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The Shield: The Game Image
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  • Summary: Sammy Studios and Point Of View capture the look, feel, and authenticity of "The Shield" television series in a 3rd-person action game. Never-before-seen gameplay elements create the first true-to-life police action game, and moments taken directly from the series immerse players in the disturbing Farmington underworld now recognized by millions as Vic Mackey's universe. Players control Vic in a living, breathing Farmington, engaging in perilous assignments ranging from busting crack dens to thwarting bank robberies. Much like the series, Vic and the Strike Team delve into the grayest areas of the law, fighting a war on crime where the ends justify the means. In addition to the raw action that undergirds the gameplay, players employ tactics used by Vic on the show, including intimidating suspects, employing brute force, accepting and offering bribes and planting incriminating evidence. The game also lets players choose between the right and wrong side of the law, with Vic walking a thin line while trying to accomplish missions, maintain the respect of his men, keep his politically ambitious police captain happy, pad his retirement fund and, above all, avoid Internal Affairs. [Sammy Studios] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 22
  2. Negative: 19 out of 22
  1. The Shield has some unique things going for it, but the spotty enemy (and friend) intelligence and monotony keep it from achieving anything close to greatness.
  2. 57
    I really wanted to like The Shield. Unless you’re a Shield enthusiast like me, you’ll be safe passing on this one.
  3. I was happy that The Shield made great use of its police officer premise, but the game really wore me down. It probably doesn’t deserve a critical thrashing, but the gameplay and story can’t compete on today’s shelves.
  4. Sadly enough, the allure of running wild as detective Vic Mackey can't survive the beating the rigidly scripted and stupidly simple gameplay gives the player. [Apr 2007, p.88]
  5. Even the most rabid of fans will be disappointed. [Sept 2007, p.80]
  6. Did the developers even watch the show before they made the game? [Aug 2007, p.112]
  7. An unmitigated disaster. Terribly designed both technically and in terms of gameplay, it’s a miserable, useless, joyless experience entirely bereft of fun.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3