Valve just updated list of top new releases on Steam for November. There are the usual suspects like crisis 2 and 3, Spider-Man: Miles Moralesand sound border. Also my favorite single player game of the year, penitentand a neat little pixel mining shooter caught our eye a few months ago called No Sievert. But on top of that, one of the top 20 best-selling games on Steam last month was a damn police sim.
Released last month, Police Simulator: Patrol Officer takes place in the fictional US city of Brighton. The game asks you to “get a badge” as a cop, which really means harassing citizens with traffic tickets, arresting them for drug possession, “chase graffiti sprayers” and other police work. It currently holds a “very positive” review status, with some law enforcement officers actively and previously engaged in the comments and others not interested enough in bullying people of the time. childhood is also considered.
One reviewer summarizes a typical experience in police simulator. It was written as a poem (and you should read it as such):
I started my first shift.
I saw a jay lady walking, so I stopped her.
She seemed nervous, so I asked for her ID.
I decided then to look for her.
I shot her with my stun gun.
I found a blade and human teeth, so I arrested her.
I called for support, and they threw her in the patty wagon.
Clean up the streets, one by one.
I mean where to even start with this? Honestly, this makes that call of duty levels from the last game looks tame. And what with human teeth? Do the developers assume that people carry such things around, and do that ordinary street cop spend most of their time preventing murders with a tooth-biting hobby? “The first person I looked for was a human tooth. 10/10” read another review.
Other reviews suggest that this is a fairly simple civil service sim, somewhat buggy and lacking in features. It seems such a boring job does not live up to everyone’s expectations. Another Steam review writes:
professionally[sic]: Be a policeman.
Con[sic]: Can’t be a bad cop.
The first thing I did was pull out my pistol and shoot a woman who was walking around and I got fired. I couldn’t even make the 16 remaining bullets in my tape before reloading and shouting at her not to move.
The game is fun, but a bit unrealistic.
7/10 – worth crashing into your police car [sic] randomly and fled the scene.
“Fire first, talk later” read another review. “This game was fun at first” lamented one negative reviewer, “but unlike the LSPDFR mod in Grand Theft Auto DRAW, you MUST play the role of a real Policeman. You have no real freedom to go around.”
I played a lot GTAa game where you do horrible things to people all the time, but this one makes me feel a little weird. probably shouldn’t throw stonesand there are other examples of doubt deaf melodies using police images in the game. But it’s hard not to read comments from people whining that a game intended to simulate the daily work of the police for the most part, boring civil crimes like traffic violations aren’t interesting enough because it doesn’t give you enough opportunities to shoot people.