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Police Quest 2: The Vengeance (DOS)

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Written by  :  Mirrorshades2k (273)
Written on  :  Jan 18, 2002
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

An outstanding adventure... ever wanted to be a cop for a day?

The Good

This game is a bit more non-linear than the first. In other words, there is a lot more freedom as to where and when you can go places. It is also more unforgiving -- you have to be careful, because forgetting to do something can have serious consequences (translated, this means "Use more than one save game, because you'll need to go back to earlier ones on occasion"). For a police drama, this is great; it makes you think carefully and analytically.

The Bad

To reiterate, there are times where you get yourself into an un-winable state because of things you did or forgot to do earlier in the game. While this does add to realism, it can be irritating as well.

Having to practice your shooting and adjust the sights on your gun is a cool idea, but you don't really have any indication as to WHEN you should do this apart from the first time. You need to do this about 3 times during the course of the game, but you probably won't know it until you need to use your gun and you get killed because you don't hit the person you're shooting at. Kind of a bummer (see my above tip about multiple save games).

Also, the scene with the terrorists is a bit hokey. If you've played the game, you know the one I mean.

The Bottom Line

This is a very good game overall. If you played and liked the first one, odds are that you'll enjoy this one at least as much. If you're not detail oriented, you may find you have difficulty gathering evidence, but overall this one is good for several hours of enjoyment as you work towards solving the case!