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      05.08.2011 17:07
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      A good game which is well worth playing despite some repetitve aspects

      Pursuit Force is an action game for the Playstation Portable, published by SCE in 2005. You play the role of a law enforcement agent who joins a police division known as the Pursuit Force, an agency dedicated to eradicating crime across the fictional Capital State. There are 5 gangs who are mostly responsible for the high levels of crime in Capital State: The Capelli's (an Italian Mafia family), The Warlords ( a group of ex-army mercenaries), The Convicts (a bunch of escaped prisoners), The Vixens ( a group of female criminals), and the Killer '66 (a gang of deadly, crazed killers). You have to go up against these various gangs both on foot and in vehicles, in order to prevent their wave of destruction.

      Although there are some levels in which you are on foot, the majority of the game takes place on the road. The unique aspect of this game is the ability to jump from vehicle to vehicle. When you are engaged ina chase with enemies, you need to take down all of their vehicles, whether it be by shooting them from your own car, or jumping onto the bonnet of theirs and shooting the passengers, before commandeering it yourself. I have never seen this feature before in any other game and at first it was incredibly entertaining, but after a while I found it to be a bit repetitive. Although there are some levels which are different from the rest, for example a level which is a homage to Speed in which you are driving a bus that will explode if it goes below a certain speed, however most of the levels are simply car chases with the same format but different settings.

      It is a good game with good graphics and a set of controls which are easy to get to grips with, but I just found that as the game went on it got a bit repetitive and often relies a lot on button-bashing. The variety of locations and vehicles is excellent, with city chases, speedboat chases, desert chases and mountain chases, but it was just a bit too chase-oriented for me. There is the occasional on-foot level in which you have to take down a group of enemies without a vehicle, using walls and objects for cover. These levels are a welcome change but are nothing special. The driving levels are the main attraction. There is not really much in the way of a storyline, but this is not really important since the game's main appeal is the action scenes.

      It can be purchased for £14.92 on Amazon, which is a good price for a game which is definitely entertaining and has good graphics and gameplay. The only drawback is that it loses its appeal after a while.

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      02.02.2010 21:22

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      Avoid

      Gaming is getting a lot easier these days, but rest assured that the unimaginatively titled Pursuit Force delivers that challenge, if through an incredibly frustrating gaming experience that's cheap, poorly designed and outright one of the worst games you can buy for the PSP.

      It's not that the game is all bad, because, in fact, it has some promise from its opening moments, but it is simply one of the most absurdly difficult games I've ever come across, and it makes for an experience more infuriating than entertaining. The game revolves around a special team, who pride themselves in stopping the nefarious big bad very quickly and efficiently. This allows some fairly decent action scenes, and to this point it isn't all that bad, but it is SO hard.

      While most modern games will handily save after every important point is handled, this game does not; it is almost torturous how long you have to go without being able to save, meaning that you may wind up dead via a cheap mechanic - i.e. an overpowered enemy appearing out of nowhere or some ally AI suddenly going haywire - and then have to repeat the last hour of lousy play all over again! Also, while some the action has good ideas, the execution is never vibrant enough to make it entertaining, and it's really as simple as shooting, reloading, and shooting most of the time.

      Does this game LOOK good? Sure. Does it PLAY good? Absolutely not. It's a frustrating game not only through its overwhelming difficulty but also because it had a lot of potential to be fun. If you're a sadist, maybe you'll play this, but otherwise it cannot be recommended.

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      30.11.2009 14:44
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      A very good one player game that will keep you entertained for a good while. But not forever.

      Pursuit Force came out early on in the PSP's life. This means that it has been out for a while. It is a driving based shoot 'em up for 1 player exclusive to the PSP.

      You play the game as a member of the "Pursuit Force" an elite division of the State Police that was created to combat the growing crime rate from the state's various gangs.

      There are 5 gangs in the game, each with 6 missions devoted to taking them down giving you a total of thirty missions to play through. Aside from this, there is a race mode on offer & lots of unlockable content like pictures & videos and of course levels as you progress through the game.

      The majority of the missions take place in a motor verhicle although there are sections where you play on foot, in a boat & in a helicopter. The most unique aspect of the game & the main selling point is the ability to leap through the air, from one vehicle to another & take control of that vehicle. You can kill the drive by shooting them whilst travelling through the air in bullet time or shoot them once you have landed on there bonnet. The process is fun, novel & unique to this game. No other video game has leaping from one moving vehicle to another as part of it. Not even GTA.

      There is good variety in the missions. Kill all opponents. Get to the end of the track alive & inside a set time limit. Protect the vehicle ahead. There is even a level which works like the film Speed where you can't slow down but the track is tight & windy & difficult to keep your speed up.

      The game plays well. It is easy to control & to get to grips with. The leaping between vehicles is easy to do & lots of fun. The graphics are good & the camera angle is fine. Sounds are not too bad either. The difficulty level does go up & pose quite a challenge. I personally think that it's too hard as I can't seem to get past some of the missions towards the end & haven't completed the game. This is my major negative point along with the fact that it is solo player which limits the appeal if you complete the game or get stuck.

      I would recommend the game. Especially if you are a lone player who has no friends with a PSP. There aren't many games that are similar to this & it really is very unique.

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      24.09.2009 13:08
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      A fun game which can be picked up very cheap

      This is a game exclusive to the PSP and a sequel has been released called Pursuit Force Extreme Justice. This was one of the games I got when I first bought the PSP as what I had seen it on gaming shows and on the internet and I thought that it looked awesome. The basic story is that you are a cop who has joined the recently formed Pursuit Force which is an agency set up to combat the rising crime level created by the city's many criminals. The game starts off with a news broadcast which tells you all about the different gangs and the Pursuit Force.

      There are three gameplay modes, the story mode which will take up most of your time, a race mode and also a time trial mode. There is no multiplayer but this isn't a major problem as it was one of the first titles released and it's hard to see how one would be implemented.

      The reason I was drawn to this game was that it's the first game I know off that has you racing through traffic then jumping from car to car and even onto helicopters and also that has third person action sections.

      Whilst at first this sounds great and for the most part it is, it quickly becomes repetitive. There is also the difficulty in some levels and this gets frustrating.

      This a cool game and if you don't mind the challenge then definitely pick it up. This is also a great game because it is generally unique and is certainly action packed.

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      03.06.2009 20:19

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      So i think that this is a really easy game to get use to playing, but still involves a challenge at

      Pursuit Force is a great game for the PSP. I hadnt tried any game in this genr, so was very happy i had after only a few minutes of gameplay. The basic storyline is that your a cop in Capital City, theres been a sudden surge in volience and you have to destroy the crinimal gangs. So far so good, there are loads of missions and extra s to keep you intrested.

      The controls are really important to any game, so it was great news to basically pick the game up and start playing. I havent needed to pick the manual up. This is because the first mission is almost like a tutorial but you dont realise this. It basically just tells you what to do every time you come up against something you havent done before, such as jumping from car to car.

      Like i have already said, there are loads of mission with the five different crinimal gangs. Also as you increase you rank, your unlock new cars, routes and races. The races are similar to missions except in your car, or boat you have to race along one of the routes and then finish first.Its nice to have a wide range of viechles, cars, motorbikes, 4x4 and boats and this is what the game delivers. You be able to do time trials in one of many viechles along a large number of routes.

      So what about the graphics, well there OK. Its nothing amazing but its still realistic enogh that you dont usually notice anything wrong. I have on a few occasion found a few glitches including ones were the roads disappear or ones were you can drive on areas that you shouldnt be able to (Thats always good fun)

      So i think that this is a really easy game to get use to playing, but still involves a challenge at the end. It was a wide range of gameplay features and OK graphics.

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      11.02.2009 22:37
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      rent if you can or pick up at a boot sale.

      After playing this game I do have to say I was slightly underwhelmed and a little disappointed.

      Pursuit force is a cop action game which has you trying to fight back the sudden rise in crime due to various gang groups, so for starts not really all that imaginative, but hey it's a cop game so perhaps I'm being a little harsh

      But that aside, the game got very boring very quickly, resulting in me selling it on after owning it for only a couple months. The missions vary from escorting a VIP as you watch from a helicopter, trying to defend the car from incoming enemies, (very tricky with just one analogue stick) or jumping from car to car to gradually eliminate enemies and complete your given objective. The fancy moves involved as you leap from boot to bonnet are initially pretty sweet, but get old pretty quick. All in all there are 5 gangs to dispense of, each becoming harder and better armed than the previous. Controls are pretty tricky and some boss fights very difficult and may result in frustration.

      Visuals are pretty average, the gameplay is fluid but nothing really spectacular. Sounds can get annoying with your police chief constantly nagging you.

      The game is by no means utter rubbish, but I would recommend renting or if you do buy it, don't spend too much on it. It's likely to end up in a dark dusty cupboard.

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      21.09.2008 09:59
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      A great game, not for the beginner though!!!

      I recently received a PSP as a present, and went to buy a few games for it. Now, call it sensible, or call it nerdy, I always research the games that i am going to buy at sites like Gamespot. Pursuit force scored very highly with them, and also received some great feedback from members there. That was enough for me, and i bought a copy immediately. I was able to pick it up for peanuts on ebay, I think it cost me about four quid.



      The game itself is produced by bigbig, and puts you in the guise of a newly recruited cop, in the new pursuit force team. You are there to battle against the five gangs that are wreaking havoc in the city. You are given a series of missions to complete, and they are generally set against the clock. This makes the game very difficult, as you not only have to complete the objectives of that mission, but also reach the destination required in time.



      Each time you complete a mission, your reputation gets better, and eventually your rank goes up. The higher your rank, the more missions you get (and the tougher they get too!!). Missions are varied, and you get to try many vehicles, for example boats, bikes, cars. Some missions are on foot, but generally speaking you are in a vehicle of some kind.



      Graphics are great for the PSP. Smooth running, and very few noticeable quirks. At some points you can experience a small amount of slow running, which is annoying, but generally it runs well. There are some 'edges' to the graphics, so its not as sharp looking as games like tomb raider, but its really suited to this edgy type of gameplay.



      I would describe this as a kind of grand theft auto game, but this time you are on the good side. You can jump from car to car, taking control as you go. If the car belongs to target, you get to deliver some rough justice to them, using some of the various weapons in the game. One of the best things in the game, is when you have been doing really well, you get the option to jump to a car, and the motion slows down, giving you time to shoot in mid-air!!! I think this concept was first used in the old Max Payne games, but it is super-cool, and looks great.



      So overall, I would say that this is a top game, but it is hard. It is not a game that you can just play a bit. You really need to devote some time to it. That said the missions are short enough, and it is possible to try a mission, and then give it a rest for a while. The action is frantic, and really good fun. Visually it is pretty stunning, and the gameplay is attractive, and easy to control. The game is perfect for the PSP, and I give it four stars. It only failed to get five, because it gets so insanely difficult the further you progress.



      So, deal out some rough justice, grab a copy today!!!

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        05.08.2008 23:41
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        If difficulty isn't your thing, rent it.

        Developed by Bigbig Studios for the PSP, Pursuit Force puts you right into the thick of the action from the first level. The game centres around an agent who joins a police agency called 'Pursuit Force', their mission being to take on the weapon toting enemy gangs in Capital State.

        And let's get one thing straight before we get into this review. This game is DIFFICULT. There's no gentle buildup. When I said you're thrown into the action, you really are. You're pitted against five gangs through which vehicle crime in the city has increased, and you being part of a new setup called Pursuit Force, are to deal with these criminals. It's this setup which leads to some interesting (and pretty fun) moves.

        If you've wanted to jump across cars in slow motion to stop bad guys, this game is for you. It's over dramatic, but it works. You can latch onto their vehicles and deal out swift justice, using your newly commandeered acquisition to chase down more bad guys and repeat the process while dodging between traffic and keeping yourself alive under some dangerous driving and hails of gunfire.

        This is where we run into a small gripe. The handing on the cars feels pretty sluggish at times which is especially important at high speed. In order to actually jump from vehicle to vehicle, you need to be able to reach there in one piece. It can be pretty frustrating if you've progressed into the level and die because of poor handling but it's one of those things you just get the hang of.

        It's a rewarding experience, and should you manage to beat all those levels, and you -will- feel like you should be rewarded with something. The pick up and play nature of the PSP is perfect for it. Should you get stuck on a mission, the ability to turn it off to cool down and then start it back up again with relative ease and quick loading is a godsend. Overall, it's a pretty impressive title with a few original ideas and it's been executed well for the PSP. 4 stars.

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          12.06.2008 20:02
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          With it's new spin on gameplay, variety of things to do, this game will be good for the casual gamer

          Difficulty: Medium
          Learning Curve: 20 or so minutes

          A new different spin to police based crime games, where you get to drive, jump from car to car, car to boat, car to helicopter, as well as land missions.

          Play as a police officer, en-route to destroy all crime gangs that desecrate the state. Hunt down fearsome suspects, with aggression. With the variety of cases you will be given, it will include running down suspects, leaping onto their vehicles in mid-drive, and do anything in your power to stop them at all costs.

          The game also offers something different from the career part, which allows you to do races. You unlock race maps through career, and you can play this to earn medals. There is nothing really rewarding from doing this though except for some fun. Career cases also offer medals to be earned, depending how well you do in the case, how quickly you caught your suspect, and all that takes into count for what medal you receive. You could get bronze, silver, gold or nothing at all. These medals then unlock items in the gallery, which offers videos, wallpapers, artworks and what-not.

          Gameplay - 7/10
          It's a new style of gameplay that adds some fun for the PSP system and works very well. Shooting, driving, and racing are a nice mix which Big Big Studios have pulled off very well.

          Design - 7/10
          There is a lot of variety from each crime gang, varying from ex-commando's to speed-craving women; you won't find everything bland here. The case designs and environments are pretty decent also.

          Sound - 6/10
          The sound effects and soundtrack is pretty decent, however it gets rather repetitive after a while.

          Value - 7/10
          There are a lot of cases for you to play through, a lot of items in the gallery for you to pursuit, and all the races as a side-game for you to play through, there is more then enough to keep the casual gamer going for a while.

          Overall - 6.9/10
          With it's new spin on gameplay, variety of things to do, this game will be good for the casual gamer, however there is nothing really that challenging, nor much depth to the story of the game. Perhaps it's not the best game for the hardcore gamer, but defiantly worth it for the casual gamer to look in to.

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            07.11.2007 19:23

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            For the low price, it must be tried.

            I purchased this game on holiday in florida and was pleasently surprised for what I got for $14.99. At first glance, Pursuit Force doesn't look too out of the ordinary and, take it from me, that is a strupid mistake to make. Pursuit force sees the pkayer taking the role of a "super cop" on a mission to bring law and order to the streets which are ruled by a variety of different gangs. However, the storym is unimportant as long as the gameplay suffices the gamers need and it does this with it's eyes closed. Thge gameplay is like a simple arcade racer ecept the gamer can shoot at evry car and also perform high risk meneuvers such as jumping from car to car and speedboat to speedboat. These high octane moments makre the game truly memorable and help provide heart pumping thrillas from start to finish. The career is long and lengthy and will require persevation to complete. The graphics are among the best I have seen on the PSP and make this game a must play for all action-loving psp owners.

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