True Crime: Streets of LA Xbox

User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
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  1. Kvan33
    Dec 30, 2003
    7
    Overrated game. Controls are very frustrating. None of the modes (driving, fighting, & shooting) are done very well. The graphics are painfull. I mean is it too much to ask to be able to read a highway exit sign? However, I have to give credit for the ambitious nature of this game. It is fun roaming the L.A. landscape, and there is plenty of it. Don't get your expectations too hight Overrated game. Controls are very frustrating. None of the modes (driving, fighting, & shooting) are done very well. The graphics are painfull. I mean is it too much to ask to be able to read a highway exit sign? However, I have to give credit for the ambitious nature of this game. It is fun roaming the L.A. landscape, and there is plenty of it. Don't get your expectations too hight and check your brain at the door. Then enjoy. Expand
  2. bobdabuilder
    Apr 27, 2006
    7
    besides the fact its basically a gta rip off(you can free roam and kll anyone) its great!
  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. 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 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. Expand
  4. Mr.BT
    Nov 20, 2003
    6
    A mish-mash of the best parts of other games (max payne, gta, vigilante 8) dumbed down into an awkwardly controlled linear storyline. There is nothing new or fantastic about this title, and I wish I didn't buy it. The free-roaming is handled poorly with collision detection problems and pretty dull landscape graphics. A rental at best.
  5. Loothor
    Feb 27, 2004
    6
    The control set suffers from extremely poor design and implementation. Unfortunately, this takes a lot of the fun out of what could be a very fun game. Other than that, the map is great but not really taken advantage of and the graphics in general are fair at best. The game's best feature is it's soundtrack, which unfortunately is probably the thing most people care the least The control set suffers from extremely poor design and implementation. Unfortunately, this takes a lot of the fun out of what could be a very fun game. Other than that, the map is great but not really taken advantage of and the graphics in general are fair at best. The game's best feature is it's soundtrack, which unfortunately is probably the thing most people care the least about. If you loved the latest GTA games you will like this game. Cast a very suspicious eye upon anyone who tells you this game is as good or better than other games in this category, however. Expand
  6. HolleH.
    May 18, 2004
    5
    Fighting scenes are good but driving are not so great as in GTA series and shooting scenes are stupid and music sucks against Vice City.

Awards & Rankings

#23 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. But undeniably, Luxoflux have delivered BIG on their biggest undertaking to date, and have thus elevated True Crime: Streets of LA to sequel-worthy status.
  2. 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]
  3. 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.