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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely hard, but extremely fun.
I must admit, that a game where you can jump from car to car, boat to boat, shooting, really appealed to me-it didn't mean it was going to be good, but this game turns out to be brilliant.
Pursuit Force is a new Law Enforcement agency that has been set up to take down the criminal underworld. Your a rookie cop in this agency and you'll need all your...
Published on 21 Nov 2005 by C. O'Connor

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this game is good fun and a blast at taking down the bad guys.quite good game play but a bit dated but overall fairly good.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely hard, but extremely fun., 21 Nov 2005
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C. O'Connor "chrisuk5" (Birmingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pursuit Force (PSP) (Video Game)
I must admit, that a game where you can jump from car to car, boat to boat, shooting, really appealed to me-it didn't mean it was going to be good, but this game turns out to be brilliant.
Pursuit Force is a new Law Enforcement agency that has been set up to take down the criminal underworld. Your a rookie cop in this agency and you'll need all your strength, wits and cunning to take out all the criminals. There are different groups you go against including the Warlords, the Vixens, and The Convicts. Its your job to clean up the city.
The graphics are great. There are many varied and detailed locations. The lighting is excellent, and the graphics are good accross the entire game, from the boating sections, to the walking sections, and even the driving sections. The characters are all show off the PSP's graphical potential.
The gameplay is brilliant. R1 shoots, and O makes you jump from vehicle to vehicle. Such simplistic controls mean that the game is a joy to play. The variety is great. The boating sections are good, and so are the driving sections, PLUS there are sections where you'll be on foot. There are over 30 missions in total in Career mode where you'll climb the ranks, from Rookie, to Captain (and higher.) Missions can involve taking out cars before they reach their destination, taking out certain people, or just beating someone to the border. If you get bored, there are time trial events to participate in and even races. Add to this the unlockable content (art work) and you've got a great game thats pleasing to look at, and fun to play.
Any drawbacks? This game is HARD, i mean REALLY HARD! You'll notice this almost immediately. Once you get to Lieutenant, it'll be almost impossible, and the fact that some missions are quite long and NONE have checkpoints mean that you'll end up screaming at the PSP on more than one occassion.
Overall, a great addition to the PSP, but only if you have patience.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helluva action game, 16 Jan 2006
This review is from: Pursuit Force (PSP) (Video Game)
Imagine, if you will, that car chase out of Matrix Reloaded. Yeah, the one with Agent Smith leaping from car to car to catch up with the Keymaker. Now, imagine that chase with helicopters, more sports cars, boats, guns and explosions, and you have Pursuit Force.
Hailing from new company Bigbig Studios (set up by 4 ex-Codemasters employees with the backing of WRC creators Evolution), Pursuit Force takes the driving chaos of Burnout and mixes it with True Crime-style shooting from the car and throws some mid-chase vehicular leaping in too. It's the fast-paced, in-your-face car chase Hollywood should have made a long time ago.
The Force of the title is, in the words of your in-game police chief "an elite force that'll root out every lowlife scumbag using the latest vehicles, weapons and special tactics". You can pretty much see where he's coming from: the game's Capitol City setting is infested with six gangs - from ex-mercenaries the Warlords to foxy bank robbers the Vixens - which you must dispose of in the game's main Career mode.
Pursuit Force's basic missions - or Cases, as the game calls them - generally involve either driving from A to B, or driving from A to C via B with some shooting in the middle. Although it sounds repetitive, it's kept original through the introduction of new weapons and vehicles. Nearly every - very highly detailed - car, bike or boat can be leapt on with a simple tap of Circle when pulled alongside. Following said leap, you can duck, dive and shoot at the occupants of the vehicle until it's yours. Holding Square lets you take cover over the side, and it's extremely thrilling, especially with the Hollywood-esque chase soundtrack - specially performed by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra - in the background to keep your heart in your mouth. Animation and details of the characters is also great, and little touches like your enemies' slumped bodies swaying to-and-fro as you turn your car improve the experience more.
Even while driving, it's possible to select a target with the L button and shoot them by hammering the R button. Weapons range from your standard pistols to shotguns and even rapid-fire miniguns. You pick them up through earning A-grades in missions or simply nicking them from captured cars. There's also the odd on-foot section which simply involves shooting down criminals or arresting them with a tap of R up close. It's not very demanding but fun nonetheless.
Tallying up the score and earning that A-grade is the Justice meter. In-game, a meter on the right tracks your progress as a lawkeeper, awarding you for taking down crims and penalising you for shooting civilians. When full it can be used for an emergency health boost or used to create a sure-shot jump which lets you take out foes during a vehicle-to-vehicle jump. However, the meter is deeply flawed as you can be penalised for hitting civilian cars rammed into your path by enemies, and this can be a touch annoying.
Pursuit Force has a few other flaws too. The handling isn't tight enough so turns you'd expect to scream through turn into battles to avoid the wall. The bikes generally don't handle very well and it's impossible to knock riders off, which isn't exactly a perfect idea. The game also has a very steep learning curve, and you'll find yourself dying. A lot. The voiceovers get a tad annoying too, and eventually you'll probably find yourself reaching for the volume control. There's the odd bit of pop-up too, but not much to annoy. That said, these little flaws are bearable and don't do much to hamper the game.
Other modes available are standard point-to-point races (complete with bad voiceovers) and the Time Trial mode, which get a bit boring after a while. Thankfully, replaying old Career missions is great fun and means a lot of replay value, so even if the races and time trials don't last you, the car-to-car leaping will.
In Pursuit Force we have one of PSP's first truly original games - a mash-up of Hollywood and Burnout creating a truly exhilirating experience with top-notch gameplay and forgivable flaws that'll last you some time, but not quite forever. But which games do? None - this makes Pursuit Force an essential package.
Graphics - 4.5/5
Sound - 3.5/5
Gameplay - 4/5
Lifespan - 4/5
Overall - 4/5
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pursuit Force, 8 April 2006
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darve33 (London, Greater London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Pursuit Force (PSP) (Video Game)
I bought this game about 3 weeks ago and I have already completed it. The gameplay is good and the graphics are amazing. I have to say the first mission of the game sets the tone as the game is hard. Some of the missions are ridicolously hard such as the final Convicts mission and the final mission of the game.
Although once you have completed the game there isn't much point in it as the races and time trials aren't the great. This led me to sell it in the end.
I would recommend this game for it's graphics and story mode but if you want a long lasting game I would suggest you get another game
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Class, 22 Nov 2005
This review is from: Pursuit Force (PSP) (Video Game)
I don't write reviews... I can't be bothered usually. but this game has inspired me to tell others about how good it is! It has the same level of polish and quality as ridge racer, you feel like your playing a real quality game from start to finish with great animation, music, menu system and gameplay. It's old school arcade action like chase hq but with the polish of a top notch modern day game. It has all the fun of the best car chases you've seen in movies except your in control. My one critcism is that roads you play on are all pretty liniar without any detours or shortcuts but the gameplay makes up for that tiny niggle.
Gameplay is not just about chasing after the bad guy, jumping onto their car and shooting them. The missions are diverse and varied and you change from being chaser to chased, road to river and a mix of many other vehicles to boot.
This game is great! Buy it! If your looking for great arcade action that tests your skills while filling you to the brim with eyecandy, buy this game.
9.5/10 there's always room for improvement ;)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In Pursuit of Excellence...., 20 Jan 2006
This review is from: Pursuit Force (PSP) (Video Game)
Pursuit force was the main reason I brought a PSP, from reading the box and countless previews/reviews of it, this game has all the elements to be amazing - chasing down criminals whilst leaping from moving vehicles, performing Matrix-style slow-motion leaps and unloading 100's of bullets into enemies before taking over their car/boat/bike!
To be honest I wasn't expecting much and from the under whelming first mission you get to play, Pursuit Force didn't initially deliver. However, once past that simple escort mission you soon get the hang of jumping on cars, hanging off the side to avoid fire and building up your justice gauge.
The graphics are easily the best I've witnessed on PSP, with bullet holes appearing on the roof of the car as you shoot the enemies inside, glass shatters and everything looks super glossy and shiny (there are some excellent lighting effects) however, when things get crowded (often mid-mission at a very difficult point) there is some slow-down.
So how does it play? Very much as you'd expect, it's great, you get to do exactly what the box says however, this game is hard....no frustrating... no insanely-smash-your-psp-against-the-wall-in-a-fit-of-rage hard. You see there are times when Pursuit Force is the game you want to play and you'll genuinely love but then there are the times when Pursuit Force throws a mission at you that you'll end up doing about 40times or more before you pass it, it's these times and the lack of checkpoints that mean you can easily grow to loath Pursuit Force - it has one steep learning curve!
However, if you can get past that minor "fault" and you're looking for a game that pushes the PSP to the limits both graphically and in terms of game play (think you're up to the insane difficulty level?) then Pursuit Force is the game for you!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helluva action game, 16 Jan 2006
This review is from: Pursuit Force (PSP) (Video Game)
Imagine, if you will, that car chase out of Matrix Reloaded. Yeah, the one with Agent Smith leaping from car to car to catch up with the Keymaker. Now, imagine that chase with helicopters, more sports cars, boats, guns and explosions, and you have Pursuit Force.
Hailing from new company Bigbig Studios (set up by 4 ex-Codemasters employees with the backing of WRC creators Evolution), Pursuit Force takes the driving chaos of Burnout and mixes it with True Crime-style shooting from the car and throws some mid-chase vehicular leaping in too. It's the fast-paced, in-your-face car chase Hollywood should have made a long time ago.
The Force of the title is, in the words of your in-game police chief "an elite force that'll root out every lowlife scumbag using the latest vehicles, weapons and special tactics". You can pretty much see where he's coming from: the game's Capitol City setting is infested with six gangs - from ex-mercenaries the Warlords to foxy bank robbers the Vixens - which you must dispose of in the game's main Career mode.
Pursuit Force's basic missions - or Cases, as the game calls them - generally involve either driving from A to B, or driving from A to C via B with some shooting in the middle. Although it sounds repetitive, it's kept original through the introduction of new weapons and vehicles. Nearly every - very highly detailed - car, bike or boat can be leapt on with a simple tap of Circle when pulled alongside. Following said leap, you can duck, dive and shoot at the occupants of the vehicle until it's yours. Holding Square lets you take cover over the side, and it's extremely thrilling, especially with the Hollywood-esque chase soundtrack - specially performed by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra - in the background to keep your heart in your mouth. Animation and details of the characters is also great, and little touches like your enemies' slumped bodies swaying to-and-fro as you turn your car improve the experience more.
Even while driving, it's possible to select a target with the L button and shoot them by hammering the R button. Weapons range from your standard pistols to shotguns and even rapid-fire miniguns. You pick them up through earning A-grades in missions or simply nicking them from captured cars. There's also the odd on-foot section which simply involves shooting down criminals or arresting them with a tap of R up close. It's not very demanding but fun nonetheless.
Tallying up the score and earning that A-grade is the Justice meter. In-game, a meter on the right tracks your progress as a lawkeeper, awarding you for taking down crims and penalising you for shooting civilians. When full it can be used for an emergency health boost or used to create a sure-shot jump which lets you take out foes during a vehicle-to-vehicle jump. However, the meter is deeply flawed as you can be penalised for hitting civilian cars rammed into your path by enemies, and this can be a touch annoying.
Pursuit Force has a few other flaws too. The handling isn't tight enough so turns you'd expect to scream through turn into battles to avoid the wall. The bikes generally don't handle very well and it's impossible to knock riders off, which isn't exactly a perfect idea. The game also has a very steep learning curve, and you'll find yourself dying. A lot. The voiceovers get a tad annoying too, and eventually you'll probably find yourself reaching for the volume control. There's the odd bit of pop-up too, but not much to annoy. That said, these little flaws are bearable and don't do much to hamper the game.
Other modes available are standard point-to-point races (complete with bad voiceovers) and the Time Trial mode, which get a bit boring after a while. Thankfully, replaying old Career missions is great fun and means a lot of replay value, so even if the races and time trials don't last you, the car-to-car leaping will.
In Pursuit Force we have one of PSP's first truly original games - a mash-up of Hollywood and Burnout creating a truly exhilirating experience with top-notch gameplay and forgivable flaws that'll last you some time, but not quite forever. But which games do? None - this makes Pursuit Force an essential package.
Graphics - 4.5/5
Sound - 3.5/5
Gameplay - 4/5
Lifespan - 4/5
Overall - 4/5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great I guess, 19 Nov 2006
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This review is from: Pursuit Force (PSP) (Video Game)
this was my first game for PSP and at first it was amazing, but you get really annoyed as it goes on because it is VERY hard! But, if you haven't thrown your psp at the wall, it is a good game.

I got annoyed and didn't play it in ages but then one day I said "Why Not?" And gave it another shot. It was as fun as it was at first.

I reccommend this game for anyone and despite a LOT of bad reviews from others, it is better than they say!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game but very hard, 14 Jan 2006
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Mr. Mohamed R. Jaffer "mohamed242" (London England) - See all my reviews
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When i bought this game i didnt think it was going to be special but i was very wrong. This game is amazing but pretty hard. If you loose a mission you will be determined to do it again and again and again until you pass the mission and win, very addictive. Funny why they sell such a good game free with a psp. I would recomend this to anyone who likes a bit of stealth, action and playing with guns
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Game, 27 Dec 2005
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I got this game for christmas and, after unrapping all my other presents, i got round to playing this.
First off, i will tell you what this game is.
An adrenaline rush of shooting, bullets, babes and lots of horsepower.
The main attraction of this game is the career mode. This involves five gangs (six missions each) and 6 ranks. As you work your way up the ranks you unlock more missions and more gangs. The missions themselves are split up into driving, boating, on rails shooting and on foot, well, shooting.
While driving or boating you can jump from cars to cars or you can just shoot to destroy. As you jump to different cars you gain new and better weapons. On rails is slef explanetery as you get behingd a minigun on a chopper and shoot away. On foot you run around locking on and shooting people. One small niggle i have to say with this part is the lock on can be a bit dodgy.
On level 3 of every gang you fight a leutenant and on level 6 you fight the boss, and this is where my main worry comes in.
Most missions in this game are rather easy and quite fun (especially one called Wilde's Boys). However the boss levels are incredibaly hard and fustrating. Be prepared to scream at your PSP on various occasions.
Overall it is a great game and fully worthy of a 4 star rating. 5? Not quite. However, if you can be prepared to wait, get the U.S. version. It is having it's difficulty fixed, and therefore, would be a killer app. Sadly though, you will need to have a lot of will and determination to get anywhere on this game.
Great game, just really hard.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pursuit Force, 26 Dec 2005
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I got this and personal i thought i could be let down. But how wrong was i this is a great game gameplay is fantastic,espically jumping from car to car or boat to boat a great game i think if u own a PSP you should have. But be warned this games is hard.
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