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It's Sabotage!

IndieMonth | 160d ago
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By Valenka

Imagine for a moment that Hotline Miami and Syndicate were getting busy with Starsky and Hutch on the television across the room and the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” playing in the background. It’s essentially the combination of the four that produced indie studio Modern Dream’s fourth creation: LA Cops. It’s currently in development and in a nutshell, it’s a fast-paced, top down shooter with a touch of strategic planning…and they hit the nail on the head.

With an art style borrowed from one of their previous releases, The Button Affair, it truly feels as if you’ve climbed into a DeLorean and went back forty years. It’s bold, it’s vibrant and it feels exactly as it should. It creates an immersive environment while you’re kicking in doors with the intent of kicking butt and taking names.

LA Cops puts you in the shoes of six different, playable law enforcement officers where you’ll control two of them at a time. It requires strategic thinking and planning before executing your mission and even clearing the next room. I didn’t know what to expect in terms of AI reactions, so I was brutally shot down as I kicked in a door and yelled “Freeze, sucka!” at my computer screen. I died more within the first five minutes of LA Cops than I did within an hour of Dark Souls, but that’s okay because it’s so much fun.

After I got the hang of the overall concept, I managed to clear a few rooms in the first mission as Jo Murphy, the only female cop on the beat. Naturally, once I dropped the bad cats hanging around, I decided to gloat. “That’s right! She’s one foxy mama you just don’t want to mess with!” Needless to say, in my excitement of kicking some 70’s criminal rear, I got blasted from behind by a gangster with a shotgun because I’d missed a room. Learning has never been so enjoyable.

Strategy plays a crucial role in LA Cops, if you want to complete your mission successfully. Utilizing the ability to switch between your two chosen officers is a key feature, as the game takes over one cop as you control the other, so any enemy that steps into your partner’s line of fire is dropped. Positioning is important, but so are split-second reflexes. Most of the time, some of the other criminals in the building will hear the commotion and burst out of the room to retaliate, and if your partner is too busy with another hostile, you’d better move. One strategy I used and then felt bad about was using my partner as bait and flanking the criminals from the other side just as they’d killed my partner. You aren’t penalized for the sabotage…but have fun carrying out the assignment alone.

I’m most likely not playing the game the way most people would. I’m running in guns blazing while humming the Mission Impossible theme song, throwing retro, groovy insults. It’s perfectly fine though, because it seems that with LA Cops, there is no right or wrong way; it’s possible to accomplish your mission using numerous strategic plans or none whatsoever. It’s wonderful fun and I’m thrilled to be able to play the game on the go when it launches for mobile devices as well as the PC. There isn’t a concrete release date yet, but you can expect to see LA Cops sometime in the fourth quarter of 2014 on PC, Android and iOS as well.

Oh my, it’s a mirage, I’m tellin’ y’all it’s sabotage!

Day 10 | Modern Dream

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randomass171  +   160d ago
Dude, that's a cool art style. Nice color palettes and a nice aesthetic. Kinda looks like a top down 2D version of Payday.
MightyNoX  +   160d ago
Love it but I find the game lacking in one aspect. There's no angry african american police captain to be seen anywhere...preferably played by Ice Cube.
Mokastro  +   160d ago
I swear, I had Samuel L Jackson's image floating at the back of my mind, when i read your first line.
Disagree  +   160d ago
does kinda give off a pulp fiction-y kinda vibe
randomass171  +   160d ago
Shouldn't that role be filled in by Samuel L. Jackson? :P
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oasdada  +   160d ago

Was abt to say the same thing.. really digging the art style
randomass171  +   160d ago
The aesthetic is really awesome, and the variety in colors is quite clever, especially for a game that's going for a gritty, violent approach.
oasdada  +   160d ago
Finally something cool for mobile gamin for me
LightDiego  +   160d ago
I loved Hotline Miami, that gameplay and soundtrack. LA Cops look awesome too.
SpeedDemon  +   160d ago
Reminds me of the older Rainbow Six games.
MrxDeath  +   160d ago
looks like Hotline Miami and Payday had a Baby !
looks great !!
oasdada  +   160d ago
Hope sound track is gud
lazyboyblue  +   160d ago
N4G you're really spoiling us with this indie month. I loves it I do.
LAcops looks terrific. Another win for gameplay and art direction.
xFEARxPHOENIXx  +   160d ago
This game looks very interesting. Would love to add it to my Steam game collection.
beepbopadoobop  +   160d ago
I hope this has some properly cheesy music to go with it!
randomass171  +   160d ago
I personally would like the theme for Pulp Fiction to be in this game. XD
KingKelloggTheWH  +   160d ago
The player switch thing reminds me of lost vikings.
XtraTrstrL  +   160d ago
The mixture of games that it's gameplay revolves around sounds cool.
dictionary  +   160d ago
Interesting, I'll keep an eye on it
LukeFair  +   160d ago
I'll probably get it for iOS when it will be out
gaffyh  +   160d ago
Love the beastie boys quote at the end!
shadowvisa  +   160d ago
MisterAV  +   160d ago
Also for Android!!!
ZeroX9876  +   160d ago
Those colors!!!! very representative of the 70s
rambi80  +   160d ago
Hotline Miami was incredible, so i'm definitely gonna give this a go.
BiggCMan  +   160d ago
Definitely wanna check this one out.
Robochobo  +   160d ago
This could be my Lethal Weapon video game substitute.
coolbeans  +   160d ago
This will be another one I haven't heard of until now.

I like the visuals look great. I could use an unashamed parody/homage of 70's cops films.
randomass171  +   160d ago
Same thing here. Never heard of this game up until now, but I'm quite glad I did. :D
Crazyglues  +   160d ago
Pretty cool 3D environment..

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TheOnlyMastrx  +   160d ago
You had me at Starsky and Hutch lol, sounds great.
yoshiroaka  +   160d ago
I like the sound of the gameplay.
Dont think i could use my partner as bait like that tho... thats messed up :(
You are one cold cat lol.
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pyrocloud7  +   160d ago
I will henceforth refer to this game as Pulp Fiction: The Game, and that is in no way a bad thing.
ichizon  +   159d ago
Well, the theme is a bit different, but the screen shots certainly reminds me of Pulp Fiction as well. It looks like a fun little game to play for short periods of time. I'll definitely be getting this on Android if it lives up to my expectations.
MYDEATH21  +   160d ago
Those mustaches, my gawd!
gobluesamg  +   160d ago
I'm going to listen to some Beastie Boys now thanks.
Virtua_Awesome  +   159d ago
Without seeing a trailer, I can't tell exactly how the game plays but, from reading the article, I'm guessing it's like Hotline Miami? I wonder if they have any intention of adding a 2-player mode someday to take over for the A.I. partner? That'd be a cool feature!
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