True Crime: New York City Image
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  • Summary: Be a good cop or a bad cop in the streetwise action game True Crime: New York City. You can explore the authentically modeled streets of New York City as a police officer tracking down criminals and administering justice. The game features a diverse weapon set, as well as a mixed offering of fighting styles that you can use to take out those who stand in your way. In addition to combat on foot, the game features driving sequences and shootouts. Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Walken, and Mickey Rourke contribute their voice talent to the game as well. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 25
  2. Negative: 8 out of 25
  1. The gritty story, varied side missions, and jittery subway rides create the type of seedy environment that's perfect for attracting tourists, gamers, and criminals alike.
  2. If you can put up with some roughness around the edges, though, you're in for a satisfyingly lengthy and tough ride. [Jan 2006, p.108]
  3. The horrid framerate and numerous bugs make this game like tap dancing in a minefield, but the game itself is deep, with a quality narrative, superb voice acting and rich gameplay.
  4. 60
    On paper, it's got the potential to be more than a match for "San Andreas"; in practice, it's nowhere near it.
  5. Basically, it's a game with loads of potential, but awful physics and endless technical glitches are the real crime here.
  6. True Crime: New York City is bad for entirely different reasons than expected: the graphics are awful, but the scope in certain ways outstrips its GTA ancestor.
  7. True Crime: New York City replicates the over-the-top violence and goofy sexuality of GTA, but trashes that series' friendly interface, gorgeous environment, and dependable physics. If there's a lesson to be learned here, it's that what made GTA so enjoyable weren't the mature themes, but the execution.

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  1. Oct 31, 2011
    9
    glitches apart this game was amazing with a massive environment great visuals races fight clubs a lot of interiors shops cars weapons and blood .......... gta on steroids Expand
  2. Bboy
    Apr 22, 2007
    9
    Someone disappointing. Not because of the gameplay but because of the glitches. I was really looking forward to this game and as it was really ambitious. The gameplay is what I expected and is really fun. I find it much better than GTA IMO because of how much more in depth the whole cop thing is. It's just really fun to play....but that's if you can stand playing with the glitches. Why do the developers completely RUIN the game by releasing it with a crap load of glitches that you will experience EVERY time you play the game. The game freezes, there's lots of graphical glitches (e.g the moon was in the sea once..wtf)...too many to name. Also, I'm not sure about the other versions, but the Gamecube version suffers greatly from framerate problems. You will straight away notice how unbelievably and ridiculously LAGGY the game is when on the streets and driving around. At first I though "OMG this is ridiculous...". When inside buildings though, the game is smooth. On the other hand though, the graphics and music/sound are awesome. Beats the pants off GTA any day. Models much better, a lot more detail here and there and the physics are great so you can interact a lot more with the environment. There's a lot of things happening on screen at 1 time and although it looks awesome it's sorta bogged down by the framerate. Sound effects and noises are great and fit perfectly with the game. Music is also great with a lot of real good rap. None of the mainstream crap but a lot of old school and true stuff. Overall, the game is great and still really fun to play but I always think "If they had spent a bit more time fixing all the stinking glitches and problems with this game it would have been perfect" I don't understand....it's like releasing a Zelda game (which are always very ambitious games) with a tonne of bugs and just screwing it up for everyone....grrr. Expand
  3. TedH.
    Nov 25, 2005
    8
    If it weren't for the glitches, this would have my vote for the best "free roam" game ever. Occasionally, you notice a little repetition. However, the overall experience is excellent. Expand
  4. LoagnH.
    Jun 21, 2007
    8
    There are many glitches in this game, but get over it. This is a good game and so was LA, if there is another game in the series coming out, hope for improvement but all in all, it's a good game. Expand
  5. JackK.
    Mar 5, 2007
    7
    This is kinda cool game, it has 3x fun than GTAs. And most important, fysics are better than every game together in the world!!!