Police Chief Jack Boyd has only half year till he gets retired. Drunken and tired of stress job, full with bensedins and everything, it’s personification of the man who for a lifetime has seen and done everything, man who got stumped by many things and he is left in chair to wait for a moment to get dropped from a job which is his only thing done with ease and joy. Goal is simple, half milion dollar for 180 days before he get into retirement, should be easy money when mafia is holding his back ?
This Is The Police gives you opportunity to play with power and director of all police and SWAT units of frictional city Freeburg. Every day during those 180 you will come on job, sit in front of your city, picking up calls and distribute units of law and order. Cases are different from family conflicts, small thiefs to gangs fights so you will need to make clear choices. Later through the game you will need to deal with more complicated cases, try to stop riots with your special troops and many more scenarios. We mentioned mafia – they are going to be reason why you get more money IF you decide to close your eyes and “forget” to send units on some of the locations where they are doing jobs. Your status with mayor will develop from day to day, you will see short cinematics but and daily news which you as Boyd will be checking them every morning with cup of coffee.
Power which game gives you through police unit is only on first sight meaningful but you will realize very soon that if you are not playing as they “above” command your progress will become impossible. Already in first week you will need job to ditch all policemans which are not white, with crazy reason; mayor is afraid that there might be some sort of riots. Now you have a choice to ignore that but with consequences later for being disobedient. Do you have opportunity to defend your opinion ? Absolutely not, whatsoever Boyd even in one moment will not change his habbits no matter how unsuccessful you are.
Exactly those literally linear facts are something which prevents this game to fulfill potential. Here we have bad balance of progress and rewards but also and warnings which game gives every day. If you didn’t dismiss mentioned units, city will eventually lower your resources and then you will need without any option, to dismiss those because you will not have enough space for all your units in station. Bad moves are really hard to fix and that can result in forcing player to restart whole campaign which, again, last 180 days.
Atleast for a brief moments, This Is The Police gives impression that you really have open hands to control everything with really nice and relaxing jazz music. The presentation is minimalist, but extremely impressive, without not needed crap from interface which would only bother new players. One of details which we found interesting is unlocking soundtracks by buying new vinyl records from catalog. Excellent actors on head with John St John (known as voice of Duke Nukem) are brilliant and you will want more cinematics through the game.
This Is The Police is good idea, not really good realization with potential to be much more then what it is at current stage.