Police Chase Review
Police Chase seems like an exciting proposition. Many games put you in the ‘criminal’ role, running from the police, there aren’t many that put you in the role of the law. Even less that have a whole game dedicated to it. My research prior to playing the game was purely watching the trailer which I’ve included below. And I thought it looked decent all things considered. This is an indie game after all, so I wasn’t expecting the glitz and glamour of a mainstream AAA title, so tailored my expectations accordingly. So, going into the game, I was reasonably optimistic. Unfortunately, my optimism was totally misplaced.
I’m happy to put my cards on the table here, it takes a lot for a racing game to grab me. I tend to lean more towards arcade style racing games. The Need for Speeds and Forza Horizon’s of the worlds. I can appreciate how good these games are (granted NFS has had its fair share of hiccups), even my attention does tend to wane after 10-20 hours playtime. Police Chase, whatever way you look at it, is a terrible game.
When I go about reviewing, I try my best to play as much of a game as I can. I don’t always get to the end, but I give them a fair crack. This is the first time in a long time that I had to give up after a couple of hours. I cannot find any redeeming features. It’s horrible to say because the developers have put their time and resources to create this. But my god is it bad.
From the outset, it’s obvious that we’re in for a total cheesefest with the ‘story’. I don’t know who wrote the dialogue for the game, but even the best voice actors couldn’t save it. Every character is at fault too. And bizarrely the worst cast character is the protagonist. Tom is a grade A arsehole. I’m not sure whether there was an attempt to make him a cocky loveable type, but it’s fallen flat.
The best thing I can think of comparing the game to is an old (bad) arcade cabinet racer. Still cartoon cutscene playout over the dreadful dialogue, bland graphics with terrible pop in populate the world, and the controlling of the vehicles is some of the worst I’ve ever seen. There was a point when I thought that we were back in a time when something like Crazy Taxi had just been released (though that would be a disservice to Crazy Taxi) and we’d missed the years of progress in car handling in video games.
The game does feature a story mode, which slowly guides you through the different types of gameplay it offers and there’s a free roam mode. But the game world was so bland the first time around I didn’t even bother attempting free roam. At no point did I feel like anything I was doing was particularly relevant, or did I feel like a powerful law enforcer.
I take no joy in slating a game. Particularly when it’s from a smaller developer who has likely spent a large percentage of the budget into the game. But I cannot emphasise any more how poor an effort this is. Across the board. Do not waste your money on this title.
Shoutout to Digerati for the opportunity to review this game.