True Crime: Streets of LA (2003)

Video Game  -  Action | Adventure | Comedy  -  4 November 2003 (USA)
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Loose cannon cop Nick Kang, suspended from the LAPD, becomes part of an elite police unit and defends the City of Angels from a plot involving the Chinese Triad and the Russian mob.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Kang (voice)
George (voice)
Rocky / Agent Masterson (voice)
Rafferty / Additional Voices (voice)
Rosie Velasco (voice)
Chief (voice)
Misha / Additional Voices (voice)
General Kim (voice)
Ancient Wu / Additional Voices (voice)
Big Chong / Jimmy Fu / Additional Voices (voice)
Cary Kang (voice)
Jill / Lola / Additional Voices (voice)
Dispatcher (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice) (as Kevin M. Richardson)


Nick Kang was an LAPD homicide detective, up until his indefinite suspension due to his "loose-cannon" style and multiple uses of excessive force and property damage. However, his old Chief has brought him back and offered him a job with the EOD (Elite Operations Division), a recently-founded special unit which has jurisdiction over all of Los Angeles. Now as the EOD's first field agent, Nick can use the same over-the-top methods that got him suspended in the first place to take on the City of Angels' toughest criminals. In a wide, branching storyline, he'll have to stop powerful Russian and Chinese crime syndicates by driving, fighting and shooting his way through the streets of LA. Written by Anonymous

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True Driving. True Fighting. True Shooting.


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There are numerous references to Grand Theft Auto hidden throughout the city (for example, a billboard featuring a take off on the GTA pink bikini picture). See more »


There is a mission in which you must break into a nightclub, which shows the Hollywood sign as being behind it. When you look later, there is no sign and the club is on the wrong side of the road, with the back facing the city and no cliff behind it. See more »


[first lines]
George: They call it the City of Angels. Funny. In my 30 years here, I haven't seen a single one.
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In the opening, Nick side-kicks the screen, and the bottom of his boot becomes the Luxoflux logo. This is followed by a humorous phrase and sound effect, such as "Ride the Donkey!" and the sound of a donkey braying. See more »


References Fire Down Below (1997) See more »


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Like a martial-arts revenge thriller from the 1990's. I'd give it ** 1/2 out of 4.
16 March 2004 | by (San Antonio, TX) – See all my reviews

Just played "True Crime" and even though its most obvious inspiration from a gaming point of view is the ever popular "Grand Theft Auto" series. From a movie point of view, this action title seems to be a throwback to those wildly absurd, but oh so entertaining martial-arts thrillers from the 1990's.

Like Dirty Harry, the lead character, Nick Kang, voiced by Russell Wong ("Romeo Must Die") is a cop who doesn't play by the rules. He was raised in Japan, where he and his younger brother learned the martial-arts. His father, also cop from LA, was killed in the line of duty under mysterious circumstances. The police department still wonders, was he a dirty cop?

With a little help of his unwanted new partner, voiced by Michelle Rodriguez, and an old timer who knew his dad, voiced by Christopher Walken (where have he heard this before), Nick is determined to solve the mystery and avenge his father's death. But in order to this, he must survive both the Triads and Russian mob, who seem to up to something fishy in the streets of LA.

Unfortunately, midway through, the story pulls a 180 and starts to involve the supernatural that's right out of "Big Trouble in Little China". It doesn't mix with the rest of the story and seems a bit contrived. Still, as a gaming expierence, I enjoyed this title, although it's a bit brief. It involves a little bit of everything action-oriented, although it doesn't tower over the competition in any of the genre it delves in

Wong's cliched cop reminded me of the Brandon Lee character from "Showdown in Little Tokyo" and the areas in which build up your fighting skills in various dojos seemed right out of Jeff Speakman's "The Perfect Weapon". I loved the fight sequences in this game, more so than the "Max Payne"-esque shooting segments, which are also fun. Dozens of firearms and melee weapons are up for the taking and the indoor enviroments are fully destructable.

The "drive anywhere, doing anything" aspect from "Grand Theft Auto" is a bit limited, but is entertaining. You can play as good cop or bad cop, though I wish there was more variety to the random crime acts that occur. Also, the "choose your own adventure" branching storylines is welcomed and I also liked the soundtrack, which was appropriate, given that LA is a mecca of hip hop culture.

Still, as a whole, the game isn't up to the standard of Rockstar's "Max Payne" and "Grand Theft Auto" franchises. Few games are, but I felt this game was too short and the Chinese ghost story twist in the middle, was, well it was bad. But, its a hit with American gamers and I can see why, since I am one. I do hope the sequel is better and more worthy of a purchase. As far as this title goes, I think you should rent it before you buy.

I'd give it two and a half stars out of four. Not bad, but not really good, it's just fun.

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