Raising the Bar in Gaming: Top Realistic Style Open-World Police Games in 2017

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Listing the Top Sandbox Style Police Games

So what are the top, most realistic, most exciting, graphically pleasing, sandbox style police games/sims available in 2017?  Unfortunately, I know of none to speak of……..yet.  Not to fret though, Wingman Games is currently working on fixing that with the development of Police 10-13.  Police 10-13 is a game that has the potential of finally raising the bar in gaming and filling a void in the gaming world with a realistic quality police simulator.

An Exercise in Futility

The gaming world is known for all genres and styles of kids and family games.  Some kids games (and family games) feature adorable animals, digital dolls, bricks, puzzles, building skills, driving, racing and more.  Then there are also realistic simulation style games such as X-plane and FSX or various vehicle simulators which allow a person to drive and race cars, drive a truck, a tractor, a ship and even a train!   He or she can build a model city, manage a town, go to war, shoot zombies, shoot aliens, shoot people, inhabit alien planets, build roller coasters, fight monsters and demonic beings or even kill the police.  Most of these games feature excessive violence, sex and such grotesque profanity not even gamers on YouTube will use it on their channel.  It’s true the modern gamer has many gaming options available.  However, if you are searching or have been searching like me, for a game that respects and features law enforcement as the hero in an open-world style environment, you will be disappointed.

The Search Continues

The most disappointing part about my search for a good police game is not that it doesn’t exist. With the more recent advancements in computer graphics and technology, I have been especially disappointed to find out this type of police game isn’t only possible to make but it could have already been done.  In fact, in the past 15 years of gaming, game developers have already built police and law enforcement models and vehicles right into their games and they did it well.  GTA 4 and 5 for example, have featured great looking graphical representations of police and law enforcement operations–just from the wrong side of the law.  Driving simulations and games such as The Crew, various truck simulators, and many Need For Speed titles have also featured great looking police vehicles, chases, sounds and lights. However, for gamers looking for a that realistic yet fun police simulator, these games are not.

What’s the Problem

The biggest problem with these games has been their lack of option and/or unnecessary content.  Any open-world game like as GTA does not give the player the option to remove excessive violence, profanity and unnecessary sex, nor do they allow one to play as the police.  If such a game does allow one to play from the law enforcement side of things, such as NFS Rivals), they are always accompanied by unrealistic side affects built right in.  These highly unrealistic modes or features can include but are not limited to: ramming, shooting, shocking, more ramming, jamming and similar abilities in order to get another vehicle to stop during a chase, (again, think NFS Rivals or NFS: Hot Pursuit).  Albeit these unrealistic features add brief moments of gaming joy, but generally I find their inability to allow role-playing as a police officer in a respectful and realistic manner will always hinder any chance of these types of games from becoming truly great.

Good News For Police Game Seekers

The good news is that for the millions of gaming fans who have been seeking (and patiently waiting) for a graphically feature rich open-world game which represent law enforcement in a positive light, will finally get their wish. Many law enforcement and gaming fans like myself are anticipating a great police experience in the eventual release of Police 10-13.  This game promises to be all the things many gaming police fans are hoping for–without skimping on graphics and overall quality.  (Support Police 10-13) (Roadmap of Police 10-13)

Honorable Mentions

For now, there is another game I have recently discovered (despite being released in 2006) called 911 First Responders/Emergency 4 and although not open-world, it does feature law enforcement and first responders in some realistic situations.  The game may be graphically dated and not a third-person sandbox style game but there is the ability to add MODS which for me breathes fresh life into this top-down strategy based game. Find my review on Steam here.

Also worth mentioning is a game called Enforcer: Police-Crime-Action.  If you can find it for $5 or less this game is worth playing.  (Note: Steam has periodic sales) The game is an open-world style game which allows the player to take on the role of a police officer, sort of.  Enforcer is an indie game which can be modded also helping to lift some of its built-in but nearly game breaking limitations.  The graphics are somewhat dated but for a cheap price it’s worth a look.  Find my review on Steam here.

 


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It’s Now 2017: What SimCity 5 (2013) Could Have Been

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SimCity 5 – What it could have (and should) have been

I enjoy building miniature model cities on a computer and I especially enjoy the detail and charm of SimCity 5 (also known as Simcity 2013).  (For the remainder of this post I will refer to the game as Simcity 5)

For me and many other SimCity fans, Simcity 5 had a lot going for it.  Great looking graphics, cool animations, offline mode, and an overall attention to detail.  However, Simcity 5 lacked (and still lacks) one major thing:  A larger playing area (map) to build that sprawling city!   Of course one could introduce a mod (bugs and all) into the game which sort-of allows for a larger map size to build on but that’s not quite the same as having a native game that already includes large maps.

Game Creators Say No To Fans

So why did Maxis refuse to create large map sizes in order to build large cities in its game?  As far as I can tell they skirted around the issue a bit and didn’t specifically address map size but simply claimed larger cities would be difficult to play with on an older computer.

“We’ve put months of investigation into making larger city sizes, reworking the terrain maps, changing the routing algorithms of our agent-based system and altering the way that GlassBox processes the data in a larger space,” general manager Patrick Buechner explained.

“After months of testing, I confirm that we will not be providing bigger city sizes. The system performance challenges we encountered would mean that the vast majority of our players wouldn’t be able to load, much less play with bigger cities. We’ve tried a number of different approaches to bring performance into an acceptable range, but we just couldn’t achieve it within the confines of the engine….”

Really?  So that’s it?  What about including options?  How hard would it have been to create at least two different map sizes, some large and some small, or even customizable maps (even DLC) that the user could choose from?   The reasoning behind Maxis’s decision to not allow larger cities doesn’t work for me.  What is clear is that they didn’t really care it’s us, the consumer and user of the game.  Now it’s 2017 where technology has grown so much that SimCity 5 with larger cities would run great on any gaming computer.  Where’s the vision Maxis or EA? Anyone?

Sadly, we may never see another American based city builder game as charming as SimCity 5 but one that allows players to build larger cities.  And yet, it needn’t be this way, when SimCity 5 was close, so very close to being that game already.


 

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My Take on Open-World Games and Police 10-13

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Like many things, the gaming world is no stranger to oddities.  And when it comes to open-world sandbox style games this reality takes center stage.   For me, simulation gaming is not only fun but can also be educational.  Gaming for many is visual so when a game creates a breathtaking realistic looking environment to play in, both casual and die-hard gamers take note.

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For example, flight sims such as X-plane or Microsoft Flight Simulator have the ability to carry one to another place all from the comfort of the home computer.  These games are not only fun but for the most part they provide a clean, safe, toxic and profanity free entertainment.   Many driving sims such as American Truck Simulator and similar games rise to the same level of gaming entertainment.  Even games like NFS Rivals, or Forza games allow for relatively toxic free gaming environments.  Enter open-world games such as Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row, Watch Dogs 2, Assassins Creed to name a few, and a person’s toxic free gaming experience vanishes.

Let me explain.  The graphics of X-plane 11 rise to a new standard in realism as do the graphics for most modern open-world games such as GTA V.  However, besides the sandbox nature of both games and the visually stunning graphics, there isn’t much to compare in terms of the quality of content.   Which brings to me my main point about gaming.

Popular Games

Where is the open-world game as visually mesmerizing as GTA V or X-plane 11 and one that features free roam driving, flying etc but without the vulgar profanity, obscene sexual content and excessive violence?  I have no doubt developers have the ability to develop such a game.  In fact GTA games would get my vote (and many others) if they had removed (or allowed for) the removal of swearing, unending blasphemy and lewd sexual content.  After all, kids do play these types of games–lots of kids.  And why do they?  I doubt it’s for the grotesque sexual content or even the swearing.  I believe millions of kids (and adults) play open-world games because they are fun to explore, free roam, and do stunts within a graphically rich environment.  It is my view that exposing anyone to lewd sex acts, treating women as nothing but sex objects, glorifying murder and raw abuse and wrapping it with unending cussing only will prove to degrade and desensitize society against such behavior.   (These points alone is why Barack Obama was and is so popular and Donald Trump or Ted Cruz is not.  It is also a principle reason why Jesus was murdered and God is hated.)

Game Ruining Material

Let me ask this.  What does driving a car have to do with citizens on the street insulting and swearing at you when you pass by?  Nothing.  What does flying a plane or helicopter have to do with featuring inappropriate sexual behavior?  Nothing.   What does getting the choice to drive various vehicles featured in-game have to do with waterboarding and torture of fellow human beings? Nothing, that is unless developers choose to write a story which includes it.  And with all open-world games that I know of, this has been essentially the case.   Yet, as developers have shown the corruptness of their hearts by writing these types of sub-par stories, a developer and game company could raise the standard in gaming and write a truly great story that all adults and teens could enjoy.

A New Choice

There is one game that is currently in development that I hope will be one of the first, if not the first to raise that standard for open-world gaming.  That game is called Police 10-13.  It aims to be a realistic police simulator set in an open-world environment.  Police 10-13 has great potential to become a one-of-kind sandbox game featuring beautiful graphics without the unnecessary baggage that has kept so many people from playing other open-world games.

 

 

 


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The Anger and Vulgarity Free Open World Game: Will We Ever See It?

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First, I am an adult who enjoys playing simulation style video games.   And like many other people who live on this planet that God has created for us to live on,  have beliefs and boundaries that we do not seek to cross.  That does not mean we don’t like to have fun.

A higher standard in open-world gaming

It’s too bad someone doesn’t make a game with the beauty, magnitude and detail seen in the map featured in GTA 5 and others.  Will we ever see a game that can be freely explored on land, by rail, in the air, in or on the water without being subject to hate-filled angry citizens who repeatedly insult, curse or swear whenever they are passed. When will there be a beautiful game world that does not feature vulgar, immoral sexual encounters, unnecessary violence and murder?   For people who believe this is acceptable and simply part of the game, it’s no wonder so many people would have no desire to go to heaven in real life.  Maybe now would be a good time to pause to take the good person test.

The responsibility of game developers

In a game I would play, there would naturally be some blood if an in-game police officer or criminal was shot (part of police and military work by the way).  Why should this be considered  excessive violence?  It wouldn’t be in my kind of game.  And in my kind of game there would be a filter option for people who might want to remove blood completely.  In my kind of game, unnecessary anger and vulgarity would not be found.

Speaking of filters, as far as I know, GTA developers have never included an offensive content filter in any of their games.  And why not?  They target 17-year-old kids. They target adults.  They target anyone who wants to explore a beautifully crafted game world and drive a car, plane or boat.   What kid doesn’t want to drive a car, train, plane or boat, do stunts or see explosions.  I know I do and I am not a kid.

Reality shows us that there is a blatant disdain for moral values (especially Biblical ones) among developers—hence games that feature fun plus unnecessary trash are created.  It’s true that as much as the developers may disagree with my worldview and participate in these types of vulgarites in real life (or simply lack a mindset that fears God), does not mean that there aren’t people (like myself) who disagree with this Godless lifestyle.  And it certainly does not mean we don’t desire to drive a car or complete missions in game like GTA 5 that can be vulgar and hate free.  We already have mods (that crash) which allow this type of adventure, so why not a complete standalone game?

 

If you agree, let me know in the comment section below!


 

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The GTA 5, Donald Trump Conundrum

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75 million plus people have played the game Grand Theft Auto 5.  Twenty-five million have purchased Grand Theft Auto 4. Judging from these numbers many people do not have a problem with the language vulgarities, excessive violence and disturbing sex that is featured in these games.  In fact to criticize these blatant gratuitous aspects of the game is asking for put-downs, name calling and more cursing from the criticizers themselves.

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Enter Donald Trump.  I venture to say many of these same people hate or strongly dislike President Trump.  Why?  I do not know because it certainly cannot be for his offensive language, decisions, tweets, or even his personality.  Perhaps what is not liked is his desire for the restoration of law and order to our land after the lawlessness of the previous president.  Or perhaps what many of these millions of Grand Theft Auto 4 and 5 fans don’t like about Donald Trump is his moral stand to stop the murder of innocent babies.  Maybe still, what is so despised is Donald Trump’s relentless defense of the police and military while he seeks to uphold traditional Biblical values that our country was founded on.  Yep.  That must be it.  Show support and belief in Biblical values and the fan base of a game that glorifies vulgar behavior, rampant immorality and excessive violence against police will cry foul against you.  And it’s understandable because it’s exactly this kind of thing that Jesus said would happen over 2000 years ago (see John 15).  In the meantime, I will be looking for a game as massive in scale as Grand Theft Auto 5 with it’s beauty (scenery-wise) that instead glorifies the police and obeying the law.

 


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Enforcer: Police Crime Action – A New Review

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In light of the fact most reviews for this game have been negative (due mostly to developer abandonment) I had extremely low expectations for this game. I should note that I was able to purchase this game for $5 on a Steam sale. Now after playing the game for more than 10 hours I have decided this game needed a new honest perspective.

NOTE ABOUT PRICING:
Since the developers seem done improving this game, I don’t believe the game is worth more than $10 in its current state. The main reason is its age. This is a dated game with minimal features compared with today’s standards in games. If you can get at a low-cost, it’s probably worth it.

WILL YOU LIKE THIS GAME?
I think it mostly depends on you. Everyone is different so it depends on what types of games you enjoy playing. If you find yourself still interested after you have read this review AND can get it for a low price, I would recommend it.

THE GAME’S GOT NOSTALGIC CHARM:
If you have ever played Police Quest from the 1990’s, this game reminds me of an open world, updated version of that with some tweaks. I enjoy the old 1990’s sim style games which this game vastly improves upon. For me this game is a simpler form of Police Quest III: The Kindred without the story-line or the updated vehicle abilities. For me, Nostalgia is the biggest reason for why this game is fun to play and definitely worth my time.

GRAPHICS:
The graphics are NOT the latest and the greatest but it gets the job done, especially if you like nostalgia police sim games. The sounds of the police car siren are great and the lighting options are nice! I have found the game as a whole a relaxing break from the usual high energy, fast paced shootout style games of today. In this game, you are given the choice of patrolling at leisure which involves random police procedures and also given choices to participate or ignore missions and calls as they occur.

MINOR GAME TWEAKING IS POSSIBLE:
It is important to note this game can be tweaked (ability to change in-game costs, money, levels etc.) in the source file folder which makes this game even more fun especially if you like messing with settings.

If you have a USB Xbox controller you can use it in the game with the keyboard which greatly enhances the game experience.  I use a controller app since the in-game xbox controller settings are limited.

 

KNOWN GAME PROBLEMS AND THINGS TO BE AWARE OF:
Be aware that there some noticeable bugs in the game although I haven’t experienced any complete game crashes yet.

The AI car speed is too slow (30mph) and vehicle steering mechanics are not very good especially if compared with modern driving games.
Cars will get stuck at intersections causing wrecks, your personal car can lock up if you try to use the siren/lights and sometimes people will appear to respond until a correct procedural order is followed according the game requirements. In my experience this didn’t occur often but it can become frustrating trying to get someone to get out of their car or to get them to stop their car.

MORE ITEMS OF INTEREST AND ENHANCEMENTS THAT WOULD IMPROVE THE GAME:
Sometimes an AI person will shoot at you but since aiming can be difficult you will be shot. A better aiming system could be implemented (a further aiming shooting ability) would help with this.
The actual game city is quite small and bland (no people actually inside the buildings). The city could be expanded or even have multiple cities which would make this game greater.
It is worth noting that there is quite a bit of terrain to cover now.

The police station cannot really be entered. Entering a police station and exploring it would make this game even better.
The game doesn’t have fast travel capabilities as modern games do (unless you use the taxi off duty only).
The map could be integrated instead of broken up into sections.
AI driving needs improvement.
There should be other police cars, more random AI traffic and fewer people walking around.
Ability to customize character (skin color, person, clothes,uniform) would enhance the game even more.
There should be a police backup option.
Default game Xbox controller support TOGETHER WITH the keyboard would help. (Although there are ways around this through third-party Xbox controller apps such as Antimicro or Xpadder )

There are many more possible improvements for Enforcer but as it stands as a low-budget Indie game I have enjoyed what it offers.


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Have kids who use an iPad or iPhone? 4 Easy Steps to Disable In-App Purchases

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If you use an iOS apple device and have kids (or know kids) who use these devices such as an iPhone or iPad this post may be of interest to you.

THE TRUTH ABOUT IN-APP PURCHASES

A quick browse of the Apple App Store presents us with hundreds of so-called “free” apps and games for download but many allow in-app purchases.  Commonly these apps/games are referred to as Pay2Play games.  Essentially this means if you want more features or to unlock features you have to pay for it.

What about the In-App Purchases?   An in-app purchase is any purchase you can make using real money (from your bank account or credit card).  These purchase links are commonly found within the app menu or even hidden within other areas of the game.  Once the user touches the button or link a purchase is made allowing full access or more access to the game or app you have downloaded to your device.   Often times touching on one of these links inside the game allows the removal of ads (supposing the game or app was free).   Sometimes the in-app purchase will allow the user to purchase coins or the unlocking of various features of the game or app faster than in “free” mode.

FAKE MONEY OR REAL?

One big complaint I have found with In-App Purchases is that they can be hidden within the free content.  Sometimes a “free” game will use coins or fake money within the game but real money can be used to “buy” or purchase more fake money.   This is where it can be tricky to see the difference and it’s by design of course.   For example, you may find your child (or yourself) playing a game and see areas to level up or unlock a character or feature of the game which looks to be part of the free game.  But it’s not!  All it takes is one accidental touch on the button link and you have made a purchase of $1.99, $5, $50 or more!   Depending on the age of your kids they could have difficulty knowing when a real money purchase is being made or if pretend/fake money is being used as part of the game or app.  As a parent I have even done this myself and thankfully In-App Purchases was disabled.

 

 

DISABLE IN-APP PURCHASES – 4 EASY STEPS TO AVOID THE ACCIDENTAL PURCHASE

This how you can disable in-app purchases for your portable iOS device if you haven’t already.

 

  1. Touch SETTINGS on your iPhone or iPad.

  2. Touch GENERAL.

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  3. Scroll down to RESTRICTIONS.   You will need to type your pin number to enter the restrictions menu (or you will be prompted to enter a pin if you haven’t accessed it before.)

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    Enter pin number to access RESTRICTIONS on iPad/iPhone
  4. Once inside RESTRICTIONS scroll down to In-App Purchases.  Make sure the “switch” to the right is switched to off (not showing green).

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In-App Purchases disabled (not showing green) on iPhone
 

That’s all there is to it!  You should now be able to touch anywhere within a game or app containing In-App Purchasing options and will not accidentally pay for something you are not intending to.  (Note: Should you accidently touched one these purchasing links a pop-up note about in-app purchases being disabled will be displayed)

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5 Awesome points to consider about The Legend of the Lone Ranger board game

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1. Remake – this game deserves to be brought back and remade for kids and adults to enjoy once again

2. Video game – this game would be fun as an action-packed video game

3. Nostalgia – this game brings back memories; it was a great piece of the past for many kids like me

4. Family Fun – pure and simple this game is fun

5.  You play as a Hero – Playing as the Lone Ranger and Tanto you are the Hero and this world needs more heroes

10 Retro Games I used to play in MS-DOS

 

1. Scorched Earth

2. Oregon Trail

3. Commander Keen

4. Jazz Jackrabbit

5. Battle Chess

6. Capture the Flag

7. Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?

8. Jet Fighter II

9. Jet

10. Raptor: Call of the Shadows

 

Remember these?  Want to play the games?  You first need to download DosBox here.  (documentation on DosBox is here)  Dos Box is a MS-Dos Emulator which allows older DOS games like these to be played with your modern computer.

Next, you will need to download the games.  I prefer this site hereMyAbandonware.com

If you have any questions about getting the games going I may be able to help.  Just let me know!

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Third-Person Open-World Games Miss the Mark

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Currently third-person open-world (GTA style) games made specifically for the console (Xbox 360, PS4 Xbox One) are ruined by unnecessary content.   Two words come to mind when I think of games made by Rockstar and others:  Unnecessary Vulgarity.   Many of these games such as Red Dead Redemption, Saints Row, GTA may feature great looking graphics and capabilities but that is about where they end in the “great” department.  They all had the potential of becoming quality, high standard games but with so many unavoidable directed narrative missions, unnecessary profanity and vulgarities wrapped in sickening lewdness makes these games simply not worth buying (or playing).

Now I know many people disagree but I believe it’s because there exists no alternatives to the vulgarity that permeates these types of games.   In the end the millions of us who want a competitive alternative lose.

Now I have written previously about my displeasure at gaming companies that will not make a decent, exciting, action filled third-person open-world game geared toward adults like me (and teens).   For example, where’s the sandbox style third person game that does not revolve around profanity, lewd sex acts, nudity, blaspheming God’s name and murder at ever turn?     Of course people (including the developers) probably hate God and have no problem with the list I just mentioned because that is precisely who the developers target.   But what about us who actually care about what God thinks?  What about us who enjoying gaming and challenges but actually care about true justice and doing the right thing?

Let me be clear, I believe gaming should be fun, exciting and action filled.   The bad guys should lose and the good guys should win.   The innocent should be protected and the police praised.   (There is too much of the bad guys winning in real life I don’t need more.)   It’s time for a game company to make a truly quality, visually stunning third-person, action-filled sandbox game that is actually open to explore.    My kind of game would be truly open-world as the name implies.  The map would be huge and there would be no mandatory missions with endless cut-scenes wrapped in a story just to “complete” the game.   A true game of exploration would mean the replayability would be a first.   It’s time for such a visually stunning game to be made that features explosions, driving, trains, planes, cars, helicopters, horse riding, killing the bad guys, stunts, free exploration and action, without unnecessary vulgarities or nudity.   If I was a game company this is what I would do and it would not only be popular but a big seller too.

 

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