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January 7 2007
The Club - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
7/2/2008SegaSegaBizarre Creations
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
1-42-8$109.95
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Levels look very impressive.
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Starting out the level with no score!

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Interesting character design...
In a world where developers and publishers are more likely to green light sequels and licensed products it's nice to see some companies still willing to take a gamble, which is exactly what developers Bizarre Creations and publishers Sega are doing with The Club. This is a brutal third person action title which sees quick kills and combos all the rage. Indeed one could look at this game as Fight Club with guns - and lots of them.

Imagine an organisation so exclusive and so secretive that only a handful of people across the globe know of its existence. The Club is an organisation that recruits 'outsiders' to fight in an underground gladiator-style blood sport. The combatants have only one option: kill or be killed. Players will fight to survive in a shadowy underground blood-sport controlled by a faceless, obscenely wealthy and influential elite who place their bets on who will survive as the bloodbath ensues before them.

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Heading outside, and away from cover.
The Club includes five different single player game modes including Standard Mode, Time Attack, Survivor (were you have to last as long as possible against countless enemies), Siege, and Run the Gauntlet (where you have to sprint from point to point taking out enemies on the way). Gamers will be able to select from eight different characters including the dreadlocked Seager and undercover agent Kuru. The developers have included 8 different areas in which to battle including a Warzone, a Prison, and English Manor House, the sewers of Venice and a Steel Mill to name a few. The Club also includes 17 high-powered assault weapons to choose from and customize, including Automatic Weapons, Sniper Rifles, High Caliber Pistols, Sub Machine Guns, Mounted Weapons, and many more.

Scoring is one of the more unique game elements, in fact it is the whole objective of the game. Not only do you score points for killing enemies, but the amount of points you earn will be determined by how hard the enemy was to kill, how far you were away from them when you took them out, and how accurate your targeting was. To keep the game running at a brisk pace Combos are the key to racking up the big points and taking over the leaderboard. When you first kill someone a 'Kill Bar' will fill up and reduce over time. To keep the combo going you will need to kill someone else before the Kill Bar empties out, the bigger the combo, the quicker the meter will empty out too! The game also has numerous sections where your character can jump over rails, or perform special moves such as barging through doors.

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Note the blood splatter.
As one would expect multi-player plays a key role in The Club. First of all up to 4 people can play a game via split-screen mode on a single console while offline. The Gunplay mode (which allows you to customise multi-player matches) even allows you to set up an 8-player "pass the controller" game on a single console.

Online game modes are numerous and include Kill Match, Score Match and Hunter/Hunted, Team Kill Match, Team Fox Hunt (where two teams each have a 'fox'; the objective kill the other teams 'fox' before they kill yours), Team Skullshot (where you have to shoot a series of Skull Targets around the level before the opposing team does), Team Siege, and Team Fox Hunt Objective (where your 'fox' has to stand within a target area in the oppositions base). The only real question that remains is the number of players online - some sites mention 8-players while other sites mention 16-players. Time will tell...

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Note the impressive motion blur.
Graphically this game is pretty sharp. The firs thing that you notice is the impressive motion blur which takes place as you're springing around the levels. The game moves at a fairly brisk pace too and our time with the PS3 demo (which is available on the Playstation Store now - although it's a hefty 1.7GB) showed that Bizarre Creations have got to grips with the PS3's hardware in a good way.

The Club is one of the most exciting prospects on Sega's upcoming schedule. It is certainly violent, but the game could potentially become one of the best online titles on the Playstation 3. Expect this game to hit the shelves in early February.