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This article is about the video game. For the band, see 25 ta Life. For hip-hop group P$C's album, see 25 to Life (album). For the song by Eminem, see 25 to Life (Eminem song).
25 To Life
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North American PlayStation 2 box art
Developer(s) Avalanche Software
Publisher(s) Eidos Interactive
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows
Release date(s)
  • NA January 17, 2006
  • EU June 1, 2007 (PS2)
  • AUS June 7, 2007 (PS2)
Genre(s) Third-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

25 To Life is a third-person shooter video game for Windows, PlayStation 2 and Xbox released in 2006. The game was developed by Avalanche Software and published by Eidos Interactive.

Set in a modern environment, the game allows the player to play as both a cop and a gangster, at different times, in a "cops and robbers" style game. The game can be played online with up to 16 players using the network adaptor for the PS2 and through Xbox Live for Microsoft's Xbox, and there is online play for the PC version as well. In addition, the game features a variety of hip hop songs playing in the background. The name of the game comes from a typical "indeterminate life sentence" that is often given in the United States upon a defendant's conviction for a violent felony. See the article on parole for more information.


The game is about a black man named Freeze and his side-kick Keith.


Song Artist
"Black Cop" KRS-One
"Ghetto Star" 2Pac featuring Nutso
"Code of the Streets" Gang Starr
"Yes Yes Y'all" Geto Boys
"Run" Ghostface Killah featuring Jadakiss
"Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" Public Enemy
"Enemies" Xzibit
"To the Finish" Jackpot
"Nolia Clap" UTP
"My Wife, My Bitch, My Girl" Tech N9ne
"Jellysickle" Tech N9ne featuring E-40
"Circa de Mi Neighborhood" Tego Calderón
"Bad Company" Grafh
"Prisonero" Shade Sheist & N.U.N.E.
"Shot-gun" Drive-By featuring Esham


Review scores
Publication Score
PC PS2 Xbox
1UP.com N/A D−[1] D−[1]
Edge 2/10[2] 2/10[2] 2/10[2]
Game Informer N/A 5.75/10[3] 5.75/10[3]
GameSpot 5.6/10[4] 5.7/10[5] 5.7/10[5]
GameSpy N/A 1.5/5 stars[6] 1.5/5 stars[6]
GameZone 8/10[7] N/A N/A
IGN 3.3/10[8] 3/10[9] 3.1/10[10]
OPM (US) N/A 1/5 stars[11] N/A
OXM N/A N/A 2/10[12]
PC Gamer (US) 30%[13] N/A N/A
Detroit Free Press N/A 1/4 stars[14] N/A
USA Today 4/10 stars[15] 4/10 stars[15] 4/10 stars[15]
Aggregate scores
Metacritic 39/100[16] 39/100[17] 41/100[18]

25 to Life received "unfavorable" reviews on all platforms according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[16][18][17]

Hyper's Maurice Branscombe commented that the game's soundtrack was okay only "if you like rap." However, he criticised the game as "absolutely unadulterated bullshit."[19]

USA Today gave the game a score of four stars out of ten and stated that its only strong quality "is a decent multiplayer mode. Most of the action is team-based, allowing you to choose between police or thugs. Players can choose to rob a location and return the stash to their home turf, raid a criminal hangout, or engage in an all-out deathmatch. Freeze's goal at the start of this story was to get out of the "game." Five minutes slogging through this shooter will have players wanting the same."[15] The A.V. Club gave it a D+ and called it "a half-baked copy of someone's urban nightmare."[20] Detroit Free Press gave the PS2 version one star out of four and stated that it "lacks everything that would make it new, innovative or just plain fun. The graphics are really muddy and sub-par. The controls seem to be a bit confusing."[14]


  1. ^ a b Pfister, Andrew (January 18, 2006). "25 to Life (PS2, Xbox)". 1UP.com. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Edge staff (March 2006). "25 to Life". Edge (160): 89. 
  3. ^ a b Helgeson, Matt (March 2006). "25 to Life (PS2, Xbox)". Game Informer (155): 100. Archived from the original on August 14, 2006. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  4. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (January 19, 2006). "25 to Life Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Gerstmann, Jeff (January 19, 2006). "25 to Life Review (PS2, Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Vasconcellos, Eduardo (February 14, 2006). "GameSpy: 25 to Life (PS2, Xbox)". GameSpy. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ Giacobbi, Kevin "BIFF" (February 12, 2006). "25 to Life - PC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on December 29, 2008. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ Onyett, Charles (January 17, 2006). "25 to Life (PC)". IGN. Archived from the original on January 10, 2007. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ Onyett, Charles (January 17, 2006). "25 to Life (PS2)". IGN. Archived from the original on December 31, 2006. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ Onyett, Charles (January 17, 2006). "25 to Life (Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  11. ^ "25 to Life". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 82. April 2006. 
  12. ^ "25 to Life". Official Xbox Magazine: 82. March 2006. 
  13. ^ "25 to Life". PC Gamer: 51. April 2006. 
  14. ^ a b Rucker, Rashaun (February 19, 2006). "'25 to Life' (PS2)". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c d Molina, Brett (February 6, 2006). "'25 to Life' isn't punishment enough for awful shooter". USA Today. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "25 to Life for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b "25 to Life for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "25 to Life for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  19. ^ Branscombe, Maurice (September 2007). "25 to Life". Hyper (Next Media) (167): 66. ISSN 1320-7458. 
  20. ^ Dahlen, Chris (February 15, 2006). "25 To Life". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on February 17, 2006. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 

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