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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that in the action adventure game C.O.P. The Recruit you play as a police officer who fires shotguns, pistols, and machine guns in battles against criminals, terrorist, and rogue cops. You'll also drive around a large, urban environment chasing criminals and a terrorist armed with bombs. Characters can be heard cussing. Note that although the game resembles the Grand Theft Auto franchise, there is no blood, sexual situations, or opportunities for random criminal activity.
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What's it about?
C.O.P. The Recruit puts the player in the role of Dan Miles, a young recruit eager to
leave behind his underground street racing life. The city, a vast map of streets and buildings that resembles New York, is being terrorized by the Zombie Bomber, and the main objective pf this game is to stop him.
This involves driving around, following leads, meeting
contacts, and dealing with police-related business
along the way. You can comandeer just about any vehicle you want simply by
standing in the middle of the road and waiting until it halts. However, there's no GTA-like hijacking of vehicles (your character explains he's borrowing the car for police business and you don't ever see the original driver). The cars and trucks give you freedom to zoom around the city, guided by a GPS and map.
Missions vary from racing the clock, tailing suspects, shootouts, and stealth missions where you must avoid patrolling guards as you tap into
computers or access keys. You'll also be able to take pictures of certain locations and landmarks. Overall, there are 50 missions and dozens of side-quests.
Is it any good?
C.O.P. The Recruit is a very good game with lots of gameplay, a huge environment in which to play, and very intuitive controls. The graphics, especially for the DS platform, are excellent, too. There are minor issues with cars too easily spinning out control and the shooting mechanic, but overall, the controls are impressive. This is very much a toned-down version of Grand Theft Auto IV, and most kids will be aware of this. It could, however, serve as a good alternative for kids who want driving, shooting, open-world play but aren't mature enough for the intense violence and language of of the Grand Theft Auto series.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the lead character was a criminal who became a cop. Do you think these situations exist in real life?
The game uses a GPS and maps. After familiarizing yourself with the city, how necessary were these tools? Did you find you knew where you were using landmarks instead?
This game has been compared to the Grand Theft Auto games, but has none of the more violent elements such as the ability to rob and shoot random pedestrians or steal cars. Do these changes make the game less or more appealing than GTA?
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