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Riot: Civil Unrest – Xbox One Review

Riot BannerHave you ever felt the need to protest a rise in your Council Tax or maybe you’re dead set against Fracking on some green belt where you live or maybe it’s something far more serious like a breach of your civil rights. The next question is how would you choose to voice your concerns or anger. Would you write a harsh letter, maybe pick up the phone and vent your anger that way or you could take a much more direct approach and march with your fellow protesters and take it straight to the man? What if the boot was on the other foot and it was your job to disperse this uprising and send them on their way before they can get any further?

Riot: Civil Unrest asks these questions of the player as it places you in the shoes of protesters and riot police in real world situations that have taken place around the world. It’s an intriguing concept that places you in a position of power where your decisions can turn a peaceful protest into a running battlefield where the mob rules or try a much more passive approach. Before each level begins you get the choice of controlling the protesters or the riot police as well as the difficulty you wish to play at.

Before each scenario plays out you get to choose how you want to set up the side you have picked to play as.Riot: Civil Unrest You can choose how many white flags you can carry, your defensive gear, how you divide your people up and how hostile your initial approach will be. How you set up here is critical because these choices will greatly affect the amount of people you have. You can use a variety of offensive and defensive items which you can use to rile antagonise the police with or help to subdue the protestors. You can also use various items to rally your rioters/police so you can use them more effectively.

Ordering a mass of people to do your bidding is as easy as using the joypad to select a specific command and highlight it. It’s a simple system that works well at times but for some reason doesn’t work well at other times. It’s unfortunate that in many cases my AI teammates just wouldn’t do what I asked them to do. Giving them an order to destroy something or rush forward and attack would either work or wouldn’t. It’s an extremely frustrating experience to see a mob of rioters/police pay no attention to your commands or even worse go and attack something else instead of your intended target.

Riot: Civil Unrest 2The graphics also cause problems of their own as your groups grow in size and end up looking like a congealed clump of crap as they merge together.. They tend to stick together as one and singling out a specific group for a taks becomes a chore on itself. That’s not to say that the graphics aren’t up to the job because they are it’s just these moments when you need clarity to see what’s happening and you just can’t.

Riot: Civil Unrest has the makings of a great game that’s not only factual but also strives to bring home the realities of public unrest. Whether your playing as the rioters or the police each side brings with it their own challenges and viewpoint of the situation. Unfortunately the games mechanics bring it down and the hit or miss AI turn what should have been an engrossing look at what happens when governments come up against the will of the people into just another run of the mill RTS game.

RIOT – Civil Unrest is available now for £14.99

Developer: IV Productions
Publisher: Merge Games
Website: RIOT – Civil Unrest
Twitter: @MergeGamesLtd

Review code supplied by Evolve PR

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