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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 stealthAs 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. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  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. 90
    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. It’s unfortunate that the game is bogged down by a lot of glitches and flaws, but it is still an extremely entertaining title that is deep in every aspect.
  4. Despite gameplay bordering on being shallow, True Crime is still very worthwhile of your time because of the experience of brings. It’s a Hollywood cop movie where you’re in the driver’s seat, and it has the acting to back you up.
  5. True Crime is, thankfully, not a total failure, although one does get the impression that with more development time and more polish to individual aspects (aside from the impressive driving sections), the game could’ve been a masterwork.
  6. 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.
  7. games(TM)
    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: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. TrevinS.
    Nov 8, 2003
    10
    I loved this game its so fun to play and even watch sometimes. my mom even got mad at me because i was up all night playing it.
  2. StefanF.
    Nov 8, 2003
    10
    Very good i like the combintation reaaaaal much.
  3. 8u6u77777777u86
    Jan 26, 2004
    10
    It's like vice city but the driving, gun fights and fighting is a lot better.
  4. Aug 13, 2015
    8
    GTA clone? possibly but it had it's own vibe and style. Gun fughts were fun, dialogue was fun, it is a fun game. Great soundtrack with few butGTA clone? possibly but it had it's own vibe and style. Gun fughts were fun, dialogue was fun, it is a fun game. Great soundtrack with few but catchy songs and great graphics for it's time. Expand
  5. KCChevalier
    Jun 24, 2004
    7
    This was a good game, it was like GTA only you fight as the cop. It's for every console so if you own a gamecube and want a game GTA This was a good game, it was like GTA only you fight as the cop. It's for every console so if you own a gamecube and want a game GTA style, this is it. Rent it first, it's a pretty fun game. Expand
  6. Oct 18, 2017
    6
    I'm sure at one point this was pretty good, but this game hasn't aged as well. I do like what it was trying to do, as in not trying to be aI'm sure at one point this was pretty good, but this game hasn't aged as well. I do like what it was trying to do, as in not trying to be a GTA clone entirely, and the cheesy story and writing is great too, but the controls aren't that good, it can be a bit too fast pace and hard to follow, and it's just overall...no better than just good. It has some good ideas, and was probably better for the time, but it just hasn't aged as well, but still is an ok game. Expand
  7. KevinF
    Dec 12, 2003
    2
    Horrible game, i felt sick as soon as i saw the intro and the comments that kang makes every time you reach a goal or climb into a carHorrible game, i felt sick as soon as i saw the intro and the comments that kang makes every time you reach a goal or climb into a car don't help in the slightest. controls and graphics are dreadful, and this has more bugs than enter the matrix. you dissapear into walls left right and centre and i'll spare you all from my opinions of the storyline. Expand

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#22 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
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#56 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2003