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War in the streets of Los Angeles! The city has been devastated by an earthquake (9.1 on the Richter scale). Social decay and crime are rampant as gangs roam the streets and regions, controlling "zones of influence" and terrifying the already weak and despairing population. The L.A.P.D. (Los Angeles Police Department) is fighting a losing battle, always undermanned and outgunned. Until now!
In Future Cop: L.A.P.D., a futuristic (21st century) real time action/strategy game, you take to the streets in the ultimate assault vehicle, the TAC X-1 Alpha. This tactical assault and combat craft boasts the latest technology in the war against crime and transforms into two distinct patrol units. As a Hovercar, it floats slightly above the ground, travels over water, rotates in place and extremely fast. When used as a Walker, the X-1 Alpha is agile and at its best in high-risk situations and shootouts.
The game is played in two completely different modes, each with its own unique missions, objectives and gameplay. In Crime War, you wage war against specific gangs that control eight sectors of Los Angeles. Each gang has identifying characteristics, weaponry and agendas. The sector locations include Griffith Park, Zuma Beach, La Brea Tar Pits, Venice Beach, Hell's Gate Prison, Studio City, LAX Spaceport and Long Beach, each with distinguishing environmental features and rendered in full 3D.
The second mode of play is Precinct Assault where two players wage war in five zones, each zone consisting of 10 skill levels, with the object being a successful invasion of the opponent's base. In single-player mode, you face a Sky Captain (the AI) and earn points by capturing neutral forces or destroying the enemy. Points are used to purchase new units, such as dreadnoughts, a flying fortress or jet choppers, and build up your forces. Each victory takes you to a progressively harder skill level. In competitive mode, you go head-to-head with a human opponent.
Multi-player action is supported via split-screen (two people on one computer) or over a LAN. More than 15 weapons and hidden power-ups are available in the game with each weapon featuring unique explosions and pyrotechnics. The interface is keyboard controlled with customizable key assignments, the display is adjustable and various optional game setups (music, movies and sound effects) are provided. ~ Michael L. House, All Game Guide