Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice PSP Review

"Shoot every car for great justice!" We could twist around the old All Your Base Are Belong To Us tagline any way we see fit to make fun of the cheesy worded dialogue that couples with the superb action in Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice for the PSP. Instead, we'll accept it for what it is and give the game a modest recommendation. It has more than enough car-leaping excitement to waste a few lazy afternoons with, along with very capable visuals and surprisingly deep multiplayer - for great Justice!

Don't bother trying to follow the story. It involves all kinds of criminals, from rednecks with a tendency of throwing fiery flames and driving around in a stolen fire truck to more commando-type criminals with agile skills to crooked cops with their own hidden agenda. What's even worse is some of the dialogue and character development that goes along with the story. It starts with a pair of cops getting married and the nuptials being put on hold because someone drove through their ceremony. Um, hello? There's a reason they hold these things indoors in a re-enforced church, folks. Anyway, back to the dialogue - it's so bad you expect Joe Eszterhaus' name to be attached to the script. Right on cue, you've got the captain spewing out crappy lines as he yells at his team. Really, you're better off muting the PSP and providing your own dialogue - for great Justice!

Where the game makes up for this slack is in its slam-bang action. Like the first Pursuit Force, Extreme Justice is all about shooting cars, driving at top speeds, and making superhuman leaps at top speeds to other vehicles, and shooting out the drivers and the occupants before they can shoot you off the hood. The game plays just as well as the original game, with many exciting stages to complete. It does drag on in the long run, but stays exciting for at least a few play-throughs. Additional stages are also available, including new gun-turret sequences, which are great for a break in the action. There are also some third-person on-foot stages, but, really, Syphon Filter did them better. Just get through them quickly and move on - for great Justice!

Although the sound may not be up to speed (really, these guys run through every known line in the "bad 80's cop" dialect), the graphics are wonderfully enhanced. The game moves at a rapid fire pace, not slowing down in the least and maintaining terrific camera views - aside from those lame third-person on-foot segments. You'll have no trouble getting into the visuals in this game. One note, though - some of the story sequences can't be skipped past for some reason. Just a mild complaint - for great Justice!

The single-player component of Extreme Justice lasts longer than expected. You can earn bonus stars through Bounty and Challenge modes, and then turn around and spend them in a virtual shop on additional items. What's really a shocker here, though, are the multiplayer options. You can take on a few friends through AdHoc across a multitude of games. Rampage is mostly skippable, due to the fact it suffers from the third-party on-foot stuff again. Ram Jam, though, is a blast, as you trash cars until someone's blows up into nuts and bolts. Survivor and Cops n' Robbers are great fun as well, if you know a few people who own copies of the game. (Sadly, it's not supporting Game Sharing - for great in-Justice!)

Overall, though, despite the ridiculous scripture and the lacking on-foot crap, Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice is a rock-solid sequel, one that you won't mind coming back to for breezy runs through the city. Its destruction is varied and challenging (you try knocking a freak off the top of your truck while maintaining your vehicular energy), the graphics rock and the single and multiplayer content is just right. You'll definitely find your money's worth here - and maybe even double that if you love cop movies like the Lethal Weapon series. "I'm getting too old for this - GREAT JUSTICE!"

What's Hot: Fast, thrilling vehicle and gun turret stages; great multiplayer support; zippy visuals and lots of action.

What's Not: Dialogue and storyline that are cheesy to the point of overkill; on-foot gameplay segments are weak compared to vehicular ones.

4/5