LA Cops is a fast, action packed 3D top down shooter set to a theme of 70s Cops in LA trying to do a tough job in a tough town.
User reviews: Positive (25 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 30, 2014
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Why Early Access?

“With LA Cops we have worked hard to make a game that is fun to play and robust with no crashes and minimal issues.
We have taken builds out to shows for players to play at events such as GDC, Comic Con (London), Radius (London) & Develop (Brighton)
After taking on board feedback from players playing the game and industry experts we now feel that we have a game that is fun.
We have arranged for usability tests with professionals and are beginning to address the issues as they are found.
With Early Access we now want to ensure that LA Cops is fully usability tested and engage with players directly so that they can tell us what's wrong with it, what they were expecting and work out how to fix it. We hope that by engaging with players we will be able to build strong relationships with players who will not only help us make a great game but also help us by telling everyone they know about LA Cops and make it a great experience everyone will enjoy.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect LA Cops to be in Early Access for around two months.
We have deliberately left Early Access relatively late into development as we want to make sure that what we put out is fun to play and worthy of paying money for.
During the time that the game is in Early Access it will be usability tested to ensure that the game is intuitive, easy to play but hard to master.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Feature wise the Early Access version will contain most of the in game features.
The full version of the game will have most if not all feedback from usability testing implemented.
It all also include all of the gameplay content including all levels and cutscenes.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Curently the game is pre-alpha in that most of the game features are implemented however not all game content is implemented including game levels & in game cutscenes.
The Early Access version of the game does currently include a full gameplay loop. It is a vertical slice of the game.
The features in the game ready for Early Access are as follows:
Front end Screen
Level Selection
Character Selection (with two playable characters our of six)
One fully playable level with objectives broken down into four sections
Multiple weapons to pickup.
and a results screen.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We will be keeping the price of the game the same during early access and into release. We dont want early access players to feel ripped off by releasing the game a at a lower price. To encourage take up of the early access we will be giving away four tracks from the original soundtrack to Early Access players for free.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Building and engaging with a community of players is the key reason for us wanting to release the game via Early Access.
We have deliberately aimed to put out a high quality fun version of the game for Early Access. Our aim is to listen to players feedback on the game, engage with them and ensure that from a usability point of view the players understand how to play the game with minimal instruction. From a user experience point of view we want to engage with players to ensure they're enjoying the experience. For example we'd like the ongoing DLC to reflect comments from players to create a dialogue with them.”
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September 23

Update No3 Released

Hot on the heels of update No2 we're happy to say that a Update No3 is now available for you to download and play as of sending this email.
This is more of a point update and as such it includes improvements to many of the systems and features in the game whilst addressing bugs and issues as we've found them.
We cant thank you, the community, enough for all your help in telling us what is and isnt working in the game. Its been invaluable and we really appreciate your support.

Amongst other improvements here's a list of the changes made in this update:

  • Added VO for Katsuo, Green and Kowalski.
  • Doors improvement.
  • Enemy knock down.
  • Improved joypad trigger fire on PC.
  • Crosshair hidden during melee.
  • Fixed dropped weapons highlight not visible.
  • Fixed double triggering of objective complete / mission or area complete effect.
  • Fixed player attributes summary UI on player selection screen.
  • Fixed menus not working with joypad.
  • Fixed rotation when player becomes AI.
  • Fixed tutorial not working with joypad.
  • Updated attributes screen UI: XP deducted from one counter, fixed text scale.
  • Build optimisations.

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September 13

Update No2 Released!

Update No2 for LA Cops is now available on Steam Early Access

Hi Everyone, hope you're all ready for the weekend!

We've had lots of excellent feedback on the game from players, reviewers and professional testers and we've been working exceptionally hard to deliver a big update for LA Cops.
When is it available today! If you have LA Cops installed and restart Steam you should find it downloads automatically.

Amongst the many features we've been working on the main additions are as follows:

  • Summon Cop Feature
    With a click of the middle mouse button your partner will move to where you have your cursor. This is great for busting in a room with both cops at the same time and taking out thugs in a blaze of gunfighting glory!

  • Tutorial Level
    This level is an introduction to the game and how to play
  • Lvl3 - Bauhaus
    Save wealthy Tycoon - Max Thrace from a gang on thugs intent on stealing his fortune. Unfortunately for Max, he's broke. Better get in there and save his neck!
  • Lvl4 - Mansion
    A drugs bust operation set in a burnt out Mansion

  • Cop Voice Overs
    We have the first batch of in game Cop VO for Murphy, Borland and Williams implemented. They're sassy one liners will put those criminals in line!
  • Enemy VO
    Enemies react with dumb one liners about how they're going to do you in. Prove them wrong with a bullet or two.
  • Cutscenes 4&5
    The in game soap opera story is beginning to take form. Will Kowalski come to terms with working with Murphy? And what is Teddy Green up to that has Katsuo so concerned?
  • UI Overhaul
As well as the above we've made another pass on the User Interface to make it more intuitive and responsive. Please note we're aware of the issues with the joypad interactions in the main menu and the tutorial level and are preparing a fix for them to be released real soon.
Plus a miriad of polish and fixes to improve the gameplay which is simply too long to list here. The done list we keep track of is many screens long.

We hope you'll enjoy the update this weekend and do keep sending us your feedback.
Your insights really are making a difference to the quality of the game and we hope you can see us listening, acting on and implementing your ideas in each game update.
There's lots more content, features and news to come so please keep helping us spread the word, till next time.

Have a great weekend!
The LA Cops Team.

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About This Game

Alright, listen up! I got the Mayor on my ass about this like a hernia, and he wants you guys on the case. Why he wants you guys, I don’t know. You’ve cost this department more than all the Precincts in the rest of the state combined!

Anyways. You’ll be headin’ up a team of cops in LA, and you’ll be goin’ up against all manner of bad guys, packing some serious heat! Not ta mention The BIG Boss, Hawaiian Mo. Sure, it’ll be dangerous, but heck, it’s nothin’ you ain’t done before.

Ok, time for the serious stuff. PLEASE BE AWARE. LA Cops is in Early Access and currently includes 5 levels broken into multiple sections which provides approximately 1hr to 1hr30mins of play.
The game is being updated and worked on right now and more content will be included in regular updates towards release.

LA Cops is a fast, action packed 3D top down shooter set to a theme of 70s Cops in LA trying to do a tough job in a tough town.

A smart targeting system UI allows, you, the player to position your cops tactically whilst taking out the bad guys in real time.

When you buy this game you get:
  • Eight levels to play through. Each level is broken down into multiple sections totalling twenty overall.
  • Six Cops to choose from each with their own attributes that can be upgraded with experience points during play. Attributes include health, speed, ammo clip size & damage.
  • Five weapons to take out bad guys with including Pistols, Uzis, Shotguns, Assault Rifles & Grenade Launchers.
  • Destructible scenery
  • Multiple cut scenes tell the story of these Cops in full 3D. Just like people, not all Cops are bad & not all Cops are good.
  • Plus a Rock soundtrack that needs to be played loud!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: i3 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8
    • Processor: i7 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: i7 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Early Access Review
This game is once again not my normal type of game but it was fun game to play.

They capture the 70's theme very nicely and cut sence are nicely done, the AI are always different the 3D top down style does take a bit of getting used to and once you do it is easy to play.

It is early access but the game has gotten some updates over its time and they are still in the process of doing more updates, the game comes with good amount of level's with more to come.

I recommend this game on the fact its funny and it is a challenge to play.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Early Access Review
ESCOBEDO!!!
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37 of 42 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Early Access Review
For lovers of Hotline Miami there's a lot of potential to be found in LA Cops, even if this early access release is pretty barebones. Yes, all of the agents are already available and the level that's been implemented feels complete. But at the moment it's pretty short and can easily be finished within 30-60 minutes. That number includes repeatedly dying and therefore replaying some of the sections over again. Let's keep in mind that it's an early access title, but I have to be honest, I've seen games with more content than this. Anyway, let's forget about that for a moment and continue with this little review.

LA Cops lets you control 2 cops, in realtime, but you can switch between them on the fly with the press of a button. Your partner won't move along with you; he or she will stand still and cover you as long as enemies move in their FOV. Unlike Hotline Miami this game doesn't entirely rely on fast movement, but you actually have to carefully plan what to do. It requires a bit of strategy and tactics. It's recommended that you let your partner cover the corners so you can let the criminals come to you, if you don't get killed in the process, that is.

The graphics are cel shaded and look absolutely gorgeous and stylish and have that 70's look that the developers are aiming for. Just excellent. The game really looks 2D but actually is 3D and you can freely move/rotate the camera around.
I haven't really paid attention to any music, just to some sounds, so I'll have to update my review later with better impressions. Still, the gunshots sounded good and the voice acting was also pretty solid, but limited.

And of course, there's plenty of room for improvements: the AI, for example, needs some work. I also frequently got stuck in the doorway/between the doors and got shot that way.
The camera is too low/has a funny angle so it's sometimes hard to see. I understand this adds to a tense atmosphere, but it doesn't always work as far as gameplay is concerned. Obviously, real cops also never know what can happen so, again, I understand the choice, but when I stand in a large room with 4 or 5 enemies that I could've easily killed if only the camera gave me more room then, for me, it's a bad choice. Hopefully they'll improve it in the future.
Also, the UI is clumsy. If I select an agent I want to instantly see their stats. I don't want to click on another button to just see that. For upgrading them it makes complete sense, but their stats can easily be shown on the character selection screen.
And I also confused the ammo bar with the health bar while playing, but that could also be me not paying enough attention and wanting to just jump in.

And yes, we all know this is work in progress and I'm sure lots of things will change in the next couple of months, and lots of stuff will also be added so I can't tell you yet if it will be worth the money, but for now I will absolutely recommend it.
I'll try and update this review to reflect future changes and additions and that way keep it as accurate as possible.

[Rating: 79/100]
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Early Access Review
I LOVE IT! It's a realtime squad based tactical shooter where you can switch between two different cops with the press of a button and the AI takes over the other to shoot but not move. This means you meove your cop into position and face him/her in a direction to cover a doorway or corner and then move the other cop into position, leapfrogging and so on. It makes for fun, tense situations and surprises. Occasionally panicked shootouts occur but most of the time you feel like a badass methodically moving through the building taking out bad guys with one shot. You can pick up their weapons, like shotguns, micro-uzi(semi auto), M79 thumper grenade launcher, M16 assault rifle, and more in the full game I believe. It plays like a combination between a top down/Iso version of Hitman meets Hotline Miami. In fact, It's a LOT like Hotline Miami with two switchable characters. It would be a ton of fun if it was co-op, which I am hoping they find a way to add.

The art and music are great. The weapons are satisfying to shoot. The AI is pretty decent already with a few rare idiot moments like getting caught on a doorway, but good overall. The polish of design and mission structure is very good.

Now for the bad.......there's not enough of it. Once again an early access game launches with not much more than a proof of concept. I love the game and look forward to it, but I'm not super comfortable with them charging $12 for 1 level of a game that may not get finished if sales aren't decent. I think developers(I am one) need to start being realistic about what they are asking of consumers. Don't ask us to pay full or even half price for a game with less content than a demo that may never be finished. This game once complete would be worth $14 to most of us at most. It will most likely live at $9.99 after it's first month on the market and I feel it should really be priced around that now.

The one mission included, Level 5 of 9, has four stages and takes about 20 minutes to play through. I can see myself playing through maybe another 3 times if I get bored. That's an hour of gameplay. I spoke to the developer on the forums and they are awesome, open and friendly. They are not hiding anything and have been wonderful in everyway. It is for that reason that I don't regret my purchase and I can recommend the game to you all. The price is subjective.......great game, little content now.....your choice. They did say they hope to have monthly updates. I can't wait for the full release.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Early Access Review
I have clicked recommend button, but I do have a few issues after playing the Early Access.

I like the overall theme to this game, and I like top down games but I feel the camera angles could use some working, even with the player rotating it, I feel the isometric isn't working on the angle its on and causes cheap deaths. With this kind of game, I think they should either go with a hotline miami top down view or change the gameplay to an xcom turned based style game. There is a mix between the 2 since you can set up your 2nd cop to auto shoot anyone in his line of site but then it just makes it cheap as he never seems to miss.

I also feel like you should be able to kick the doors in, I mean you ARE cops!

Obviously, this is an early build. I am intrigued to see how it goes at launch but for now I feel like the game hasn't found the right balance yet to achieve me feeling like a bad ♥♥♥ cop out of old school miami vice.

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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Early Access Review
This is just one level out of eight but already you can see that the game will be fun. It's very much like Hotline Miami just with 3d graphics and two characters which makes the game a bit more tactical. I hope dev will go the 'tactical' path and add more stances, cover system and maybe like add automatic action system for the inactive player?

It really Early Access. To be honest it's as early as you can get ;) I would say if you really like Hotline Miami and 70' cops theme and like to find bugs and maybe have an active role in game development then go for it. If not then just wait for more content and see what direction the devs will go.

Here you can see a simple playthrough and see game mechanics:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR66g6834zw
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Early Access Review
Great game, very Hotline Miami which is a good thing! Really awesome soundtrack. Tactical elements play out well as well. Recommend.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Early Access Review
Great game should be paid for more development .as a early access game please support this project
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Early Access Review
A unique game where you control both partner cops, one covering the other. The graphics are also unique and the 80's theme is a plus. Still a bit bugged and have few levels, but it sure will be an awesome game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
Early Access Review
AMAZING!!!!!!!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Early Access Review
As of now this is clearly a work in progress but it's already looking like a funky, stylish take on Hotline Miami. I appreciate HM but its psycho killer on a bad trip narrative isn't my fave. LA Cops replaces it with the vibe of a 1970s police drama. Love it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Early Access Review
This is what Hotline Miami shouldve been. THis has so much potential and I cant wait to see the additional levels. Before buying I was aware that there were only two levels available and I made the decision to purchase to help support the further development. Normally I hate top-down shooters. But when they are done right - and this is done right - then they can be great fun. If they continue to expand on the game and not screw up the best attributes then this will be firmly set in its place as one of history's few truly awesome top-down shooter/strategy games.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Early Access Review
Even though the game is early it is fantastic and I cannot wait to dive deeper into this beast. The brutality reminds of Syndicate mixed with Hotline Miami with a 70's cop movie or TV show.

Graphically it took me off guard because I thought isometric strategy but it isn't that at all! You can rotate the camera and the game plays real time. You can position one cop and control the other to create surprise attacks for the enemy. I played with my XBOX360 controller and once I had figured out the controls it felt smooth. Also the character names and designs are pure gold. The AI is good for an early build as well. If it manages to get co-op then it will be a gem for sure! Keep your eye on this.

Also keep your eyes peeled on www.pixelswithoutborders.co.uk for a full review when the game is released!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Early Access Review
i can't get achievements :( hope they fix that in the next update but in general its an awesome game with decent graphics
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Early Access Review
10/10
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Early Access Review
Very Good Intense and Fun game played it at eurogamer got home and bougth it can't wait for more levels and story is great thank you for your great game.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Early Access Review
Holy ♥♥♥♥ this game is fun!
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Early Access Review
It's worth a purchase - but only once it's left Early Access.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j85o_UYZAlA&list=PLEPkhEaD-2l2vZTU1Yuu_Xow2dlB7DcXh
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Early Access Review
Original Review still at the bottom, but I had only one gripe with the game. It was too short. But the Devs have quickly fixed this within a month, and now there is some 5 20min levels. The game itself is amazing. You control 2 cops, move them both around and all, by switching in between them at will. The gameplay is satisfiying,the story is kinda...weird, but the levels are all great and will make you want to play them again and again.
Also, the game has tons of nostolgia behind it. Plenty of referances Hawaii 5-0, Batman, and old TV shows, which, to this day, I enjoy more then anything else.
This game is a must buy for 70's cop show lovers, and if you're not, well, wait for a sale or just buy it right away, because,well,its pretty good


















Its short, maybe 30 mins. But god its brilliant. Spot on gameplay, amazing music, and its just...brilliant...
That being said, the reason I gave it a thumbs down is because it will only last 30 mins at most. If your looking for a game to hold you off until Hotline 2, this is it. Just wait a bit longer. $12 is a lot for 30 mins
Ok, ill post this here again.
Chuck G Nukem Givn awy Hitmn Abs Just now
@Aron
I know that. And as I said to foxyshadis, the second that this game gets one more level, I will update this review to a thumbs up. I love the game, its a game version of Hawaii 5-0, and cmon, who wouldnt love that(One of the guys names is even williams) BUT
I want people to see that as of this date, the game has 30mins-1hr.

Aron 7 hours ago
Hey there, thanks for the review. I'm an animator on this team and just wanted to chime in and mentioned that while the early access version is only 1 level, the full version is 8 levels, so there is a lot more content than 30 mins. There's hours of fun to be had!

Chuck G Nukem Givn awy Hitmn Abs Aug 1 @ 10:16pm Delete
@foxshadis
Even so, i'm reviewing the game as is.
The second they add another level or two, I will update this game and give it a thumbs up. But I want to people to realize-At this date, 8/1/14, there is one level in the game.

foxyshadis Aug 1 @ 8:57pm
Their statement says that the main priority for the final game is making more levels.

The above is the reason I gave it a thumbs down. I love the game, but there isn't much game here. As soon as they add another level, I will update this review and give it a thumbs up
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Early Access Review
best game ever. any updates yet?
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