Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
Buy On
  1. games(TM)
    40
    Half the game it should have been. Whoever came up with the inventive level structuring or spent months mapping LA has every reason to be furious with the lacklustre implementation of their ideas. [Christmas 2003, p.106]

Awards & Rankings

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#20 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
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#54 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2003
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 33
  2. Negative: 6 out of 33
  1. Oct 18, 2017
    6
    I'm sure at one point this was pretty good, but this game hasn't aged as well. I do like what it was trying to do, as in not trying to be aI'm sure at one point this was pretty good, but this game hasn't aged as well. I do like what it was trying to do, as in not trying to be a GTA clone entirely, and the cheesy story and writing is great too, but the controls aren't that good, it can be a bit too fast pace and hard to follow, and it's just overall...no better than just good. It has some good ideas, and was probably better for the time, but it just hasn't aged as well, but still is an ok game. Full Review »
  2. Jul 23, 2017
    8
    One of the best GTA clones I ever played. This game gets so much hate and it shouldn't.

    It's a pretty impressive recreation of California
    One of the best GTA clones I ever played. This game gets so much hate and it shouldn't.

    It's a pretty impressive recreation of California and it's cool to look at it when you are driving or running around. The graphics are really good but there is a lot of clipping. The Xbox and PS2 versions look much better. The soundtrack is amazing but there are a few songs missing. The Xbox and PS2 versions have the complete soundtrack which is even better. The sound is pretty good. The gameplay is so addictive. I love doing random crime scenes and arresting people to put up my good cop meter and doing upgrade missions for fighting, driving and weapons. I also love when you beat a chapter you have the option to go for a bonus upgrade such as unlocking a new throw, new car or a new gun. I do like the fighting controls and the combos to perform when your opponent is dizzy. The car gun shooting is pretty cool and fun to do. The story is actually good too.

    The main flaws the game has is the terrible collision detection, clunky controls and frame rate drop.

    It is still a great game. Definitely try it out. Also try the other versions.
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  3. Aug 13, 2015
    8
    GTA clone? possibly but it had it's own vibe and style. Gun fughts were fun, dialogue was fun, it is a fun game. Great soundtrack with few butGTA clone? possibly but it had it's own vibe and style. Gun fughts were fun, dialogue was fun, it is a fun game. Great soundtrack with few but catchy songs and great graphics for it's time. Full Review »