True Crime: Streets of LA
"True Crime: Streets of LA" is kind of like the "Grand Theft
Auto" series, in that you have the freedom to cruise around town and
do whatever you want. In fact, I think that the Los Angeles
represented in this game is larger than both Liberty City and Vice
City put together, an incredible achievement...
...until you factor in that there just isn't as much to do in
this LA. Players assume the role of Nick Kang, LA detective,
who has to protect and serve over the course of a reasonably short
campaign of missions to rescue his brother, amongst other things.
Voice work by Russell Wong ("Romeo Must Die"), Gary Oldman, CCH
Pounder, Michelle Rodriguez and Christopher Walken gives the game
some street cred, and their cut scenes are some parts hilarious,
totally wrong and completely entertaining. In addition, the
hip-hop soundtrack for this gritty game has over 50 songs, many of
which were made for the game and add to a great multimedia
The problems with "True Crime" come in the gameplay, mostly; by
trying to be all things to all people (stealth action, gun action,
fighting game, driving game), none of the modes is all that great.
The fighting is probably the worst of these modes; you can get by
most of the enemies not by "fighting" so much as "tapping the shit
out of all of your buttons." You have to literally push a
button to switch into fighting or shooting mode when on foot; this
is frustrating when you just want to punch a guy out but are in
shooting mode, and you can't run as fast in shooting mode, so to
chase down perps, you have to switch to fighting mode...and on and
The game does give you little twists to keep things fresh, like
the ability to arrest perps or just shoot them down; the choices you
make allow for three different endings, based on how nice of a guy
you are. But, this is strictly a play-through-once-and-regift-to-friend
kind of game, unless you are a collector.
Feedback? Comments? Hot doughnut tip?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience