Excerpt: Have you ever played a game, finished it, and then wondered what in the world just happened? I don't mean in terms of a wacky cliffhanger, or how the evil scientist scraped up all the cash to build a giant fortress without the tax-man noticing him (and believe me, many a supervillain has been foiled by the IRS), or even how the hero worked up the nerve to propose to his beloved. I mean "What just happened?" in a "I can't believe they dropped the ball like this" way.
Excerpt: NARC is an odd animal. Theoretically, you play two cops that are out to put the kibosh on a new kind of street drug. On your way, you can arrest criminals, shoot criminals, and... sell drugs to civilians. Taking drugs powers you up, doing anything from popping you into Matrix-style bullet time or making you stronger. The game sticks you in a situation of "How far will you go?" and makes you choose.
Excerpt: features the ability to be a good cop or a bad cop while playing. While this leaves some room for error, and drug experimentation, it falls into an all-too-easy to reverse system of morality. Kill people, especially bystanders, do or deal a lot of drugs, and arrest innocent people to become a bad cop; arrest drug dealers, turn in all your evidence (or at least most of it), arrest hookers, muggers, etc., and you work your way onto becoming a good cop.
Excerpt: If you were passionately in love with the arcade version, you might want to get "Narc" for the nostalgia value. If you think using drugs as a power-up is an idea so bad it's good, you might enjoy a rental. If you read this review but go out and buy the game, though, don't say I didn't warn you.
Conclusion: with a gritty, depressing 3D world filled with drug dealers and crooked cops, which leans toward a certain level of “realism” and takes a lot of cues from the Grand Theft Auto franchise. While it’s actually enjoyable in short sittings, NARC loses any momentum after about 30 minutes and never regains it. But I’ll give Point of View and Midway credit for trying something a little different.
Excerpt: Midway aime recycler les vieux jeux du temps où il dominait le monde de l'arcade. Et c'est cet entêtement malsain à vouloir se tourner vers un passé tout aussi glorieux que révolu qui nous vaut la triste chance de voir arriver NARC. Un jeu à l'originalité folle qui mise absolument tout sur l'immoralité latente et la dualité manichéenne qui est en chacun de nous. Ouais en gros ça veut dire "gentil flic, méchant flic" quoi. Pff, rôh la prise de tête pour ne rien dire.
Excerpt: Hvis man ikke kan få nok af spil i stil med Grand Theft Auto-serien og True Crime: Streets of L.A., skulle man måske lige læse anmeldelsen af et lignende spil, nemlig discount-udgivelsen Narc fra Midway. Bagpå de lækre grønne Xbox-æsker findes i dag altid et skema, hvorpå spillets muligheder er afkrydset: Kan man spille flere sammen? Er der Dolby Digital-lyd? Mulighed for custom soundtracks? System Link? Online Multiplayer? Scoreboards?