Police Force 2 (PC DVD)
- Question witnesses and examine crime scenes
- Four vehicles including two patrol cars, vans and an unmarked car
- Use a large selection of modern police equipment including radios, PDAs, handcuffs and firearms
- A police station to explore which includes a forensics lab to analyse fingerprints and other materials
- A free play option that includes dynamically generated emergency calls
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- Platform: Windows 7 / Vista / XP
- Media: DVD-ROM
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Experience the spectacular police simulation game from the creators of Police Force in its brilliant sequel, Police Force 2. Boasting a dozen new features including two new diverse districts and adjusting the skills of your officers, you must patrol the city to protect the citizens and fight crime.
Your officers’ responsibilities include attending traffic accidents, responding to reports of violence and kidnapping. A variety of tools return from the first game including the PDA, firearms, handcuffs and the brand new breathalyser.
A new addition to Police Force 2 includes a fully working police station. You can visit your office to advance your career but you’ll also need to work with colleagues in the forensics lab to analyse fingerprints and other materials.
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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.
"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.
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.
Graphically it's not as good as the big budget games but the game play is engaging. Doesn't work well all the time but still enjoyable.
At times the Police characters seem to walk in to walls and the car isn't to easy to use.
Solving the crimes is good fun.
For the money this is a good game, not one that will keep me coming back for more but I'll visit it once in a while.
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.