Conclusion: It's impossible not to compare C.O.P The Recruit with the Grand Theft Auto games, and frankly, V-Dev's title looks pale and worn next to Rockstar's epic sandbox series. Between the typos, sketchy controls, and poor enemy animation, it's not hard to believe that C.O.P The Recruit was released before it was quite finished. Maybe the project was given an extra hard shove so it'd be on the shelves in time for the holiday season.
Excerpt: Today Ubisoft® announced C.O.P. The Recruit, an open world action-adventure game specifically designed for the Nintendo DS™ handheld system. Scheduled for release in fall 2009, C.O.P. The Recruit gives gamers the opportunity to utilize tactics from...
Excerpt: The first thing I do in C.O.P. The Recruit is commandeer my landlady's car and drive all the way to the top of New Jersey. On the way, I try to run over as many pedestrians as I can. The people of New York are incredibly nimble, it seems, and are particularly skilled at jumping out of harm's way at the last second.
GTA-type driving & shooting action game, but with no blood.
Common Sense Media
12 February 2010
Summary: 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.
Summary: It seems like somebody spent a lot of time conceiving C.O.P. The Recruit . The giant city, the variety of missions, the large cast, and the various back-stories would lead me to believe this thing. Then, it seems like a large chunk of the coding was left to lazy interns who haven’t played video games since the Commodore 64 was popular.
Conclusion: Overall, C.O.P. The Recruit feels like it was released mid production. I think if this game was thoroughly tested and reworked it could have been an amazing title, unfortunately it flops pretty hard. Purchase at your own risk.
Excerpt: The first thing I noticed, and surely the first thing everyone will notice about C.O.P.: The Recruit is the packaging screaming about the game being "The Winner of Multiple E3 Awards." That's funny, actually. Thinking back, I do remember this game's name being tossed around at E3 time, being hailed as a Grand Theft Auto from the other side of the coin – instead of breaking the law, you're going to uphold it.
Conclusion: Although plagued by balance and control issues, COP the Recruit is ambitious in its depth and groundbreaking in its technology. The easily frustrated might want to skip this game, but for experienced gamers looking for a challenge, COP offers a lengthy experience and hardcore difficulty.