Game: True Crimes Streets of LA
Okay, if you couldn't tell by the title, there is a lot of rap in this game. A LOT of rap. Now, if you're like me, and don't hold any fond interest in rap, rejoice that Xbox does indeed allow you to make your own soundtrack... then weep furiously because it rarely ever seems to play your songs.
This game makes GTA look uninspired. There are a ton of things you can do in this game, just beware because the game likes to autosave a lot (like whenever you enter a building), so don't go killing a ton of people, then enter a building.
It's really fun with the random crimes. You'll never understand that pleasure of chasing someone down at high speeds and shooting out their tires till you play this game.
Also, the fact that you can give up on story missions rocks.
I won't bore you with the details of how there's a ton of moves, I'll just say it's like GTA met up with Max Payne, Dead to Rights, and Gungrave and had sweet, sweet, passionate, dirty... well let's put it this way, this was the result.
The controls are tough to get used to at first. You will probably end up slightly customizing your own. That said, everything works responsively.
I'll warn you that getting ''neutralizing shots'' off of enemies is very hard when you're chasing them on foot, you'll probably end up killing them more often than not.
The cars' movement is somewhere in between GTA and GT3, they more pretty realistically (read: like card board boxes) but at the same time, some of the stuff you can do in those cars is just impossible. Be warned, though, that you won't open up too many ''neat car moves'' at the beginning of the game.
There's some really good detail in the game, and the character models all look nice. The cars are shiny. And the bullet time effects are neat. There are still paper trees though. Did I mention how shiny the cars are?
This one's tricky. The quality is good, but they cuss alot. Maybe for some people that isn't a problem, but it's somewhere in between GTA and Getaway with the language. If bad language offends you to no end, however, you can always turn the voices off and whatnot. That is another nice thing about the audio, they give you ample opportunities to adjust it.
Now, as for the music. If you like rap, you'll like this game. If you think rap is just okay, you'll still like this game, but will slowly get tired of the song selections. If you don't like rap, you'll be wanting to get the Xbox version of this game, where you can use your own CDs for the music, and you WILL be turning off all the other songs. I have no idea why they made the entire soundtrack rap, I'd rather not question it, cause honestly, I don't care, but for whatever reason, even if you turn off all of the rap music, some of it still plays (perhaps my copy is just defected). I don't know why. It just does. I'll say this much though, there's something oddly funny about going into a high speed chase with happy sonic music in the background... no, maybe that's just disturbing.
Can't really say, actually, I haven't seen it all, but it's really fun so far. I love the branching story idea, you will too.
This game is not GTA, but it's got a lot more stuff to do and it will keep you busy. Just make sure you like rap.