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Overview

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True Crime: New York City is the sequel to Activision's True Crime Streets of L.A.. While somewhat improving the gameplay elements from the previous title, the game suffers from multiple problems such as low frame rates and bad AI. One of the game's most impressive feature is the fact that the map of New York City is accurate, and seems to be very detailed. This can be seen in the street signs and names, that resemble real streets. However, most critics have looked past this to the recycled, broken gameplay that the game features. The auto-aim system was very well done, and is similar to the one in Grand Theft Auto IV. The game's worst shortcoming is the frame rate issues, that are present on every version of the game, breaking the action and making the game rather lackluster and not fun.

Gameplay

The gameplay for True Crime New York City Is fairly straight forward. It is a mixture of gun play, driving and melee combat. The strongest aspect is would seem to be the gun play. As previously stated in this page the auto-aim is quite competent and very well done; allowing you to quickly snap to and eliminate your targets.

There is also a precision aiming function that lets a player enter a slow motion, manual targeting mode in which they may choose to take a nonlethal neutralizing shot, or a deadly head shot.

Problems

The problem with the game was it had major bugs and gltiches which would sometime make the game unplayable. The frame was unstable even on the PC, if you met the requirements or even ar exceed them the frame was not constant.

Story

The story begins with a gangster named Marcus Reed going to an apartment all being bloody and injured. It is because he is betrayed. Marcus goes on a killing spree on Kev Lar and his henchmen. He manages to kill Kev as revenge for setting him up. Just as one of the gang members is going to kill him, Terry Higgins saves his life. Angered of the damages Marcus did, he warns him that this is the last time he's going to save him. As Marcus walks away, Terry greeted him, "Merry Christmas".

Five years later, Marcus has become a cop. After finishing his training and meeting with his father to confirm his job, he and Terry drive to a factory where Terry is presumed killed by the explosion.

With help from Lt. Dixon and FBI agent Gabriel Whitting, Marcus begins taking down crime syndicates to find out who is the mole of OCU.

Good cop ending

Marcus and Whitting order Victor to open his locker as he reveals he got a warrant for search. Upon being told to open it, Victor tells Marcus that someday he wished he never crosses him. After taunting Marcus, a bag of money fall, getting proof that Victor is the mole of OCU and Terry's killer, although Victor tries to tell that he is innocent.

In the subway, Marcus sees Terry, alive and well. He discovers that he is the mole all along. It turns out that Terry knows that Whitting is after him so he framed Victor and faked his own death. What did Marcus unknowingly did is that he protected Terry from gang vengeance from the crime syndicates. Marcus is angered of the treachery and Terry, angered of his self-righteous attitude, threatens him with the pictures of the rampage in case if he tells the police of Terry's actions. Terry goes to the subway and Marcus goes after him.

Marcus chases Terry through the train. Terry escapes by putting one car apart, but Marcus shoots the car in rage, sending the car flying away. He escapes from the crash.

Terry is shown dead as his body is carried away in a stretcher. Marcus is upset that he got played, but Dixon reassures him that he will be on great detective. Instead of getting a promotion, Marcus suggests of getting his father release with help of a DA. Marcus walks away afterwards.

Bad cop ending

It follows the same ending except some changes. Marcus insults Victor, leading him to kill Whitting and being chased by Marcus in the train. A fistfight between them occurs as Marcus punches Victor off the train, killing him. Dixon is so unbelievable about Victor and tells Marcus to get some rest. In the subway, Marcus happens to know all along that Terry is the mole. He asks him that if he knew Victor is innocent, why did he kill him? Marcus replies that never liked Victor and is angered by Terry's treachery. He kills him with a shot in the head. Just as he is about to walk away with the money, Marcus walks back, staring at his badge in shame, waiting for his punishment for being a bad cop.

Levels

Intro Act

  • Vengeance
  • Precinct Test
  • Locker & Garage
  • Navigating Traffic
  • Street Test
  • Terry's Agenda"
  • Free-Roam Time

Magdalena Cartel

  • Teresa's Dare
  • The Messenger
  • Safe House
  • Zuma Museum
  • Escape Crazy
  • After Teresa
  • Bullet Opera

President's Club

  • Drug Den
  • Club Tadow
  • Meeting Kobi
  • Factory Rush
  • Print Factory
  • Benjamin's Studios
  • Zen Gardens

Shadow Tong

  • A Bad Crowd
  • Homeward Bound
  • Hard Sell
  • Workshop Rumble
  • Human Cargo
  • The Rat Race
  • Sesame

Palermo Mob

  • Ristorante
  • Morbid Antics
  • Mortician's Flight
  • Sour Candy
  • Bad Accounting
  • Vertigo

Conclusion

  • Prime Suspect
  • Way of Honor
  • Conclusion "Hustler's Exit

Reception

True Crime: New York City received very mixed reviews after its release and holds a metacritic score of 60 signifying "mixed or average reviews". Some critics praised the game for its story and its presentation of New York City. Game Informer called it "a must own for fans of the genre.

On the other hand, other critics found the game to be extremely buggy and felt that the bugs held the game back. Greg Mueller of Gamespot wrote, "Even if you forgive the flimsy story, cliché characters, and derivative gameplay, it's impossible to look past the myriad game-stopping bugs, frustrating glitches, and glaring technical problems that plague this game."

Soundtrack

  1. * Cam'ron featuring Jay-Z – "Welcome to NYC"
  2. * Redman – "Fuck the Security"
  3. * Kool Moe Dee – "Wild Wild West"
  4. * The Sugarhill Gang – "Rapper's Delight"
  5. * Public Enemy – "Bring The Noise (Chuck D Mix)"
  6. * DMX – "Where The Hood At" although never heard in-game.
  7. * Run D.M.C. – "Sucker MC's"
  8. * Busta Rhymes – "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See"
  9. * Agnostic Front – "Police State"
  10. * Bad Brains – "I Against I"
  11. * Bob Dylan – "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
  12. * Danzig – "Mother"
  13. * The Ramones – "Beat on the Brat"
  14. * Interpol – "Slow Hands"
  15. * Wu-Tang Clan – "Protect Ya Neck"
  16. * Jungle Brothers – "Straight Out the Jungle"
  17. * Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – "New York, New York"
  18. * Hatebreed – "Another Day, Another Vendetta"
  19. * Misfits – "Last Caress"
  20. * Blondie – "Hanging on the Telephone"
  21. * Sonic Youth – "Kool Thing"
  22. * Skarhead – "New York Crime"
  23. * Dope – "The Life"
  24. * Kool G Rap and DJ Polo – "Streets of New York"
  25. * Biz Markie – "I'm The Biz"
  26. * Big Daddy Kane – "Ain't No Half Steppin'"
  27. * 24-7 Spyz – "Yeah X 3"
  28. * Suicide – "Ghostrider"
  29. * Iggy & The Stooges – "Search and Destroy"
  30. * New York Dolls – "Subway Train"
  31. * Bloodsimple – "Blood In Blood Out"
  32. * Biohazard – "Shades of Grey"
  33. * Gang Starr – "Full Clip"
  34. * Big Punisher – "Twinz (Deep Cover)"
  35. * Vision of Disorder – "Imprint"
  36. * Mandrill – "Echoes In My Mind"
  37. * The Damned – "Neat Neat Neat"
  38. * The Velvet Underground – "I'm Waiting for the Man"
  39. * Helmet – "Unsung"
  40. * The Rapture – "The Killing"
  41. * Black Star – "Definition"
  42. * Nas – "N.Y. State of Mind"
  43. * Slick Rick – "Children's Story"
  44. * Youth Of Today – "Break Down The Walls"
  45. * The Cramps – "Wrong Way Ticket"
  46. * The Casualties – "Sounds from the streets (Death Toll)"
  47. * White Zombie – "Thunder Kiss '65"
  48. * Unsane – "D train"
  49. * A Tribe Called Quest – "Scenario"
  50. * Mark Ronson – "Bout To Get Ugly"
  51. * X-ecutioners – "Let Me Rock"
  52. * Black Rob – "Woah!"
  53. * Madball – "Pride (Times are Changing)"
  54. * Richard Hell and The Voidoids – "Blank Generation"
  55. * The Walkmen – "The Rat"
  56. * Kurtis Blow – "The Breaks"
  57. * Black Sheep – "The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)"
  58. * De La Soul – "Thru Ya City"
  59. * Gorilla Biscuits – "New Direction"
  60. * Eric B & Rakim – "Paid in Full"
  61. * Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Force – "Planet Rock"
  62. * Sam Scarfo – "Homicide Chat"
  63. * Bobby Womack – "Across 110th Street"
  64. * Marley Marl – "The Symphony"
  65. * My Chemical Romance – "I Never Told You What I Did For A Living"
  66. * Mobb Deep – "Shook Ones Pt. II"
  67. * Quicksand – "East 3rd Street"
  68. * Vordul Mega – "Neva Again"
  69. * Black Moon – "Who Got Da Props?"
  70. * Jeru the Damaja – "D. Original"
  71. * 2pac - "Loyal to the Game" (from Above the Rim)
  72. * Leaders Of The New School – "Case of the P.T.A."
  73. * LL Cool J – "I Can't Live With Out My Radio"
  74. * Sick of It All – "Potential for a Fall"
  75. * The A.K.As – "Shout Out Loud"
  76. * Blue Öyster Cult – "(Don't Fear) The Reaper"
  77. * Digable Planets – "Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like dat)"
  78. * 2pac - "I Don't Give A Fuck"
  79. * Murphy's Law – "Crucial Bar–B–Q"
  80. * Yeah Yeah Yeahs – "Black Tongue"
  81. * Harleys War – "Criminal (4 Life)"
  82. * The Bravery – "An Honest Mistake"
  83. * Television – "See No Evil"
  84. * We Are Scientists – "Callbacks"
  85. * The Honorary Title - "Bridge and Tunnel"

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