True Crime: Streets of LA
|True Crime: Streets of LA|
LTI Gray Matter (Windows)
This game has a prerelease article
Streets of LA is the first game in the short lived True Crime series, which only lasted two games.
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Due to deadlines, numerous areas of the map had to be cut from the game, notably Los Angeles International Airport, Griffith Park, the University of California-Los Angeles campus, El Segundo, Inglewood, South Los Angeles, Florence-Graham, Huntington Park, Glendale, Studio City, and Encino Hills, among others. Attempting to enter those areas will result in the flashing of a white screen as the player is teleported back to where they originated. If the player manages to remove the white-screen barrier through modifications or glitching and get out of bounds, however, plenty of leftovers remain:
- Most of the street names remain, and like in the rest of the map, match real-world names.
- Buildings remain within most of the southern, eastern and northeastern areas, and in small pockets of the northern area (which otherwise is mostly populated with trees).
- Streets are detailed with vegetation and props in the same manner as the rest of the map. With a few minor exceptions (mainly Imperial Highway south of Los Angeles International Airport), freeway models aren't present, and in most locations where real-world freeways run, normal streets are modeled in place.
- A few car repair garages and clinics can be found within out of bounds areas populated by buildings. These work as normal.
- Seven short street segments (three pedestrian paths on the UCLA campus, Mount Olympus Drive in the out-of-bounds area of the Hollywood Hills, Ascension Road in Forest Lawn Memorial Park [which is not depicted as a cemetery in-game], Speedway Track in Playa Del Rey, and a small segment of the Los Angeles River in Vernon) in out of bounds areas are still marked on the minimap, and it is possible to be teleported to those streets without removing the white-screen barrier.
- Street crimes can rarely spawn within out of bounds areas, almost always at intersections, though they can also spawn on the isolated minimap streets mentioned above.
- At least one area (the neighborhoods of Baldwin Hills and Crenshaw) adjacent to the in-bounds map is separated from the rest of the out of bounds area using the same type of undestroyable fencing used to separate the other out of bounds areas, suggesting it may have been the last area to be cut from the game.
- West of Pacific Palisades, Route 1 turns north and becomes Coastline Drive (named as simply "Coastline" and continuing the freeway model used by Route 1 for a short distance, dead-ending at a cliff). Past that point, street props used for boulevards, as well as a few houses, continue west despite the lack of a street model. These houses loop around and eventually end back up at Coastline, while the street props continue north before stopping. Heading further north from that spot reveals more boulevard street props that are partially buried in the terrain and eventually continue into invisible land and ultimately stop at a completely empty area (a small portion of The Summit, which is part of Pacific Palisades) where traffic does not spawn and street props are completely absent. These boulevard street props likely indicate that (based on location in relation to the map) the southernmost end of Topanga Canyon Boulevard was to have been included, but was cut very early in development, and the fact that every street in this section of The Summit is suffixed "Street" rather than their real-world suffixes and lacks traffic paths and props also suggests that this section was cut very early in development.
- The Hollywood Reservoir is still present when traveled to, though only as a ground texture.
- It is possible to crash the game while in out of bounds areas, usually by lingering within these areas for an extended period of time, but also by driving off the map model and then driving back on it. These crashes often result in the currently-playing song looping the last few lyrics played, though these can also lead to a crash to desktop on the PC version or rarely a loud, screeching beep (which in fact is associated with GameCube crashes in general) on the GameCube version.
To enable the coordinate display in the console versions, go to the map screen and press X, Circle, Square, Triangle on PlayStation 2, Y, X, Y, Y on GameCube, or A, B, X, Y on Xbox.
The Japanese version features fully translated text as well as dubbed cutscenes, which is unusual in the latter's case as other similar games just kept the original English voices. Strangely, the actual in-game speech, such as Nick's quips or the radio dispatch, are the original English voices. This can be somewhat jarring when going from cutscenes to actual gameplay. The names of the episodes and missions are also in English, but some were renamed, such as the mission "Strip Club Detour" getting renamed to "Show Pub Detour" to avoid any overly sexually arousing naming.
This version also features a small edit in the intro cutscene for the episode 5 mission "On the Chopping Block", where Nick chops off the finger of one of the butchers. In all other versions, the chopped finger is seen falling on the counter. However, the Japanese version doesn't show that since that falls under CERO's ban of extreme bodily mutilation.
The GameCube version removes a large chunk of the game's soundtrack, and what remains can become repetitive during gameplay. Conversely, the PC version expands the soundtrack with rock songs not featured in the console versions.
The True Crime series
|GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows||Streets of LA • New York City|