Crime Life: Gang Wars
takes place in a crime-ridden city that is in no threat of being remedied by the corrupt police force. As Tre, a new recruit to the Outlawz gang, you are attempting to work your way up the criminal ranks while taking out the rival gang in the city, the Headhunterz. The story doesnít get any more creative than this. Instead, much of the writing effort seems to have gone into finding more ways to incorporate the letter "z" into every word in the English language.
The game progresses through a linear set of missions that usually donít make any sense or give you any kind of motivation to do them. More often than not, they degrade into a huge, unorganized street brawl with you in the center of it mashing buttons in hopes of hurting someone.
Apart from the boring missions is a small list of other activities that you can take part in to increase your reputation on da streetz. Organized fighting is the most popular, but all this does is basically cut away the exploration parts of the missions and allow you to take part in just the awful combat system.
Other activities include shoplifting and tagging logos on walls. Accomplishing these tasks is about as boring as watching paint dry. They are far less than simple mini games and do nothing to help out the rest of this lackluster game.
And now to round out the awfulness that is Crime Life : the A.I. Quite possibly the worst A.I. I have seen to date, the enemies in Crime Life are about as intelligent as a mentally challenged kindergartener. Sometimes they will slowly walk right up into your face without attacking. Other times, they will run around looking for different people to fight without really accomplishing anything. This doesnít help either when you begin to be able to order your comrades around, which means the A.I. pretty much renders that aspect of the game useless.