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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Rocky / Agent Masterson (voice)
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Chief Wanda Parks (voice)
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George (voice)
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Rosie Velasco (voice)
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Don Rafferty / Additional Voices (voice)
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Misha / Additional Voices (voice)
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General Han Yu Kim (voice)
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Ancient Wu / Additional Voices (voice)
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Big Chong / Jimmy Fu / Additional Voices (voice)
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Cary (Kang) Wilson (voice)
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Jill / Lola / Additional Voices (voice)
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Dispatcher (voice) (as Vernee Watson-Johnson)
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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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Advertisements for the fictitious company "Jockstrap" can be found on billboards all throughout the game, escpecially in the Hollywood area. The "Jockstrap" logo and name parody that of game designers Rockstar, who are most famous for the "Grand Theft Auto" series - from which "True Crime" draws much of its inspiration...(see also Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004)) See more »

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The police cars in the game have normal license plates such as the way they say California at the top then under it they have random numbers and letters. However, a real police car would say CA Exempt and under it would be all numbers, no letters. See more »

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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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Crazy Credits

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 »

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Followed by True Crime: New York City (2005) See more »

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Not Like You
Written by Tim Narducci (as T. Narducci) and Adam Rupel (as A. Rupel)
Performed by Systematic
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Poor man's GTA is actually quite fun
18 July 2005 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

True Crime owes a lot, if not everything, to the Grand Theft Auto series. Indeed it is very difficult these days to have a free-roaming action game and not compare it to GTA but True Crime is so alarmingly similar that I'm surprised Rockstar didn't try to sue.

The story of True Crime is right out of a direct-to-video action film of the late 80s. It starts out as your typical renegade cop shoots first and ask questions later kind of pulp but ends up being about ancient Chinese wizards, huge fire-breathing dragons and sewer-dwelling zombies. If it began far-fetched then what it ends up as is just plain weird. However, that's not to say you'll not have fun. The plot is spread out over 9 different stages each with about 10 individual missions. It's possible to replay your favorite missions too.

True crime has 5 different styles of play. First their is the free-roaming bit where you can run all over LA solving street crimes. There there's the car chases in which you run bad guys (and sometimes airplanes) off the road. Third is the stealth missions in which you must sneak into places unnoticed and render unconscious anyone you see. Fourth is the one on one combat and fifth, my favorite, is the shoot-em-up levels, where you can do loads of stunts and diving through the air blasting away at bad guys. The slow motion as you zero in on the targets is brilliant. But I would have preferred if the game was bloodier. A few splatters here and there ain't enough.

But much of this game is boring, aesthetically at the least. The geographically accurate LA is impressive but it's so unbelievably bland. The dullest colors are used to paint the environment and the city is pretty made up of grey-scale. The cars also cannot do stunts. Which is crap. How brilliant would it be to drive right off the freeway and fly into the sky before plummeting 100 feet? Too bad, you can't do it because of the pointless invisible wall.

Pros:

Loads of action.

Blowing up stuff is fun.

Cool cut scenes with funny dialogue.

Great tunes.

Cons:

Some missions are boring.

No stunts.

LA is bland and thoroughly NON-interactive.

The fights with General Kim are IMPOSSIBLE!

Loads of very long loading times!

No matter how disappointing some parts of the game are I will still be getting the sequel, True Crime: New York City. But please do not make as boring as LA was and cut out those awful loading times!

Graphics B+ Sound A Gameplay A- Lasting Appeal A-


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