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Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

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  • Summary: As Nick Kang, your brutal reputation and lethal skills have landed you a nasty job: heading up an undercover task force to stop the Chinese and Russian gangs from terrorizing Los Angeles. Drive, fight, and blast your way through a massive array of unpredictable missions, using stealth techniques, martial arts moves, and an ask-questions-later arsenal. True Crime features a branching storyline that gives you the freedom to complete missions as you choose and face the consequences later. The hardcore streets of L.A. have met their match. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 48
  2. Negative: 2 out of 48
  1. The shooting control takes some getting used to, but stick with it and you’ll advance through a solid plot laced with a meaty hip-hop soundtrack, celebrity voices, and…drumroll…a playable Snoop Dogg! You’ll never need MapQuest in L.A. again.
  2. Striking a balance between cinematic, story-based gaming and free-roaming fun is harder than most people realize, and True Crime manages to pull it off in a way that brings excitement, challenge, and even a few laughs here and there (some of the voice work, particularly that of one Mr. Walken, is priceless).
  3. 90
    The greatest strength of this Luxoflux game however is the integration of story and layers of game design into one cohesive package that's makes the whole thing flow more like an interactive movie than anything.
  4. 80
    A solid game that manages to be more than just a "GTA" clone. It was clearly rushed, however, and the numerous bugs and glitches drag it down to a great degree.
  5. The game tries to be everything for everyone by offering a great variety of gameplay styles, but doesn’t quite succeed at any of them. Each facet of the game has minor issues that hurt an otherwise enjoyable experience.
  6. 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.
  7. 40
    Half the game it should have been. Whoever came up with the inventive level structuring or spent months mapping LA has every reason to be furious with the lacklustre implementation of their ideas. [Christmas 2003, p.106]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. RavenX301
    Nov 10, 2003
    10
    P.S---WAY better then Vice City (A.K.A- way more depth)
  2. Jimbob
    Nov 11, 2003
    10
    Cool.
  3. MatthewS.G.
    Nov 11, 2003
    10
    I would like to give it a 10, but ever since I got it, it's been giving me all these damned DISC READ ERROR messages, I wonder if anyone else has this problem? Expand
  4. GamerBoy
    Sep 17, 2004
    8
    I like this game because it is Huge in the citys. The game has 400 miles of map witch i think is very good for a Xbox game. but they have not a very BIG database of people that walk the streets. I think the fuuny bit of this game is the way you can stop the people and check them it's cool. Also the way that nick fight it very cool, i would gave the sorryline a 7 out of 10 because it is all the same for game of this sort! and do you not think they the "game maker" so have put in better car or for all those gta loavers out there a honda V1 bike I like this game in the whole but they may have to edit bits for the next True Crime game Thanks, GAMERBOY Expand
  5. 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 and check your brain at the door. Then enjoy. Expand
  6. 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 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
  7. Adam
    Mar 16, 2004
    1
    Firstly I finished this game in 3 nights, and 1 night was spent trying to get my status from bad cop back to good cop, it was just crap they spouted about having an option of being either of these as you cannot complete the game fully without being good. The game crashed relentlessly, my hand brake would lock on occasionally. There are very few different crimes to assist in which gets very tedious. Coupled with a bizarre nonsensical storyline and no repeat gameplay, this was and remains my biggest disappointment in an Xbox title and I've owned a few stinkers. The game was far too easy, I finished the last portion of the game without stopping or saving. LA is mundane to drive around in, most of the map is pointless some of my time was spent repeatedly failing at getting across town in time for a needless mission. Do the right thing, avoid it, or trade yours in after a week like I did. Expand

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