In the mid-90s, the first Crow film received decent reviews. In the world of 90s films, that means it absolutely needed to have a sequel. It could probably have received mediocre reviews and the film distributor would have instantly thrown a bunch of scriptwriters into a room and refused to release them until the sequel was penned. This incidently is probably how The Crow: City of Angels was written.
Thoughts on the franchise aside, there are so few games made about films that it seems a bit harsh to pick on one. But this one is infamously crap, which of course means I’ve had many requests to cover it. So here we are, the review of the PlayStation version. It was also released on DOS and Saturn because Acclaim didn’t discriminate with what crap they threw out.
Something of note is that you will see two slightly different-looking screens of the PS1 version in the video. I have the physical copy thanks to a benevolent viewer, but when I first started writing and recording this my capture card wasn’t working and I had to use an old ROM. When I found out the only thing wrong with my capture card was a wonky HDMI cable, I noticed the PS1 version I have has a different HUD at the top of the screen – a filled-in one, whereas the ROM version has a cutout design. I spent about an hour trying to work out why that would be a localisation change before realising I was wasting my precious time on something not very interesting. Which admittedly is something I do a lot, but you have to draw a line somewhere.
The only other interesting thing I left out of the video was that my friend Larry Bundy Jr told me there exists a PAL printing of the game on which the game is called City of Angles on the spine. I couldn’t find any proof of this online, but I so desperately want it to be true. I want the main character, Ashe, to tell us he can be xx your AnGle or your dEviL <xx3
Video below, please have a nice time.
As always, thank you for your support. I’ve been low on production because of university but should get back up to speed in the next couple of weeks. Also the lass I used to live with is now doing PA work for me and is doing the equivalent of poking me with a big stick via WhatsApp. She genuinely used to wake me up for work by poking me with a big stick when we lived together, so she knows what I’m like.