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I don't normally blog about the whole "I have a great idea
for a video game"...but tonight I am. Kind of. I guess. You see, I was watching
Cops or one of those "Cops" like shows and for whatever reason I started
thinking about video games. I had high hopes for APB: All Points Bulletin...but
alas, it doesn't look like the game is going to be all that promising.
Reception to APB has
been mixed with the game currently holding a 58% average on Metacritic. Initial
reviews included PCgamer giving the title 55/100 and Eurogamer giving 6/10. 1UP
awarded APB a score of 25/100 and Destructoid giving 35/100. Other reviews were
higher, with IGN giving 77/100 and Edge granting 7/10.
For those who don't know or who aren't aware of the premise
behind APB...read on...
APB: All Points
Bulletin is a Multiplayer online video game for Microsoft Windows based in
urban sprawls and featuring two sides, Enforcers and the Criminals. Players may
join either the Enforcers or the Criminals, and form sub-groups in these. The
game design was led by David Jones, who contributed to the original Grand Theft
Auto and Crackdown, and was developed by Realtime Worlds. It was released on
June 29, 2010 in North America, followed by a July 1 release in Europe and July
2 in the United Kingdom. The game takes place in a modern-day, fictional city
of San Paro where there is a constant battle between "Enforcers" and
"Criminals", and the player will need to decide to which Faction they
want to belong.
So basically...a game of cops and robbers!
There seems to be shortage or at least a lack of interest in
making a First Person Shooter that requires a bit more than "if it moves then
shoot it". There was a time where it was trendy, with games like SWAT (actually
I think it was SWAT 4) and Rainbow Six. SWAT was a bit stricter on the Rules of
Engagement and weapons free moments, but Rainbow Six had some stealth moments
and some missions where you weren't supposed to shoot or kill anyone.
As popular as the shooters are, I'm really surprised we don't
have a modern era Police Quest type game. We have L.A. Noire in the works, but it
has the feel of an old Dick Tracy movie. I'd like to see something a bit more
modern. In fact, as long as I'm dreaming, I'd like to see high speed car chases
that result in a crash and foot pursuit. I'd like to see gripping scenarios
like a hostage standoff or all out riot. I'd like to see some criminal
investigations and interrogations.
I guess what I'm asking for is...
Cops, the MMORPG...or MMOFPS.
Bad Boy, Bad Boys. Whatcha gonna do! Whatcha gonna do when
they come for you...