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Developer: Sony
Genre: Fighting
Players: Single-player, Multi-player (2 players) via wireless multiplayer connectivity (Ad-Hoc)
Release: October 2005
ESRB: Rating Pending

Sony Computer Entertainment America, Santa Monica presents The Con, an innovative 3D fighting game exclusively for the PSP handheld entertainment system. In an underworld where illegal fighting tournaments exist and high-stakes gambling takes center stage, your skills as a fighter are matched only by your wits as an ex-con. Create and customize your own character with deep character customization features including "Image Import," allowing you to upload your photo directly to the PSP and put your face onto your in-game character. Learn reprogrammable fighting combinations based on five different brawling disciplines – Boxing, Wrestling, Kick Boxing, Tae Kwon Do & Jeet Kune Do. Train your fighter to fight solo or in a team of three (Story Mode) where your ability to build up your team and implementing match-up strategy plays a huge role. In addition, utilizing Ad Hoc mode that enables wireless gaming, The Con allows players to compete in various head-to-head fighting matches.

Finally, every fight is more than just a fight with the element of underground gambling. Bet for or against yourself to take advantage of the current odds. During the fight, throw 'fake' punches or take a dive to tilt the odds and con everyone to ensure a wealthy pay off – win or lose. How you work the CON is up to you.

Key Features

The Fight

  • Five different styles of fighting – Street boxing, Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, Jeet Kune Do & Wrestling
  • "Over-the-shoulder" camera angle puts you directly behind the action.
  • Create and customize your own fighter with build, facial and clothing options.
  • "Image Import" your face onto your in-game character.
  • Gain experience and decide how and how fast your character's fighting abilities enhance.
  • Intuitive controls allow for easy entry for gamers of all ages.
  • Reprogrammable combo strings for advanced fighting combinations.
  • Story, arcade and Wireless modes satisfy the hunger a variety of gameplay cravings.
  • Manage a stable of fighters to help you reach the "Big Time".
  • Game sharing ability allows non-owners to participate in a head-to-head wireless match (without a UMD disc).

The Con

  • Unique gambling/betting elements turns each fight into more than just a fight, but a gamble itself.
  • Pull off a con by timing the placing of your bets, taking dives or exaggerated punches (mid-fight) to tilt the odds and turn the tables of the fight for a major payoff.
  • Raise the stakes when playing wirelessly, by placing your unlocked items on the line in head-to-head fights.
  • Use your hard-earned cash to pay off your debt, buy hundreds of items, recover faster after injury, or train for new combo techniques.

The Crew

  • Develop and grow your team to reach the ultimate level of supreme fighting experience.
  • Special 3-on-3 match format puts pressure that you have three solid fighters, not just one.
  • Work towards paying your debt, establishing a crew and earning enough money to 'buy in' to the ultimate underground fighting tournament.


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