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  • Summary: This Is the Police is a strategy/adventure game set in a city spiraling the drain. Taking the role of gritty Police Chief Jack Boyd, you'll 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?
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 90
    "Incredibly successful" is actually a wonderful phrase to go out on. I struggle to find an aspect of This Is The Police that I didn't find enjoyable and appropriate for the style of game as well as what was promised in trailers prior to the game's release. Taking over the role of police chief to run Freeburg would have been a great simulation/management game on its own, but then add layer upon layer of villainous folk and reasons to go over to the dark side, and the game becomes a fully immersive experience that requires great difficulty to put down.
  2. Mar 21, 2017
    70
    An interesting genre mash-up that offers noir adventure and city management in bite-sized chunks. An expertly crafted atmosphere can't hide some rigid storytelling and shallow systems, but fans of cop movies and resource management should give this one a go.
  3. Mar 29, 2017
    70
    This is the Police nails its efforts in mashing up a management sim with an engaging noir story. However, top notch presentation aside, the gameplay tends to grow a bit weary somewhere in the middle. Having said that, fans of management sims should still give this a look. There are interesting systems at play and most of them make This is the Police worthy of your time.
  4. Mar 31, 2017
    60
    Managing Freeburg’s police force whilst simultaneously skimming yourself a little bit of cash on the side is a decent time, even if monotony does creep in as your days in the force dwindle. The minimalistic style and presentation do it some favours, and the story makes good use of some familiar good-cop-gone-bad tropes with a bit of personal introspection thrown in for good measure. Whilst its handling of specific topics that are currently being played out in our own society is decidedly haphazard, This is the Police remains pretty easy to drop in and play, in no-small part thanks to some smooth tunes.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 29, 2017
    60
    A game as flawed as its protagonist. [May 2017, p.96]
  6. Apr 17, 2017
    60
    This is the Police is simple but highly addictive if you have the time to dedicate becoming more invested in Jack Boyd and his personal chaotic life.
  7. Apr 25, 2017
    40
    Overall, This Is The Police is a somewhat enjoyable strategy/time management title, although the story felt like wasted time since I never grew connected to the characters or the plot, and it had no real bearing on play. With more weight given to the plot and better integration into the game overall, this sad tale of a man slowly sinking to the bottom would have come together into something fascinating. As it stands, the strategic parts can’t save the experience overall and the end result is a title that feels only half-done. Ultimately, This is the Police ended up being a game to kill time with, not one to lose time on.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Oct 2, 2017
    9
    I found this game to be a hidden gem. I turned the game on the first time and sat and played if for almost all of my Saturday. The premise isI found this game to be a hidden gem. I turned the game on the first time and sat and played if for almost all of my Saturday. The premise is simple but addicting and I enjoyed the story line even if it was a but cliche/linear. This is a great game to relax and play after a hectic FPS. I would say give this game a try, at the time of writing this I only paid $14 for the game. Well worth the price of entry. Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2017
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Moral of the story, it gets old fast. Its a novelty game. in similar fashion to Papers Please! this is a game you fully experienced after just one hour of gameplay. There is also a certain way to roleplay this game (you get some choices) and during our testing we tried to be a good cop and ignore the demands of the mafia and that just gets you killed so if you want to finish the game you need to help the mafia. Expand
  3. Sep 9, 2018
    5
    Чем-то уникальная, но в большинстве игровых механик абсолютно однообразная и унылая игра.Чем-то уникальная, но в большинстве игровых механик абсолютно однообразная и унылая игра.
  4. May 9, 2018
    4
    Massively overstays it's welcome. Repetitive, and pretty cack-handed with whatever it was trying to say about modern politics. Which is aMassively overstays it's welcome. Repetitive, and pretty cack-handed with whatever it was trying to say about modern politics. Which is a shame as it started as a promising noir-ish cop story. Should have leaned into that a lot harder. Expand