True Crime: Streets of LA Xbox

Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
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  1. Bits such as the fighting engine can be fun even though it is probably the most flawed aspect of the entire game, though when fighting the tougher enemies in the game those flaws are quickly frustrating, to the point of some people returning the game.
  2. Lacks polish and, in some cases, feels unfinished. It makes decent attempts with its different styles of gameplay, but none of them are particularly well done, and the game's storyline doesn't tie them together in a satisfying way.
  3. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    72
    It's so-so styleless graphics fail to impress, and the whole thing's too short and easy. [Jan 2003, p.107]
  4. Edge Magazine
    70
    As a place, Los Angeles simply isn't as much fun as Liberty or Vice. Too much of this silicon LA exists simply because the designers wanted to show that it could be done rather than because it serves any gameplay purpose. [Christmas 2003, p.107]
  5. The hand-to-hand combat is, despite a handful of unlockable combos, pure button-mashing chaos. There's a clever fight in which you shove your opponent into a fiery stove, but that's the only strategic scrap.
  6. 70
    I found the driving parts lacking and dull – the shooting wasn’t as refined as it could be, though it was a step above the driving elements.
  7. Official Xbox Magazine
    68
    The heart of Crime's problems: the driving is OK, but the shooting interface manages to be worse than "GTA's"... You'll spend more time in L.A. frustrated than having fun. [Jan 2004, p.64]
  8. Xbox Nation Magazine
    60
    The True Crime universe feels emotionally and psychologically barren - and, therefore, inconsequential. [Mar 2004, p.76]
  9. Possibly the biggest disappointment of the year. What could have been this year's "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" turns out to be a shoddily executed, clumsy and unrewarding experience.
  10. Maybe the problem is True Crime tries too hard to be all things to all people, and in the process, neglects to do anything especially well.
  11. Despite the unnatural and unexplained control system, some graphical anomalies and downright terrible voice acting, True Crime: Streets of LA does manage to expand upon the open-ended style of Grand Theft Auto and others like it in some considerable ways. It’s a shame that the complex default control setup and strange camera behavior give such a negative first impression.
  12. Play Magazine
    58
    Not even the irreplaceable voice acting of Christopher Walken can rescue the mess of a script driving the action of True Crime, a misguided attempt to share the spotlight with the vastly superior "Grand Theft Auto." [Jan 2004, p.62]

Awards & Rankings

57
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#25 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. bobdabuilder
    Apr 27, 2006
    7
    besides the fact its basically a gta rip off(you can free roam and kll anyone) its great!
  2. ArmandilloD.
    Sep 7, 2005
    1
    This game is just BORING... the city is very boring... missions are boring etc... Wannebe gta, but fails badly ALMOST everything sucks in this game.
  3. ChrisB
    Jan 28, 2005
    6
    True Crime was one of the first games I got for Xbox. It's clearly meant to be a GTA-killer - it has many of the same gameplay elements. True Crime was one of the first games I got for Xbox. It's clearly meant to be a GTA-killer - it has many of the same gameplay elements. The problem is execution. Where GTA and GTA-VC feel like very "solid", with seamless passage between driving and on foot action, True Crime feels awkward in both. The cars don't handle well, and the fighting is more geared towards fans of fighting games. There are special moves and combos and things like that. The missions themselves are very run of the mill, and are direct ripoffs from Grand Theft Auto - kill this guy, drive across town in a certain amount of time, etc etc, but True Crime is completely devoid of the humor or originality that some of the missions in Grand Theft Auto game possess. It's also a lot shorter than any of the previous GTA games. One thing that's pretty good about True Crime is the enormous map. It's HUGE. Most of LA is in this game. It's not as impressive now that GTA San Andreas has come out, but True Crime deserves credit for the being the first game of it's kind to have a game world this big. It's a shame the huge city isn't used more by the game. The other problem is that there isn't a whole lot going on. True Crime's city doesn't seem to have as much "life" to it as Grand Theft Auto series games do. There are random crimes that you can choose to help solve, but there isn't a big variety of them at all, and they're pretty boring once you've done a few. While I didn't experience any of the crash bugs that other people have, I did find a few cutscene bugs (the wrong cutscene playing for example). All in all, it's a shoddy GTA rip off, and your much better served picking up ANY of the GTA games if you want this type of game, especially GTA: San Andreas. Full Review »