Is anyone else reminded of the Police Quest series?

Posted by FrankCanada97 (4039 posts) -

One of my first PC games I remember playing was the 256 colour VGA remake of Sierra's Police Quest. Being the young child that I was, I almost immediately got game over by failing to sit down during a police briefing. I recently got back into playing all games in the police quest series. The games in the series were basically point and click adventures, but with a strict adherence to police procedure. The last proper Police Quest game was released in the early 90's. Going back and playing the games I often wonder if a police procedural adventure would transfer well into today's HD video gaming market.
 

 I expect a lot of this in LA Noire, except this time it's in HD!

Seeing the development of L.A. Noire I am struck by some similarities. You play a simple beat cop who rises to a higher position in the police department. This would always involve some major criminal plot. There are also the intricate details of police work; interviewing suspects, finding clues, examining your surroundings. I always thought that a new Police Quest game would be too boring for the average gamer to sit through. But with news of LA Noire coming out. I realize that this is the closest I'll ever get to an HD Police Quest game. Sure it looks to have a lot of action and shooting, but there is also the intricacies of good police work present. There are not many games out there that have you wearing the police uniform.
 
That said, I'm certain LA Noire won't be so strict in regards to following police procedure:
  
    
#1 Posted by FrankCanada97 (4039 posts) -

One of my first PC games I remember playing was the 256 colour VGA remake of Sierra's Police Quest. Being the young child that I was, I almost immediately got game over by failing to sit down during a police briefing. I recently got back into playing all games in the police quest series. The games in the series were basically point and click adventures, but with a strict adherence to police procedure. The last proper Police Quest game was released in the early 90's. Going back and playing the games I often wonder if a police procedural adventure would transfer well into today's HD video gaming market.
 

 I expect a lot of this in LA Noire, except this time it's in HD!

Seeing the development of L.A. Noire I am struck by some similarities. You play a simple beat cop who rises to a higher position in the police department. This would always involve some major criminal plot. There are also the intricate details of police work; interviewing suspects, finding clues, examining your surroundings. I always thought that a new Police Quest game would be too boring for the average gamer to sit through. But with news of LA Noire coming out. I realize that this is the closest I'll ever get to an HD Police Quest game. Sure it looks to have a lot of action and shooting, but there is also the intricacies of good police work present. There are not many games out there that have you wearing the police uniform.
 
That said, I'm certain LA Noire won't be so strict in regards to following police procedure:
  
    
#2 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5827 posts) -

I actually bought the Police Quest series a couple of weeks ago (it's on GOG).
 
I can't really give you my opinion since I haven't played it yet though.

#3 Posted by FrankCanada97 (4039 posts) -
@FancySoapsMan: Be prepared for a lot of frustration. The games are pretty anal about following correct protocol.
#4 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

never played it

#5 Posted by mrfizzy (1529 posts) -

Ugh yes!!! Have always thought that sort of game would do well with a modern version. Who knows, maybe this game will start a trend.

#6 Edited by Maajin (1063 posts) -
#7 Posted by danimal_furry (1453 posts) -

I was thinking the same thing. It's not exactly the same, but there is a slight feel of Police Quest.

#8 Posted by FrankCanada97 (4039 posts) -
@mrfizzy said:
" Ugh yes!!! Have always thought that sort of game would do well with a modern version. Who knows, maybe this game will start a trend. "
I hope so, I'll jump on those sort of games in a heartbeat.
@danimal_furry said:
" I was thinking the same thing. It's not exactly the same, but there is a slight feel of Police Quest. "
Yeah, but at the same time I hope the investigative aspects of L.A. Noire heavily outweigh the shooting parts. Also, it would be nice to have the ability to talk down gun-wielding suspects, instead of just gunning them down.
#9 Posted by Hailinel (24778 posts) -
@FrankCanada97 said:
" @FancySoapsMan: Be prepared for a lot of frustration. The games are pretty anal about following correct protocol. "
Wasn't a former police officer involved in their design?
#10 Posted by danimal_furry (1453 posts) -
@FrankCanada97 said:
" @mrfizzy said:
" Ugh yes!!! Have always thought that sort of game would do well with a modern version. Who knows, maybe this game will start a trend. "
I hope so, I'll jump on those sort of games in a heartbeat.
@danimal_furry said:
" I was thinking the same thing. It's not exactly the same, but there is a slight feel of Police Quest. "
Yeah, but at the same time I hope the investigative aspects of L.A. Noire heavily outweigh the shooting parts. Also, it would be nice to have the ability to talk down gun-wielding suspects, instead of just gunning them down. "

It's LA, dude. There's no way a policeman is going to try to take the "talk down" option.
#11 Posted by ProfessorEss (7368 posts) -

Yeah I can get that.
 
Those Police Quest games were tits.

#12 Posted by Gabriel (4061 posts) -

Really only played the Kings Quest games from Sierra (and the excellent Colonel's Bequest).

#13 Edited by FrankCanada97 (4039 posts) -
@Hailinel said:

" @FrankCanada97 said:

" @FancySoapsMan: Be prepared for a lot of frustration. The games are pretty anal about following correct protocol. "
Wasn't a former police officer involved in their design? "
Yup Jim Walls, former CHP officer was their producer up to Police Quest 3.
#14 Posted by Jimbo (9809 posts) -

Absolutely, and not just the theme.  If you watch the animation in the gameplay trailer, you can see when it switches not very subtley from the regular-looking idle animation into one of their awesome-looking pre-recorded ones, which totally reminded me of the hard cuts in SWAT 1's FMV.

#15 Posted by Godot (208 posts) -
@theplatypus said:
" Only played Police Quest 4, the FMV-ish one, long time ago. Found a dead kid in a dumpster. Scarred me for life. "
I can see why! Christ, that music gave me a start; if I'd had the sound up any higher I might have had a heart attack haha.
#16 Posted by AlphaCentauri (183 posts) -
SWAT 3 was great, loved the online co-op.
#17 Edited by Deeveeus (479 posts) -
@Hailinel said:

" @FrankCanada97 said:

" @FancySoapsMan: Be prepared for a lot of frustration. The games are pretty anal about following correct protocol. "
Wasn't a former police officer involved in their design? "
Chief Darryl F. Gates for Police Quest 4
#18 Posted by FrankCanada97 (4039 posts) -
@Deeveeus said:
" @Hailinel said:
" @FrankCanada97 said:
" @FancySoapsMan: Be prepared for a lot of frustration. The games are pretty anal about following correct protocol. "
Wasn't a former police officer involved in their design? "
Chief Darryl F. Gates "
After Police Quest 3, he took over when Jim Walls left Sierra for an unknown reason.
#19 Posted by DetectiveSpecial (466 posts) -

Hot shit I loved the Police Quest games. If I recall correctly, Police Quest 4 is what prompted me to upgrade from 2 to 4 megs of RAM. 
And it cost me a shit ton.  
And I'm old. 
That is all.

#20 Edited by Deeveeus (479 posts) -
@FrankCanada97 said:

" @Deeveeus said:

" @Hailinel said:
" @FrankCanada97 said:
" @FancySoapsMan: Be prepared for a lot of frustration. The games are pretty anal about following correct protocol. "
Wasn't a former police officer involved in their design? "
Chief Darryl F. Gates "
After Police Quest 3, he took over when Jim Walls left Sierra for an unknown reason. "
haha, yeah I remembered that directly after I posted, you just missed my edit :P....and now I wanna do some chalk outlines around a south central body :P
#21 Posted by FrankCanada97 (4039 posts) -
@Gabriel said:
" Really only played the Kings Quest games from Sierra (and the excellent Colonel's Bequest). "
I only played the second Laura Bow game, the name escapes me at the moment. Would you recommend the Colonel's Bequest?
@Jimbo said:
" Absolutely, and not just the theme.  If you watch the animation in the gameplay trailer, you can see when it switches not very subtley from the regular-looking idle animation into one of their awesome-looking pre-recorded ones, which totally reminded me of the hard cuts in SWAT 1's FMV. "
Yeah, using the tactical mirror hard cuts to Betty White holding a handgun. That game was really short.
#22 Posted by Gabriel (4061 posts) -
@FrankCanada97 said:
" @Gabriel said:
" Really only played the Kings Quest games from Sierra (and the excellent Colonel's Bequest). "
I only played the second Laura Bow game, the name escapes me at the moment. Would you recommend the Colonel's Bequest?  
Yes it is much better than the second one, It's kinda like And then there were none the video game. Great Atmosphere and personally my favorite Sierra adventure game.
#23 Posted by FrankCanada97 (4039 posts) -

Now that people have had a chance to play this, what do you guys think?

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