True Crime: New York City

Key events

2nd December 2005

True Crime: New York City

20th September 2005

True Crime 2 actors announced

15th July 2005

New True Crime 2 details

True Crime: New York City

True Crime: New York City

Good cop, mad cop?

The sequel to True Crime takes place in that semi-fictional New York that seems to exist in a polar-opposite dimension to that of Sex And The City. Four hundred dollar shoes are replaced with dodgy early-90s trainers, while caviar and champagne sex exploits on 5th Avenue are replaced with Uzis and crack pipes in the ghetto. It's that caricature of graffiti and ultra-violence that Mayor Giuliani worked so hard to erase, and that videogames and cheap thrillers insist on hyping up as a lawless gangster genocide zone. You almost expect to see Max Payne sprinting past in slow motion...

Sadly though there are no pills that ease the pain of poor game design, especially when the really very pretty opening sequences of New York City raise your hopes that maybe, just maybe, the next few hours aren't going to be a carefully-scripted waste of time. The guns blaze, the corpses topple, you character strolls and New York is looking promisingly GTA-like...

Initial forays into the city were mixed with incompetence and bewilderment at the obfuscatory controls. True Crime is awesome, if it's actually a simulation of "Mr Magoo on PCP". Take these initial moments where I stepped outside the training missions and onto the streets of the freeform city section: I am ordered to resolve some street crime and so leave the precinct to walk down the street. Soon there is a man holding a gun to a woman's head. Perplexed by the overly complex controls I first punch out a fat bystander in the crowd, then pull out my gun and fire uselessly at some shop windows. Taking careful aim I gun down the hostage, the gunman and a nearby policeman as I struggle for control of the fine-tuned aiming. Finally, I turn around and accidentally rugby-tackled one of the fleeing pedestrians, before beating him in the face. I got better, but it was still only fun in the way that flailing helplessly as you drunkenly fall down a hole is fun.

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True Crime 2 under fire

From NYPD commissioner.

Activision's forthcoming Gamecube, PS2 and Xbox title True Crime: New York City has become the latest game to face harsh criticism for its representation of police officers.

True Crime 2 actors announced

True Crime 2 actors announced

Walken, Fishburne, Lords!

Activision has announced the voiceover line-up for forthcoming PS2, Xbox and Gamecube sequel True Crime: New York City.

Topping the bill is the legendary Christopher Walken of King of New York and The Deer Hunter fame, not to mention all the other films which are improved 1000 per cent by the presence of his mad hair and scary eyes.

Walken will star as FBI field agent Gabriel Whitting. He's joined by Laurence Fishburne (who, incidentally, co-starred in King of New York under the name Larry Fishburne, before he got all fancy), who's taking on the role of drugs baron Isaiah "The King" Reed.

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New True Crime 2 details

New True Crime 2 details

It's all going off in NYC.

Activision has revealed a few more details of True Crime 2 for PS2, Xbox and GameCube.

As previously announced the game is set in New York and sees you playing as Marcus Reed, a maverick cop-on-the-edge who plays by his own rules. Yes! We were wrong! It's a black character who is on the right side of the law and has no connection to any kind of gangland underworld! Heh heh just kidding, it turns out Marcus was once a criminal himself of course.

Anyway, our hero is not afraid to break the law in order to get his man, and currently his number one target is the bloke who murdered his beloved mentor.

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True Crime 2 setting revealed

It's all going off in the big apple.

It's been revealed that the the follow-up to True Crime: Streets of LA - due out on PS2, Xbox and Gamecube this autumn - is set in good old Noo Yoik Ciddy.