Pursuit Force Reviews (PSP)

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Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.7
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Overall User Score (6 votes) 2.5

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4Players.de (Nov 28, 2005)
Zugegeben: Man kann in den Bugs oder der hohen Anforderung durchaus Kritikpunkte sehen. Trotzdem sitze ich stundenlang an der gleichen Mission und versuche es immer wieder aufs Neue, denn ich kann der Faszination des astrein inszenierten Blockbusters einfach nicht widerstehen. Die rasanten Verfolgungsjagden, welche sich immer wieder von einer anderen Seite zeigen, eine äußerst coole und sogar witzige Präsentation sowie das genial simple Arcadeflair machen aus dem Spiel mehr als die Summe seiner Zutaten. Und genau deshalb hat sich Pursuit Force den Award verdient. Für mich ganz klar das aktuelle Actionhighlight auf der PSP!
GameZone (Mar 09, 2006)
Capital city has a crime problem. Not a little problem, a big problem. Five of the worst gangs have laid siege to the city and conventional police tactics just aren't cutting the mustard. Enter the Pursuit Force, a team of obviously unbalanced Police men and women who's job it is to take down these gangs by any means necessary. Of course, it doesn't hurt that as a police officer, you don't have to be put on paid suspension when you are involved in a shooting. Instead, you are given rewards for blowing away the bad guys, civil rights be damned! I love this game.
Defunct Games (Mar 21, 2006)
Pursuit Force gets nearly every beat right, only falling short thanks to its lack of multiplayer and poor on-foot levels. But most people should get over these minor gripes and find a game that defines the word "excitement." If you're looking for something that's just a little different from all those other racing games, then Pursuit Force is for you. And even if you're not a fan of racers, this might just be the type of action game that makes you a believer.
Extreme Gamer (Mar 20, 2006)
The whole Pursuit Force experience is pretty cut and dry. If you enjoy arcade styled action games Pursuit Force is going to be the absolute best thing going for your PSP. Pursuit Force is an excellent game, you just need to be the right gamer. I found it best absorbed in small doses every once and a while. I'd recommend this Sony title, but a little more meat on the bones would have been nice.
IGN (Mar 03, 2006)
Videogames have tried to mimic action films for years. It's the industry Holy Grail that developers have tried to find since the mid-80s. It makes perfect sense when you think about it. There's little else cooler than starring in your own balls-to-the-wall action spectacular. And yes, there has obviously been success along the way. Look at Max Payne, for instance. It captured the essence of gunfights better than most games before and after its initial release. And look at God of War. It took a basic premise and hammered it into one of the coolest action epics in videogame history. It felt like starring in your own mythical action flick.
TTGamer (Dec 11, 2005)
Pursuit Force is a game that probably wouldn’t work on the main consoles but is perfectly suited to handheld gaming. The development team has done an excellent job in combining fast paced racing gameplay with a unique game mechanic and a bit of action thrown in as well. Pursuit Force really is the first must own PSP game and will hopefully be the first of many quality handheld original games for the system.
On a system starving for quality software, Pursuit Force makes up for the long wait. There's unquestionably a franchise here, and if the intensity is this strong on the PSPs screen, you'd almost wish to see it on more powerful hardware on a TV. This is superb, innovative, and well rounded gaming.
3DAvenue (Dec 11, 2005)
Pursuit Force is a game that probably wouldn’t work on the main consoles but is perfectly suited to handheld gaming. The development team has done an excellent job in combining fast paced racing gameplay with a unique game mechanic and a bit of action thrown in as well. Pursuit Force really is the first must own PSP game and will hopefully be the first of many quality handheld original games for the system.
Armchair Empire, The (Apr 17, 2006)
Let us face the facts. The PSP does not exactly have the luxury of any good original action games out right now. However, Pursuit Force looks to fulfill a gamer’s thirst for action on the go.
GameSpot (Mar 07, 2006)
You may often hear people lament about the kinds of games coming out these days and how "they don't make 'em like they used to." Tell that to Bigbig Studios, makers of Pursuit Force for the PlayStation Portable. Apparently, the developers of this game never got tired of playing their favorite late-'80s arcade games, because Pursuit Force is practically a working tribute to the kinds of crazy-driving action games that ruled arcades during that era.
JagoGame.com (May 21, 2007)
Selain presentasi grafis, suara, dan gameplay yang cukup baik, game ini juga menyisakan cacat. Utamanya adalah level kesulitan lawan, game ini sepertinya dibikin terlalu sulit, sehingga membuat Anda akan sering mengulangi permainan terus-menerus. Tapi itu didukung oleh tiadanya sistem save di perjalanan atau checkpoint. Bilamana Anda gagal misi, Anda akan mengulangi permainan dari awal. Masalahnya semakin jauh, game ini akan menyediakan misi yang terdiri dari sejumlah tugas. Bilamana tugas pertama dan kedua udah selesai, dan Anda gagal di tugas ketiga, maka misi akan mengulangi permainan dari awal, bukannya mengulang dari tugas ketiga saja. Jelas ini bikin Anda frustasi.
Portable Review (May 12, 2006)
While the PSP is mainly known for its staggering amount of re-makes and ports, once in a while a good, original title shows up on Sony's portable powerhouse. Originally released in Europe as a launch title from Bigbig Studios (made up of ex-Codemasters programmers), Pursuit Force is one such game.
Occasionally wonky controls and some poorly designed levels prevent it from being great, but playing through the tons of content is an enjoyable way to pass some downtime.
PlayDevil (2006)
"Pursuit Force" is a rather enjoyable shooter/racer game. It's somehow a different approach to the genre and the ability of jumping from vehicle to another is awesome. However, it remains a very difficult game and often you'll need to reload the level over and over to complete it successful. Grapics are pretty good, still here and there there was some framerate problems. Music is fast and feels like you're watching (rather then playing) a pursuit movie.
GamePro (US) (Mar 07, 2006)
Gameplay mainly consists of you behind the wheel of your vehicle following a long winding high-speed chase to kill or arrest criminals --very similar to Chase HQ. However, Pursuit Force mixes up the equation a little by allowing you to abandon your vehicle at high-speed to commander any other vehicle on the road, including criminals, by pressing the Circle button while your vehicle is near another. While ordinary citizens will gladly allow you to take their car in the name of justice, you'll have to shoot it out with criminals to jack their cars. Furthermore, you'll be able to take control of speed boats, sports bikes, and man the mini-gun on a police gunship.
GameSpy (Mar 08, 2006)
You know that scene in the last big budget car chase you saw, where the main guy leaps from his speeding vehicle onto another speeding vehicle? BigBig Studios has taken this ridiculously over-the-top moment of Hollywood blockbuster action and made it a game. As a member of Pursuit Force (which seems to consist solely of your main character and a bossy hard-ass of a commanding officer) your job is to rid your state highways of crime by leapfrogging from vehicle to vehicle, murdering everyone inside, and tossing out the bodies before taking the wheel of your new vehicle and speeding down the road to the next offender in line. Pursuit Force is loud, fast, and unapologetic arcade-style gameplay.
All in all, Pursuit Force is an acceptable racer with a few unique features, but it just doesn't pack the punch that it needs. So for now, I'll go back to tossing questionable sodas to my pals in the next car, thank you very much.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Oct 31, 2005)
It's a shame, though, because on balance Pursuit Force has some really great ideas implemented reasonably well. Leaping from vehicle to vehicle like some sort of crazy offspring of Evil Kinevil and The Six Million Dollar Man is a lot of fun for a while. But then a combination of a horrible driving experience and some tedious difficulty spikes drain all the fun out of it, and you're left scowling about missed opportunities. Ah well.
Jeuxvideo.com (Dec 02, 2005)
Laissant augurer du meilleur grâce à sa réalisation surprenante, son gameplay détonnant et ses thèmes musicaux immersifs, Pursuit Force semblait avoir trouvé sa place dans le panthéon des jeux d'arcade sur PSP. Pourtant sa joie fut de courte durée. En effet, détenteur d'une relative vacuité, d'une absence d'intérêt sur le long terme et surtout de phases à pied trop imprécises, il défait d'un seul coup la longue corde qu'il avait tissé pour se hisser sur les sommets. Il est une force à la poursuite de sa légitimité.
G4 TV: X-Play (Apr 03, 2006)
Pursuit Force also dips into on-foot action, but the results aren’t the Driv3r debacle we expected. Instead, most of the third-person shootouts are quite easy, as the ability to lock on to a target removes all but a dim challenge. We did appreciate the ability to arrest criminals (rather than killing them) by getting extremely close before firing. Doing so even added a bonus, which boosted our final performance rating.

Though the poor handling doesn’t drag down every mission, the lousy feel did make us put down more than a couple missions in frustration. Given that Pursuit Force doesn’t feature a true wealth of content (30 fairly quick missions in addition to race and time trial modes) that probably kept us playing a few extra hours. Of course, since even the best action movies make audiences sit through some crap to get to the good bits, this racer is running about par for the genre.
The Video Game Critic (Oct 03, 2006)
Pursuit Force is an action packed, but it wasn't the addictive joyride I was hoping for. The missions are hit and miss, and despite the game's admirable attempt to mix things up, the action feels repetitive after a while. The highways are wide open, but you're often asked to make awkward, tight turns onto narrow streets. Pursuit Force won't set the world on fire, but it does take a unique concept and get a lot of mileage out of it.
The hokey story and stupid gimmick would be forgivable if the vehicle control weren't so lame, the targeting weren't so uncoordinated, the difficulty level weren't so bipolar, and the occasional on-foot missions' rotten camera weren't rage inducing.