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True Crime: Streets of LA
By: Activision
True Crime: Streets of LA
  • Take on the role of a renegade Los Angeles cop in this action/fighting/driving game
  • Drive around 250 square miles of painstakingly modeled Los Angeles
  • Take down perps with hand-to-hand combat or unholster your set of pistols
  • Explore a branching storyline that features over 100 missions
  • For 1 player

  • Average Rating: 4.00     Total Reviews: 63

    Price: $49.99
    Sale: $15.98
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Product Description:

True Crime: Streets of L.A. is a Grand-Theft-Auto-esque action/driving/shooter that allows you to take control of Nick Kang, a cop out to solve a strange rash of crimes and solve his father's mysterious murder. The game treats itself like a movie, with frequent dialogue and cinematics, a soundtrack filled with some of rap's heavy hitters, and some surprising voiceover talent, like Christopher Walken and Snoop Dogg.

The missions given to you tend to involve shooting up or beating up (there is a big distinction between gun fighting and kung fu) a room full of bad guys, or simply have you racing against the clock in your car. In between, you can roam around and solve simple street crimes (mugging, car jackings, etc), or earn upgrades for your driving, shooting, and fighting abilities. The upgrade mechanism is important because while it's an entertaining way to add new gameplay elements several hours in, the early game leaves you with so few moves that the game is hard, or worse, boring. The game also features a Good-Cop/Bad-Cop karma system that rewards or punishes you for doing the right or wrong thing. Arrest criminals in non-lethal manner to get better endings, or terrorize the populace and have both citizens and police turn on you.

While it can be an entertaining take on the Grand Theft Auto genre, True Crime tends to suffer from hit and miss execution. For every compelling game element, there's another equally awful one. There are several mission types that are completely devoid of any fun, melee fighting favors button mashing even after the nearly-useless string of upgrades, and the controls and camera seem to work against you more often than for you. Ultimately, hardcore Grand Theft Auto fans and the infinitely patient may be in for a treat, but everyone else is advised to think twice about this game.--Jon "Safety Monkey" Grover


  • Variety of mission types keeps game from getting overly repetitive
  • Karma system and plenty of alternate cinematics add to replay value
  • Excellent voice work and above average graphics
  • Controls feel sloppy and the camera will make you want to punch out your TV
  • Certain mission-types are just plain boring
  • Melee fighting favors button mashing over thought-out, timed attacks

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A very fun package       Product Reviews
by: simonc1138       on: 21-Feb 2006

True Crime: Streets of LA was my first experience with the free-roaming genre of games that Grand Theft Auto made famous. I've never played any of the GTA games so I can't compare them with True Crime, but on its own merits I had a lot of fun with this game.

You are Nick Kang, an Asian-American cop working on a case involving money laundering between various mafia groups in LA. Somehow, all this ties in to the death of your father years earlier. As Nick, you'll be sent on a variety of missions all over LA. You'll have straight shoot-outs, hand-to-hand combat, car chases, and stealth missions. In-between you'll get some free time where you can drive around solving random street crimes in GTA fashion.

I give the developers credit for mapping out all of Los Angeles and letting you drive around without any loading between city sections. It's a huge environment, and it's an amazing programming feat. I also like True Crime's story structure: depending on if you solve or fail the current mission, you get alternate cinematics and branching storylines that lead to different endings. It's very immersive and engaging, plus you can go back any time and try for a better outcome. There are tons of upgrades to collect including faster cars, stronger guns and deadlier combat moves. Finally, the voice cast rocks. The script is a pretty cliche mix of various cop movies, but the voice-acting is top-notch (including Christopher Walken, Michael Madsen and Michelle Rodriguez).

The game has some problems. The driving and shooting mechanics are pretty solid, except the zooming function isn't as precise as it should be. The stealth missions are a joke, and are more about running up and hitting a guy before they see you rather than genuine sneaking. Hand-to-hand combat can get frustrating when even after all the upgrades, it still boils down to random button-mashing. And the storyline takes an odd supernatural twist towards the end, which really kills the gritty "True Crime" atmosphere the game is trying to deliver.

Despite the flaws, I'm hooked. Maybe the GTA originals are stronger games overall, but I love being able to drive anywhere and do anything with Nick Kang. Some have criticzed the graphics engine for not cranking out enough cars on the freeway, different NPC characters on the streets, or making LA more interactive. They're valid complaints, but at the same time I think we've come up against the current-generation's graphical limits. Hopefully the PS3 and Xbox 360 will fix the lingering imperfections.

Highly recommended if you've never played a GTA-style game, and worth checking out for everyone who has.
great game       Product Reviews
by: denni-41       on: 20-Aug 2005

t is a great buy the graphics rock it's a bit more on the adult side due too alot of bad crap but who cares roaming L.A. is awsome and fighting crime and going on rampages is sweet and to all you people who think grand theft auto is better than this YOUR WRONG! grand theft auto 1, 2, 3, and vice city suck!.
destruction and a lot of nonsense       Product Reviews
by: nout       on: 11-Jan 2005

No it's not as good as GTA. So, enough said about that. This game is so much fun!! I can drive around, doing nothing at all, for hours. I can fight and shoot anyone I want and run everybody over with a car and it's so much fun! It has a low moral standard for sure, but I'm not an idiot who thinks this would be cool in real life. In a game world it's fun though. Ofcourse you can choose your own destiny in this game, being a good cop or bad cop, but the Nick character isn't very likeable to begin with, he's a real jerk. I cannot identify myself with him and therefore I didn't feel commited to be a good cop. The story is so awfull that it's actually really fun. You listen to the most cheesy and cliché dialogues. I had to laugh really loud when the Chinese guy who Nick fights appears to be his brother. "I thought you had lost it bro" So cliché and crap, but therefore hilarious. Ok I will summon up the good and bad points: Good: - The crap storyline. Good for a few good laughs. - The driving, which is easy, straighforward and with some cars you can go really fast. Each car has its own way of driving and steering which is fun too. - The fighting is easy, but it sometimes does require more than simple button mashing. - The graphics are pretty good, yes Gamecube can do better, but LA looks pretty amazing to me. - The freedom you have to go anywhere you like. Bad: - Nick, the main character, is a jerk. A typical B-movie superhero. But in the setting of the story it works fine. - Many times "precision targetting" isn't that precise at all. - "Precision targetting" while driving does slow you down, you'll fail to catch the bad guys. - Long, very long loading times. There isn't much continuity due to this annoying aspect. - Sometimes the Hip Hop got on my nerves. Overall 4 stars, but 5 stars for fun.
GTA FOR GC       Product Reviews
by: Anonymous       on: 26-Nov 2004

I love this game, it's cool just causing destruction, i beat all the missions, so now i just kill innocent people and the cops, and steal cars, my favorite thing is finding a shotgun then shoot at a car and person inside just comes out and bam, they died by the explosion. Best game nintendo has ever, even more good then [...] exclusives for the gamecube like mario.

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