Crime City (PC)

By Steven Marsh

Published on Thursday, April 17, 2008

Games2Gaze has unleashed the promising “Crime City” to PC gamers everywhere, but it’s not the intense game that was promised.

For those of you who were actually following this game, you’re in for a sour disappointment. I hadn’t heard of it until I was assigned the project for review, if I am to be completely honest. Upon reading a little more information about it before running the program, I was mildly excited. The game sounded quite amazing and I was really looking forward to some fast-paced car chase action. I’ve been let down in the past, but this is by far one of the most misleading releases titles I’ve ever played. So, buckle up and hop into a police car because we’re going to be chasing down some criminals in “Crime City”.

“Crime City” is not only misleading, but it seems as if there was little to no effort put into the visuals. Upon loading the game and going into the options menu, I was shocked to find that there are absolutely no graphics settings whatsoever. This is terrible because the game runs at an enforced resolution in the 1028 range and has no AA or AF settings whatsoever. AF is not necessary, but a higher resolution with a bit of AA would’ve been nice because the textures are bad enough as is. This game would have looked decent in 2002 or maybe 2003, but in this day and age, a lot more is expected. I’m not saying I expect the next revolutionary or jaw-dropping special effects here, but for a game with such a flashy website that makes all sorts of promises, a little more effort would have been nice. As if that weren’t bad enough, there’s little to no variation in terms of the city chase maps. So not only is the game ugly by modern standards, but the level design is terrible and feels almost as repetitious as the original Pac-Man. Yes, it’s THAT repetitious.

Graphics aren’t the only very obvious issue in “Crime City”. The sound is terrible, too! The theme song is awesome and sets the atmosphere perfectly, which is likely to get any gamer all hyped up and ready to go, but as soon as you start playing, it’s as if sound ceases to exist. Music is virtually non-existant and the only real sounds you’ll hear are repetitious radio commucations and the sirens of the cop vehicles, as well as a little engine noise. That’s literally the only sound the game has. There aren’t even any voiceovers during the level introductions, which is really weird for a game like this. I’m beginning to wonder if there’s anything positive to say about this game.

Even the game play of this game is extremely terrible. I can’t think of a single good thing to say. For starters, there’s not a single choice to be made. You’re given a handful of cop cars that seem completely random in terms of map placement and your criminal opponent(s) are loaded in an equally random place on the map. From there, you simply left click on a cop car, then right click where you want the car to move to. You’ll be doing this until you block the opposing vehicle(s) from moving, in which case the vehicle explodes and the criminal is labeled as “BUSTED!”. First, why the hell do the vehicles randomly EXPLODE when you barricade them?! How does that even make sense?! Second, the cop cars all move painfully slow. Where’s the sense of speed? Where’s the thrill? I sure didn’t feel either, that’s for sure. And what’s the deal with the almost Pac-Man-like game play? How is that strategical? As if these things didn’t destroy the game’s image, oh no! I’m not done yet! The vehicle navigation is ridiculous and makes no sense. Sometimes the opposing vehicles will drive THROUGH your cop cars, no matter how well-placed they are and then when you try to move in front of them, you simply can’t. I don’t know about you, but I was under the impression that most streets, even in the biggest cities, have at least 2 lanes. How is it that they can drive through you, but you can’t even drive AROUND them? I don’t know what Games2Gaze was thinking, but I hope they do a better job if they ever make a sequel or update the game.

Overall, this game is trash. It was a waste of resources and a complete waste of valuable time.

Pros:
-I seriously can’t think of any.

Cons:
-This isn’t even worth my time.

Bottom Line:
Avoid this game. It doesn’t matter how interesting it sounds. Trust me, it’s not. Even if you’re given a chance to play it for free, don’t even bother. You’d be hard-pressed to find a game worth less than this.

Overall Rating: 1.00

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