The Crow: City of Angels

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The Crow: City of Angels
The Crow City of Angels Sega Saturn.jpg
3-D fighting with a regret./PC was a Piece of Crap, PS was a Piece of Sh*t, and the Saturn was a satanic turd.
Genre: Beat'em Up Action Adventure
Platforms: PlayStation
Sega Saturn
Microsoft Windows
Release Date: February 28, 1997 (Playstation)
Developer: Gray Matter
Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment
Franchise: The Crow
Previous Game: The Crow
Next Game: The Crow: Salvation

The Crow: City of Angels is a 1997 movie-tie-in game from Acclaim for the PlayStation, Sega Saturn and PC. The movie itself is a sequel to Brandon Lee's last movie, The Crow, itself based on James O'Barr’s comic book. The game was developed by Gray Matter.

Why It Sucks

  1. Slow and clunky tank controls. Even the first few Resident Evil games has the same shit controls.
  2. Poor camera.
  3. Long load times which can get very annoying.
  4. Poor graphics, even by 1996 standards, with Resident Evil style pre-rendered graphics and very blocky 3D models, although the PC version has sharper backgrounds due to higher resolution.
  5. Unfair AI. They have unlimited ammo when equipped with guns and can hit you easily.
  6. Enemies never stop taunting you with the same exact line of dialogue ("Hey clown-face!").
  7. Every time you pick up a gun, you only get a few shots before you run out of ammo.
  8. Hit detection is so poor that it is almost non-existent. Most of your attacks phase through enemy AI as if they are ghosts.
  9. Mediocre and repetitive music.
  10. In the movies and comics, the Crow is immune to bullets. In this game however, he takes damage when he gets shot.
  11. It is very difficult to get through the game even on easy mode. There is however a password system to help you skip the levels.
  12. While the PlayStation and PC ports both have an invincibility cheat that can help players beat the game very easily, the Saturn port does not have that cheat.
  13. The shadowy and dark visuals, while fitting for The Crow, make it difficult to see.


Deepthroat Ghoul

5 months ago
Score 1

Does anyone else besides me get the vibe that the mainstream is just trying to ruin The Crow franchise, like James O'Barr created it and said mainstream wants to destroy it?

Now, I'm not gonna say this is the worst game ever made, but if you're going to use The Crow license, why not at least take the time to develop a decent game? When it comes to gameplay, presentation, and just about every other aspect of this game, it seems completely uninspired.

This game was released in the year 1997, so there was a lot of beat-em-ups out there, such as Guardian Heroes, Die Hard Arcade, Battle Circuit, Nightmare Creatures, and Fighting Force.

Basically, there should've been a lot of inspiration and possible directions to go with this game. However, Acclaim and Gray Matter decided to go against the grain and just make something not worth playing.

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