Vivendi has announced Miami Vice: The Game for PSP, due to be released this July. As you might expect, that's the same time the new film, starring Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell, hits US theaters. This has nothing to do with the UK-only PS2/Xbox Miami Vice game released back in 2004 (well, apart from the obvious connection). The PSP installment is being developed by UK studio Rebellion - you know them from Rogue Trooper and Dead to Rights: Reckoning.
Featuring events set just before the film's plot, players have to infiltrate the criminal underworld in order to tighten the screws on a South American drug lord. You can play as either Crockett or Tubbs, but there's also the excellent option to play each mission cooperatively, thanks to the PSP's Wi-Fi powers.
Forget the '80s theme of traditional Miami Vice; this one's staged in a present-day Miami, although you can probably still expect to see some trademark radioactive sunsets. Aside from shooting at things - including boat-based battles set in the city's waterways - the player gets to trade drugs, hack sensitive information and take part in interactive cutscenes.
As for the movie itself, well, fingers crossed that it won't ruin our sweet memories of the classic '80s cop show.
April 21, 2006