True Crime - Xbox 360

Game Description:In a city with widespread corruption, Detective Wei Shen of the HK Triad Bureau must go deep undercover into Hong Kong's criminal underbelly to infiltrate and take down the largest and most dangerous of the Triad organizations, the Sun On Yee. Wei must combine mastery of vicious martial arts combat, devastating weaponry, high-speed action driving and acrobatic free-running to defeat anyone that stands between him and his target. As Wei's reputation, face and influence expand and he becomes deeply entrenched in the criminal underworld, the lines between right and wrong, good and evil, duty and power, start to blur. To stay alive as a member of the Triad, he must act like them, dress like them and even kill like them.
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GDC 2010 Preview: True Crime

GDC 2010 Preview: True Crime

By Patrick Klepek - Posted Mar 10, 2010

What We Know: True Crime is a your classic reboot scenario. The previous two installments in the series (True Crime: Streets of L.A. and True Crime: New York City) were average Grand Theft Auto clones that tried to differentiate themselves by offering over-the-top hand-to-hand and vehicular combat. Activision hopes to wipe the slate clean with the third True Crime offering, and from the sound of it, they seem to be on the right track.

What Did We See: The creative forces behind Activision's True Crime made it very clear during a short look at the upcoming Hong Kong-themed action-adventure during GDC week has nothing to do with the original games. I don't remember a whole lot about the original True Crime games and it sounds like Activision and new developer United Front Games are counting on that, as well.

The game itself, however, is familiar. You're an undercover cop (this time in Hong Kong going up against the triads), the game's set in an open world environment, you fight people with fists and guns, you blow stuff up and you drive lots of cars. It's what United Front Games is doing to enhance what's already been established in other sandbox games that's pretty interesting.

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Combat's never been a strong suit of the Grand Theft Auto games. True Crime strives to make that an enjoyable, dynamic part of the experience. In the demo, I watched the developers hop around the game world in a manner not unlike Altair or Ezio in Assassin's Creed. There's verticality to the movement of the main character that creates a host of options to the player when deciding how to tackle the enemies in front of them. And in chase sequences, a game mission that typically elicits groans, those options are put to great use, as orange indicators in the environment signal which spots you can to freeform climb, jump and run on. I also, uh, watched the developers pick up a meat cleaver and hack a guy to bits -- never a bad thing.

United Front Games is also tackling one of my biggest annoyances in video games: crowds. There are a few things that video games are universally really poor at and crowds are one of them. Crowds are normally dropped into a game to block the player's path and frustrate them. More often than not, it's just bad game design. Crowds are a big part of True Crime (Hong Kong is a busy city, after all), but they've also designed a mechanic mapped to the analog stick that allows you to move your shoulder-blades and seamlessly sift through the crowd. This wasn't actually shown, but if it works, I'll applaud them. One step closer to enjoyable game crowds!

What was shown at GDC was ultimately a very, very tiny slice from True Crime. It's impossible to see where the story's going quite yet (but I have to admit I haven't counted that many f-bombs in a video game cut scene...ever?) and the gameplay is in an early, unpolished state. The team seems especially enthusiastic about the direction they're taking with this new True Crime and, hey, the world could always use a game set in an interesting new part of the world.

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  • ellobo009

    i know some of you guys might hate for saying this but i hope this game is for the wii too, it was one of the few games on the gamecube that was actully awesome and was like GTA but with better story line,
    again don't hate me for this

    Posted: March 15, 2010 7:41 AM
  • spicypooptastic

    Looks awesome, I hope they add blood b/c i wont be convinced I am slicing someone with a meat cleaver if there is no blood.

    And also Hong Kong will be tight, THANK GOD! its not NYC I am so sick of that played out city!

    Posted: March 14, 2010 3:04 AM
  • IamtheBat

    The true crime series (mainly the 2nd) rings bells of suck, but this game looks like it is worth a couple of extra looks. The setting seems unique (Hong Kong), and It could be a hidden gem.

    Posted: March 10, 2010 6:03 PM
  • Xxblink7

    when is this out?

    Posted: March 10, 2010 12:30 PM
  • sinewave

    sounds sweet, can't wait to hear more about it

    Posted: March 10, 2010 11:31 AM
  • Viper12

    I remember when i bough true crime: NY for my xbox thinking it would be just a fun sandbox game to play. However it turned out to be way better than i ever expected.

    Unlike GTA the hand to hand combat was amazing and i couldn't spot many flaws with the other aspects of the gameplay. Sound design could've used a little work, but otherwise they were alrigt.

    True crime: NY had some of the best driving and shooting mechanics i've ever seen in a third person game. And also Unlike GTA true crime never got old. being a cop had a lot of perks that really pushed the game ahead of GTA in my opinion. You always had something to do, whether it was chasing down a rapist in a car chase and then having a gunfight with him, or getting a call about a hostage situation, it remained fun and the story line had multiple lines to follow so you could go through it a few times and still have fun.

    Character customization was way way better than GTA. I ran around most of the time as a sadistic clown saving the populace from evil. YAYZ FOR CLOWNZ!

    I just loved the game overall and really appreciated what it had to offer. i advise that if you haven't played TC: NY or TC: LA (although TC: NY is better play both for the hell of it) definitely go play them. They definitely give the GTA series a run for its money.

    Posted: March 10, 2010 11:06 AM
  • EKG

    I really, really enjoyed the first True Crime. At the time, I hated GTA3 but I wanted to enjoy one of these new Open world games I kept hearing about. When True Crime came out I bought it on the first day. I played the thing like crazy for weeks and I remember having to beat that last boss with a sword and cursing at the screen frequently.

    I never played the sequel, mostly because I think it was absolutely absurd to put Snoop Dog as the main character in a pathetic attempt to lure teenagers into a purchase. I am glad it didn't work out for them, since it proved that we aren't mindless zombies who will purchase anything with a "Hip young and OUTRAGEOUS Rapper!!!!!"

    Posted: March 10, 2010 8:59 AM