Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 10 out of 16
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  1. A good game. I enjoyed playing it, but felt so frustrated initially that it left a bad taste in my mouth.
  2. 75
    Once you get used to the quirks, it's worth playing for a challenge in fighting overwhelming odds, and you feel like you accomplished something when you finally beat the more difficult missions.
  3. The dated graphics, repetitive sounds, and high difficulty make this game more frustrating than it has to be.
  4. Horrible writing, voice acting, graphics, and gameplay combine to make a less than memorable game that should only be purchased by the extremely hardcore strategy gamer.
  5. Cheat Code Central
    I would recommend checking out a walkthrough just to get to the first mission because if I didn't have to review this game the disk would have ended up smashed on the other side of my office in the first fifteen minutes.
  6. 50
    If the A.I. was better and the combat system wasn't so clunky, Cops could have been the next great tactical shooter. As it is, however, it's a game in need of a minor overhaul to make it the great game it could have been.
  7. Mediocre at best, and nail-bitingly frustrating at worst. A couple of interesting concepts lay mired beneath poorly executed game design.
  8. I’d be able to overlook the weak plot and acting if there were a decent game in there to back it up. However, due to frustrating game mechanics and tedious play, I’m not able to drum up any enthusiasm over this title.
  9. Due to bad camera, bad AI, bad combat, and bad dialogue, this game just isn't much fun to play.
  10. This is one of the worst turn-based tactical games in quite a while, thanks to bad gameplay, horrendous storytelling, lackluster graphics, and more.
  11. There are just far too many better options out there when it comes to strategy games, so why bother with a poorly designed one that is in the end an exercise in frustration?
  12. Gamers who just happen to be both cyberpunk freaks and strategy addicts might find some real value from COPS, but overall this is a very disappointing title that most gamers would be better to pass on.
  13. There’s no tutorial to ease you into the game, the manual is overly cryptic, there’s no adjustable difficulty level, and combat seems almost intentionally tedious.
  14. 30
    The interface needs work, folks. The mechanics need work. The fun factor really isn't there, and there isn't even a compelling story to make it worth wading through a game that feels like it should have come out as shareware several years ago.. I liked the music, though.
  15. AceGamez
    There is a very tiny weeny fragment of game hidden beneath this shambolic detritus but don't waste your time by searching for it. Cops 2170: The Power of Law is outdated, outclassed and outright appalling.
  16. PC Gamer
    In the future, everyone holds their pistols sideways "gangsta-style," which I find hilarious. [May 2005, p.69]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. RodneyD.
    Oct 5, 2006
    In a genre (team RPG/turn-based strategy) that has few recent titles, this one is actually pretty good. It's a large improvement on In a genre (team RPG/turn-based strategy) that has few recent titles, this one is actually pretty good. It's a large improvement on several points over its predecessor (Paradise Cracked) by the same company. Combat is a bit tedious as most turn-based squad games tend to be, as each unit gets a chance to do something and go somewhere while all the others wait. It can't be helped, all the good titles in the genre also suffered the same thing. (Fallout, Wasteland, UFO/Xcom etc.) At least you can double-click to have your character skip the movement animation and zip immediately to their destination. (or as close as they can get with their movement points of that turn) Character development is a little sub-par as you only need to consider the assignment of points to a handful of attributes such as strength and intelligence, but it gets the job done. The graphics are pretty advanced for a game of this genre, where the RPG aspects usually come first and eye candy a distinct second. I have to agree with most of the reviewers about the sounds, as they are repetitive and not very good. English localization (it's from a Russian development house) is markedly improved over their previous title, and is only noticeable in a few places by odd phrasings. The voice actors, while not terribly inspired, actually speak pretty good English in this title. Plotline borders on the obscure at points, next to sound it's the weakest part of the game. The missions are generally variations on destroy-all-enemies, and it's not often clear who you should talk to or when to advance the plot (or who NOT to talk to until you've done everything else first!) and the plot is quite linear. It might be possible to delay or ignore a couple side quests but you can't transition areas freely. Odd, that, since they got it right in their previous title. Camera action is fairly smooth and clear, and a new character's-eye-view helps with the sometimes odd aiming problems that the normal isometric view can cause. Overall, I wish there were more games like this out there...but RPG gamers are a small enough niche that the big developers don't consider RPGs to be cost-effective anymore. :( For reference, I've played about 6-8 missions through so far. I've also played pretty much every other title in the genre that I've found over the last 20 years. Full Review »
  2. JohnS.
    Feb 12, 2005
    Yes, it is pretty frustrating in the beginning - much like I found Syndicate and Syndicate Wars. It is also pretty tough at the beginning, Yes, it is pretty frustrating in the beginning - much like I found Syndicate and Syndicate Wars. It is also pretty tough at the beginning, but give it a chance, play it a bit, and if you liked Syndicate/Syndicate Wars/X-Com, you will probably like this. The interface could be better, and the voice overs, but generally it is a good strategy title, in an arena with few new games. Full Review »