Gameplay 7.5
Graphics 8.8
Sound 8.5
Value 7.5
Distributor: Sony
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
October 2005
Reviewer:
Andrew B

7.8


Pursuit Force

Pursuit Force is the latest action racing game to hit the PSP that has the gamer playing as a street tough copy who has been tasked with bringing justice to five of the Capital City's most infamous gangs. Assisted by the old-school, short-tempered Chief of the Pursuit Force who likes to play by the book, gamers find themselves immersed in an adrenaline fuelled, high speed chase across 400km of city streets, freeways and off-road tracks, in their battle to outsmart the bad guys and rid the state of crime.

In its essence, Pursuit Force is basically a driving game which sees the player in the role of a cop. In some respects it is reminiscent of the old classic arcade game Chase HQ. Pursuit Force adds a few more dimensions to that classic which basically involves catching cars and ramming them off the road. This is also possible in Pursuit Force but you can also choose to shoot the enemy while driving you vehicle or you can choose to use the Pursuit Force signature move and leap out of your vehicle onto another vehicle and get more upfront and personal before throwing the driver out of his vehicle.

The gameplay of Pursuit Force is relatively straightforward and the first mission in the game is actually a tutorial that shows you the ropes of this entertaining title. However with that said, the gameplay of Pursuit Force is rather strange as it tries to be a car game with guns that unfortunately doesn't get pulled off as well as I hoped. With that said, the targeting system of the game just doesn't feel right and you waste a fair bit of ammo before you either drive your enemy off the road or blow up their car. However, there are enough elements in the game to keep it fresh and entertaining and besides driving on a variety of different locations, the player must also jump from car to car to dispatch the enemies.

Graphically Pursuit Force is an extremely impressive looking game on the PSP and everything looks very sharp from the cars to the people in the cars. Its not just graphical talents that are on show, the animation of your character as he jumps from one car to another is super smooth and very cool looking. When people fall from cars they also look very convincing as their bodies tumble and turn along the road.

I must also admit that the sound effects for Pursuit Force are also top class, even though they are mainly made up of police sirens, gun shots, car engines and screeching tyres all of which are convincing. During the game you will hear quite a few voiceovers from the games characters including your boss back at the police headquarters. All the voice work is good and some of the language used by the Capelli's is very entertaining.

In conclusion, Pursuit Force is an interesting car racing game with a twist that I would recommend that you at least check it out before passing this game up as another post-nuclear mad max game. With great graphics, awesome sound and an amusing storyline, Pursuit Force will easily cater for old school gamers.






 
 



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