This is the Police – Review (Switch)
This is the Police was a refreshing change of pace to some of the games I’ve been playing lately: I.E. Fortnite, SpellForce III. Especially with it being on the Nintendo Switch now, I was able to play where ever I wanted and since I’ve been sick lately…It was just what the doctor ordered.
The gameplay behind This is the Police is fairly simple. You play as the police chief and you send cops to crimes around the city. Seems easy right? Not in the slightest. You have multiple crimes going on at different or the same time, causing you to pick and choose who to send or if you can even respond to the call. Some officers are amazing and can be trusted, others are terrible and tend to miss work due to being drunk.
The user interface is fairly simple, You’re looking at a scaled map of the city, complete with roads and buildings. You’ll get an alert for either a crime, a request from City Hall, or a mafia boss requesting your help. Yes, the mafia is involved. I’ll touch on that in the story part, as well as the conversation choices. You select the officers that will respond to the call, and they will be unable to be used again until they make it back to the station. This is where a lot of the strategy management comes in. Do you want to send your best officer on a little crime, or send a lesser ranked officer in hopes they can handle it and something bigger will come arrive. I found that mixing the top officers and the lower officers on the same call help advance the lower ranking ones.
The same idea goes for Investigations. You send detectives and assign them to the case. After a while, they will report back to you with photographic images. You have to read the clues from witnesses to get the order correct. They have the first image and last image in place, it’s up to you to build the story. Once you solved the case, you will have to send some officers and even SWAT to go get the accused.
Sounds a bit more complicated now right? Now add a time when it needs to be completed by. Now you’re frantically moving resources around to get cases solved when City Hall requests it.
The graphics felt right at home, no major detail, polygons, and nothing really brightly colored. It added to the Noire style police theme they were aiming for. These aren’t major 3D hyper-realistic models, but with the way the game plays, I have no complaints at all.
The audio part of the game is fun if you take advantage of it. There is some fun voice acting that really molds the image of the character, in the lack of details in the graphics. You can feel how tired the tired worn out police chief is, and how he reacts to certain choices you choose in conversation.
The fun part is you get to choose the song you want to listen to and using the in-game money you can purchase new music to listen to. From Chopin, Beethoven, or Jazz, it’s a fun little addition to help paint the picture a little better on the times this game was set in.
This is driving force of the game comes from. It would be a decent game with the above gameplay, but with the addition of the story, it helps drive this game into a hit. Without ruining any part of the game, you have about 180 days until retirement, and you want about $500,000 before you get to that retirement. There is so much drama in the way of your goals, The mafia, corruption, fights with City Hall, and many more personal issues you come across while playing. The longer in the days you get, the deeper you get immersed in this world and the more information about how screwed up this town really becomes clear.
I’ve had to start and stop multiple times…due to my choices to answers. This really gets the game into the interesting dialog and moral choices. I decided I did not want to help the mayor, he made my life a living hell. You really don’t want to piss off the mafia either, but you also can’t keep everyone happy… I’ll leave it at that.
This game has quite a few moral choice and dilemmas you will come across, each one with their own repercussions. You will most likely fail a few times, and being able to skip the cutscenes allows you to try to get back to where you were in the game earlier..and hopefully not screw up. For a single player, non-online game it has some decent replay value, after a completion or two, you may never touch it again. But you won’t forget the experience
This is the Police is a dark gritty cop noir game, with real-world moral choices. By having this game on the Nintendo Switch makes it an ideal game to grab and lose some hours into it away from a TV screen. Highly recommend it!
Note: GameOctane Editor Jason Germino received a code for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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+ Fun gritty police strategy game
+ Good replayability due to moral choices in game
+ Music purchases (with in-game money) is a fun addition
+ Decent voice acting