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True Crime: Streets of L.A.

Enjoyed GTA? Then you probably heard about True Crime. The game is totally based on the grandmaster of virtual violence but surprisingly, True Crime hasn’t done a bad job as a Rip-off. On the contrary, Luxoflux has delivered a nice game, though they have made it very easy on themselves. Why rely on your originality, when you can make lots of money with second-hand idea’s. Not quite honouring for Luxoflux, but doesn’t everybody want to make easy money? True Crime isn’t the first game that’s totally based on another one, and certainly won’t be the last.

It seems like Luxoflux made a list with all the popular aspects of gaming. Nick Kang is a police officer, type “easily disturbed”, who has lost his father in the past. Some say he got killed, others say he committed suicide.
His slightly unorthodox procedures are not appreciated by his superiors and they offer him one last change to proove himself and solve an important case. Because of his Asian look, he can easily infiltrate in the Chinese mob.

The only difference with GTA is the side you are on. You were a sick criminal with a passion for murders in Vice City, but in L.A you are defending the honour of the police. Because everybody goes hunting old ladies whose dog has just pooped on the sidewalk, Luxoflux invented the good cop/ bad cop method. This time, when you shoot people (they looked strange to me) you will get a bad cop rating. This will influence the story and if you want to see the best ending, you’d better be a good citizen and of course, an outstanding police officer. You earn a good cop status by preventing a carjacking or solving a crime on the street.

And that’s the only difference with GTA. Now, we can talk about the numerous resemblances.
True Crime takes place in a big city. L.A is actually much bigger than Vice City and it will take a while before you’ve seen every spot in in town some means of transportation will be necessary, that’s a fact.
You will notice how blurry everything looks in L.A., like the backgrounds are painted by an five year old kid, but if you play it long enough, it won’t disturb you.
Luckily, it’s better than the demo I played a few months ago. I really didn’t got used to the lack of police cars. I could kill as many innocent people as possible, without an officer behind my back. I don’t think American officers are that corrupt (or are they?)

Through the game, you will find many cars, which of course, you can test with a joyride. Through variable mini games, you can collect the best cars in your garage. I don’t have to mention the fact that you can easily steal a car aswell. Because a true fighter never stops learning, you can unlock fighting moves in your brother’s dojo. The fight sequences are much better than in GTA. If a criminal is unconscious, you might want to perform a special move to finish the job. If that’s not enough, you can also perform stunts with your gun.
Unfortunately, these moves aren’t always helpful. It’s more useful to hit them oldskool style, otherwise you’ll probably only hurt the sky, not to mention the old ladies.

We all know that Nick Kang doesn’t work tactically. The few stealth missions always end up with a big massacre. If Nick continues to murder this many people, L.A will soon be empty. You could compare him to Arnold, Sylvester or Vin. With all this over the top violence, a good old rap song always hits the spot. You might occasionally hear a rock song pass by, but they never last long. Nope, this is the game rappers dig. You have to find out yourself if that’s a bad thing.

True Crime: Streets of L.A isn’t a bad game, nor is it special. It does exactly what we’ve expected: to imitate GTA in a respectful way. True Crime may not come near the grandmaster of violence, but fans of the genre will have an amusing game to play. One could say it’s a nice alternative

Our Score:
7.0
related game: True Crime: Streets of L.A.
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