Beat Cop DEALS
Today, we are going to go through Beat Cop by developer Pixel Crow on the PS4. This retro pixel game is based in New York in the 80s and brings all the cop stereotypes you know and love. You play Jack Kelly and you have been framed for murder. Now, playing as a regular beat cop, you must find who committed the crime
Gripping drama, right? That’s one of the main purposes of the game, that 80s Cop drama along with wack storyline, drugs, racism and slick one liners from the TV bleeds true in Beat Cop mixed with the pixel art style it’s like it has been ripped straight out of the 80s.
The game itself is hard to describe genre wise, it’s almost like it is a 2D pixel story driven adventure game but has elements of a free roam game due to the openness of the area in which you patrol. You have multiple places you can go in and visit all which have use in the game because of the story but it does not lock you out of them if not needed this creating a bit of freedom.
This ties in to the gameplay to as each day you are given one or a few minimum requirements like giving cars a ticket for parking in wrong areas or going over time and having dangerous and worn out tires in their car to name a few. All these have little possibilities attached to them like the civilian may try bribe you posing the risk of more money for the rent you have to pay, but also your captain finding out and maybe raising your objective the next day. You also be approached by one of the two main gangs in the game in the form of the Italian Mafia and the crew which, is a straight up street gang instead of just bribing these come with more consequences which would effect the other gang as the two hate each other and are forever at war.
These small gameplay mechanics mean that with the story there is multiple endings which for me adds a lot of value to the game because it means I’m going to at least play through one more time and it’s not just a play once and leave forever game. And without spoilers the endings aren’t really slight changes, to put I simply I know of 5 positive endings so flip that for negative and you have at least 10 endings minimum. You can’t really complain at that replayability.
On to the graphics, and music as mentioned previously, the retro pixel art style is exactly what you want and expect. They tried to embrace the 80s cop show persona and you might think I don’t know no pixel cop shows but think of the era, games back on the 80s we’re like this arcade pixel fun which is straight to the point and that’s what you get playing it. It may be pixel but the areas have character, each person looks different, can distinguish each building to what it is (which is also important). As for the music well you just know the sound of that theme tune already in your head and you haven’t even played it yet.
On the subject of audio, one of its drawbacks would be no voice acting. Now, I know not every game will have voice acting especially indie games, but I feel voice acting in this would of took it up a huge notch. Hearing the typical gruff police captain, Italian Mafia boss and let’s not forget that thick New York accent copper who takes no crap and loves a good bribe. Hearing all of this for me would of enhanced the experience.
Now out on Steam, Xbox, PS4, Android, Apple and Nintendo switch. It has the lot, and it is a steal at $15/£/€ just don’t get caught, yeah?
For the overall experience with Beat Cop, it was by far more positive then negative. I wasn't even born in the 80s and the nostalgia hit me right in the face. The devs over at Pixel Crow have done a brilliant job bringing that typical cop show to you in the form of a video game. Good? Bad? Gangs? Donuts? Story driven and multiple endings?
- Hits the 80s Cop show vibe brilliantly
- Art style
- Multiple endings
- 80s Racism
- Kind of slow starting
- No voice acting