Beat Cop Review

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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Beat Cop is a police crime drama where you have been framed for murder. Back on the street, you navigate the pixilated 80’s Miami Vice world to find out who did it. Your approach and decisions matter. Will you go in with the mafia or stay straight? Your choices determine the narrative and ultimate ending. It's set in New York and inspired by police shows from the 80s. Expect a lot of dark humour and complex crime drama.

It's the same developer as This War of Mine. But this is more tongue-in-cheek than that game. It revels in the era, which means it includes the language, culture and ethics of the time. While This War of Mine was heartbreaking to play, Beat Cop challenges morality with over the top (and at times inappropriate) humour. This ensures it never becomes too worthy or woke and is an unusual way to approach the issues of the era by stepping into that world.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 27/11/2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Genres: Adventure and Narrative.

 

TipsTips

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CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 7 hours and 9 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

PEGI 18 with glamorisation of the use of illegal drugs. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: Player’s character, Jack Kelly, can buy, courier, sell and deliver drugs. He is rewarded with in-game dollar currency for doing so. The game also contains the frequent use of the sexual expletive ‘*!@?*’ and derivations of the word.

Sexual encounters with prostitutes can occur regularly, although nothing is seen after the initial meeting, the text descriptions can be very graphic. There is also the occasional use of terms that are regarded as offensive and discriminatory but fall short of words likely to encourage hatred.

This game has been rated ESRB MATURE 17+.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Reaction-time Not Critical: Individual game actions don’t need quick reactions.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Speaker Indicator: Captions or icons and speech bubbles indicate who is speaking.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Mouse Alone: Can play with just the mouse/mouse button/mouse wheel.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well

System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @JonahMonaghan


 




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