C.O.P. The Recruit

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C.O.P. The Recruit
COP The Recruit.jpg
European box art
Developer(s) VD-Dev[1]
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Composer(s) Jason Graves
Dan Schneider
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s)
  • EU November 13, 2009
  • NA November 3, 2009
  • AUS November 13, 2009
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

C.O.P. The Recruit is a video game published by Ubisoft for the Nintendo DS. The game was announced at E3 2009 at the Nintendo conference.[2] The game was originally registered under numerous names, one of which being "Driver: The Recruit".[3]


The game follows Dan Miles, a former street racer who becomes a new recruit in the Criminal Overturn Program (C.O.P.). Under the terms of the C.O.P., Dan becomes a detective working to protect the citizens of New York against large-scale threats. Working with his mentor, Detective Brad Winter, Dan is investigating a series of terrorist attacks in the city when Brad is falsely arrested, putting the investigation on hold. While trying to uncover the truth behind Brad’s arrest, Dan goes undercover and returns to his life on the streets. Little by little he gets wrapped up in a deadly, widespread conspiracy and must work to prevent a potentially catastrophic attack on the city.[4]


The game is a third person shooter and a driving game, in a New York City with the same map layout and environment as Driver: Parallel Lines (confirming its relation with the Driver series), however due to memory constraints lacking the island of Bronx. Also it has most of the sound effects from Driver: Parallel Lines recycled in game along with most of the cars. The game has around 60 missions with over 20 hours of gameplay. It's also possible, using the DS system's microphone (and the in-game PDA), to call the S.W.A.T. team, create barricades, road blocks, call an ambulance and access the city's camera system.[4]


Upon its release, C.O.P. The Recruit received mixed reviews. On Metacritic, C.O.P. The Recruit holds a score of 55/100, indicating mixed or average reviews.[5] IGN gave the game a score of 5.0 out of 10, citing clumsily translated dialogue, confusing "story" bits, and repetitive and oft-times unforgiving missions.[6]

One criticized feature was where the player must call the nearest Police Station to arrest a criminal. Another part of the game criticized was the player could not kill, or run over a pedestrian. The game's positive reviews were mostly due to the game's 3D environment and graphics. The game won two Best of E3 2009 Awards: Best Action Game[7] and Best Graphics Technology.[8]


  1. ^ "Ubisoft - C.O.P.: The Recruit". Ubisoft. 
  2. ^ "E3 2009: C.O.P: The Recruit Announced". IGN. 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  3. ^ "E3 2009: C.O.P. The Recruit – Driver’s little brother?". One Last Continue. 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  4. ^ a b "C.O.P.: The Recruit". IGN. 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  5. ^ C.O.P. The Recruit Reviews
  6. ^ "C.O.P.: The Recruit Review". IGN. 2009-12-02. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  7. ^ "Nintendo DS Best of E3 2009". IGN. 2009-06-10. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  8. ^ "Nintendo DS Best of E3 2009". IGN. 2009-06-10. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 

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