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Gameplay 4.0
Graphics 5.0
Sound 6.0
Value 6.0
Developer: Aspyr
Review Date:
May 2007
Reviewer:
Edwin Milheim
Classification: PG

4.0


The Shield

Game reviewed on an Alienware system

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The Shield is one of those TV shows that ride the cutting edge of entertainment. Combined with interesting characters and story lines and jaw dropping action, The Shield is one of those shows I watch and record on my digital TV recorder. So some time ago when I heard that they where making a game, I was both excited and worried. How the heck where they going to capture something like this show? This almost living breathing adventure that sucks you in and does not let go? Just when you think you can breathe easy something else happens that just makes you gasp in surprise and awe. Now imagine the disappointment when the game was delayed, and then canceled. Now jump ahead years later and the game smashes onto store shelves in a not very imaginative box display, and not much in the line of press at all.

In fact, since the spine of the game box does not have the title on it for you to see, unless you pick it up and look at the front, one would never know what the heck the game was. But here it is, The Shield PC game. The premise is pretty much like the TV show, Serve Justice by any means necessary. You are detective Vic Mackey. Players experience the recreation of the controversial television hit The Shield. Due to language alone this game is not for the kids. Players command the elite Strike Team police unit through 15 levels and 33 playable areas raiding crack dens and criminal hideouts while taking down the notorious Byz-Lat and One-Niner gangbangers. Through the game as Vic the player has to be careful to keep the heat meter low so as not to raise suspicion on them selves.

Operating outside the rules, sometimes Vic has to intimidate suspects with a little force, be that smacking them with the butt of a gun, or bashing them into the wall a bit. As for any evidence, be that money or other contraband, players can stash it away for themselves for a retirement fund, or turn some in for evidence to lower the ol heat meter.

The game has it all and parents be warned, Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language. Just like the show, itís all in here. Now being a fan of the show I really wanted to cut the game some slackÖ but the gamer in me just has to say this one is not for the hard core gamers out there. The casual gamers though will walk away with a good experience. Heck even the hard core gamer may enjoy themselves for a few levels before the luster wears off of the game concept.

Enemy and friend AI is not exactly spectacular, characters tend to stand and make motions as if they are having some kind of mental break down. The player controlled character tends to look just as bad with its animations. There are certain tasks that can take place such as searching for contraband or cash in a suspects living space, but sometimes this sequence can be triggered in mid open space, with Vic pulling contraband out of thin air. Wow I knew he was good but thatís really something! In this time of next generation gaming, The Shield tends to fall a little short.

Regrettably even though The Shield claims to be and action type game based on a gritty TV show, and yes it does have its share of Blood, violence, partial nudity, sexual themes and strong language. The strongest language should be from the gamer that purchases this thinking that it will offer more depth than a casual game.

Iím a fan of the show so Iím morbidly playing the game through, but you have been warned, donít expect too much. Other than a good distraction, and sometimes thatís all thatís needed.

Have fun, play games
Edwin Millheim

 






 
 



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