There are games where you play as criminals and games were you play as soldiers but not as many games in which you play cops. Why is this?
Games starring cops?
Calling All Cars-reaching
Sam and Max-kinda not really
Starsky and Hutch
Dead To Rights
Call of Cthulu
Resident Evil 2
It's not as exciting unless you exaggerate the hell out of it or create a bizarre circumstance for the role. Those games do exist though. Some examples are Heavy Rain, Starsky & Hutch, Dead To Rights, True Crime, Max Payne, The Getaway, Crackdown, and APB.
" Heavy Rain True Crime Crackdown Driver SWAT4-kinda counts "Lol. Crackdown didn't really make me think of the local red & blue from my town. Heavy Rain is the only game I can think of, and even then you had those awesome gadgets and were in the FBI.
" The only thing I could think of was the Police Quest series. Those games were alright but the driving portions were dumb as hell. Also, what about N.A.R.C.? Were those guys cops, or were they some other type of agent? Chase HQ maybe? "They were NARCs. Narcotics officers. So I guess that's the closest decent example out there. Still, though. That game was tooooo bad, it shouldn't count.
" Heavy Rain True Crime Crackdown Driver SWAT4-kinda counts Indigo Prophecy Calling All Cars-reaching Narc Max Payne APB Police Quest Sam and Max-kinda not really Starsky and Hutch Dead To Rights The Getaway Condemned Call of Cthulu "Your never a cop in Heavy Rain, your an FBI agent or a PI
I feel like my generalization is pretty much being in law enforcement. When you play a war based game, your characters rank never really matters, you are basically a one man army. So I feel that generalization applies to my listing of people that are cops, and people you might find in a police station.
and Resident Evil 2.
Also, Jim Walls, the guy who created the first three Police Quest games, went on to make another police-themed adventure game for another company called Blue Force. I never played it because I was a Sierra/Lucasarts snob back then.
Also, would Robocop games count?
I think, like Geno said, a true, realistic portrayal of a cop would mean lots of time spent doing nothing. Waiting and watching for something to happen, then attempting to find a peaceful solution to the conflict doesn't make for action game material. So when devs do the cop game, they're either undercover, have superpowers, or somehow end up fighting ghosts, zombies and dragons in Los Angeles.
One of the SWAT games I played years ago seemed like a fairly realistic depiction of what one might expect a swat team to encounter going into those crazy situations, but as far as an average beat cop, there wouldn't be a whole lot to the game, as far as gameplay or variety in the activities. It seems people prefer to either play as a full-on criminal, a reluctant criminal, or an anti-hero who follows no orders. Cops can work as main protagonists, but I think it has to be a heavily story driven, linear experience to actually hold your attention and still be fun. APB could be fun, but even then, it's going to be an over the top, exaggerated experience.
When you play cop, your usually a dirty cop or a specialty role like detective , SWAT, or Narc.
I think it would be interesting if they made a game where you play a regular cop. People don't really like the cop missions in GTA, but if they were expanded and were more detailed, I think it could work.
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