Parents' Guide to

True Crime: New York City

By Aaron Lazenby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Gritty tale of crime and redemption -- adults only.

Game Xbox 2006
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1):
Kids say (9):

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.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Release date: January 30, 2006
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs, Intense Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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