When it comes to resource management or moral decision making games, one does not quickly imagine the idea of playing a police department management title. That’s what ‘This is the Police’ is. How far will you go to line your retirement fund, while also upholding the law?
In ‘This is the Police’, you play as Jack Boyd, who has 180 days left until his job ends, forced into early retirement by the fictional city’s corrupt mayor. It is your goal to amass $500,000 in your last six months of employment, and in turn, you must either do the right thing, or turn a blind eye to particular crimes throughout the city.
The game is set in the 80s, and you play the game via on-screen text which you have to make decisions from, and an isometric map of the city, ‘Freeburg’ as it’s called. Depending on the crime at the time, you have to decide how many cops you send to the scene of the crime, and what type of cops. However, send too many out on missions, and you might not have enough left to cover another crime. It’s a balancing act of good will, resource management, and bending the rules in your favour.
The announcement for a console release on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 came via a press release today. Expect ‘This is the Police’ to patrol your platforms on March 22nd. Reviews have been fairly mixed since its release in August 2016 on Steam, but it definitely looks like a unique, intriguing game, especially on the console front.
“Dear PC Community,
Allow me to briefly introduce myself. My name is Boyd, Jack Boyd, Freeburg’s Police Chief in charge, and I hereby would like to revoke our exclusivity.
To cut to the chase: the PCMR (not only the subreddit, but the entire PC gaming community) had me exclusively for quite some time now. Here are some alternative facts for you: After playing my gritty ass for 1.7 million hours, raking in 85 billion dollars of corruption money (President Trump, let me pay for that wall), and protecting the mob from tens of thousands of charges and felonies, I think it is time to move on.
After offering my services on the PC platform over the past couple of months, I’m tired, exhausted, bored and just need a change of scenery. I recently got an offer from two competing platform holders in that department. I would like to do without the usual name-dropping of Microsoft and Sony, but sometimes a man’s gotta do, what a man’s gotta do.
I hope you are not disappointed when our period of exclusivity is over, and that I would like to start working on other platforms beginning with March 22nd 2017.
Chief of Police, Freeburg PD”