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PSP Fanboy review: Pursuit Force Extreme Justice

Not many games can make you feel like you're playing an over-the-top Hollywood action blockbuster, especially on the PSP. Pursuit Force Extreme Justice attempts to do just that, complete with a ridiculous storyline, hilarious vehicle-to-vehicle jumping and high speed car chases. The result is a game that works surprisingly well across a large variety of gameplay styles.

Extreme Justice is the sequel to the original Pursuit Force which many thought to be too challenging. Extreme Justice is still quite tricky, but has been toned down to make for a more accessible experience.

The game is also nice and long, especially for a handheld title. The mission-based structure splits the entire experience up into five acts, with a total of thirty missions during the entire story mode. These are then replayable in Bounty mode and Challenge mode, in order to elongate the game even more. Of course, Ad-Hoc multiplayer adds even more to do.

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Meet the convicts of Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice

These convicts look crazy. The one dude has a mini-gun for a mouth. Seriously. These jerks belong in a MegaMan game under normal circumstances, but luckily we have the ability to smash the convicts with our hammer of justice -- Extreme Justice. It seems you'll get to can the antics of a wild bunch of brutes in Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice and based on how these baddies are handling themselves ... it'll be fun and rewarding.

Pursuit Force takes to the skies in new video

If you've ever dreamed of flying in a helicopter and using a chain gun, mini gun, or rail gun (depending how much pent up frustration you have in your dreams, or something) then you may enjoy this new video of Pursuit Force Extreme Justice -- where even justice gets a dose of the extreme lifestyle. The video mainly shows off just that -- shooting at crazy-looking buses with a gigantic gun from a helicopter. But since the site's in French and we're unable to embed it here for you, we've got to direct your attention to their site. It's worth the time to look, as the game looks great.

Crime doesn't pay in two new Pursuit Force trailers

Things explode ... a lot in the Pursuit Force series. With acrobatic police officers that are willing to shoot hundreds of bullets into bad guys, it's surprising to think that gangs can even exist in that universe. It's familiar territory for fans of the original Pursuit Force on the PSP. But, the first went unnoticed by many. Does this sequel entice you more?

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Pursuit Force gets Extreme new trailer

The original Pursuit Force holds a dear place in the hearts of many hardcore PSP fans. The over-the-top Hollywood-style arcade action racer looked and played like nothing before it. Now, Extreme Justice is trying to make the series go into even more extreme places. Will it succeed? Well, you can be the judge based on the new trailer released on the

The blog also details some of the new multiplayer Ad-Hoc modes added to this sequel: Rampage, Ram Jam, Survivor and Cops 'n Robbers. The official site also mentions downloadable content, which will be available through the PC-based PLAYSTATION Store. There's a lot of potential here -- let's hope it gets used well when the game releases early next year.

PSP Fanboy hands-on: Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice

Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice has everything we look for in a handheld title. Its bite-sized missions allow for the game to be picked up and put down at any time, while the tongue-in-cheek story and fun characters make even the exposition entertaining. While the game isn't anything particularly astounding, it has its moments of excellence and is fun throughout.

This is mostly due to the nature of the gameplay - with each new level you may be expected to perform on foot, in a car, a hovercraft or in control of a heavy machine gun. This removes any chance of the game getting monotonous, though if there's a particular mission type you prefer then you may find yourself getting bored waiting for it to come up again. Pursuit Force really shines during car chase missions, when you can jump from car to car popping baddies in the head and ramming into other vehicles on the road. Not only is it great fun, but it looks pretty good too.

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Pursuit Force sequel: making it easier, more accessible

The original Pursuit Force did quite well, considering it came from a rather inexperienced development team. Now, BigBig Studios is putting the final touches on the PS2/PSP sequel, Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice. In spite of its extreme title, the game is going for an easier, more accessible approach as many had complained the original was simply too hard. In order to do that, the development team separated the levels so you won't have to multitask as much.

"We want to give the player more time to strategize," Chris Whiteside told Pocket Gamer. "Hopefully you won't notice it but we've segmented the game up so at one point, you'll be focused on shooting at a vehicle from range and won't be too concerned about your driving. At other times, you'll have to concentrate more on your driving style."

Gone are the notorious 90 degree hairpin turns that caught players off guard. The tracks are now wider, to make it easier to drive and shoot. Interestingly, the difficulty has been toned down so much that one must play in "Iron Man" mode to reach the same difficulty that the original Pursuit Force provided. Hopefully, BigBig hasn't gone too far in watering down the game, though -- it's something we'll be focusing on when the game releases early next year.

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Hands-on: Pursuit Force Extreme Justice

Did we really need another Pursuit Force? The PSP original took a novel approach with action movie-styled gaming. As a member of the Pursuit Force, players had to jump from vehicle to vehicle, apprehending gang members along the way. It was an interesting experience, but the gameplay eventually ran thin.

Extreme Justice marks the return of the Pursuit Force series, and it plays almost identically to its predecessors. In fact, it's a little too familiar for our tastes. The game begins with a CG intro, where a wedding gets crashed by a couple of rowdy gang thugs. The chief, and the newly expanded Pursuit Force team, get ready to jump into action.

The gameplay is still reduced to madly holding down the R trigger to shoot at your opponents. Although there are new vehicles to commandeer, the differences are simply cosmetic. We were also surprised by the graphics. Although the game looks sharper overall, we were surprised to see tearing and other graphical glitches plague the early build we played -- the overall effect is a game that looks sloppier than the first.

Pursuit Force Extreme Justice should be, at the very least, an entertaining excursion for those that missed the first game. However, we've seen very little new in Extreme Justice to justify a return visit for series vets.

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Pursuit Force designer promises "the whole cow" for meatier PSP sequel

Designers say the darnest things sometimes. Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice lead designer for Chris Whiteside recently sat down for an interview with IGN and immediately responded to past forum suggestions and direct pleas for more content in the sequel. According to Chris, "many people commented on forums that they wished there was a little more 'meat on the bone', and with Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice you get the whole cow." No kidding.

For the second go-round, the team of developers decided to sit down for a fireside chat with Hollywood script writers to encapsulate that "blockbuster-type feel" and from the sounds of it, it worked. The extra content includes Pursuit Force "recruits" that will have "their own behaviors and characteristics" of which to help the player progress. The game will also feature a new "Boss" feature, in which the boss battles seem more of a stage on their own, taking the player "onto huge vehicles and navigating huge hazards to reach your opponent." Lets see. 24 new weapons (including our all-time favorite in just about any game, the flamethrower), assault rifles, rocket launchers, 54 drivable (and more responsive) vehicles, control sentry guns, hovercrafts, 4-player ad hoc wireless, story mode with purchasable content, three difficulty settings and more ... the whole cow, no kidding. Look for more on Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice as we near its September release.

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SGD '07: Pursuit Force Extreme Justice

Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice is officially heading to America this fall. Players will once again play as an acrobatic cop who will do anything to stop the gang violence plaguing the streets. Unlike the prequel, players won't have to do it alone: four new playable characters join the adventure. The game looks to be quite massive, featuring more than 50 levels in seven distinct environments. Sony estimates that the game offers 20 hours of gameplay right off the bat -- and that doesn't even include planned downloadable content packs (a la Wipeout Pure).

There are 12 different vehicle types, including hovercrafts and new "boss vehicles" specifically designed for boss encounters. Extreme Justice will also offer an expanded weapons arsenal: more than 30 in all. The game also includes four-player multiplayer. Unfortunately, it's Ad-Hoc only (we hope that will change).

Check out screenshots from Sony Gamers Day in our gallery below. Then, go past the break to see a video of the game in action.

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Apprehend these new Pursuit Force 2 screens

Although flawed in many ways, Pursuit Force was a blast. Playing as an extreme, acrobatic cop, gunning down gangs in high-octane car chases, is always fun. The game didn't garner any headline-grabbing sales, but a sequel's already in the works, this time for both PSP and PS2.

Jeux-France has collected an assortment of pictures from the upcoming sequel, and it looks to provide more of the same. But wait ... is that a tank in the background? It looks like Extreme Justice is going to up the ante quite a bit. Check out some screens, after the break.

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Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice heads to PSP & PS2

I thoroughly enjoyed the first Pursuit Force (pictured above), a high-octane racer-shooter that has you jumping and gunning from car to car. It perfectly emulated the experience of being in a Hollywood action movie, and although the game was short (and somewhat shallow), it met moderate success on the PSP.

Now, a sequel is heading to both the PSP and PlayStation 2 platforms. Extreme Justice will have players fighting warring gangs once again. Four new recruits to the Pursuit Force will provide support for the player throughout the game. As with the original, the player will commandeer a number of vehicles, including jet skis, helicopters and more. A nice addition to the sequel is multiple difficulty levels: a great addition for those that found the first too hard for their tastes.

The PSP version will feature 4-player ad-hoc multiplayer, and the PS2 version will feature 2-player split-screen. The game is scheduled for a summer 2007 release.

[Via Gamespot]

Real life Pursuit Force video

You've most likely heard about Pursuit Force. The game's been out for a while, but for those of you not in the know: you play a cop that'll use some pretty severe tactics to get your job done. This commercial, and that freaky Twisted Metal commercial from the other day prove how awesome strange European marketers are.

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