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Th3 Plan review

Mediocre

A great man once said, “The one thing men want more than anything else in the world is to be a part of a heist,” (OK so Dane Cook may not be a “great man” but he is a greatly funny man). Crave entertainment’s new game, Th3 Plan, wants to and give us all the high tech thievery and action of Heat, but it ends up decidedly lukewarm.

The plot revolves around a group of seven thieves, employing thier own unique skills (sharpshooting, demolition, acrobatics...) to steal two Rembrandt paintings. In classic crime caper style, your first task is to break your partner out of a jail after he was put there by a clichéd double cross in the opening cut scene. This first prison level, while not nearly as exciting as the one in Splinter Cell: Double Agent, is a fun training mission that introduces the game’s most interesting feature: split-screen team control for up to three crooks at a time. Picture the split-screen styling’s of TV's 24, where each character has a screen that you can switch to on the fly, or have one of you buddies take control of.



This character swapping is where Th3 Plan really stops knocking off of other games and makes a pass at an original big time heist. You’ll constantly be multi-tasking, such as when you use one character's skill for talking to guards then switch to another thief to pick the locked door behind him, or take a photo of the location of a surveillance camera you’ll need to know about when you return to actually pilfer that painting.

The character swapping is original and fun, and add to it the utility belt full of mini-games - from pick pocketing, to lock picking, to safecracking - and you have the hope diamonds of the game. We also dig the three-player co-op mode. The rest is graphically dated, and the combat is so bad that you'll think reenacting the ear scene in Reservoir Dogs would be a more fun alternative. While the missions are well planned - important considering it’s called Th3 Plan - the cheesy dialogue and the 70’s synth-bass feels like they were all stolen from some bad movie that never wanted them in the first place. Still, at fifteen dollars you can’t beat the price, for a game that isn’t too bad.

More Info

Release date: Apr 17 2007 - PS2 (US)
May 31 2007 - PS2 (UK)
Available Platforms: PS2
Genre: Action
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Violence
PEGI Rating:
16+

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