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World\\'s Scariest Police Chases (lets just call it WSPC for short) places gamers into the role of a police officer that is given assignments to apprehend all sorts of traffic offenders. Players will be tasked with driving a variety of police vehicles and tracking down drunk drivers, car thieves… you name it, if it is a law broken it is probably in the game.
Before getting started though, you will be expected to pass a series of tests to prove that you are worthy and fit to serve on the force…and are also ready to be let lose on the public roads. The tests consist basically of learning to drive and maneuver your vehicle around some cones, making a few sharp turns, pulling off a 180 and then shooting at some targets. Yep, that\\'s right you actually get to shoot from the car in this game.
Each of the 20 or so missions is explained fully by retired Sheriff Jon Brunnell. The opening commentaries set up each plotline nicely and then the game dumps you into the action. Missions are all over the place with players stopping drunk drivers, pulling over car thieves or retrieving stolen goods that may have been dropped from a moving vehicle. Heck, there is even an errant tank mission tucked away in here and to add more diversity there are rescue/back-up scenarios involved as well.
Unfortunately things take a small turn for the worse due to a few little nagging omissions and oversights. I thought it was a cool idea to include the ability to fire weapons… and it is depicted nicely with your partner hanging out the window popping off rounds. Unfortunately, you can only shoot at the vehicle you are chasing and all it does is peg the damage meter to the auto. You can\\'t shoot at the offenders, innocent bystanders (boo! Hiss!), or pop out the tires and sent the vehicles flipping. Great concept… just not fully realized. Also, the game practically deteriorates into a destruction derby style of gameplay that forces armchair smokies to resort to ramming the offender\\'s car or sending it into immobile objects to get their damage meter extinguished. Don\\'t worry though all is not lost, there is always that certain level of enjoyment from trying to capture the perp and some missions are either timed or strategically oriented and the driving \\'engine\\' on WSPC is a pretty darn good one.
The graphics used in the game are, for the most part, very well constructed. Yes, there is pop up, draw-in and the occasion frame stuttering but fortunately, non of this detracted from the overall gameplay elements or got in the way of my missions. The vehicles handle very well and a lot of the environments are destructible. For a PSOne game, the lighting and car/background models are really well done and most importantly are extremely functional.
The sound effects were a real bright spot in the game. Sirens blare, crashes and smashes result in a nice solid metallic sounding crunches. Voiceovers totally compliment the game and failed mission overviews are often quite hilarious…even though I think they tried to be serious. There is a nice pumping soundtrack and overall the music/sound effects of the game hold up its end nicely.
There are also other options available for play in the game. There is a Patrol Mode that enables gamers to cruise the streets and get assignments in real time as they occur. This is pretty cool and takes the load of having to following a strict mission off your chest. There is also a nifty little two-player mode where you can grab a buddy and have them control the weapon while you do all of the driving. Not bad…
· Players engage in 20 breakneck missions that will challenge your newfound law enforcement credentials.
· Direct from Fox\\'s hit TV show comes Sheriff Jon Brunnell providing the voice-overs, commentary and over-the-top hyperbole and puns.
· Players can choose from an extensive list of police-grade armaments.
· Unlock and control 13 different vehicles.
1 Block required on Memory card per save (min)
Up to 2 Players (without Multi-tap)
Uses Dual Shock Pad Buttons
Uses Dual Shock Pad Analog Sticks
Uses Dual Shock Pad Vibration facility
REVIEW SCORE GUIDE:
We promise that we have fully played 'Worlds Scariest Police Chases' before writing this review. The scores given above are our honest opinion and were not influenced in any way by the manufacturer or distributor of the game.
SUMMARY OF FINAL RATING (%)
00 - 59 This makes your console seem like an older machine. It utilises little or none of the PSone power.
60 - 69 This game is little more than average and we advise renting or play-testing before considering a purchase.
70 - 79 This is a good solid title that should still appeal to those who like this type of game.
80 - 89 This is a fantastic game that we think you will enjoy playing for quite some time.
90 - 100 This game either pushes the boundaries of it's genre further than ever before on this system, or creates a completely new gaming experience. Either way, it should not be missed and is an essential purchase in our opinion.
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ:
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