Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 10 out of 16
  1. Due to bad camera, bad AI, bad combat, and bad dialogue, this game just isn't much fun to play.
  2. Mediocre at best, and nail-bitingly frustrating at worst. A couple of interesting concepts lay mired beneath poorly executed game design.
  3. 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.
  4. This is one of the worst turn-based tactical games in quite a while, thanks to bad gameplay, horrendous storytelling, lackluster graphics, and more.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 Cops 2170: The Power of Law is outdated, outclassed and outright appalling.
  9. 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.
  10. In the future, everyone holds their pistols sideways "gangsta-style," which I find hilarious. [May 2005, p.69]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Apr 30, 2013
    I wanted to like Cops 2170 as I'm quite fond of turn-based science-fiction RPGs but unfortunately, this isn't for me. It looks and feels old and that's alright but it's also unoptimized, the interface is horrible and the broken English just destroys immersion.

    On my first mission I had no clue what to do or who the enemy was. The only way I could tell was by following the people that weren't shooting me and I could barely keep up with them, they seemed to steamroll the enemy. I was also given a side-task but I couldn't find out what exactly it was. It seems like there's a complex system behind it all with relationships and loyalties but once again, how do I know? the information that is available is convoluted and not redundant but vital information is constantly lacking.

    I just don't have the patience for games in this state any more. This game is stuck in the 90's yet it came out in 2005. Must have been on the shelf for a very long time and there it must unfortunately remain.
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