True Crime: New York City Xbox

Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 43
  2. Negative: 8 out of 43
Buy On
  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Game Informer
    88
    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]
  8. A much better turnout for this iteration. New York is the perfect setting for a game like this.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#97 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
User Score
7.7

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
    1
    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
    7
    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
    10
    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 »