C.O.P. The Recruit Hands-On

Illegal street racers make for good cops in this DS action game from Ubisoft.

In Ubisoft's upcoming third-person action game, C.O.P The Recruit, you play as a Dan Miles, a former street racer turned crime fighter in the Criminal Overturn Program, or C.O.P. for short. That might be the worst code-name for a fictional law enforcement division in the history of the world, but C.O.P. The Recruit has plenty to be excited about, including a big city to explore, some interesting controls, and some of the best 3D graphics we've seen on the handheld to date. We recently had a chance to play a limited demo of the game, which is due for release late this year.

Shoot first, ask questions later in Ubisoft's upcoming third-person action game, C.O.P. The Recruit for DS.

The two-mission demo started off with an introductory cutscene showing a bit of Dan's illegal street racing past and his recruitment into the C.O.P. After that, the gameplay kicked in as we first guided Dan around the world with the D pad and had him enter his squad car with a press of the X button. The car controls were easy enough to get a handle on, with the B button used to accelerate, the A button for brakes, and the Y button for the hand brake.

After a bit of driving--and taking in some of the huge city and busy traffic that's rendered with impressive detail in the game--we got our first mission. Our informant, Crimp, tipped us off to the presence of a known criminal named Willis hanging out at a local illegal casino uptown. After making our way up to the spot--the spot was marked on the minimap showed in the DS's lower screen--we snuck in the back door of the building and immediately found ourselves in a firefight.

The shooting controls differ considerably from the standard movement, but they are easy to learn. To ready your weapon, you simply tap on the weapon icon located in the upper-right corner of the touch screen. This shifts the perspective slightly to an over-the-shoulder view and brings up a targeting icon onscreen. You still use the D pad to walk forward or backward and strafe left or right. To aim your weapon, you can move the stylus around the touch screen, which also turns out to be a handy way to steer Dan as he maneuvers his way around the level. Finally, to fire your weapon, you can either double-tap the screen or pull the left or right trigger. Reloading is handled automatically, and you can switch among the nine weapons available to you (provided you have ammo of course) by simply bringing up a menu and tapping on the weapon you wish to use.

After clearing out the first room with the help of some always-handy exploding barrels, we made our way to the security room and used the casino's security cameras to spot Willis hanging out in the casino. We then guided Dan into the casino and had him approach Willis. We'd like to tell you that Willis came to his senses, turned his life around at that moment, and lived on the straight and narrow for the rest of his natural-born days. But, you know that didn't happen. Instead, Willis decided to turn the casino into a war zone, and, as a result, Willis had to die.

After dispatching Willis and his cronies, Dan made his way out of the casino and got another tip to check out Willis' safe house to find a clue to some sort of puzzle (presumably this mystery will be better explained in the full version of the game). The only problem was this: Someone has set the safe house on fire and Dan had minutes before the whole place and the (all-important) clue was burnt to a crisp. After zipping uptown and entering the building, Dan used a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze, only to find the portion of the clue he was looking for: some sort of schematic drawing.

With those missions complete, the demo of C.O.P. The Recruit was done, so we're still left with more questions than answers regarding the game's plot. What we can say is that the controls are fun, the city is huge, and the game is a graphical treat so far. Here's hoping C.O.P. lives up to this promising start when it's released later this year; expect more from us on the game in the coming months.

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42 comments
zestolime
zestolime

@Antherian_being so i guess gamespots game of the show being a ds game called scribblenauts means nothing to you

luke516
luke516

@Antherian_being well, Ubisoft is doing in this game what Rockstar COULDN'T do in GTA: bring a full 3d GTA-like game to the ds u is so bitter

DS_fan5452
DS_fan5452

Don't know much about the story, but it sounds intriguing enough, and of course the gameplay looks gorgeous. I have confidence in this game...

Silent_Raven92
Silent_Raven92

@ Antherian_being Three posts from you that could probably DESCRIBE you. Anyway, this game seems okay from the looks of it. It's very... Teen, in other words, if random spurts of carnage are your thing, don't expect it here. Nonetheless, it looks good; reminds me of the Driver games.

109630
109630

I'm now cautiously optimistic about this. I bet the plot will suck but the graphics and game-play might be fun.

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Looking forward to it!Hopefully it will let you choose about being a good cop or a bad cop,but looks promising anyways!

guerillaKZ2
guerillaKZ2

i just hope there is some online content

Chickenslime
Chickenslime

Sounds great the youtube is awsome hopefully it has free roam that way it will feel like a gta on ds instead of that crappy graphics chinatown wars game. Pretty good that its based in new york.

Redonkulous_D
Redonkulous_D

Just watched a gameplay vid on youtube. Looks great. Now the only thing to worry about is the story and length. Everything else looks good.

OfficialBed
OfficialBed

I'm actually pretty excited for this.

Antherian_being
Antherian_being

Lets just face it- no matter how hard people try there will nvr b another fantastic, long lasting ds game like GTA. i hav a DS quite frankly... it sucks

masterds64
masterds64

...this looks alright, wish it were more an anti-gta but that won't ever happen...no freeroam I bet!

dragonfly110
dragonfly110

this game looks okay I guess, I probably wont be getting it though unless I Find it for really cheap used...

jonesy712
jonesy712

its for DS its supposed to suck if it was for PSP it would of been the slightest bit good

beavergod
beavergod

looks like ubisoft is doing it again!!

Metroid827
Metroid827

looks like we finally have a good action game for DS.

CRYSIX
CRYSIX

Sounds interesting.

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

Hmmmmm.... a while ago Gamespot posted two registered names from Ubisoft including Driver: The Recruit and C.O.P.: The Recruit. It would seem as if a name change was decided upon instead of sticking with the Driver name that carries so much negative attention.

Batman_Vengence
Batman_Vengence

Hopefully they don't screw this one up.Ubisoft hasn't quite got the hang of developing DS games.Looking forward to it.

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

Emm interesting looks promising

dud7
dud7

Sounds like a good game might get it.

Omega189
Omega189

Those controls do not sound very comfortable for left handed peoples such as myself, but the rest sounds interesting.

jjwalker9600
jjwalker9600

Sounds interesting but I need to see more but I can make any type of decision of the game yet..

qwettydude
qwettydude

i;m a lefty with the stylus i hope there's a way for me to shoot and walk at the same time

lbptoady
lbptoady

Looks great, pretty good graphics. reminds me a little bit of GTA , actually a lot. Should be chinatown wars in 3 person.

Taegre
Taegre

Sounds like the old-school Driver games. That's good news.

WAIW
WAIW

This game is more like GTA than GTA :| ...

Wikipedian
Wikipedian

Grand Theft Auto Clone?! Sounds great in 3D

Will47
Will47

I'll keep watching it.

trentreznor
trentreznor

Some say Ubisoft registered the trademark Driver: The Recruit. Will it be the ps3/xbox version for COP: The Recruit? I hope so... COP could be a side story of Driver...Who knows! Hey, Ubi, are you reading this? ;)

Tikicobra
Tikicobra

Looks awesome. It's definitely a unique idea.