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
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Composer(s) Jason Graves
Dan Schneider
Davide Pensato (dpstudios)
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
  • NA: November 3, 2009
  • PAL: 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.[1] The game was originally registered under numerous names, one of which being Driver: The Recruit.[2]


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 City 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.[3]


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 51 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.[3]


Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 55/100[4]
Review scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 4/10[5]
Game Informer 4.25/10[6]
GamePro 3.5/5 stars[7]
Game Revolution D[8]
GameZone 7.5/10[9]
IGN 5/10[10]
Nintendo Life 7/10 stars[11]
Nintendo Power 4/10[12]
Nintendo World Report 6/10[13]
VideoGamer.com 5/10[14]

C.O.P. The Recruit received "mixed" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[4]

The game won two Best of E3 2009 Awards: Best Action Game[15] and Best Graphics Technology.[15]


  1. ^ Ahearn, Nate (June 2, 2009). "E3 2009: C.O.P.: The Recruit Announced". IGN. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ Feeney, Richard (June 2, 2009). "E3 2009: C.O.P. The Recruit – Driver’s little brother?". One Last Continue. Archived from the original on November 12, 2009. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "C.O.P.: The Recruit - Nintendo DS". IGN. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "C.O.P.: The Recruit for DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ Walker, John (November 24, 2009). "COP: The Recruit". Eurogamer. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  6. ^ Kollar, Phil (January 2010). "C.O.P. The Recruit: Poor Theft Auto". Game Informer (201): 94. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  7. ^ Koehn, Aaron (November 4, 2009). "C.O.P. The Recruit". GamePro. Archived from the original on November 6, 2009. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  8. ^ Farnham, Donovan (November 20, 2009). "C.O.P. The Recruit Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  9. ^ Bedigian, Louis (November 16, 2009). "C.O.P. The Recruit - NDS - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  10. ^ Bishop, Sam (December 2, 2009). "C.O.P.: The Recruit Review". IGN. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  11. ^ Newton, James (November 23, 2009). "Review: C.O.P. The Recruit". Nintendo Life. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  12. ^ "C.O.P.: The Recruit". Nintendo Power. 249: 89. December 25, 2009. 
  13. ^ Jones, James (November 24, 2009). "C.O.P. The Recruit". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  14. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (November 30, 2009). "COP The Recruit Review". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  15. ^ a b IGN Nintendo Team (June 10, 2009). "Nintendo DS Best of E3 2009". IGN. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 

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