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Reclaim the Streets,
This review is from: Police Simulator 2 (PC CD) (CD-ROM)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)This simulation and strategy game from Excalibur has a retro feel; from the 70's cop show sounding music, to the Playstation era top down strategy game graphic style.
Admittedly a bit on the steep side at £17, it's certainly not a disaster to play, and has kept me coming back most nights this week to build on my progress.
It has a gentle and helpful learning curve that allows you to explore and get to know menu and command structure. Yes it's complex but not frustratingly so. You start out setting simple duties after recruiting your teams, and then as the game progresses you can promote your officers and equip them with increasingly expensive and effective vehicles and equipment.
The missions vary in style, but increasingly test your abilities as Chief to manage your resources. Get another station too quickly after equipping yourself with full teams and a fleet of vehicles, and you'll find your cash flow slipping into the minus, and until you build credit you can't develop your units. Ignore the repair status of your vehicles and they will be only able to crawl to a crime scene.
All this is engrossing enough and the world of the game does draw you in as you wait to find out what your next missions and rewards will be.
On the downside it has crashed my computer and frozen a few times, and my pc can run 3D world games / more complex titles competently and speedily enough. It is a game that rewards patience, but the stately pace can frustrate at times. And it is does feel over-priced.
That said, it manages to reward your patience with some engrossing game-play that uses your grey cells as well as your trigger finger.
As they used to say in Hill Street Blues, "Let's be careful out there."