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Jan. 3, 2006
24: The Game - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
23/3/2006SonySCE Studio Cambridge1$99.95

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24: The Game looks sharp.
Before I have to start this preview I have to admit that I'm not really a fan of 24. I've seen the odd episode here and there but never watched a full season despite it's apparent brilliance. With that in mind you must excuse any mistakes about plot or characters as I'm focusing this preview on the game, not the TV series. What I can tell you is that the development team of this game at Sony's Studio Cambridge have had strong collaboration with the show’s writers, musicians, stars and producers to give you the ultimate experience.

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Love the CTU jacket!
In the game you play agent Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland in the TV series) and as you can see in some of these screenshots he has been accurately recreated for this game (as have many other characters). 24: The Game is set between seasons two and three and provides the answers to many unanswered questions: who was really behind the assassination attempt on President Palmer? How did Kim Bauer get a job in the L.A. CTU? How did Jack Bauer and Chase Edmunds first start working together? The game has jaw-dropping revelations for ‘24’ fans and thrilling, non-stop time-pressure gameplay.

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A sniper mission.
As previously mentioned many of the characters have had their voices, likenesses and characters faithfully captured and recreated for the game so players really become Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert), Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard) or a host of other favourites. The game includes plots for many of the characters and includes over 100 missions covering multiple genres of game-play including on foot sections with shooting, stealth, puzzles and sniping; driving challenges varying from stealthy tailing to high-speed pursuits; interrogations where you have to coerce information out of suspects and gadget sections including decoding information and examining satellite images.

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Classic 24 cut scenes.
The game’s music has been written by the TV show’s award-winning composer Sean Callery, and an all-new script has been penned by 24 show writer Duppy Demetrius in collaboration with the 24 production team. The game also includes all signature graphical devices and sound effects; uses the unique visual style with cut-scenes produced in conjunction with the series’ creator and cinematographer and multi panel windows showing concurrent plot developments as they happen (which was last seen in Quantic Dream's stunning Fahrenheit).

24: The Game has seen a few delays from its intended late 2005 release, but it's one of those titles that you can't get wrong, especially since the quality of the game will also affect the way fans of the TV show will look at the characters from now on. Knowing that this game includes original content and storylines is exciting and even for a passing fan such as myself the interest in this game is still pretty high.