Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 27
  2. Negative: 13 out of 27
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  1. AceGamez
    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.
  2. Fail and wind up like so many game journalists at E3 – waking up across town with absolutely nothing in your pants pockets (if you're wearing pants at all).
  3. A slew of problems hold NARC back from being the anticipated game many expected, and personally, I'll blame VIS for it. The gameplay relies too heavily on something like "State of Emergency," and it just isn't fun.
  4. Computer Games Magazine
    Offers a quick toot of dopey euphoria, followed by twitching hours of comedown and regret. [July 2005, p.90]
  5. 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.
  6. Game Informer
    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]
  7. The key phrase with NARC would seem to be "wasted potential."
  8. Terrible control, lame features and an overall lack of excitement make this law enforcement experience worse than an episode of "Cop Rock."
  9. 80
    The controls are quite responsive, offering a wide assortment of combat moves, but the weak camera hinders them.
  10. It wants so badly to be liked and allows you to break the rules like a good, over-the-top game really should. But it has flaws within its presentation, and it doesn't really keep your attention for long as you bust dealer after dealer.
  11. If you strip away the patently silly drug effects and the forced attitude, NARC is an unimpressive mission-based third-person action game. It's also short, rife with bugs, and basically not a lot of fun to play.
  12. 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.
  13. We would have accepted the game's dark tone and its somewhat appealing be-a-dirty-cop-if-you-want gimmick, but because of its poor controls and weak action there's just not much to really like.
  14. The game falls not only short of expectation, but also below what this great team is capable of.
  15. I know a lot of people will be tempted to pick up the game at its $20 price point, but don't do it; this game isn't worth it even if they give it to you for free!
  16. The game looks ugly, the controls are poorly done, and the storyline gets dull in a hurry. There is some decent action here and there, but quite frankly the game is so bad it smells worse then bad weed.
  17. 65
    There's nothing quite like piloting a blocky little man around densely populated streets and randomly punching dudes before arresting them.
  18. 75
    I really enjoyed this game. It wasn't the longest game in the world, took me about 6-9 hours to beat. However I had a great time playing the missions and it reminded me of "Max Payne" a little.
  19. Ingest evidence rather than confiscate it and you'll develop embarrassing addictions you can kick only via meter-driven mini-games, or you'll get busted in a random drug test.
  20. A poor attempt to be controversial from the magazine adverts featuring busty women to the drug taking/selling in the game.
  21. Including the original Narc as an unlockable extra is a definite bonus but, in the end, lackluster gameplay and a glitch ridden presentation make this latest iteration of Narc difficult to recommend-even at its reduced $19.99USD price point.
  22. Official Xbox Magazine
    Even at $20, this is a mess. [May 2005, p.80]
  23. Play Magazine
    A few annoying control and camera issues become readily apparent in some of the more frustrating missions. [May 2005, p.54]
  24. 70
    The narrative is a bit thin-there's a new drug on the street called "Liquid Soul" and your task is to figure out where it's coming from-but once the fists and lead start flying, you won't really give a damn why you're doing what you're doing.
  25. NARC, while flawed in many areas, still finds a way to provide some good quality fun for a budget title. The amount of humorous moments that are provided by the sheer volume of consumable drugs is great to see, and busting bad guys even has its moments.
  26. When a modern day Xbox game can't humble a 17 year-old arcade game, you know something has gone horribly wrong.
  27. We are not quite sure that he has kicked the monkey from his back and he must now prove himself worthy in the eyes of his peers.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. ZachB.
    Nov 8, 2005
    Wants to be gta it never will be & was way too easy!
  2. TomB.
    Mar 24, 2005
    Not bad, like GTA without the vehicles and belive it or not more vulgar and just nasty.