• Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: Mar 22, 2005
Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 24
  2. Negative: 12 out of 24
  1. We like guns, we like city envirnments, and we like laughable drugs and violence references. AND we like arresting people. But we don't like Narc. No. Sorry. [PSM2]
  2. Put simply, NARC is a mess. Every time it starts to show a little potential, it blindsides you with a nearly unplayable mission, amazing camera failure, or a flat-out boring sidequest. [May 2005, p.112]
  3. 45
    Aside from hearing what decently cast voice acting sounds like and hearing Michael Madsen give an excellent performance in 6-10 hours of bad gameplay, there's absolutely no reason to touch this game, even at $20.
  4. Quite simply a short and boring third person shooter that tries too hard to be edgy and just comes off as more sick and disgusting than anything else I've played.
  5. It works in small doses in providing some carnage and distraction from reality.
  6. 40
    Everything about the game feels clumsy. The graphics are mediocre, the gameplay is middling and repetitive, and the completely shallow glorification of drug use is either appalling or just plain stupid.
  7. The game falls not only short of expectation, but also below what this great team is capable of.
  8. 30
    This moral ambiguity is one of NARC's biggest selling points, but it's also one of the game's biggest flaws. No matter how far you cross the line, you're never beyond redemption.
  9. Offers a quick toot of dopey euphoria, followed by twitching hours of comedown and regret. [July 2005, p.90]
  10. The gameplay is unexciting, and the counterintuitive controls make it even worse. I had a hard time aiming because of the awful camera controls.
  11. Terrible control, lame features and an overall lack of excitement make this law enforcement experience worse than an episode of "Cop Rock."
  12. Crap aiming and a crap camera combine with boring, nonsensical missions to translate into horrid gameplay for the main story.

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