ACTIVISION HITS THE GRITTY STREETS OF MANHATTAN WITH THE DEBUT OF TRUE CRIME: NEW YORK CITY
Santa Monica, CA â November 16, 2005 â Gamers can now wield the ultimate power on New Yorkâs city streets with the release of Activision, Inc.âs (Nasdaq: ATVI) True CrimeÂ®: New York City. The game puts players into the role of Marcus Reed, a former gang member turned cop who confronts four of New Yorkâs most deadly crime syndicates as he hunts down the murderer of his mentor, all while cleaning up neighborhoods from Chinatown to Harlem to Times Square. Mastering five fighting styles, advanced weaponry, special driving maneuvers and all-new interrogation tactics, gamers choose to walk the straight line and move up the police ranks or cross the limits of their authority.
âTrue Crime: New York City is the first game to deliver the ultimate urban drama set against a realistic version of Manhattan,â said Will Kassoy, vice president of global brand management for Activision Publishing. âThe gameâs deep and diverse gameplay takes players into the cityâs neighborhoods, buildings and subways and lets them virtually experience the city in a way that has never been possible in a videogame.â
In True Crime: New York City players turn in or take out shady informants, cold-blooded killers and ruthless criminals as they navigate an authentic recreation of a dynamic, free-roaming present-day Manhattan, which includes landmarks, subways, interiors, GPS-accurate streets and real neighborhoods. If players allow crime to go unchecked in any of Manhattanâs dynamically changing neighborhoods, the crime rate will soar, the streets will fill with trash, potholes and unsavory characters, and buildings and foliage will visibly deteriorate. Alternately, if players clamp down on crime in a neighborhood, crime rates fall and visual improvements will indicate their progress as well.
The game features a voiceover cast of seasoned actors who lent their distinct voice talents to the gameâs main characters. The cast includes Christopher Walken as FBI field agent Gabriel Whitting; Laurence Fishburne as drug kingpin Isaiah âThe Kingâ Reed; Mariska Hargitay as New York Police Lieutenant Deena Dixon; Mickey Rourke as New York Police Detective Terrence Higgins; Esai Morales as New York Police Organized Crime Unit Chief Victor Navarro; Traci Lords as madam Cassandra Hartz; Beetlejuice as himself; and up and coming actor Avery Waddell as former gangster turned cop Marcus Reed, the gameâs main character and Isaiah Reedâs son.
Also appearing in the game is hip hop artist Redman as a secret character in his own unlockable level called âRed Gone Wild.â Redman created two original tracks for the True Crime: New York City in-game soundtrack which features over 80 eclectic songs from NYC raised or transplanted bands, spanning such diverse genres as punk, hip hop, hardcore and rock, bringing a true East Coast sound to the game.
True Crime: New York City was developed by Luxoflux for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, XboxÂ® video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCubeâ¢ for a suggested retail price of $49.99. A Collectorâs Edition is also available for the Xbox for a suggested retail price of $59.99 and includes a behind the scenes feature, level walkthroughs, voiceover talent featurette, Redman level overview, gameplay trailer, crime families dossier and city guide trailers. The game is rated âMâ (âMatureâ â Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, and Use of Drugs) by the ESRB.