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  • Summary: Dan Miles is a former underground street racer and new recruit in the Criminal Overturn Program (C.O.P.). Under the terms of the C.O.P., Dan has become a street detective working to protect New York citizens against large-scale threats. Working with his mentor, Detective Brad Winter, Dan is investigating a series of terrorist attacks in the city when Brad is falsely arrested, putting the investigation on hold. While trying to uncover the truth behind Brad's arrest, Dan goes undercover and returns to his life on the streets. Little by little he gets wrapped up in a deadly, widespread conspiracy and must work to prevent a potentially catastrophic attack on the city. Experience the thrill of cruising the streets of New York City without any loading times! C.O.P. The Recruit is the most visually impressive game on the Nintendo DS, with an open-world 3D experience running at 60 frames per second (FPS). The game's innovative engine also allows for a wealth of detailed imagery, whether driving at 120 MPH or shooting your way through the gorgeous interior environments. C.O.P. The Recruit allows gamers to experience all aspects of being a police officer recruit with 60 missions and over 20 hours of diverse gameplay. Get behind the wheel of some of the fastest cars around, and use the stylus to shoot down enemies and spy on terrorists. Experience a bustling, vibrant New York City, complete with pedestrians on the street, cars rushing to avoid traffic, and boats navigating the surrounding waterways of Manhattan. Explore the 6 square miles of the city and experience a wide variety of environments and climate conditions. As a recruit, you have access to New York City's most powerful tools. Use your PDA to plan and launch a SWAT team assault through your DS system's microphone, set up road blocks, summon an ambulance, access the city's camera system to locate your targets, and much more. [Ubisoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 38
  2. Negative: 9 out of 38
  1. COP The Recruit was born to demonstrate that limits exist to be pushed forward.
  2. An exciting, albeit clunky, driving/action game born out of GTA inspiration, C.O.P. The Recruit pushes the limits of the Nintendo DS.
  3. In spite of some minor glitches and the DS’ obvious technical limitations, C.O.P. The Recruit offers a rich and enjoyable gameplay alongside a sandbox structure, and a living and breathing virtual world.
  4. If you were hoping to get a decent GTA clone out of C.O.P., prepare to be disappointed. It's a pretty big letdown from the action-packed trailer that was shown at last year's E3, and it certainly doesn't deserve a second glance from most DS owners.
  5. C.O.P. The Recruit's greatest achievement is a technical one. To deliver a GTA-like city in 3D on the DS is something we didn't believe was possible. It's a shame the gameplay doesn't achieve the same level. Driving around the city is fun but not enough to compensate for the problematic shooting-mechanics. The game provides variation and an entertaining story, but never is fun to play.
  6. For a true sandbox game on a handheld you should not get C.O.P. A large open world doesn’t make a game with the same quality as Chinatown Wars. No, C.O.P. is simply boring because the story is not interesting, there is little to do in the environments and that what remains in the game is just to repetitive.
  7. This game is not worth playing. Go play outside instead.

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  1. Feb 4, 2012
    UNDERRATED!!!!!!!!!!........................... the best graphics on the DS (A SANDBOX RUNNING AT 6O FPS!!!!)................the bad thing, well, the game has NO personality at all, but it deserved a lot more for sure..............overall, a GOOD game with INCREDIBLE visuals but unoriginal and with no personality Expand