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Send in the Operatives: The Agency Interview from CES 2008

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Spies in Las Vegas? Inconceivable!

There are few more fitting places to hold a demonstration of a spy game than in the penthouse suites of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Complete with all the grandeur and spectacle of a good secret agent movie, Sony Online Entertainment had decked out an entire suite for press to view recent versions of all of their latest games. While the Ten Ton Hammer staff was attending the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show, we were invited to view a brief demonstration of the latest build of The Agency. To say we were impressed would be an understatement.

"When we start you off in the game, we really want you to immediately grasp the concept that you're living life as an elite agent," Wilson said. "That means we need to give you the lifestyles, intrigues, and actions that you're used to in that space. That's jet-setting, the martini lifestyle, awesome cars, and access to areas you've never been to before in the world. From an action standpoint, it's over-the-top action. It's not just run-and-gun; it's driving jeeps into hovering helicopters. The intrigue perspective is all about stories that are fun. Tales of betrayal. Getting in with the other side and selling them out for whatever money you can get."

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