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  • Summary: In 25 to Life, you can play as either a cop or a gangster. Set in the heart of today's cities, the game lets you experience the gritty lifestyles of police task forces or, as a gangster, survive the local neighborhood thugs while fighting your way up the ranks. You can even uphold the law or defend your turf with up to 16 players over the Internet. Whether you bust out of prison or infiltrate the inner sanctum of the drug lord's mansion, your knowledge of the streets will be put to the test. Expand
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  2. Negative: 14 out of 20
  1. The online portion of 25 To Life isn't bad; it's not deep by any stretch nor does it look particularly wonderful, but you and your pals can run around the city and shoot each other online and I bet some of you will really like it.
  2. 64
    If you have Live, this can be an incredibly enjoyable game once you get used to the profane and immature nature of players that frequent the lobbies.
  3. You know the drill: extremely linear level designs that stitch together corridors, open areas, and dull objectives with all the refinement and subltlety of a drunken quilting circle. [Mar 2006, p.100]
  4. 25 to Life just doesn't have anything going for it that warrants a look at the game unless you're gangsta obsessed or bored out of your mind after playing every other available Xbox game out there. Save yourself the frustration and spend your gaming dollars elsewhere.
  5. You have to struggle with touchy controls and flaws in the game logic. For example, if you hang onto a human shield for too long, the cops will just shoot your hostage to get him out of the way. How is that fair to anybody?
  6. 30
    Pandering to every college student and aspiring rap artist's deep-seated "Scarface" fantasies, 25 to Life is a 3D action-shooter that not only fails to innovate on any level, but rolls back design and technological advancements to the early PSone era.
  7. At least there's an online-enabled multiplayer mode, but it sure isn't worth suffering through the dismal single-player campaign for. [Mar 2006, p.82]

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  1. JosephZ.
    Mar 2, 2006
    There is really nothing wrong with this game. I don't know why people hate it. The only flaws I see in this game is that the single player is short, sometimes it takes too long to start a multiplayer match, and there is some lag. Thats all I see wromg with this game. The soundtrack is good,the game has a lot of weapons, I think it is cool that you can play as a cop or a gangster, and its pretty cool that it comes with a bonus disc that is a soundtrack with the music from the game on it. I would recommend this game to anyone who likes shooting games. Collapse
  2. Colby
    Apr 15, 2006
    many people are very critical about this game but I dont know why.25 to life is very fun with ok grapics too. there are many weapons to choose from and is especially fun on xbox live. The one downside of it is it's too short. ratings would be better if it was longer. it's reccomendable to any shooting players who like to play live. Expand

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