True Crime: Streets of LA - PC

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True Crime: Streets of LA (PC)
Also for: PS2, Power Mac, Xbox, GameCube
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Adventure: Free Roaming
Shoot 'Em Up
Combat Game: Driving
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Luxoflux Soft. Co.: Activision
Publishers: Activision (GB/GB)
Released: Jun 2006 (GB)
28 May 2004 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+
Accessories: Control Pad


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As the boundary between videogames and Hollywood blockbusters continues to merge, it is the casual gamer that benefits the most. Games don't necessarily make good films, but ventures such as The Getaway have proved you don't always need a film to get the most out of a story. Games like this are now becoming frequent, and next in the queue is Activision's True Crime for PC.

In this latest adult adventure, players assume control of protagonist Nick Kang, a former member of the police squad, as he strives to overthrow vicious Chinese and Russian underworlds for the good of Los Angeles.

Like The Getaway, Nick’s adventure takes place both on foot and in top-spec cars, as gamers partake in some 100 missions in a compelling storyline that changes and branches according to the player’s actions. In-car chases and combat make the best use of True Crime’s 400 square miles of city, as players are charged with hunting down fleeting enemies and taking them out in Hong Kong film-style action sequences. Missions on foot are a little more strategic. Using the best of Nick’s martial arts abilities, players must often engage in close range combat with several other enemies simultaneously. On the other hand, find yourself a weapon and you’re free to shoot projectiles into the hearts of your enemies for single shot kills. Just bear in mind that you’re subject to the same level of attack.

Everything about True Crime reeks of a Hollywood outing by the likes of John Woo, and that’s no bad thing. It’s one of Activision’s biggest PC releases for 2004 and rivals anything The Getaway has to offer.


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