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October 23, 2003
True Crime: Streets of L.A. - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
14/11/2003ActivisionLuxoflux Corp.1$99.95

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That's some heavy firepower.
If you were to pick one game this year to be closest to the stunning Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, then this game would be it. With some wonderfully detailed graphics, and gameplay not too dissimilar to Rockstar North's hit game there is certainly plenty of potential for Activision's True Crime: Streets of L.A.. Fortunately, the developers, Luxoflux, have spent much time developing a detailed storyline for this game to ensure this is not just an action title, but an entire, engrossing, adventure set on the street of Los Angeles.

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The car sections look impressive.
In True Crime: Streets of L.A., players assume the role of rogue Elite Operations Division (E.O.D.) operative Nick Kang, a no-holds-barred badass, whose brutal reputation and lethal skills have landed him the nasty task of taking down the Chinese Triad and Russian Mafia cartel that has turned the City of Angels into a war zone.

You will have to drive, fight and blast your way through a massive array of unpredictable missions, using stealth techniques, martial arts moves and an ask-questions-later arsenal. For maximum replayability, a changeable, branching storyline gives you the freedom to complete missions as you choose-however, you also have to face the consequences of those choices for better or worse. Successes or failures lead to entirely different game experiences, unveiling multiple storylines with no repeated missions.

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Targeting the enemy.
As the game progresses you will build new skills, learn new fighting moves, more sophisticated shooting skills and driving maneuvers. Get all the gritty detail of the real undercover world in a painstakingly recreated Los Angeles featuring recognizable landmarks and famous streets. Cruise the city taking down or harassing the scum of the streets. Bust drug dealers and prostitutes (will these remain in the Australian game?), shakedown informants and confront gang members to get the job done.

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Kicking ass, from the floor.
During the game you will take part in explosive gun battles with double fisted firepower, devastating martial arts brawls, and high-speed shootouts across 250 square miles of accurately recreated L.A. In car or on-foot, the unique branching missions include locating hostile witnesses, searching for case-cracking clues, taking out evasive informants and busting the heavily armed and deadly bad guys. You don't have to worry about the length of the game as the developers are promising over 100 missions each of which can include car chases, on-foot pursuits, gunfights and hand-to-hand combat as they try to take down big time crime.

What will top this game off is the quality of the soundtrack. Rather the opting for a wide variety of musical styles as in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City the developers have opted for a gangsta rap styled track. The artist headlining the game is none other then Snoop Dogg while other artists include Warren G, Westside Connection, Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. and Battlecat and DJ Quik among others.

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It's a duel.
While True Crime: Streets of L.A. is currently scheduled for release in America on November 4, and in Australia around November 14 there has been a disturbing report come out of America today (October 22) that the game may be delayed, or even canned (although that is extremely unlikely), as author Robert Crais is seeking a court injunction to stop the games release claiming the developers used a character called Elvis Cole as the inspiration for Nick Kang. Elvis Cole is the cop antihero who appears in nine of Crais' books. It's somewhat doubtful that the game will be delayed and if not you can expect to be playing this very exciting game within weeks.