True Crime: Streets of LA was developed by Luxoflux and published by Activision on the GameCube, Mac, PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. It was released on November 3, 2003.
True Crime: Streets of LA features hard-boiled cop Nick Kang-Wilson, son of Henry Kang-Wilson. The story involves Nick’s hunt for the top members of several gangs who have taken hold in Los Angeles. These gangs include the Triads and the Russian Mob. Throughout the game Nick is able to track down several men who may have information regarding his father’s mysterious disappearance.
True Crime takes place in a simulated Los Angeles, California. Although not entirely accurate, the game features a 240 square mile re-creation of the city which features recognizable street names and land marks.
True Crime: Streets of LA is an open world sandbox style gameplay that puts the player in the role of an undercover police officer. While completing the story missions the player can also choose to assist other officers with various calls ranging from bar fights to high speed chases or bank robberies. During this process the player may also commandeer vehicles to assist in his or her duties.
The game features upgradable skills that Nick can work on to improve his performance. The player can choose to complete challenges in the following categories: Driving, Shooting and hand to hand combat.
After completing a task in either category the player will be rewarded with an upgrade. This might be a better weapon, advanced driving techniques or a skilled grappling move.
- Dual Target Aim
- Aim Assistance
- Fast Reload
- Fast Aim Speed
- Laser Sight
- Flash Light
- Top Accuracy
- Hollow Point Ammo
- Peel Out
- Rapid Stop
- P.I.T. Maneuver
- Downshift Boost
- 90 Degree Turn
- Forward Switchblade
- Backward Switchblade
- Two Wheels
- Nitro Boost
- Running Attacks
- Back Attacks
- Ground Attacks
- Tiger Sweep (combo)
- Tiger Claw (combo)
- Leaping Tiger (combo)
- Dragon Kick (combo)
- Dragon Fist (combo)
- Flying Dragon (combo)
Moral Choices and Branching Story Line
True Crime features different story-lines and endings depending on the way the player acts. The game features a good cop / bad cop rating system which is based on the player's behavior, particularly in regard to whether they kill characters or let them live. Even in situations where players are required to shoot at a suspect, players are judged on whether they inflict a fatal injury (head shot) or an immobilizing injury (arms, legs, etc...). The player must also be careful not to accidentally kill civilians in the crossfire or damage city properly. The game features good, bad, and neutral endings.
The main protagonist in the game. Suspended from the LAPD for his misconduct, has since been recruited into the E.O.D (Elite Operations Division) to help clean up the streets of Los Angeles.
Rosie is Nick's partner, an ex-gang member recruited to the Elite Operations Division, however an injury lands her behind a desk for the majority of the story.
Chief Wanda Parks
Wanda is the Chief Detective of the LAPD and coordinated the operation of the E.O.D.
Mentor to Nick and a family friend, George also serves as the game's narrator.
Snoop Dogg is a hidden character in the game. He is playable and has his own minigames once the player collects thirty dog bones scattered throughout the city.
Rikimaru from Tenchu is a hidden character in the game. He is playable if the player stealth kills all enemies in mission 6-G2. Ayame is also available.
- Snoop Dogg - Dance Wit Me
- Westside Connection - Terrorist Threats
- Suga Free - Don't Fight the Pimpin'
- Warren G, RBX - What U Wanna Do
- Young Dre, Bishop Lamont - True Crime Remix
- Damizza, N.U.N.E. - I'll Do Anything
- Jayo Felony - Thug Night
- Bizzy Bone - Hollywood
- Hollywood - Drinks in the Air
- Kam, Cavie, Above the Law - Don't Do the Crime
- Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. - Legends
- Dee Dimes, Bigg Swoop - They Don't Know
- Sly Boogy - Flow
- Lil' 1/2 Dead, Kon-Troversy, Quicktomac - This Is How We Live
- Soul Star - We Don't Stop
- Tray Deee, Mr. Short Khop, Threat - Can't Fuck With Us
- Pomona City Rydaz, Lil 1/2 Dead - Do Time
- Young Billionaires - Roll Wit Me
- Stylistik - Cali Folks
- Lil Eazy E / Co-Written By P"RizzyBoy"Floyd Jr. - Lets Get It Crackin'