Santa Monica, CA â€“ September 19, 2005 â€“ Further bringing True CrimeÃ’: New York Cityâ€™s authentic cop drama to life, Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) has signed on a cast of seasoned actors to lend their distinct voice talents to the gameâ€™s main characters. The cast includes Christopher Walken as FBI field agent Gabriel Whitting; Laurence Fishburne as drug kingpin Isaiah â€œThe Kingâ€ Reed; Mariska Hargitay as New York Police Lieutenant Deena Dixon; Mickey Rourke as New York Police Detective Terrence Higgins; Esai Morales as New York Police Organized Crime Unit chief Victor Navarro; Traci Lords as madam Cassandra Hartz; and up and coming actor Avery Waddell as former gangster turned cop Marcus Reed, the gameâ€™s main character and Isaiah Reedâ€™s son.
â€œWith a voice talent roster of this caliber, we are bringing drama to videogames on an unprecedented level that is on par with movies and television shows,â€ said Will Kassoy, vice president of global brand management, Activision Publishing. â€œTrue Crime: New York City was developed with the help of two former New York cops who advised us on real-life police scenarios which were then brought to life through the rich characters portrayed by the voiceover talent.â€
Former policemen Bill Clark, who also served as the executive producer of â€œNYPD Blue,â€ and Tom Walker, author of Ford Apache: The Bronx, consulted on the storyline for True Crime: New York City which puts players in the role of Marcus Reed, former gang member turned cop. Through the game, players use and abuse their authority to hunt down the murderer of Marcusâ€™ mentor while also cleaning up Manhattan neighborhoods from Harlem to Chinatown. Undercover investigations weave players through a murderous web of gangs and deceit as they battle crooks, Marcusâ€™ past and everything else the city throws at them.
True Crime: New York City will be available this fall for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, the XboxÂ® video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCubeâ„¢ and has been rated â€œMâ€ (â€œMatureâ€ â€“ Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs) by the ESRB.
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