Published by: Interplay
Developed by: Xatrix
Kingpin official page: http://www.interplay.com/kingpin/
Thresh's comments in BLACK
CalBear's comments in BLUE
Are you the Kingpin?
Not since SiN and Half Life has there been a first person shooter released amid so much hype as Kingpin. The initial demo release took the fps community by storm with its in your face violence, criminal themes, and vulgarity. Naturally, this caused quite a stir among gamers. Many embraced all the cussing, while others (like this site) questioned it as being somewhat gratuitous. In the wake of all the school violence incidents, Xatrix actually added in a low violence/vulgarity version. That's fine and all but what disappointed me a lot is that people are actually being carded
when they buy this game. When I bought our copy at EB, the clerk was actually tempted to card me which would have irritated me to no end. I haven't even been carded for alcohol since I turned 21 in April.
This guy's hurt bad
Stop bleeding all over the place
What sets this apart?
At any rate, there were a few things that were obvious about the new demo from Xatrix and Interplay. For one thing, it was a gorgeous looking game, but at the same time, it had some seriously high system requirements (100MB download for the demo!). Also, the extreme violence and adult themes made it stand out from a crowd of "me-too" shooters. So how have things changed since then, and what is the story here?
This guy is unfriendly
The story in Kingpin involves you getting dumped into skidrow as just another worthless thug. Your goal is to work your way back up and find out who beat you up and enact some payback. As you walk around the inner city you interact with various denizens to find out what's going on; along the way you earn some extra cash to buy weapons and hire some sidekick thugs. Eventually you will work your way up to be a fullon criminal Kingpin.