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Generally favorable reviews- based on 204 Ratings

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  • Summary: This Is the Police is a strategy/adventure game set in a city spiraling the drain. Assume the role of gritty Police Chief Jack Boyd and dive into a deep story of crime and intrigue. Will Jack reach his retirement with a nice stack of bills, or will he end up broken ... or worse?
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. Aug 4, 2016
    100
    I’m hard-pressed to think of a game that more exceeded my expectations than This is the Police. A fully-formed, engaging story that’s tied together underneath a solid and demanding simulator game is certainly something I’ve never seen before, and it’s all handled excellently.
  2. Aug 17, 2016
    85
    This is the Police is a living proof that a fairly simple concept of managing a police station can be presented in a very interesting manner, with a well written story and lots of difficult choices to make. Studio Weappy has created one of the most interesting indie games of the year. A game that surprises the player with constantly changing conditions.
  3. Oct 17, 2016
    78
    This is the police is a bold game, innovative and creative. It has an impressive style and a compelling narrative.
  4. Aug 2, 2016
    70
    This Is The Police leans on cliched scenarios and characters, but it represents some of the real struggles a police force has to deal with, like budgets being cut and a city with a lot of social problems.
  5. Aug 12, 2016
    65
    A mediocre gameplay forces the player to wait a lot and this overshadows the great decision making.
  6. Jul 27, 2016
    60
    This Is The Police is a game that contributes very little in terms of gameplay. Its gameplay relies more on the narrative than on the management mechanics, and that's not always good.
  7. Jul 28, 2016
    30
    By day 100, you’re starting to lose sight of the goal. They gave you 180 days to finish out your tenure as chief; at first it sounded like a death sentence, now it’s more like a prison sentence.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Aug 3, 2016
    10
    You know you have to play a game when the identity politics police doesn't want you too.
    From the game devs:
    “This Is the Police is not a
    You know you have to play a game when the identity politics police doesn't want you too.
    From the game devs:
    “This Is the Police is not a political game, but a human one,” says Yanovich. “We do not believe that the problems discussed in the game are political in nature.”

    And yet.... identity politics critics:

    official review contains trigger warnings. "Freeburg may be a generic Western city, but not all of humankind lives in generic Western cities. I have no idea what a game called This Is the Police would look like if it was made in Singapore or Iran, but I suspect that it would be very different. This game probably wouldn’t be made in Canada either, at least not in its current form—the sheer proliferation of derogatory language and identity-based violence would be unthinkable in today’s climate, and for good reason. " -KS

    " This Is The Police is simultaneously a rich video game and a poor depiction of its subject matter. Whether the game's creators welcome it or not, at times like these, when police officers in the US are under intense scrutiny, This Is the Police's representation of their work bears similarly close examination. By that measure it falls short of relevance and borders on removed." IBT

    "Despite having only previewed This Is The Police at PAX East just a few months ago, so much has happened in the US and the rest of the world in that time. It’s something that’s impossible to ignore when examining a game where you play as the Chief of Police in a city full of racial, gender, and sexual prejudice -- where you make decisions every day that affect citizens of a fictional city." Destru

    "And worst of all, you’re all but forced to partake in some decisions that have morally repugnant real-world implications, especially while police brutality and government surveillance are directly in today’s spotlight."WGTC

    "Los episodios de violencia racial en Estados Unidos se suceden y es por ello que puede que sea un momento delicado para lanzar un juego como el que hoy os traemos." IGN esp
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  2. Jul 12, 2018
    10
    Great User Interface and Progression. Since the sequel is a different story and setting, I can appreciate this game a lot more now for aGreat User Interface and Progression. Since the sequel is a different story and setting, I can appreciate this game a lot more now for a gritty TiTP1 and a Rural setting and more open world vibe to TiTP2.
    Cant wait to play that game! Anyway This is an original game with lots of things to do and keep my attention. Im not bored when I play this game.
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  3. Aug 6, 2016
    9
    Don't read or take for granted the score of the payed reviewers are giving, some reviewers are so **** that they take offense for having inDon't read or take for granted the score of the payed reviewers are giving, some reviewers are so **** that they take offense for having in this game a Feminists Movement that make illegal protests and where you can suppress them by force or crimes that are committed by criminals that use ideologies to justify their crimes just like in real life.

    Pros and Game information

    This game does not spare any side from LGBT, Black Movement, racism, homophobia, profiling, rape, mafia, pedophiles, women that are serial killers, corrupt police, corporations paying policeman, church asking for police favors, pornography, conspiracy..
    It is as police officer and detective that you see the worst in society which this game shows.

    The game is set around the early 80's but has some modern issues that we face today, for an indie game it has a significant number of choices and approaches. The main objective is to earn half a million in 180 days, the time when you will be forced to retire from the police force, it's much easier to earn that money with illegal or less moral choices but it can be done avoiding the most serious stuff, the game will take you around ~30h to complete.

    For me the game is on the level of "this war of mine" it has an interesting art style that goes well with the game but focus much more on story with a dialogue like a noir detective film with some dark humor but it's always believable and realistic.

    It has really good voice again especially the character you play with, I think he is voice by the Duke Nuken guy but his voice here is a perfect fit.

    Cons & Wishes

    The only misses I can point out are small like when you choose a snitch he gets kill randomly and his skill and rank seems not matter, some decisions seem to have no consequence in the game for example I order one of my policemen to be ambush by the mafia I then took down the mafia and it's boss, I'm pretty sure in the real world he would have release evidence that showed that I payed to kill my own officer as well reselling narcotics or guns taken by the police from committed crimes.

    I also wish you had more information about your police officers something you unlock or earn by events or by having them work with you for more time and some of the events associate with them were less random.

    In some cases the game has very few feedback on what particular perks do or their effects.

    Also sometimes the art style is so simplistic that you it's difficult to understand what the frames mean which make find a sequence to solve the crime can be frustrating.

    I would also point out that if all crimes that are reported had a 911 audio clip associated with them from the witnesses would make it so much engaging and add much to the immersion of the player.

    Conclusion

    But these are minor issues on a indie game, that went to kickstarter raise what It need to complete the game around 30k and launch DRM-Free at an affordable price and it's more polish compared to Darkest Dungeon at release, it deserve a full 9 for all of this.
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  4. Apr 2, 2017
    8
    Very nice game with a lot brand new mechanics and most important with very interesting plot and characters. I was absolutely delighted beingVery nice game with a lot brand new mechanics and most important with very interesting plot and characters. I was absolutely delighted being by a main protagonist - Chef of Police. His story, problems, his metamorphosis and most of all his dilemma was a story I participate like a best old fashion police story movie.

    Strategy part of the game when we have our police station and must send our crew to cases and other things is also very interesting but sometimes is to many random deaths of our crew. Graphics is specific but I like it, music is fantastic and voice acting good :) So if You like films like "L.A. Confidential" or want participate in very interesting plot so its game for You.

    So have a nice day :)
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  5. Feb 17, 2018
    7
    solid gameplay, solid writing. great attention to detail
    impressed on all accounts.
    personally i got a bit unstimulated after a while by the
    solid gameplay, solid writing. great attention to detail
    impressed on all accounts.
    personally i got a bit unstimulated after a while by the gameplay and wouldve wanted it to end like 60% sooner ).
    if they provided with an option to play story mode it woudlve been great
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  6. Aug 13, 2016
    5
    The game looks really good, it's smart and really appealing, at least for a while, sadly it's gets old too fast.
    Most of the story it's
    The game looks really good, it's smart and really appealing, at least for a while, sadly it's gets old too fast.
    Most of the story it's cliche but the MC voice is on point every time and makes you care, although some of the secondary character voices are really off.
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  7. Aug 23, 2019
    3
    this game is dum. it tries to be cool and funny, but it's not. the actual gameplay and management part is very lacking. there isn't much tothis game is dum. it tries to be cool and funny, but it's not. the actual gameplay and management part is very lacking. there isn't much to the game other than its controversial nature. Expand

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