True Crime New York City
This one is a bit of a
conundrum. I enjoyed the first True Crime and despite some of it’s
flaws, played it through. This time round I am not sure what happened
but the game has taken a fair bit of a backstep in terms of quality and
This time round you are a gangsta trying to make good
on the life you led before by becoming a cop and trying to take back the
streets. Of course this would not be a True Crime title if there were no
criminals and those you will come into contact with plenty of as your
character Marcus finds out who set him and his father up on a botched
hit and also more about the man who set him up on the straight and
The game attempts to give us a true storyline to
follow and in that respect it works. There are just a number of things
getting in the way of the game that prevent it from working as well as
it should like wonky controls, missions that you say “What the?” to and
the side missions that are there in abundance also might distract some
gamers from the main story.
I think one thing that has made it hard for True
Crime is the fact that there is a series out there called Grand Theft
Auto and if you have ever played that series, you are gonna keep making
comparison to it as True Crime initially felt like it was being
developed to compete with that game, and maybe it was. It simply did not
There are some well thought out moments in the title
where you have to get information out of a hostile person and there is a
meter with which you can threaten and cajole the person you want info
out of. Once the meter balances you can then get your information and
get on with the game. Failing to get info will involve side missions for
various entities who will then send you on missions with what you need.
So you are not going to go for long with being stuck.
A strength of the first TC was it’s hand to hand
combat and this has been improved somewhat with more options for locking
onto characters and also a touch more camera control. As stated earlier
though, it could be tightened up a bit more.
The title looks good and sounds great with a
brilliant soundtrack accompanying the game. Many well known performers
and actors were involved in the voicework and their interpretation of
their characters is spot on.
You are going to have many hours play with True Crime
NYC and if you can get over the niggles in the game, it’s a fairly
engrossing experience. For me it was a bit sloppy though and I’d
recommend a rent before you purchase.
For Music Fans, you can just go get it with this
"Rush the Security"
featuring Jay-Z - "Welcome to NYC"
D.M.C. - "Sucker MC's"
Dee - "Wild Wild West"
Sugarhill Gang - "Rapper's Delight"
Enemy - "Bring The Noise (Chuck D Mix)"
"Where The Hood At"
Rhymes - "Put Your Hands Where my Eyes Can See"
Front - "Police State"
Brains - "I Against I"
Dylan - "Knockin' On Heaven's Door"
Ramones - "Beat on The Brat"
- "Slow hands"
Clan - "Protect Ya Neck"
Brothers - "Straight Out The Jungle"
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - "New York New York"
Hatebreed - "Another Day, Another Vendetta"
- "Last Caress"
- "Hangin by the Telephone"
Youth - "Kool Thing"
- "New York Crime"
Rap and DJ Polo - "Streets of New York"
Markie - "I'm The Biz"
Daddy Kane - "Ain't No Half Steppin'"
Spyz - "Yeah X 3"
The Stooges - "Search and Destroy"
Dolls - "Subway Train"
Bloodsimple - "Blood In Blood Out"
Biohazard - "Shades of Grey"
Starr - "Full Clip"
Punisher - "Twinz (Deep Cover)"
of Disorder - "Imprint"
- "Echoes In My Mind"
Damned - "Neat Neat Neat"
Velvet Underground - "I'm Waiting For the Man"
Rapture - "The Killing"
Star - "Definition"
"N.Y. State Of Mind"
Rick - "Children's Story"
Today - "Break Down The Walls"
"Wrong Way Ticket"
Casualties - "Sounds from the streets (Death Toll)"
Zombie - "Thunder Kiss 65"
Called Quest - "Scenario"
Ronson - "Bout To Get Ugly"
- "Let Me Rock"
Rob - "Woah!"
- "Pride (Times are Changing)"
Hell And The Voidoids - "Blank Generation"
Walkmen - "The Rat"
Blow - "The Breaks"
Sheep - "The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)"
Soul - "Thru Ya City"
Biscuits - "New Direction"
Eric B &
Rakim - "Paid in Full"
Bambaataa & Soul Force - "Planet Rock"
Scarfo - "Homicide"
Womack - "Across 110th Street"
Marl - "The Symphony"
Chemical Romance - "I Never Told You What I Did For A Living"
Deep - "Shook Ones Pt. II"
Quicksand - "East 3rd Street"
Mega - "Neva Again"
Moon - "Who Got The Props?"
Damaja - "D. Original"
Of The New School - "Case of the P.T.A."
J - "I Can't Live With Out My Radio"
It All - "Potential For A Fall"
A.K.A.'s - "Shout Out Loud"
Oyster Cult - "Don't Fear the Reaper"
Planets - "Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like dat)"
Law - "Crucial Bar-B-Que"
Yeah Yeah's - "Black Tongue"
War - "Criminal (4 Life)"
Bravery - "Honest Mistake"
Television - "See No Evil"
We Are Scientists - "Callbacks"