- System: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: THQ Nordic
- Developer: Weappy Studio
- Release Date: August 2, 2018
- Rating: M
- Genre: Simulation, Turn Based Strategy, Indie, Adventure
- Players: Single Player
- Official Website: http://weappy-studio.com/games/this-is-the-police-2/
This Is the Police 2 - 'Welcome to Sharpwood' Trailer
Who it Caters to
This is the Police II is the sequel to a game that came out of left field but managed to blow us away with its tactical gameplay and thought-provoking narrative. A lot has certainly changed in the sequel, most notably visual upgrades for a much-sophisticated look, along with gameplay features that allow for a more robust experience. This is the Police II puts you in that cop uniform and you’ll need to ensure that your team is well versed in solving crimes, while also coming to terms with the fact that you’re wanted on the feds list and need to act fast.
Anyone looking for a cop simulation experience that encourages you to really think outside of the box in terms of strategy, then look no further than This is the Police II.
What to Expect
Don’t expect any sort of difficulty settings either as This is the Police II puts you directly into the driver’s seat and gives you the responsibility of running the show. Any mistake that’s made will be used against you at some point, with repercussions ranging from low to very severe. New to This is the Police II are what’s known as tabs, a new feature that allows you to purchase cops and new accessories which all derive from how well you perform on shift. For every criminal you arrest or put down you earn a certain amount of tabs, but letting a criminal escape, allowing a cop to be fatally wounded or failing to respond to a tactical hostage scenario can net you some major losses. So it’s all about picking and choosing your battles but just how much are you willing to sacrifice knowing that there’s so much on the line? We suggest playing to find out!
Animations overall are a lot smoother and the actual police desk that you play on looks much better, with the buildings and vehicles taking on a more 3D look compared to the original. The use of simple colors like greens and reds, along with a more muted color palette, give the game a more sophisticated look.
These new missions don’t have a timer like the other typical police missions but they do run out once your day is over, so it’s very important to try and tackle them before they disappear. In fact, we highly encourage you to participate in the tactical squad missions because they actually net you higher tab points if you’re able to successfully eliminate every criminal and save hostages, if there are any.
Missing these types of missions will often result in a huge loss of tabs, something around 25 or so. Most of the regular missions range between 5-10 with some often providing more, depending on the task that needs to be dealt with.
This immense pressure is on you to ensure that every crime is dealt with in a timely manner, cases are closed, and you have enough income to pay off any debts that are incurred during the game. Another new feature is the perk system where —much like in other tactical simulation titles— you assign certain skills to your officers which allow them to take advantage in certain situations. Each perk provides a unique ability that gives you the upper hand in very crucial circumstances, such as being able to sneak past the enemy without being caught or silently opening a window in order to infiltrate the building.
All of these can be earned while playing and are awarded to officers who successfully solve crimes. You also get to assign weapons and tools to each officer such as batons, tasers, taser cartridges, pepper spray and more. As each officer’s attributes continue to increase their performance improves greatly: for example, delegating points to intelligence will grant that specific cop the ability to better negotiate with criminals or interrogate them, force them to surrender faster and also allow them to solve crimes more efficiently. How you want your squad to behave is entirely up to you and that’s where This is the Police II shines. You’re never forced to play in a certain way, though you’ll need to ensure that your squad is diverse enough to tackle harder missions down the road.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
Other than that, the game is phenomenal from start to finish and we recommend anyone looking for a new strategy game to pick up This is the Police II, because you’ll totally fall in love with it.
- Greater attention to detail has been implemented into the game.
- New tab system really encourages you to take things seriously and not screw up on the job.
- Tactical hostage missions are truly the breadwinner in this one. Such a fun and thrilling experience!
- A greater feeling of depth has been implemented to create a very robust experience.
- Just the small typos here and there.
Honey's Final Verdict:
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