Game Review: True Crime: New York City

It’s been a while since I’ve done a video game review! This particular video game fits the criteria of action packed gaming. If you enjoy video games that includes strong language, violence, fast cars and even sex, then this is the game for you. Today’s game review will be on True Crime: New York City!

Released on November 16, 2005, this action adventure game introduces audiences to the unique style of NYC. This game was developed by Luxoflux and was published by Activision for Playstation 2, Original Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Windows PC, and Mobile. At the time, for a video game to be released on mobile devices was a big deal. This game was the second and last installment of the True Crime Series following True Crime: Streets of LA.

The story of this game is based on the main character named Marcus Reed. Marcus was a former NYC gang member turned police officer who wanted to prove that he belongs on the force. He was guided by his mentor, a man named Terry Higgins. On his first night after receiving a promotion to detective, he witnessed the death of Terry in a freak accident. Ever since that night, Marcus was on a mission to find out who killed his mentor. Terry was mainly his mentor after Marcus had a fallout with his father Isaiah Reed. Throughout the game, Marcus encounters some of the most well known drug lords in NYC and stops them on their path to take over the whole city. Marcus became a household name in NYC as he brought justice to a lot of crimes, but he was mainly trying to bring justice to the death of his mentor. Now throughout the story, Marcus must watch how he handles crime investigations as he’s being tested on what type of cop he is. If he does all the right things, he’s a good cop. If he does a lot of bad things, he’s a bad cop. Simple as that. Why does this matter? His good cop/bad cop percentage actually ties to the end of the game. If you reach the end of the game as a good cop, Marcus finds out that Terry had faked his death and framed Chief Victor Navarro for it. If you reach the end of the game as a bad cop, Marcus would kill Navarro out of spite for not liking him, knowing that he was innocent. Talk about two huge climaxes!

The gameplay is very different to say the least. The combat system is cool as you beat the crap out of enemies through lethal combos of fists and kicks. You also get to compete in local underground fighting tournaments in order to learn different styles of combat! You also get to compete in street races to unlock certain undercover cop vehicles. In between main missions, you get to complete local street crimes that occurs in random parts on town. Those street crimes also could help with your good cop/bad cop percentages. When you beat down an enemy, you can actually arrest them if you haven’t killed them! Marcus takes his job very seriously and would do anything to be the best detective in NYC.

This game did have its cons as for one you couldn’t run very fast with your character. When’s chasing enemies on foot, it sometime takes forever to catch them because of how slow you’re running. Also the weapon choices were very limited as you have your own pistol, but very rare do you get to have more weapons in your arsenal.

Even though this game was really enjoyable to me when I was younger, I’m gonna rate it 7/10. It was a good game and very unique, but for an action adventure game I kind of expected more. I do recommend this game to those who play retro games and haven’t tried this one yet. I wish there was more to the True Crime Series, but this game ended the series on a high note!