• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Nov 3, 2009

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 38
  2. Negative: 9 out of 38
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  1. 50
    I wanted to like C.O.P., but there simply wasn’t enough effort put into localizing it and giving the characters some personality.
  2. Every ambitious idea in C.O.P. is countered by a lazy compromise, right down to the unnecessarily acronymized title (which is never explained in a satisfactory way in the game). The game offers oodles of content for anyone willing to put up with the sub-par execution, but if you’ve ever played a Grand Theft Auto game or have reasonable standards for gameplay and storytelling, there’s no reason to waste your time on C.O.P.
  3. An exciting, albeit clunky, driving/action game born out of GTA inspiration, C.O.P. The Recruit pushes the limits of the Nintendo DS.
  4. Many of the missions here are fun to play, and one can easily spend a few days working through the missions and exploring New York, so this isn't a terrible buy. Just don't expect much more than a me-too experience.
  5. This game is not worth playing. Go play outside instead.
  6. 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.
  7. C.O.P. The Recruit is a shallow and boring experience that tries without success to replicate the GTA formula. The only positive aspect is the graphical engine, really impressive based on the hardware limitations.
  8. What does make it a poor game is the crappy driving, ridiculous shooting, cackhanded interface and nonsense story.
  9. What makes COP: The Recruit a lackluster game is that it comes late to the party. If this game came out 10 years ago on the Nintendo 64 and before high expectations were set for gritty crime games, then maybe it could’ve been a decent game, possibly even a good game. But with open-city action titles like Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, this game just can’t compare.
  10. 70
    While not nearly as groundbreaking as it's console-based role models, Ubisoft's C.O.P. The Recruit serves as a solid sandbox title with some incredibly fun gameplay and inventive shooting and stealth scenarios.
  11. 90
    COP The Recruit was born to demonstrate that limits exist to be pushed forward.
  12. Games Master UK
    A decent stab at a GTA style game but it lacks choice and that essential feeling of life. [Christmas 2009, p.73]
  13. Ubisoft fails to deliver a solid alternative option to GTA.
  14. One step further, and we would be in front of another killer app for the Nintendo DS. Sadly, clumsy control and an anonimous soundtrack keep it from excellency.
  15. C.O.P: The Recruit is a good and interesting sandbox game with many possibilities for the players. It offers an open world in 3D with some original and innovative situations giving fresh air to the genre. Third person moments work so well with the stylus. One of the most visually impressive games on Nintendo DS and a serious choice for the followers of the sandbox games.
  16. It has a few design flaws that detract from the gameplay, particularly in terms of simple usability, and to tell the truth there’s not really a huge amount of originality on display. If you’ve played any open world GTA off-shoot in the past ten years you’ll find little in C.O.P. to surprise you, but if you’re after a less-adult title in the genre then C.O.P.
  17. The game offers an amazing graphic and a pretty good storyline, but the shooting controls are seriously too frustrating to entertain the players until the end titles.
  18. Although plagued by balance and control issues, COP the Recruit is ambitious in its depth and groundbreaking in its technology. The easily frustrated might want to skip this game, but for experienced gamers looking for a challenge, COP offers a lengthy experience and hardcore difficulty.
  19. C.O.P. The Recruit makes you appreciate, if indeed it further needed your appreciation, the true worth of Chinatown Wars.
  20. From a technical standpoint, C.O.P.:The Recruit is very impressive and tech-heads may find it worth checking out if only to see how smoothly it runs with such a large environment at play.
  21. The anti-Chinatown Wars shows everything that could have gone wrong trying to make Grand Theft Auto on DS.
  22. 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.
  23. At first, it seemed that C.O.P.could be the best rival for Chinatown Wars on Nintendo DS, but despite having great visuals, it's far from perfection. A game with good ideas but without results; it's not the GTA rival many expected, but it's a good game overall.
  24. And make no mistake – this is an impressive game from a lot of standpoints. It may have suffered a bit from the lack of hype leading up to its release and some not bad, but not exactly great gunplay, but C.O.P. is one of those games that people will still find themselves gushing about years from now.
  25. The core problem with C.O.P. is that it is unfinished. The “dramatic” story is comical: there is a large cast of characters that I don't know anything about nor do I care to, and the plot is confounding and hard to follow. The gameplay is unpolished: driving isn't fun and gunplay is defective. The sound is just not good.
  26. Nintendo Power
    There's a story to hold the action together, but not a very strong one. [Holiday 2009, p.89]
  27. A lot of unused potential will even let hardcore GTA fans feel this game as less then average.
  28. 50
    C.O.P.: The Recruit is cynical, mediocre and clunky game, with its raison d'etre being the wholesale emulation of the Grand Theft Auto formula. To say that it fails wholeheartedly is hardly an overstatement.
  29. 60
    If you're looking for a somewhat fun action, you could do worse than C.O.P the Recruit. The shooting controls needed work, and it would've been nice to have a multiplayer mode, but this is one police story worth listening to.
  30. A great idea in theory but in practice it's just not as much fun being the good guy.
  31. Nintendo Gamer
    Absolute minger of a game. [Christmas 2009, p.66]
  32. 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.
  33. It’s a decent enough game that has the ability to keep your interest for a while, but there are enough flaws with it that it isn’t worth a purchase.
  34. 70
    There is a lot of combat and, overall, COP is good, it just lacks some of the elements that pull you deeper into the world.
  35. Cop: The Recruits tries to mix GTA's shooting levels with Driver's car chases, but fails miserably.
  36. It’s not totally broken, but those that wish to "Starsky and Hutch" it up on the cheap will enjoy it on that merit as they pick it up amongst the unwanted "Petz" and licensed movie tie-in games, the rest of us are going for a life of crime. It’s much more interesting.
  37. 72
    C.O.P. The Recruit may not be a GTA killer, but it it's not a hopeless GTA wannabe either. Its unique shooting controls and its mission variety make this game worthy to check out.
  38. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#76 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
#63 Most Shared DS Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. Feb 4, 2012
    UNDERRATED!!!!!!!!!!........................... the best graphics on the DS (A SANDBOX RUNNING AT 6O FPS!!!!)................the bad thing,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 Full Review »