3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Police Force 2 is a vast improvement over some of its ilk, and has a fair few things to enjoy, but like so many of its kind - Utility Vehicle Simulator, for instance - it suffers from a number of flaws that make it a bit of a chore to play.
The most noticeable flaw is the graphics. PF2 is several generations behind the curve - it compares poorly with GTA San Andreas, a game almost a decade old. Configuration is minimal, and engine optimisation is very poor; a game this simple has no right to be this sluggish on a modern system.
Gameplay also has its flaws. Movement feels cumbersome, with both vehicle and pedestrian movement feeling like the roads are made of treacle, and map design is clunky. The mission structure is simplistic, minimap guidance is confusing at best, and there is little to draw one in.
That said, however, there is a fair amount of fun to be had. It's not huge fun, but dipping in for half an hour can be surprisingly enjoyable - I've come to think of it as Minesweeper with blues and twos. This is never going to be a great game, or even good; even eight or ten years ago it would have been described as competent, nothing more. But going in with the right expectations, and it can be good enough.
This must be the few Excalibur titles that has actually installed problem-free on Windows XP. Why am I pointing this out first? I guess it was more of a surprise than anything when the game started OK. Even the menus and UI look a lot more modern.
As for the gameplay, Police Force 2 has more in common with the Lethal Weapon film series; entertaining, but quite mindless. Like other simulations, you begin your career as a rookie with the briefest of briefs to set you on your way. Sure enough, you complete tasks and have the opportunity to higher your ranking within the police squad, but there is no reward for your work.
It doesn't help that the AI is ridiculously bad. In fact, it's so poor that it provides a lease of entertainment that was never intended, which brings to question how you could release a 3D simulation in which criminals AND innocent citizens have a brain the size of a walnut. A great example of this is your police car's siren, which as soon as it is activated, causes all the other traffic around you to freeze in their place. Turn the siren off and they move instantly. Or criminals whom, as soon as they have been 'spotted' by other members of your squad in town, stand still with no-one else around them until you arrive, ready to be interrogated. Then, if they start to attack you, they just stand flailing their legs and throwing jabs into the air! Time to 'throw' on the handcuffs (literally).
The graphics are very smart, and that again is quite surprising given Excalibur's track record. I think they've finally left the PS2 age...
In short, this is a title purely for the simulation completist.
on 20 June 2013
So, Police Force 2.
Well, based on previous reviews, I was a little dubious about purchasing this. Even at £14.99, it did seem a little on the pricey side for what it is. The reviews for Police Force, the first incarnation of this, were terrible, but the reviews for 2 seemed a bit more positive, so I decided to bite the bullet.
First of all, installation is simple, and even though I'm running XP on my desktop, I had no real issues. It really is click-click-click-done. No CD key, just plug and go.
I started it up, and quickly noticed that its a very simple menu. Create a profile, name your male and female officers, and you're good to go. A little quirk I noticed straight away is that it defaults in the game settings to medium level graphic quality. If you want to change that to 'high' you need to restart the game. Another quirk, the autorun screen from the CD doesn't disappear when you run the game, and if you don't exit this, during loading you will see a giant black box appear randomly causing lag on your game. This can be very annoying, but the quick fix is to alt-tab out and close it, then reopen the game.
The gameplay is relatively straight forward, although I did find the controls a little clumsy at the start. Don't get hooked on holding down the right mouse button to rotate the view - which you have to do whilst on foot in order to turn. The A and D keys strafe left and right, not turn you. If you keep holding down the right mouse button whilst driving however, it will cause you a seriously bad drive. Stick to W,A,S,D for driving.
The incidents do tend to get a little repetitive, and only really give you a 2 minute window between them to do the primary 'Order of the Day', which can be very complicated and need long periods of time to achieve - which you don't get unless you ignore emergency calls.
Another annoyance, which others have noticed and commented on here, driving the vehicles really is a challenge.
The AI is absolutely retarded to the point of needing to go to a special school. Pedestrians will aimlessly leap out into the road even with blues & twos going at full pelt, which makes pursuits amazingly hair-raising. You fail the whole shift, regardless of the effort you've done if you run over a pedestrian. The car driving AI is the same to an extent. The cars get out of your way on lights and sirens, but sometimes actually get IN your way causing you to have to do three point turns to execute simple right hand turns.
A casual observation would be that the sounds, skins and indeed much of the detailing, has come from the Emergency 3/4 franchise. Avid players of the game will notice that the main police car is identical, as is the ambulance. The sirens are a dead ringer - annoying as they are - and there is no way to reskin to a different country's police service. You're stuck in Germany, and that's it.
Another thing to be aware of, you start in your 'office', which is a very nice touch, but do not be fooled for a second by the crap on the back of the box. Your office is just a spawn point, nothing more. You can't do anything in there, you can't interact with anything, and it says you can 'progress your career from your office' which is total bull. It does it automatically at the end of the shift - promotes you automatically, gives you commendations automatically, assigns you knew areas automatically - there is no user interaction at this stage whatsoever. You can't 'refuse' a promotion or 'decline' a new area. You just get it. I'm not complaining, I'm just saying that the wording implies you have some say over your career development, when in actuality, all you do is accumulate points, and 'x' value of points gets you a new rank - which is not displayed on your avatars whatsoever.
Just a word to the wise - never use your PDA on a civilian car driving around the city unless you're ready for a police chase. Absolutely every single AI car will spawn a police chase, and you can only start one when you're out of the car. Its a quick way to wrack up some points if you complete your order of the day, as it counts as an emergency, but it does get tedious. Also, something to bear in mind, the vehicle you are in must be 100% perfectly stationary before you can leave it. If its on an incline and starts rolling, you can't get out. This can be rather annoying in a pursuit.
Overall, if you want to play at being a cop, and learning the basic gist of a day in the life of a police officer - you can't go too far wrong with this game. Its very early 2000's in terms of its graphics and the AI leaves a lot to be desired, but the overall experience is a generally pleasing one.
Police Force 2 ... not bad, not bad at all.
"Police Force 2" is an entertaining mix of simulation and strategy. You play the part of a police officer patrolling the city and fighting crime. The game is pretty easy to install and although there are no instrucions as such, you do get to start the game with a few neat tutorials which certainly help you get a grasp of gameplay.
There are some interesting and enjoyable elements to the game, for example you can question witnesses and examine crime scenes, you also get to explore a police station which includes a forensics lab to analyse fingerprints and other materials. In addition you are able to use a large selection of modern police equipment including radios, PDAs, handcuffs and firearms which makes the game all that more interesting.
To sum up, "Police Force 2" is an absorbing and enjoyable Pc game that has the ability to keep you engrossed for quite a while.
However I'm female, do not play on either the Xbox 360 or the Playstation 3 and therefore do not expect much in the way of graphics, so that probably has something to do with my opinion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Police force 2 is a sequel game for police force. The game features lots of new features such as new districts where the game operates, new skills used by the operatives and police officers. Fairly realistic duties of police staff include patrolling of streets, preventing crime, responding to police calls, traffic accidents, reports of violence and even kidnapping.
With any simulator game you get out of it what you put in. This one is no different. It's actually quite addictive but you don't need to be putting in hours and hours of solid gameplay to enjoy it, (nor can I imagine any gamer wanting to, to be honest). It's just as good if you dip in and out of it when the mood takes you. It feels good to be keeping the streets free of bad guys but things like traffic violations can seem a bit unnatural when everyone within shouting distance stops dead whenever you holler.
It's a nice game for the price and the controls are easy to master. It's easy to pick up and put down as the mood strikes but it's not the sort of game you'll be losing sleep over to try and complete. It's just not that sort of game...
I assume there's a Police Force 1 but I haven't played that one so I don't know if the graphics or gameplay have improved or worsened in Police Force 2 but the graphics weren't terrible and the gameplay was engaging.
The player begins as a rookie officer, working with a partner. The player can control either officer, as they have different attributes, equipment etc. During a shift there is a daily order to complete, but also, emergency situations occur, and these should be completed within the shift. At the end of a shift a debrief informs the player how successful he has been. As experience is gained commendations and promotion is possible.
Control can be on foot, or by jumping in to a police car or van, and faster speed is achieved by holding the shift key down.
I am left-handed and find the designated action keys alien to my brain! However, progress is being made, and it is really rewarding to feel that I have the power to investigate, stop, arrest, even pepper-spray or nightstick, resisting suspects.
I played this with a teenager, who is more likely to be the target customer of this game. We both enjoyed the game, and found it to be quite realistic, although the controls take getting used to.
Installation was easy, and it was pretty straight-forward to start playing. We both liked the forensics lab, and the teenager learnt a bit about fingerprints and got the general gist of lab work (I'm also sure you could pick this up from any cop show on TV!)
I thought that it was quite a well-rounded police game, but my teenage friend said that he would have liked taking the suspects to court and having trials. I don't think I would spend too long playing this, but my teenage partner said that it was "awesome", especially the undercover BMW you get to drive and the car crashes (!)
on 14 October 2013
I'm a bit of one of those unusual [some would say crazed] people who like Excalibur games precisely because they are, sometimes, a bit rubbish. This to my mind can lend them a certain charm... but I like the way they tackle different, sometimes everyday activities with a degree of verve on clearly a tight development budget. And they are improving... Police Force 2 is going in the right direction and quite successfully builds on the first version. It covers all aspects of police work in a fun way but actually a quite realistic one too at times it feels.
So for the wannabe copper out there, try at your hand at maintaining order in the mean streets with this game, as at this level and price, I don't think there are any better.
Theree's alot going on in this game, and there certainly is plenty to do, from questioning a suspect and so on and so forth. It gets to be the same thing over and over again though, so if you are looking for fast paced game with variety, this is not it. It's more of a procedural, and that on its own is enjoyable, but not something that I can see myself playing day in and day out for months on end. This is more of a game to play for abit, and when the reprition gets to you, put down and come back to after a few weeks time. The game loaded without ny issues, and the graphics weren't terrible, but they were not the most high end either. A good middle of teh road game with the nice twist for Uk players that they are playing German Polizei.