True Crimes: Streets of L.A. was the first of two action-adventure sandbox games created by Luxoflux and produced by Activision in 2003 for the PS2, Xbox, and Gamecube.
The entire storyline can be summarized as follows:
Youre Nicholas Bob Kang a no-nonsense LAPD cop that was suspended for excessive force, but you've been asked to join a new super police squad where your out and out violence is the only solution to all of LAs problems. Youll be aided by:
An old, limping, and wise cracking police officer that starts the game as a gun bunny but then tends to just wander around and provide insight. Hes the most often heard character and talks after every power-up attempt. Also, hes our narrator and voiced by Christopher Prophecy 3 Walken. Now that you know this, reread the last paragraph in a Walken voice. You know you want to.
The chief of police for all of LA. She presumably had something to do with Nicks suspension, but shes also the one that asks him to come back and join a special unit with absolutely no substantial oversight. Hmm
Shes voiced by C.C.H. Avatar Pounder (No, not like that - it's a movie she was in and her last name)
The epitome of the tough female character present in every action movie/game/book/comic/manga/graphic novel/oral tradition/epic that theres ever been. Considering how predictable all the characters in the game are, she wins for being as true to formula as she can be. Shes voiced by Michelle Blood Rayne Rodriguez.
Filling the role of the by-the-rules static foil representing clueless authority is this humorously birth-marked FBI Agent. Despite this game's tendency to follow action movie tropes to the letter, he really isn't an impediment to the story and is even helpful on occasion. That being said, he still hates Kang. He's voiced by Gary "Dark Knight" Oldman.
If it isnt super clear, the game is pretty much a bad action/cop movie with a Grand Theft Auto feel and control scheme, and this works pretty well, all things considered. It should also be noted that it does a very good job of combining the styles of gameplay (unlike, for instance, Dead to Rights).
Ill be playing a somewhat abbreviated version of the game with my friend Jeff (Edo Animus) who has absolutely no experience with the game. That being said, tag spoilers and whatnot so he can be surprised by the pure cheese of the later parts of the game.
The parts Ive skipped have been all the upgrade missions, though I will be showing off the special upgrades in an extra video.
The final note: Im really not that good at this game, and the only reason Ive beaten as often as I have is that Im OCD enough to finish it 100%. In the spirit of my ineptitude, Ill be keeping an accidental death count.
So lets get on with it!
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Number of People I've Run Over: 57
Number of People I've Shot: 13