True Crime: New York City Image
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

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  • Summary: Players assume the role of former gang member turned cop Marcus Reed as they fight crime on the GPS-accurate streets of Manhattan, complete with subways, hundreds of interiors, internationally recognized landmarks and real neighborhoods from Harlem to Chinatown to Times Square. PlayersPlayers assume the role of former gang member turned cop Marcus Reed as they fight crime on the GPS-accurate streets of Manhattan, complete with subways, hundreds of interiors, internationally recognized landmarks and real neighborhoods from Harlem to Chinatown to Times Square. Players navigate the city the way New Yorkers do, by taking cabs, riding subways, walking and driving cars and motorcycles. Gamers experience all the sights and sounds of New York, complete with the energy and architecture authentic to the city’s diverse neighborhoods, the voices and likenesses of real New Yorkers, and the cacophony of ambient traffic and bustling noises unique to the city. The game also includes character concentrations specific to each neighborhood. For example, the player will find a plethora of tourists amidst the lights and large buildings of Times Square, but predominantly locals near the brownstones of Harlem. [Activision] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 47
  2. Negative: 8 out of 47
  1. The gritty story, varied side missions, and jittery subway rides create the type of seedy environment that's perfect for attracting tourists, gamers, and criminals alike.
  2. The side missions are exciting, and the brawls and precision aiming are superior to most of the gameplay mechanics in "GTA." It’s just too bad the whole game feels unpolished and the slowdown is so annoying.
  3. A good game. It does have several flaws that hopefully will be fixed up for any future installments in the series, but none truly distract from the game's deep and memorable story.
  4. 60
    If framerate problems doesn't annoy you, then the stupidity of the A.I. may force you to say, "that sh*t is wow, bananas." Enemies are stricken by stupidity, as they'll simply stand there and allow you shoot the living daylights out of them.
  5. Releasing this game in its current state – now that’s a true crime.
  6. 50
    Like this year's Philadelphia Eagles, this game is the quintessential example of a franchise taking a step in the wrong direction. Our advice: Run away.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. DavidG.
    Jul 2, 2006
    10
    A really fun game! It only freezed up once on my XBOX and I have had lots of fun! The mental ward mission was really spooky! I reccomend this game!
  2. DanielJ.
    Dec 1, 2005
    10
    it was great from the handling to the shoot out with gangs, tourist, cops, the fighting leauge and races.
  3. HarryB.
    Aug 16, 2006
    9
    It makes the real new york look bad!The best game i have ever played.I think its better than GTA San Andreas,because,well you can not go into It makes the real new york look bad!The best game i have ever played.I think its better than GTA San Andreas,because,well you can not go into every shop on GTA, but on True Crime NYC you can! Expand
  4. BryanR.
    Dec 20, 2005
    8
    love the gameplay but hate it when it freezes up....i thought it was just my ps2 but seeing that the reviews all over the internet says that love the gameplay but hate it when it freezes up....i thought it was just my ps2 but seeing that the reviews all over the internet says that i know that this game couldve used some work.... Expand
  5. Apr 9, 2013
    8
    I really don't see why the critics aren't on board with this game. It's fun. I could do the side missions for hours and I wouldn't be boredI really don't see why the critics aren't on board with this game. It's fun. I could do the side missions for hours and I wouldn't be bored for one minute. The story ain't all that great, but the gameplay makes up for it Expand
  6. AndyM.
    Sep 27, 2006
    8
    Very fun but a little short. Shouldn't take too long to beat.
  7. RandyM.
    Aug 24, 2006
    3
    I loved the gameplay. Being a cop (dirty or good) was a load of fun, fun that is utterly destroyed by the freezes, glitches, and bugs. It I loved the gameplay. Being a cop (dirty or good) was a load of fun, fun that is utterly destroyed by the freezes, glitches, and bugs. It seems the developer didn't even finish the game. You better avoid this one. Expand

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#70 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
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#19 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005