True Crime: New York City Image

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  • Summary: Players assume the role of former gang member turned cop Marcus Reed as they fight crime on the GPS-accurate streets of Manhattan, complete with subways, hundreds of interiors, internationally recognized landmarks and real neighborhoods from Harlem to Chinatown to Times Square. Players navigate the city the way New Yorkers do, by taking cabs, riding subways, walking and driving cars and motorcycles. Gamers experience all the sights and sounds of New York, complete with the energy and architecture authentic to the city’s diverse neighborhoods, the voices and likenesses of real New Yorkers, and the cacophony of ambient traffic and bustling noises unique to the city. The game also includes character concentrations specific to each neighborhood. For example, the player will find a plethora of tourists amidst the lights and large buildings of Times Square, but predominantly locals near the brownstones of Harlem. [Activision] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 47
  2. Negative: 8 out of 47
  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. AI problems aside, the game has a lot going for it. [Jan 2006, p.77]
  3. A good game. It does have several flaws that hopefully will be fixed up for any future installments in the series, but none truly distract from the game's deep and memorable story.
  4. My advice: wait for the PC version, where you will have a fighting chance of playing the game with a better framerate and refined controls (and hopefully Activision will issue patches to cover its holes).
  5. Releasing this game in its current state – now that’s a true crime.
  6. 50
    Like this year's Philadelphia Eagles, this game is the quintessential example of a franchise taking a step in the wrong direction. Our advice: Run away.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. DavidG.
    Jul 2, 2006
    A really fun game! It only freezed up once on my XBOX and I have had lots of fun! The mental ward mission was really spooky! I reccomend this game!
  2. DanielJ.
    Dec 1, 2005
    it was great from the handling to the shoot out with gangs, tourist, cops, the fighting leauge and races.
  3. OliverR.
    Dec 3, 2005
    Great game.Worth getting.The first one was good but this one can beat it a lot.Im a gran theft auto fan rely but i do enjoy the true crimes.
  4. BenN.
    Dec 29, 2005
    Solid game, and really fun. The mental ward mission is quality. but the whole game is full of bugs. worth getting though.
  5. jimG
    Oct 27, 2007
    The game is not as bad a s the critics say. The story is a bit cliche'd but functional. The animations can be glitchy and driving is no treat but the music an dactivities make up for the demerits, plus there's this awesome city they built called 'New York' that, while not true to the actual place does it enough justice to make yo want to visit at least once. Expand
  6. AndyM.
    Sep 27, 2006
    Very fun but a little short. Shouldn't take too long to beat.
  7. RandyM.
    Aug 24, 2006
    I loved the gameplay. Being a cop (dirty or good) was a load of fun, fun that is utterly destroyed by the freezes, glitches, and bugs. It seems the developer didn't even finish the game. You better avoid this one. Expand

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