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True Crime: Streets of LA

True Crime: Streets of LA / PlayStation 2
editor score 7.2
user score 7.2
Release Date










Martial Arts


Luxoflux Corp.




True Crime: Streets of LA was developed by Luxoflux and published by Activision on the GameCube, Mac, PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. It was released on November 3, 2003.

True Crime: Streets of LA features hard-boiled cop Nick Kang-Wilson, son of Henry Kang-Wilson. The story involves Nick’s hunt for the top members of several gangs who have taken hold in Los Angeles. These gangs include the Triads and the Russian Mob. Throughout the game Nick is able to track down several men who may have information regarding his father’s mysterious disappearance.


True Crime takes place in a simulated Los Angeles, California. Although not entirely accurate, the game features a 240 square mile re-creation of the city which features recognizable street names and land marks.

Game Mechanics

True Crime: Streets of LA is an open world sandbox style gameplay that puts the player in the role of an undercover police officer. While completing the story missions the player can also choose to assist other officers with various calls ranging from bar fights to high speed chases or bank robberies. During this process the player may also commandeer vehicles to assist in his or her duties.

Upgradable Skills

The game features upgradable skills that Nick can work on to improve his performance. The player can choose to complete challenges in the following categories: Driving, Shooting and hand to hand combat.

After completing a task in either category the player will be rewarded with an upgrade. This might be a better weapon, advanced driving techniques or a skilled grappling move.

Shooting Upgrades

  • Dual Target Aim
  • Aim Assistance
  • Fast Reload
  • Fast Aim Speed
  • Laser Sight
  • Flash Light
  • Scope
  • Top Accuracy
  • Hollow Point Ammo

Driving Upgrades

  • Peel Out
  • Rapid Stop
  • P.I.T. Maneuver
  • Downshift Boost
  • 90 Degree Turn
  • Forward Switchblade
  • Backward Switchblade
  • Two Wheels
  • Nitro Boost

Fighting Upgrades

  • Running Attacks
  • Back Attacks
  • Ground Attacks
  • Tiger Sweep (combo)
  • Tiger Claw (combo)
  • Leaping Tiger (combo)
  • Dragon Kick (combo)
  • Dragon Fist (combo)
  • Flying Dragon (combo)

Morales and Branching Story Line

True Crime features different story lines and endings depending on the way to play the game. Do you kill suspects or arrest them? Do you drive well or hit pedestrians on every curve? All of these things affect your good cop/bad cop rating. Even in situations when you are required to shoot at a suspect, you are judged on whether you inflict a fatal injury (head shot) or an immobilizing injury (arms, legs etc...). The player must also be careful not to accidentally kill civilians in the crossfire or damage city properly. The game features a good, bad and neutral ending, thus adding more replay value to the title.


Nick Kang

The main protagonist in the game. Suspended from the LAPD for his misconduct, has since been recruited into the E.O.D (Elite Operations Division) to help clean up the streets of Los Angeles.

Rosie Velasco

Rosie is Nick's partner, an ex-gang member recruited to the Elite Operations Division, however an injury lands her behind a desk for the majority of the story.

Chief Wanda Parks

Wanda is the Chief Detective of the LAPD and coordinated the operation of the E.O.D.


Mentor to Nick and a family friend, George also serves as the game's narrator.

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg is a hidden character in the game. He is playable and has his own minigames once the player collects thirty dog bones scattered throughout the city.


Rikimaru from Tenchu is a hidden character in the game. He is playable if the player stealth kills all enemies in mission 6-G2. Ayame is also available.

Voice Talent

  • Russel Wong- Nick Kang-Wilson
  • Christopher Walken- George
  • Gary Oldman- Rasputin "Rocky" Kuznetskov / Agent Masterson
  • Michelle Rodriguez- Rosie
  • Michael Madsen- Rafferty
  • CCH Pounder- Chief Wanda Parks
  • Ron Perlman- Misha
  • Mako- Han Yu Kim
  • James Hong- Ancient Wu
  • Keone Young- Jimmy Fu / Big Chong
  • Ryan Yu- Cary Wilson
  • Grey Delisle- Jill / Lola
  • Vernee Watson-Johnson- Police Dispatcher
  • Snoop Dogg - Himself


Soundtrack cover
Soundtrack cover

1. "Dance Wit Me"- Snoop Dogg

2. "Terrorist Threats"- Westside Connection

3. "Don't Fight the Pimpin'"- Suga Free

4. "What U Wanna Do"- Warren G, RBX

5. "True Crime Remix"- Young Dre, Bishop Lamont

6. "I'll Do Anything"- Damizza, N.U.N.E.

7. "Thug Night"- Jayo Felony

8. "Hollywood"- Bizzy Bone

9. "Drinks in the Air"- Hollywood

10. "Don't Do the Crime"- Kam, Cavie, Above the Law

11. "Legends"- Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.

12. "They Don't Know"- Dee Dimes, Bigg Swoop

13. "Flow"- Sly Boogy

14. "This Is How We Live"- Lil' 1/2 Dead, Kon-Troversy, Quicktomac

15. "We Don't Stop- Soul Star

16. "Can't Fuck With Us"- Tray Deee, Mr. Short Khop, Threat

17. "Do Time"- Pomona City Rydaz, Lil 1/2 Dead

18. "Roll Wit Me"- Young Billionaires

19. "Cali Folks"- Stylistik

20. "Lets Get It Crackin'"- Lil Eazy E / Co-Written By P"RizzyBoy"Floyd Jr.