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)
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.