There have been plenty of games where it’s you vs. terrorist. Though I can’t really recall the last game that had them running all over Washington D.C. on inauguration day, with the only the United States Secret Service as the line of defense. Apparently that’s just what Activision’s newly announced game, Secret Service, is all about. The game puts players in the shoes of a Secret Service agent that must protect the “nation’s leaders”, which means we’ll be running all over D.C. protecting everyone in the Presidential Cabinet, including those snobby White House interns. The game’s level design will have work from Daniel Arey, who has worked on Uncharted: Drakes Fortune, the Jak series, and the Crash Bandicoot series. Those levels will include visits to every conceivable landmark and “everywhere in between”. Which is good, because I’ve always wanted to shoot terrorists in the National Air and Space museum. (Ed. As a DC resident I’m putting money on the geography of DC being totally wrong.)
The most interesting part of Secret Service is not its content, but its price. The game will be out on only one current-generation console, the Xbox 360, and at a budget-bin price of $39.99. Secret Service will also release on Playstation 2 and PC. The price really destroys any hope that this game will be a fully fleshed out experience, but I could be wrong. There is no solid release date as of yet, but I’d expect it sometime after the real U.S. Presidential election.