Beat Cop Review – Xbox One
When Beat Cop was released for PC, I was fairly stoked to play it. The graphics and humor looked right up my alley. Unfortunately, we were unable to get a chance to review it on PC. Fast forward to now, it is now available on consoles and this time the gamer gods graced us with a copy! Without further ado, let’s jump in and discuss an underrated game in my opinion.
Beat Cop is, in short, is a day to day cop simulator. There are of course all kinds of crap that comes along with the territory; your boss hates you, your wife is a friggin money grabbing pain in the ass, and the local gangs would like you dead. But hey…you can’t please everyone. The game starts off easy enough, to meet the business owners on the street and lay down some parking tickets. There are some funny stereotypical characters along your beat, some you can help or piss off. That really is the name of the game, help some more than others, and do just enough for the people you don’t care about to stay alive. The ticket part of the game starts off easy, but then the chief’s demands you have a certain amount of tickets for your quota and you get the bonus money, or you need to tow away a number of cars. Get bonuses for following directions, but get docked for not paying attention or falsely giving a ticket.
The story itself is fairly decent, you get falsely accused of stealing the Senators diamonds and you need to clear your name…with 21 days to do so. There are multiple endings depending on how you want to play your character. Every day an event will happen, sometimes humors, sometimes serious, all of them are anxiety-inducing. Sometimes you find yourself on one side of the street and get caught up in something that will make you miss an event that’s during a specific time and you are unable to make it. Many of the things you do every day get repetitive especially if it is not a story you want to work towards, such as being a clean cop. I enjoyed the options of different endings and not forced to play a single way and fail if you didn’t follow those rules.
Graphically I loved it. The pixel work and detail was fun to look at. The game takes place on a single city block and it’s teeming with life. Cars driving by, parking, getting out to buy, then back into the car to carry on their day. People walking, talking to each other, the buildings had their own look and feel. even pixelated it still felt..alive.
Overall I enjoyed Beat Cop. Many people complained about its repetitiveness but you’re playing a cop, which job is fairly repetitive, hell most simulations are ‘wash then repeat’ type game. Though sure it did feel a bit tasking, it wasn’t a game killer for me, there were other things going on to distract me from it being boring. With it being $14.99 base cost, this is something you want to keep watch on.
Editor’s Note: GameOctane editor Jason Germino received a code for review and to share his experiences with the GameOctane audience.
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+ Gorgeous pixel art
+ Fun humor
+ Multiple endings
+ The busy street feels alive
- Some tasks are frustrating if you don't time management right
- Some events were confusing and needed to reread the task to understand which direction I wanted to go