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E3 2010 games to watch: True Crime preview

With E3 getting ever closer, we're cuffing more games and throwing them against the wall in order to give them a violent frisking and to shake them down for all their illicit details. As part two of our twice-weekly previews spotlighting the most aniticipated titles, we're kicking down doors for True Crime, the latest in the series that began as a shameless GTA-alike, but we're hoping is something more this time around.


Above: The martial arts move known as "Jean-Claude Van Damme's Job Application"

Why True Crime is one to watch:

  • The setting is Hong Kong. While that might not seem so special, consider how often sandbox games regurgitate New York City, LA, and similar grungy American cities. The shimmering Chinese city could be a nice change of pace.
  • Due to the developer's Need for Speed pedigree, the city is laid out in a racing-friendly design, asking you to blow through it at 200mph.
  • Driving is heavily focused on motorcycles, with tons of models to ride and snazzy stunts to pull off, like time-slowed precision aiming and dramatic leaps onto moving vehicles. Sounds very Just Cause 2, something every fun-oriented action game could use a bit more of. 


Above: AKA the "Steven Seagal Job Application"

  • Unlike typical sandbox games with rough-and-tumble brawler-style fighting, True Crime sees Detective Wei Shen gracefully kung-fu kicking his way through the seedy Honk Kong underground.
  • A big part of combat will involve using the environment improvisationally, like the moves of Jason Bourne. Snatching knives, smashing heads into various objects, and electrocuting foes are all part of your arsenal.
  • Character customization is central to the gameplay. In the Face system, what you wear affects where you can go and who you can meet. Entire missions and areas of the game will unlock when you get a flashy suit, but if you revert to grunginess or flagrant violence, the upper crust of crime society will snub you until you can regain Face.

So does True Crime look like it can stand out amongst all the other sandbox games? Can it overcome its B-grade status and become a true GTA contender? Let us know in the comments or through our portals on Facebook and Twitter.

May 15, 2010 

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  • crumbdunky - May 16, 2010 11:15 p.m.

    I actually felt the first True Crime showed a lot of promise. It had, IIRC, little RPG elements .like unlocking better shooting skills, better cars etc through pretinent training bits. Missions randomly generated that you could choose to go into for extra good or bad points and all that kind of thing-there was certainly more going on than mugging GTA, imo. The second game, however, was just silly. Snoop Dog was a boss ,as I recall, that seemed to rather. Maybe going Asian will allay thosew GTA comparisons and allow it to have an ID all it's own. The Face system, though, seems like a simple Karma system with a different focus so I'm staring to think this must be something pretty easy to incorporate to game(coding wise I assume-it's like do X=good things made easier, do Y =they get harder and so on)and might just be something to add to the bullet points on the boxes these days! One where a demo and review search will be needed, imho, but no reason it can't surpris a few people. Will have to go some to be as good as Yakuza3, in my book, which was an amazing game spoiled only by the wait and a few cuts for our sensitive western feelings!
  • bluscorp - May 16, 2010 7:12 p.m.

    I will probably get this. But it's another Just Cause 2 scenario, where-as it'll be good to play with decent visuals, but a crap story.
  • TheIronMaiden - May 16, 2010 5:30 p.m.

    not gonna lie. With the new MoH, the new CoD, the new fallout, red dead, split second, and many many others coming out, this one will have to wait on the back burner for me.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - May 16, 2010 5:21 p.m.

    awwwll shit son, imma have to get me summa dem. SYKE!!! seriously why do ad bots always advertise hip hop clothing. i mean why not have an adbot that tells us somewhere to buy cheap games?
  • sleepy92ismypsn - May 16, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    @thekennedycurse i second that. i never played any of the true crime games but true grime: street sweeper is fantastic
  • CH3BURASHKA - May 15, 2010 5:54 p.m.

    The change of setting (outside the US, for once) and the opportunity of deep combat (martial arts nerd here) makes me somewhat excited, but I'm not holding my breath. IMPRESS ME, TRUE CRIME!
  • TheKennedyCurse - May 15, 2010 5:10 p.m.

    There are so many games to look forward to this year, True Crime just seems like its going to be forgotten in the midst of its competition. I'm certainly not thinking "I have to pick this up on day one!" when I look at screens or trailers for it.
  • bluscorp - May 15, 2010 5:02 p.m.

    I'm looking forward to this, I liked the first two.

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