Re-enter one of the PSP’s (PlayStation Portable) most memorable games, Pursuit Force! Here is our Pursuit Force Review!
Developed by Bigbig Studios and originally released in 2005 for the PSP, this gem was a new take on the vehicular combat that few games of the era had attempted. Recently released for the PS4 and PS5 this is definitely worth a look.
The story spans 30 missions and 5 campaigns where you fight against certain factions causing havoc in Capital City. The 5 factions are:
- Capelli Family – Mafia type
- Warlords – Military
- Convicts – Escaped Criminals
- Vixens – All Female Thiefs
- Killer 66 – Yakuza type
They will unlock as you complete missions and progress through the available missions, raising your rank to take on harder missions until you can confront the leader of the faction.
Each faction has 6 missions. Missions 3 and 6 are boss fights. Mission 3 will be taking on the second in command of the faction whereas the 6th mission will be taking on the leader and closing the faction down. Missions 1 and 2, and 4 and 5 are normally simple missions where you take on a few objectives and kill/apprehend enemies.
Gameplay, Mechanic-Based, and Graphic Changes:
Although this was once made for PSP it plays remarkably well on both the PS4 and PS5 respectively. Response times feel fast compared to the PSP release and with the Rewind function, you can undo most mistakes making the game faster to play through. The graphics might have been enhanced to run smoother on more advanced hardware but it still looks and feels like you are playing on a PSP, which isn’t bad, it just gives that feel.
Control-wise it feels kind of clunky and awkward if you don’t change the layout, meaning if you are happy with using the X Button as acceleration and R1/L1 Buttons to do actions then all the better. Personally, I remapped the controls to make it so the X Button was the action input and R1/L1 Buttons were for driving.
One of the issues that I do have, however limited it was, was the fact of movement on foot has a locked camera, meaning you can’t rotate the camera independent of the character. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as the game is a PSP title but it was irritating at times.
Overall the game is a fantastic play, and although pretty short, it is fun while it lasts. Considering the like 5 – 20 minutes to install and the 4 – 6 Hours to platinum it makes a perfect title to play while waiting for a more demanding game, and sitting at a total of under 3GB it’s hardly going to break your hard drive, on either PS4 or PS5.
Where it is short and awkward to play at times, it is really worth a shot, particularly if you are a PS Subscription Member as it is free. Let’s face it why pass up a simple game like this?
Although the graphics are nothing to write home about do keep in mind that it is a PSP game and most people will recall this title or have even played it, and the fact the trophies have been included makes this an even better release. The Trophies are simple and barring a few like completing campaign missions (Looking at you Convicts and Warlords) are pretty straightforward, taking little effort.
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