Mighty Morgan and HypeTrain Digital‘s tactical top-down shooter Police Stories makes its pixel debut on GOG.
Unlike the more violent Hotline Miami (see my review), taking down people with guns isn’t promoted as the best choice, because despite sharing the same split-second-decision-making-when-entering-a-room formula, Police Stories rewards players who incapacitate baddies without killing them. Rescuing civilians as well as defusing bombs also adds to non-violent variety, showing that police work is not all about gung-ho attitudes.
One experiences the everyday gritty reality of police operatives John Rimes and Rick Jones who are put in all kinds of precarious situations when planning becomes an essential survival mechanic. Similar to the SWAT strategy FPS titles, one can use all sorts of gadgets, e.g. under-the-door cameras, to assess the situation and then act accordingly, best in tandem with each other. Although the game can be played solo, the co-op mode seems to be the best way to tackle each mission. As an aggressive play style doesn’t rack up enough points for the next mission, taking full advantage of the Surrender System which helps taking down enemies without killing them makes this a much more cerebral shooter than one is used to.
Police Stories was originally released in September 2019 and is now DRM-free on GOG with a 20% launch discount that lasts until April 24, 2020, at 1 PM UTC.