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True Crime: New York City



Gritty tale of crime and redemption -- adults only.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players who choose to be a dirty cop can plant evidence, use violent interrogation methods, and arrest the innocent. Not the most flattering depiction of law enforcement.


Non-lethal violence is an option, but the gameplay also includes shotgun blasts, severed limbs, immolation, and abuse of police authority.


Players encounter writhing strippers, flamboyant pimps, and violent prostitutes. But it's the fully stocked sex shops that push this game into the red zone.


The full range of street-soiled language, including f--k and b---h.


Motorola, Red Bull, and Puma all enjoy high-profile placement in this virtual New York. In the real world, Puma is selling a True Crime special edition shoe.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drugs and drug cartels play a major role in the storyline and action often takes place in bars.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is in a league with the Grand Theft Auto series when it comes to virtual brutality and vice. The narrative is in the gutter: Pimps beat prostitutes, and are later cut in half in gruesome car accidents. A drug lord uses inmates at an insane asylum to do her killing. Illegal sweatshops serve as way stations for human trafficking, and pornographic evidence reveals their darker utility.

What's it about?

In the second entry in this mission-based, cops and robbers game, True Crime continues to revel in graphic violence, explicit drug culture, tawdry sex, and a slippery moral terrain. Players control Marcus Reed, a murderous ex-gang member who was saved from the streets by the tough love of a caring cop. When his mentor is ambushed and killed, Marcus (now also a police officer) is enlisted by the FBI to crush the crime syndicates running New York and help get to the bottom of his advisor's murder. Armed with an arsenal of heavy weaponry, Marcus cracks down on street crime -- he also runs errands for his gang lord father, does favors for informants, and tries to determine whether he's a good cop with a criminal past or an undercover thug with a badge.

Is it any good?


Players' decisions earn points that determine their prevailing tendencies toward good or bad. Unfortunately, these choices don't do much to alter gameplay. The game misses a great opportunity to explore the complicated moral world of law enforcement, basically throwing out the good cop/bad cop classifications as soon as gameplay starts.

While the game includes meticulously reproduced streets of New York, gameplay can be very frustrating. Common technical glitches mean cars will at times float in the air, or sound effects will get caught in annoying loops. Graphics are fuzzy and frame rate is slow. All in all, skip this title.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the mature material. Does the violence and sex serve the story, or does it cross the line to become gratuitous? Is it more fun to play by the book, or dabble in evidence tampering, extortion, and excessive force? Do you think doing "bad things" in a video game can be a healthy release -- or can it lead to real life bad behavior?

Game details

Available online?Not available online
Release date:January 30, 2006
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs, Intense Violence

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Teen, 16 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

I cried

I think that you should let kids play truecrime because it's about what's going on in the real world today and they should be able to know because some parents don't tell them about it until it happens and that is to late so if the parents let them play this game then they'll all the stuff that the parents ain't gonna tell them unitl it happens and sometimes the parents don't even tell them at all and they need to know it because it's life and that's the way life goes and you can't do nothing about because if they don't get it from here then they'll get it off of another games that's the same way but you won't know until another parent tell ask you have you hurd about that new game that's just like truecrime but you don't need a password or an age to play it and your gonna be saying in your head what was the use of blocking the true crime game.
Parent of a 16 and 17 year old Written byFoley Wickson June 28, 2014

Not so bad!

Although there might be bad language, I believe 13 year olds use this language all the time when we're not looking. Yes I do agree about the sexual content in this, but with all the technology in the world, their going to be looking at it soon enough we all know that (We don't want to admit it, but we know it's true) There is some violence in this game but almost all games that boys play have this type of violence in it people killing, shooting, bar fights (don't see this very often, but some games have it), and more. There might be the option of being a bad cop in this but there's also the option to be a good cop. Most Boy games don't have good messages in it anyway, it's mostly for entertainment. In the drugs area, this may be going a bit over board on it. I do believe this isn't a very good example. I believe that this game should be in the 13 or 14 year old range.
Teen, 17 years old Written byTheTrillonaire July 5, 2013

OK for kids 13+

I love this game since 2006.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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