Written by Mark Ecko himself the game sees you playing the role of Trane (voiced by hip-hop artist Talib Kweli), a "toy" graffiti artist with the street smarts, athletic prowess and vision to become an "All City King" - the most reputable of all graffiti artists. Along your quest, uncover the mayor's deep, dark secret and use your fighting talents and high-wire graf to expose the city's leader as a corrupt tyrant.
Split up into eleven distinct city environments, and 20 gameplay levels this game is really a combination of several different genres with the ultimate goal to rule the streets. Trane is able to graffiti the game world with a variety of tools including Aerosol, Rollers, Markers, Wheat Paste, Stickers and Stencils. To add authenticity to the title The Collective has enlisted the aide of more than 50 real-life graffiti artists, six of whom appear in-game as mentors. Contents Under Pressure includes a digital 'black book' to store unlocked tags and images. It's not all smooth sailing as Trane will often have to fight enemies, including rival gangs who will be none too please to see you tagging their area, using a combination of punches, kicking, grappling and improvised weaponry such as a crowbar, 2x4, Brick, Wrench, Trashcan Lid or Baseball Bat. At times he will have to sneak past enemies and infiltrate areas to complete missions.
Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs - a pop culture icon, composer, producer director and actor, P. Diddy lends his voice to DIP, a member of Trane's rival crew, Vandals of New Radius;
Rosario Dawson - famous for her roles in Sin City and Men in Black II, she plays the voice of Tina, the girlfriend of Gabe, the leader of the Vandals of New Radius crew;
Brittany Murphy - has appeared in 8 Mile and Little Black Book, she will voice the aggressive and ambitious television reporter, Karen Light;
Giovanni Ribisi - featured in films such as Boiler Room, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and Cold Mountain, Ribisi will voice KRY1, a member of Trane's Still Free crew;
Adam West - the original Batman from the television series lends his voice to the Chief William Hunt character;
Andy Dick - comedian who appeared in Zoolander and Old School, Dick plays the voice of Aunt Beth, a ruthless female boss of the Vandal Squad;
Charlie Murphy - best known for his appearances on 'Chappelle's Show,' Murphy is the voice of White Mike, another member of Trane's Still Free crew;
The RZA - The founding member of hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan now known for composing the music of films such as Kill Bill: Volume 1 and Kill Bill: Volume 2, he will voice the character Stake, leader of the Wrong-Way Assassins; and
Michael 'M.C. Serch' Berrin - previously part of the hip-hop duo 3rd Bass and featured in the film Bamboozled, he will voice one of the main characters, Gabe, leader of the Vandals of New Radius crew.