G-Police: Weapons of Justice
by Psygnosis Reviewed by: Chad Foster
This game picks up where the original G-Police left off. The war is finally over on Callisto but, unfortunately, crime and fighting are as popular as ever. You and the other G-Police forces are the only ones standing against the crime syndicates and thus preventing civil war. Sadly, the G-Police forces are a bit thin and generally are unable to mop up the bad guys on their own, so the marines are sent in to help you out of this mess
I never played the original G-Police so I really didn’t know what to expect. My initial reaction was frustration because I couldn’t seem to quite get the hang of flying the Hover. The problem was that I would hit thrust and wouldn’t ever let up on it -- this didn’t help when trying to twist and turn among the buildings and still trying to keep my target on the bad guy. More often than not I found myself banging into a building or just moving around hoping to get off a single shot. The magic secret (for me anyway) was to take things a little bit slower, pivoting on the y-axis and not thrusting all the time. With this little nugget of gold I was soon blasting enemies away with ease and if they tried to run away, I’d follow them and finish off the job. So the first vehicle, the Hover, didn’t take long to master at all and I found myself getting involved more and more. After a couple of missions I got to fly the Venom which is a lot like the Hover except it has better firepower and space-faring capabilities.
After a while I got to check out the Rhino. This puppy looks like a police car on steroids. Even though it has a gun that automatically tries to ward off ships, it doesn’t always do the job so you’re often outrunning the ships, zigzagging to your next destination. Once you get there there are some cool weapons at your disposal like the arching missile launcher and a big cannon. Speed fast enough and you can use a turbo boost or if you need to make a quick stop then a handbrake is within reach (the sound of using the handbrake was especially pleasing). This is a fun little car and one of my favorites. You also get a Mech-like ground assault vehicle called the Raptor that is a blast and, lastly, you can fly a Corsair air ship.
Psygnosis also did a great job of making this more than just single person missions. Sure, you start off by yourself but you soon get to command a wingman or two and a ground assault team. This gives the game some strategy aspects because you can decide who to target and how much firepower to throw at them. The missions themselves are interesting in that you’re given some objectives in the beginning but sometimes something goes haywire and your objectives suddenly change. You’re never quite sure if you should use all your missiles while accomplishing an objective because you might suddenly get a new one and wish you’d saved a couple. The game does a great job of giving a decent storyline to follow with each mission, and every new weapon you get has a bucket load of cool tech sounding specs and details.
The graphics are decent close up but can be a bit frustrating at times. The environment is so great that they had to sacrifice the far-off scenery. They tried to make up for it by making everything a wire frame that gets painted in when you get closer. Although this is a clever solution it is still irritating when you see a green square and you don’t know if it’s an enemy or a friend until a laser or two hits you. Overall you’ll appreciate why they did this when you fly around this futuristic planet that is busy with commuters, cool looking buildings, and other normal city objects. The developers definitely pushed the limits of Playstation’s hardware.
The audio is also superb with what seems like unique sounds for every single ship. The sounds of lasers, bullets, and missiles are incredible and even the normal city activity will make your ears perk. As if that wasn’t enough they also accompanied the mission text with a narrator that reads it out loud. This is great for the little kiddies (although moms might not appreciate it).
This game is fun. If you liked the original G-Police then chances are you’ll love this one. The graphics are gorgeous (although a bit irritating at times), the sounds are incredible, and the gameplay will keep you busy for hours. I suggest renting it if you’re a bit unsure although I doubt you’ll be sorry if you buy it
Review Posted On 21 November 1999.
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