Reviews and Problems with True Crime: New York City
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True Crime: New York City PS2 Review
31 May 2010
Excerpt: Being bad always seems to be the peak of fun during games, and the True Crime ethos allows you to choose your path by either doing things by the book (not necessarily the bible!) or completing tasks with little regard for the cop rules. It’s also a lot easier to be bad, as you don’t have to drive carefully or know the Highway Code.
Excerpt: Well, I liked the first one. True Crime: Streets of LA had its moments sure, but was a very playable game that rewarded the more investigative player with a whole load of surprises. True Crime: New York City is very much the same, although somehow the progression from prequel to sequel has seen the game take a step backwards as a whole.
Excerpt: True Crime: New York City is yet another Grand Theft Auto clone that tries to duplicate the series' style and popularity, but quickly gets repetitive and bland. This version of True Crime takes place in the vast New York City (in case you couldn't grasp that from the title). This game successfully portrays the size of the Big Apple. The city area is, simply put, huge. Unfortunately, there seems to be no perceivable difference between one part of the city and the next.
Summary: Sometimes, a gamer gets a hold of a game that he just can’t put down. Perhaps a better way to put it is that some times a game gets a hold of the gamer. Either way you look at it, that is exactly what happened to me when I played. True Crime: New York City. I’m not even sure why I like this game but sometimes we just need to quit asking why and just enjoy it! In my opinion, this game is like a great hip - hop or punk song.
Excerpt: If I haven't driven you away from the game yet, though, let's get back to basics. The game opens up with your token anti-hero gangster, Marcus Reed, unloading some hot lead on those who betrayed him and his father. The detective on the scene, who also happens to be pals with Marcus (a godfather of sorts), let's him walk away from the crime with his dignity in tact, instead of arresting him. Fast forward a few years and Marcus is somehow a rookie cop with the NYPD.
Conclusion: Unless you're dying to drive around in a reasonably well-crafted digital version of New York at 20 frames a second, there's just no reason to force yourself through this storyline. Too many things are broken from the outset, and the rest aren't any fun.