previews\ May 13, 2003 at 8:00 pm

True Crime: Streets Of L.A. - XB - Preview

E3 2003 - First Look

When GTA3 was released, everyone was amazed at how well everything was done ... and who doesn't enjoy fighting and stealing cars now and then? Activision is now heading onto the map as well for that same huge environment and fun play style with True Crime: Streets Of L.A. for the Xbox.

Now, don't think that this is a GTA3 clone by any means ... to think that would be a mistake. Crime Story puts you into the role of Nick Kang, a cop who makes his own rules busting up the bad guys (and some public property in the process). Part of the game played out with Nick driving and responding to various calls or concerns from his department ... like a carjacking or parole violation ... and heads out to deal with the mess. Once you decide to confront your victim and leave the vehicle, the game moves to a 3rd person shot where you can kick, punch, and even perform "finishing moves" (not MK violent ones, just flipping them onto a car and whatnot) to apprehend the criminal.

Activision is also fusing in a good combo system as well which will allow you to do a little more than "hit A repeatedly" or some other repetitive things we've all seen before. 240 miles of Los Angeles have been mapped out and available for you to move around in, and the graphics are already looking great with some good lighting and environmental reflections and good character modeling.

Be looking for True Crime: Streets Of L.A. around Fall 2003.

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