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Pursuit Force (PSP)
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on 21 November 2005
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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on 16 January 2006
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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on 8 April 2006
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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on 22 November 2005
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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on 20 January 2006
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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on 16 January 2006
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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on 19 June 2011
When we were kids we all had dreams of what we wanted to be when we were older. Some of us wanted to be firemen. Some of us wanted to be doctors; and some of us wanted to be policemen. If you had dreams of being the last one, or still do, then you may very well be interested in taking a look at Pursuit Force on the PSP.

Pursuit Force was published by Sony, developed by Bigbig Studios, and released in late 2005. You play the role of an unnamed new recruit of a police squad setup to take care of all the major criminal activity taking place in Capital State. Your foes include the likes of the mafia, the yakuza, and a group of seductive-but-dangerous women. Yep, you've definately got your hands full with this game.

Your main port of call is the Career mode. Here you have a list of missions involving five different criminal gangs. For each mission the police chief will give you a briefing on what's going on and what you need to do. During missions you'll be treated to some melodramatic comic-book styled acting from the characters involved, including some amusing one-liners such as "Don't die, or you're fired!"

The action is as Hollywood as video games come. There's driving, shooting, enemies dying, cars exploding, and you (the hero) looking neat and tidy at all times. The standout feature of PF is the ability to jump between vehicles. For instance: when you drive up close to an enemy car you can press the circle button to dive onto that car. You can then take out your enemies by pressing the L button to aim, and the R button to shoot before you can finally take control of the wheel.

The other noticeable feature is the "Justice Meter" at the bottom of the screen. Everytime you kill or arrest an enemy the meter starts to fill up. Once it's completely full you can press the triangle button to replenish your health and your vehicle's health. A full Justice Meter will also allow you to dive between vehicles in slow-motion, allowing you to shoot the enemies and kill them just before you land. It's OTT but I still like the look of it.

Anyway, successful completion of missions will earn you grades: a respectable C, a very good B, or an outstanding A. These grades will unlock races in Race mode; time trials in Time Trial mode; and images and videos for you to look at in the Gallery; not to mention other missions for you to complete.

The graphics are very impressive. They don't have the same glimmer and shine that the PSP Ridge Racer games do, but you will admire the explosions of the vehicles you've taken out. There's also a large amount of detail in the scenery, like in the buildings in city areas and the trees in forest areas. Too bad the rest of the game isn't up to par.

Pursuit Force lets itself down by setting the difficulty bar a tad too high at the start of the Career mode. Everytime you start a new mission the first few hundred (literally!) attempts will see either you or your car gunned down in record time, or your car lagging far behind the enemies' modes of transportation when you really need to be on their tails. It can be a frustrating experience as you try to figure out the correct techniques to close each case, and this only leads the later and "harder" missions to fill you with dread rather than excitement.

But the game's biggest flaw is its repetitiveness. You maybe driving a car, or a boat, or riding a bike. But apart from the occasional shooting-on-foot segments, pretty much all you're doing is diving between cars like a Superman ripoff and shooting the wheelmen. After a while you'll be begging to do something different, like making a cup of tea. The Races and Time Trials do provide a little variation, but it's not enough.

The best way I can describe Pursuit Force is that it's the Cheryl Cole of video games. All style, no substance. This game is best suited to anyone who is heavily addicted to action movies and games, in the same vein that hippies are addicted to trees. Them, plus all those childhood-policeman-dreamers. Everyone else should try and play something less repetitive, like Grand Theft Auto.
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on 19 November 2006
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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on 14 January 2006
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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on 27 December 2005
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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