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
  1. 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]
  2. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Most missions follow a monotonous pattern of car chases and shoot-outs against dim-witted opponents that lack the variety of the GTA series.
  8. 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.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. 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 »