Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure review

Vandalize for justice

You can tag just about anywhere using markers, stickers, spraypaint, stencils and posters, but to lay down more complex pieces (including billboard-sized posters and full-on murals) you'll need to get to the best graffiti spots. You'll know where these are through Trane's "intuition," a feature that shoots out spectral tentacles to mark the right locations. Once you're there, laying down a complex piece is as simple as picking a chalk outline and filling it in with strokes of the analog stick, which feels strangely satisfying. Finishing a piece within the time limit nets you extra points (which in turn unlocks new pieces), as does painting in high-up, life-threatening "heaven spots." These are cake, however, compared to dodging subway trains or traffic to get your message out.

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DescriptionThis probably won't do for graffiti what the Tony Hawk games did for skateboarding, but it does make it look like a lot of fun.
PlatformPS2, Xbox, PC
US censor ratingMature
UK censor rating16+
Release date14 February 2006 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)


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