True Crime: Streets Of L.A.

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At first glance you could compare True Crime to the Grand theft auto series, but look closer and they couldn’t be more different. An action adventure game that lets you drive and walk through a completely recreated Los Angeles that is filled with the average citizen to thugs who are armed to the teeth and wont hesitate to shoot it out if they feel threatened.

True crime is very story based, the first scene introduces you to the main character and sets the atmosphere. You are Nick Kang, an LA cop who is the cities only hope to restore law and order in a chaotic situation.

There are cut scenes before every mission, they are done well and do add to the story with very little slow down.

The missions wont differ widely; they are basic drive to this location and beat up the bad guy. There isn’t much skill involved in this process and will take you back to the days of the 2D button mashers. How you resolve a situation will depend on how you are rated being it good or bad cop. If you kill too many suspects and become a bad cop a militia will come after you until you are dean, take the alternative and you will get access to 24/7 training centers where you can upgrade your fighting, driving and shooting skills. There are also random crimes where you cruise the streets and pat down anyone you come past for drugs or weapons, just be ready because if a criminal is armed they wont hesitate in using it when they realize you are undercover.

Graphics lock terrible, game play is simplistic and Activisions plan to mix the strategy of an under cover cop with kung-fu action just didn’t work for me.


True Crime: Streets of L.A. is a vast driving/action adventure game that pits tough undercover agent Nick Kang against the vicious Chinese and Russian underworlds. Set in a living, breathing Los Angeles, the game is the first to seamlessly blend car chases, shootouts, on-foot pursuits and martial arts into one immense adventure. Coupled with an unpredictable, multi-branching storyline, True Crime: Street of L.A. is slated to become a mass-market phenomenon.


  • Two Action-Packed Genres – Driving and action collide as the player takes on L.A.’s toughest syndicates.
  • Turbocharged wheels help navigate asphalt; serious martial artistry and intense gun battles put the hurt on anyone who gets in the gamers way. Together, they form a lethal action combination. This is the first game to blend three unique action elements: driving, shooting and martial arts combat.
  • 20 Plus Branching Missions – Storylines weave through over 100 unpredictable sub-missions, including drug busts and hit and runs. Decisions the player makes have consequences -- characters literally live or die, and storylines evolve, altering the game as the gamer plays.
  • Multiple outcomes are created by every mission’s success or failure.
  • 24/7L.A. Locations – Take missions across 400 square miles of an accurately detailed LA basin-the largest square footage of city in any game. In between the story action are opportunities to visit gun ranges, donut shops, dojos, and other places where the player can improve Kang’s abilities, repair vehicles, gain health and more.
  • Hong Kong Film-Style Action – Cinematic-inspired chases and fights feel ripped straight out of theaters. Plus, tons of weapons, body armor and vehicles are at the gamers’ disposal.
  • Re-released on
    November 14th, 2003
    Game Platform
    • Xbox
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