Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 43
  2. Negative: 8 out of 43
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  1. 90
    New York looks fantastic and really feels alive as you drive through the busy metropolis, gazing at the pedestrian hordes swarming on the sidewalks.
  2. 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.
  3. The action and depth of the game will surely please fans of the first game or those who need a GTA-genre game this year. The game doesn't go above and beyond but with solid gameplay and a superb recreation of New York City, very few can complain.
  4. Game Informer
    It still has a wyas to go to catch "GTA", but with its finely crafted sequel Luxoflux has raised this series up from another me-too title to a necessity for fans of this genre. [Jan 2006, p.135]
  5. It presents a very succinct and engulfing story that players will easily be able to get lost in given the opportunity. Native New Yorkers should also have a blast destroying their neighborhood and watching some of the city's most notable locales change with the rising (or falling) crime rate.
  6. Definitely a better game than its predecessor, but only because it fixes what was wrong in L.A. It never really tries to go anywhere new (aside from the East Coast), and the familiar gameplay might get a bit predictable and even stale before you finish this big city adventure.
  7. A much better turnout for this iteration. New York is the perfect setting for a game like this.
  8. 80
    Overall I rate this game pretty highly both on its visuals and its refreshing game play. Definitely worth a look as this game could keep you stapled to your sofa for days.
  9. Luxoflux have done a top job putting a realistic and interesting story together and the fact it's set in a real city that many can relate to makes it just even better.
  10. 78
    Does a whole lot of things right, but it doesn't take very many risks. What this means is that it's a solid title through and through, but you won't find a whole lot of water cooler moments in there.
  11. 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.
  12. Wow, I don't think I have ever be thrown through a wall and wound up in empty space in a console game in a LONG time.
  13. Bugs are where True Crime not only stumbles, but falls flat on its face. It is riddled with bugs, so much so that playing the game itself becomes a problem.
  14. It's hard to dislike a game that piles on various side missions, secrets to uncover and a number of upgrades. Then again, the game's glitches will not fail to frustrate.
  15. Entertaining throughout, but rarely exceptional.
  16. True Crime New York is refined from Streets of L.A. and this time around you might have an easier time getting into the action. Although, I didn't have the same passion for this second outing by Luxoflux, I admit New York is a great location for this "fictional" story.
  17. It's just disappointing that the rest of the game doesn't live up to the quality of the cutscenes.
  18. Official Xbox Magazine
    Is New York really this drab and uninteresting of a place? [Jan 2006, p.82]
  19. True Crime: New York City just doesn't cut the mustard. There are a lot of good basic concepts and ideas that unfortunately lost their way in the development process.
  20. Pelit (Finland)
    A step backwards even from its mediocre predecessor. With the multitude of ugly bugs the game feels unfinished, and the driving model is just plain awful. [Jan 2006]
  21. The fact that a host of disgracefully basic errors ruin any chance True Crime: New York City had of becoming what it should have been should serve as a lesson for publishers Activision: seeing a product through to its proper conclusion-even if that means delays-translates better in the long term than consumers reaching elsewhere, and remembering your name, because the final product is so much of a letdown.
  22. A mediocre free-roaming action game, but it's still slightly better than some of its competitors within the genre.
  23. True Crime is a game looking to score the ultimate dope hit of Grand Theft Auto genius, and it has the contacts to make such a score, but fails to use them.
  24. 60
    If framerate problems doesn't annoy you, then the stupidity of the A.I. may force you to say, "that sh*t is wow, bananas." Enemies are stricken by stupidity, as they'll simply stand there and allow you shoot the living daylights out of them.
  25. 60
    On paper, it's got the potential to be more than a match for "San Andreas"; in practice, it's nowhere near it.
  26. This game is junk, period. Please, spare yourself the agony and stay far away from this title… enjoy a second play through of Vice City or San Andreas instead. The sheer number of fun-ruining bugs in this game is the stuff smashed controllers are made of, so don't even bring yourself down to the level the developers take you for when they decided to release this thing.
  27. Riddled with errors, glitches, catches, freezes, clippings, and resets. If you can endure the insane amount of problems and don't mind that you'll routinely run into errors that'll force you to restart from the beginning of the current primary mission, you'll get some marginal enjoyment out of the title.
  28. No amount of racing through Times Square, cruising strip clubs, or laughing along with nutty narrative conceits eases the bruising frustration of the moment-to-moment True Crime: New York City experience.
  29. So many corners were cut and details rushed that whatever good content is there is overshadowed by the mistakes.
  30. AceGamez
    Maybe it's because I just don't like the main character, maybe it's because the story is dafter than my opening paragraph, maybe it's because it's a third rate GTA wannabe. In any case, this one should be avoided unless you really liked the first one, although this is actually a step back from the original.
  31. Basically, it's a game with loads of potential, but awful physics and endless technical glitches are the real crime here.
  32. 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.
  33. 50
    Despite a myriad of improvements, True Crime: New York City's inexcusable number of bugs make it one of the biggest disappointments of this holiday season.
  34. Most of the gameplay from the first game is back, but it's all wrapped around a dull storyline and some poor presentation problems. Worse yet, the excitement wears off after a mere couple of hours.
  35. While playable, True Crime: New York City really isn't worth buying, with clipping bugs and a bad story line and the game being somewhat too easy the game just isn't worth it.
  36. The people listed as Quality Assurance in the back of True Crime: New York City's manual should all be fired, or shot in the kneecaps, because there is no game on the Xbox more bug-ridden, glitched, and downright broken than this one.
  37. Even if you forgive the flimsy story, cliché characters, and derivative gameplay, it's impossible to look past the myriad game-stopping bugs, frustrating glitches, and glaring technical problems that plague this game.
  38. Edge Magazine
    By keeping it real, the game retains many of the things that make navigating the real city more of a pain than a pleasure: countless faceless skyscrapers don't make for memorable landmarks, and facing the wrong way down a jammed one-way street when you're in a hurry to get somewhere is the sort of challenge few will relish. [Jan 2005, p.91]
  39. Computer Games Magazine
    If you sometimes had the feeling that less is more while playing "San Andreas," you'll be convinced by this game at nearly every turn. [Feb 2006, p.92]
  40. Most missions follow a monotonous pattern of car chases and shoot-outs against dim-witted opponents that lack the variety of the GTA series.
  41. I'm not sure just why Activision was in such a rush to release the game that they didn't let Luxoflux actually finish it.
  42. 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.
  43. Avoid this game at all costs, it isn't worth your time, nor anyone else's. This is what happens when publishers push a game through in order to meet the holiday sales rush.

Awards & Rankings

#97 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Feb 12, 2015
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Why is this port so bad, it could have been the best but it wasn't at all. This review will mostly be about the port of the game that I own (I wish I had the ps2 version) but I will talk quickly about the story and sound now. This game stars Marcus Reed, a generic ex gangster who becomes a generic police detective who is trying to solve his Mentor's death(in which spoilers, he's still alive and the final boss). The characters are stereotypes and the story is bland. The soundtrack is one of the redeeming qualities of this disaster in which it has many genres of music that I like. Now lets get to the gameplay, it is a Gta clone in which it is a 3rd person open world crime simulator(except your a cop). The cars and foot movement are clunky and slow. Now the graphics look nice, if they were finished. You can easily see threw character models. Now onto the the glitches, they are everywhere in this port. Especially progress stopping bugs towards the end of the game. Don't pick up this game or if you are curious then pick up sleeping dogs or the ps2 or gc ports of the game Full Review »
  2. RandyM.
    Jul 10, 2006
    I honestly had a real good time with True Crime: New York City. It was a really fun game, but I simply cannot ignore the large glaring errors I honestly had a real good time with True Crime: New York City. It was a really fun game, but I simply cannot ignore the large glaring errors of this game. The A.I. of New York's citizens is what made me frustrated. I would be trying to arrest someone and the cop would start shooting at him and my career points would go down the tube. And I hate how cops shoot you because they "think you are a criminal." You'd think that they would recognize the detective when they saw him. And the citizens say things over and over again. But, still, you should give this game a try. Full Review »
  3. JimG.
    Jan 10, 2006
    TCNYC is simply better than GTASA. It is familiar, fast, topical and fun. I regret that there are no helicopters or vertical movements but I TCNYC is simply better than GTASA. It is familiar, fast, topical and fun. I regret that there are no helicopters or vertical movements but I don't go flying around Manhattan in my day to day New York City life. Full Review »