7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Not too shabby if you have realistic expectations,
This review is from: True Crime: New York City - PlayStation 2 (Video Game)When the first True Crime came out, it was the first real competition for the GTA series, and it was pretty good. Technically, this is a slight downgrade though. By trying to recreate the New York city feel, it becomes too bogged down and too slow.
Basically, it's like all the city immersive games out there. Nothing really new. Again, like the first True Crime, the streets are real, but the buildings and scenery are just generic. Speaking of generic, you start off with a horrible cliched storyline. The same one sided characters and cheesy dialogue that has plagued every game that has anything to do with crime. So, I tried to get into it, but after ten minutes of pure unadulterated boredom, I just stopped caring and skipped all the FMVs.
The gameplay itself is decent. Nothing great, but very playable. If you don't want to get involved or frustrated (like what is required for GTA: San Andreas), this game is perfect. Driving is annoying, but after you discover the Subway and Taxis, you can move throughout the city with very little driving at all. This leads to the missions. The missions themselves are indoor third person shooting missions. Nothing complicated here. L2 to auto-aim, and shoot. They tried to add stealth, but it's absolutely pointless to try. That's about it for the major missions.
There are some minor flaws, like one example would be if you don't have the proper weapon (happened to me twice), you can't leave the mission to get that weapon. You have to reload and sometimes repeat a couple of missions to get to where you need to be. Also, selecting and picking up guns is not quite correct. For example, you'll pick up a carbine, but when the ammo is done, it will sometimes bring you to the stun gun. Valuable seconds are wasted switching to your .38 (which is the only weapon with unlimited ammo).
There are side missions that you can do (the major missions only yield 25% completion rate), they've eliminated the need for extraneous and useless combos, and even though some missions seem to drag on, it's nothing like the half hour borefests for the "Dragon" missions in True Crime: Streets of LA.
Finally, people say there are tons of bugs. I haven't see any except for the slow frame rate. Heck, GTA: Vice City and Prince of Persia: Warriors Within had a lot of bugs that were easily identifiable. If there are major bugs in this game, I didn't see them.
The game looks a little dated, and there is really nothing new except for the Subway and Cabs, but it's fun, never frustrating, and a good solid rental.
Actual streets of New York.
Not frustrating at all.
Taxis and Subways rule!
Don't have to learn combos.
Dullest beginning ever.
Driving is a chore.
Some missions get really dull.
Frustration Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Low
Hours to Complete: 10 hours (major missions only)