then Activision cancelled it. So Square, being the company they are, decided that they would pick it up and publish it under a new title and hope for a commercial success.

In short, it will feel like True Crime, because it was.

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Comment #20 by xeodus9
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 04:07:05 PM
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hope cloud is an playable character LOL

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Comment #21 by Legendary Noob
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 04:09:54 PM
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Final Crime: True Fantasy III

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Comment #22 by bearmod
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 04:15:02 PM
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Not really suprised, I had a feeling that this wouldn't stay dead for that long

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Comment #23 by glitch12
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 04:16:57 PM
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Will never understand why activision dropped this. Square, I tip my hat to you for giving this game the chance it deserves

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Comment #24 by ponypo2001
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 04:18:25 PM
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Fantastic. Was sad when I heard this was canned. Always nice to know the programmers work isn't wasted.

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Comment #25 by SkyJin
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 04:31:00 PM
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This is great news!! Sad to see it get shelved earlier, but now I can be a happy monkey again! Good job Square Enix!

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Comment #26 by packers4life12
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 04:31:41 PM
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Square u right awesome. Just made my day!!

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Comment #27 by AssassinAltair7
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 04:36:33 PM
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Happy to hear, I was extremely disappointed when I heard Activision canned the project. I just can't get enough of open world games and I will be waiting for this game in anticapation.

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Comment #28 by DJSambob
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 04:50:06 PM
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Was looking forward to True Crime: Hong Kong, but after Square Enix fucking up Kane & Lynch with the monstrosity that was Dog Days, I'll pass. Thanks, but no thanks.

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Comment #29 by fastman309
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 04:51:53 PM
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I really hope this game does well, just to prove to activision that there is more out there then just call of duty

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Comment #30 by Boro Iz Rich
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 04:55:11 PM
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You hear that Activision? BLOW IT OUT YOUR ASS!

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Comment #31 by Skititlez
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 04:59:34 PM
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I'm really excited about this! I'm getting the vibe from games like this, Tomb Raider, and Just Cause 2 that Square-Enix is letting development teams perfect games and not put them on a two year development time table. I think that is awesome. :)

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Comment #32 by z T Web x
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 05:08:39 PM
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r they making the gane from scratch r is it going to be the same?

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Comment #33 by z T Web x
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 05:10:33 PM
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Comment #34 by Blueprotoss
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 05:15:09 PM
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@ 11. Why would you mention Final Fantasy especially when its an RPG and True Crime is a Open World game.

@ 17. Square published the new Kane & Lynch because they own Eidos, which is why they did Tomb Raider and Deus Ex.

@ 19. Agreed.

@ 23. True Crime wasn't a big money make and Hong Kong didn't interest that many people, which thats why Activision dropped it. Companies have done that with a lot of titles inclluding the switch of Publishers or Developers. I beleive Square acquired it because of the Asian market would be very interested in this title.

@ 30. I see some Fanboy Rage while you can talk when you know why Companies drop products that don't make that much profit, which you can look at Red Faction: Armageddon.

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Comment #35 by el_pieablo
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 05:25:04 PM
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Good for the developers to be given a life line and save jobs and all their hard work

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Comment #36 by xxdeadpeacexx
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 05:33:58 PM
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Im Asian and i find this game offensive. JK. no thumbs please.

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Comment #37 by OMGmyFACE
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 05:40:12 PM
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This is excellent news! Not only does TC:HK have a chance of coming out now, which I approve of, it's also not gonna be an Activision title which is even better!! This is the best thing that could've happened to the franchise and Square's won a lot of respect for saving the hard work, time and energy the developers have spent on this game.

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Comment #38 by jamie1000013
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 05:42:13 PM
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Hats off to Square Enix for doing this. Day one purchase for me. fuck Activision soon they will only Publish WoW and CoD.

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Comment #39 by kingofthstrays
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 05:52:30 PM
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Not to sound down but I thought square enix is not doing so well .....
But it great to see that they picked this up ...what ever they name it

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Comment #40 by strawberry
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 06:09:02 PM
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THIS IS PERFECT! Because now it won't be published by activision, and so now I won't have to support an activision product.

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Comment #41 by secretkaos187
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 06:11:52 PM
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The one on the xbox sucked IMO,I never gave it another try....somebody said K&L had a solid story!!!

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Comment #42 by secretkaos187
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 06:22:15 PM
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sorry bout the last post was unfinished...somebody said Kane & Lynch sucked,I thought the 1st one was solid story and co-op

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Comment #43 by Goldyman77
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 06:41:12 PM
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@42 I agree with you, only issue is that NOBODY plays it online anymore, so that aspect of the game has disappeared for the most part unfortunately. As for this game, I'm glad to see it actually is going to be made after all and if it's anything close to as good as the original I will definitely be picking it up

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Comment #44 by blue silk
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 07:52:39 PM
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At last a True Crime game for Xbox 360, I always loved going around in the old True Crimes and just frisking everyone.

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Comment #45 by Andreas_loel
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 08:04:12 PM
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Another shitgame both true crime games have been garbage

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Comment #46 by taylort3
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 09:54:47 PM
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a game so bad that even activision cancelled it? ye this game will be awesome

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Comment #47 by Daniel55645
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 10:02:01 PM
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i thought they cancelled this game. i prob wont ever play this. the 1st was bad and the 2nd was absolutley horrid.

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Comment #48 by Skititlez
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 01:42:08 AM
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Why is everyone talking shit? The new one isn't even being made by the same developer. It's being made by the people who made the phenomenal Mod Nation Racers for the PS3 and PSP. So why is everyone talking so much shit over it before they even play it? Square Enix had to have seen something good in it to pick it up.

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Comment #50 by el_pieablo
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 04:18:31 AM
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@36 why? It seems like its a HK action movie type game from the trailers released. Standard action game fare

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Comment #51 by Krovash
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 04:40:39 AM
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Cant wait to play it, since the game's future is finally out of idiotic hands of activision...

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Comment #52 by Blueprotoss
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 04:46:23 AM
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@ 50. I guess you missed him saying that was a joke.

@ 51. You do realise that you shouldn't blame Activision because there was barely a fanbase that was going to support that game, which most Companies would do to a product. Either way its going to be a new game while Sqaure grabbed the rights for the Asian market.

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Comment #53 by MakoBallistic
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 04:55:00 AM
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Squenix FTW! Good to know there are still some publishers out there with some common sense.

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Comment #54 by Swegabe
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 05:04:34 AM
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That is awesome! I hope the game turns out a huge success so Activision will regret its decision to cancel the game.

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Comment #55 by Blueprotoss
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 06:03:55 AM
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@ 53. Buying the rights of a game from another Company is a gamble especialy from an okay franchise based on the fanbase, which that isn't commonsense.

@ 54. Why would Activision regret it when this isn't going to be a True Crime game and that series didn't do that well anyways.

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Comment #56 by Jornny Ramone
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 06:57:48 AM
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I'm glad to know that it will see the light of day now. I loved True Crime: Streets of LA I think it was, on the Cube, had some fun driving and combat mechanics, stuff that even Rockstar should consider (ahem GTA...). Time to start saving up another 50 yoyo's... :S

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Comment #57 by francisrossi
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 07:00:51 AM
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Losing the True Crime name is probably a good thing, given its history. The first game was bland, and the second was apparently full of game-breaking bugs.

It's good to see the devs work go rewarded, although it remains to be seen how good the game actually is.

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Comment #58 by Swegabe
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 09:41:43 AM
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@ 55. Because unlike previous True Crime games, this one looked really good and had a big dose of originallity Activision games seriously lack these days.

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Comment #59 by Blueprotoss
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 02:03:09 PM
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@ 57. I doubt the Devs got rewarded because Square Enix would still need to alternate the game like maybe remaking it to avoid legal issues.

@ 58. You can judge a game on a trailer while you can't trully judge it until you play it. Activision or any other Company isn't lacking from originality while you forget that the Gaming Industry is a Business, which means that they won't release a game without a fanbase and that happened with True Crime.

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Comment #60 by ViNyLek
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 04:36:40 PM
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Great news, but I have better situation that I would refer to as "sticky"...

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Comment #61 by Barra
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 04:07:04 PM
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Lol @ 60

Well done square. At least their hard work will bear fruit

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