History PoliceAreUseless / VideoGames

15th Jan '17 10:45:19 AM superkeijikun
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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FridayThe13thTheGame'': while the police can't kill Jason, calling them in and running to them as a counselor is one way to escape Jason's wrath alive, since the police will fire at Jason and knock him out if he gets too close.
8th Jan '17 2:36:48 AM Hanz
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** Played with in ''Videogame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' with Nanu, who is both a police officer and an [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Island Kahuna]], meaning he's one of the four toughest trainers of Alola. He's also apathetic enough towards Team Skull that he lets them run amok and even tolerates them taking an entire town for their own, though he does keep an eye on them.

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** Played with in ''Videogame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' with has Nanu, who is both a police officer and an [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Island Kahuna]], meaning he's one of the four toughest trainers of Alola. He's also apathetic enough towards Team Skull that he lets them run amok and even tolerates them taking an entire town for their own, though he does keep an eye on them.even living next to them because the rent is cheap.
29th Dec '16 6:09:07 PM MissMokushiroku
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* In ''VideoGame/CostumeQuest'', when Wren/Reynold calls the police to report their sibling's kidnapping, their reaction is to sigh and say "Your report has been logged." (These calls act as {{save point}}s in the main game.) Of course, given that the report is from a fourth-grader on Halloween claiming that their twin sibling has been kidnapped by monsters, it's understandable that the police don't exactly consider it a priority.

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* In ''VideoGame/CostumeQuest'', when Wren/Reynold calls the police to report their sibling's kidnapping, their reaction is to sigh and say "Your report has been logged." (These calls act as {{save point}}s in the main game.) Of course, given Given that the report is from a fourth-grader on Halloween claiming that their twin sibling has been kidnapped by monsters, it's understandable that the police don't exactly consider it a priority.
29th Dec '16 6:08:44 PM MissMokushiroku
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* Played with in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. The police haven't gotten anywhere with the string of deaths surrounding Hinamizawa, but this turns out to mostly be due to their investigative efforts being stifled by local government authorities (some of whom are in on Hinamizawa's secret). The main police character, Kuraudo Ooishi, is frustrated by this and is acting against orders in order to actually ''do his job'', and while the main characters are off-put by his attitude, he does become a valuable ally in many different scenarios.

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* Played with in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. The police haven't gotten anywhere with the string of deaths surrounding Hinamizawa, but this turns out to mostly be due to their investigative efforts being stifled by local government authorities (some of whom are in on Hinamizawa's secret). The main police character, Kuraudo Ooishi, is frustrated by this and is acting against orders in order to actually ''do his job'', and while the main characters are off-put by his attitude, he does become a valuable ally in many different scenarios.scenarios.
* In ''VideoGame/CostumeQuest'', when Wren/Reynold calls the police to report their sibling's kidnapping, their reaction is to sigh and say "Your report has been logged." (These calls act as {{save point}}s in the main game.) Of course, given that the report is from a fourth-grader on Halloween claiming that their twin sibling has been kidnapped by monsters, it's understandable that the police don't exactly consider it a priority.
21st Dec '16 9:20:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', the police mean well and do their best to figure out what's going on, but most still are pretty incompetent. Granted a lot of their confusion stems from the fact that there's ghostly activities going on, but the detective Lynne is still quick to point out particularly bad performances (for example, the one cop failing to notice a very suspicious notebook ''right in front of him'', or realize that if the suspect tries to phone for someone, it's best to notify a higher-up). Lynne herself is the only cop to take on a difficult case to save a fellow officer from death row [[spoiler:or so we think]], but she still manages to die [[spoiler:five times]] (to be fair, she does put herself in danger mainly to protect others) and Sissel comments that her job as a detective doesn't look long, when she says she has trouble remembering names and faces. Inspector Cabanela, meanwhile, seems to be very laid-back and has a tendency to randomly do Michael Jackson-inspired dance moves, but still has a "natural genius" for investigating [[spoiler:and is secretly putting vast amounts of time and research into clearing his friend's name]]. Inspector Jowd, meanwhile, is pretty {{badass}}, but spends most of the first part of the game in prison. There's also the matter of [[MyGreatestFailure his greatest failure]]...[[spoiler:which set the entire plot of the game into motion.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', the police mean well and do their best to figure out what's going on, but most still are pretty incompetent. Granted a lot of their confusion stems from the fact that there's ghostly activities going on, but the detective Lynne is still quick to point out particularly bad performances (for example, the one cop failing to notice a very suspicious notebook ''right in front of him'', or realize that if the suspect tries to phone for someone, it's best to notify a higher-up). Lynne herself is the only cop to take on a difficult case to save a fellow officer from death row [[spoiler:or so we think]], but she still manages to die [[spoiler:five times]] (to be fair, she does put herself in danger mainly to protect others) and Sissel comments that her job as a detective doesn't look long, when she says she has trouble remembering names and faces. Inspector Cabanela, meanwhile, seems to be very laid-back and has a tendency to randomly do Michael Jackson-inspired dance moves, but still has a "natural genius" for investigating [[spoiler:and is secretly putting vast amounts of time and research into clearing his friend's name]]. Inspector Jowd, meanwhile, is pretty {{badass}}, badass, but spends most of the first part of the game in prison. There's also the matter of [[MyGreatestFailure his greatest failure]]...[[spoiler:which set the entire plot of the game into motion.]]
29th Nov '16 1:28:52 AM Hanz
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** Played with in ''Videogame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' with Nanu, who is both a police officer and an [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Island Kahuna]], meaning he's one of the four toughest trainers of Alola. He's also apathetic enough towards Team Skull that he lets them run amok and even tolerates them taking an entire town for their own, though he does keep an eye on them.
24th Sep '16 3:50:22 PM tyouker
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* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'': The entire plot of the game depends on the local police being utterly incompetent. The police detective in charge of the Origami Killer seems to think that police work consists entirely of beating people until they say what he wants to hear, and fails to look into basic things like alibis, suspicious mail, and the fact that [[spoiler: most of the victims' fathers disappeared around the same time that their sons died]]. The one cop who isn't useless, FBI Agent Norman Jayden, never gets any backup from the locals which can lead to his death on three separate occasions. One of which after ''he discovers the body of a murdered local cop that they don't even know about.'' [[spoiler:The Killer, posing as a private detective, manages to collect and destroy most of the evidence against him because apparently ''the police never even asked for it.'']]

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* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'': The entire plot of the game depends on the local police being utterly incompetent.insanely bad at their jobs. The police detective in charge of the Origami Killer seems to think that police work consists entirely of beating people until they say what he wants to hear, and fails to look into basic things like alibis, suspicious mail, and the fact that [[spoiler: most of the victims' fathers disappeared around the same time that their sons died]]. The one cop who isn't useless, FBI Agent Norman Jayden, never gets any backup from the locals which can lead to his death on three separate occasions. One of which after ''he discovers the body of a murdered local cop that they don't even know about.'' [[spoiler:The Killer, posing as a private detective, manages to collect and destroy most of the evidence against him because apparently ''the police never even asked for it.'']]
24th Sep '16 3:45:22 PM tyouker
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* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'': The police detective in charge of the Origami Killer case is rather fanatical about beating confessions and information out of suspects, even ones who are obviously innocent. The one cop who isn't useless, FBI Agent Norman Jayden, never gets any backup from the locals which can lead to his death on three separate occasions. One of which after ''he discovers the body of a murdered local cop that they don't even know about.'' [[spoiler:The Killer, posing as a private detective, manages to collect and destroy most of the evidence against him because apparently ''the police never even asked for it.'']]

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* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'': The entire plot of the game depends on the local police being utterly incompetent. The police detective in charge of the Origami Killer case is rather fanatical about seems to think that police work consists entirely of beating confessions people until they say what he wants to hear, and information out fails to look into basic things like alibis, suspicious mail, and the fact that [[spoiler: most of suspects, even ones who are obviously innocent.the victims' fathers disappeared around the same time that their sons died]]. The one cop who isn't useless, FBI Agent Norman Jayden, never gets any backup from the locals which can lead to his death on three separate occasions. One of which after ''he discovers the body of a murdered local cop that they don't even know about.'' [[spoiler:The Killer, posing as a private detective, manages to collect and destroy most of the evidence against him because apparently ''the police never even asked for it.'']]
12th Jul '16 4:26:20 PM TheBuddy26
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* The ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series tends to portray police as incompetent (and highly corrupt). Not only can they fail to capture the player despite supposedly being better armed and in superior numbers, they can't hold him for any time and use capture tactics that would be more dangerous to themselves and the innocent civilians than suspects. That, and they're even less likely to go after [[NonPlayerCharacter NPC]] criminals. That said, police are more effective in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' than in other installments; in a shootout with your average street thug or gangster, they usually win.

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* The ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series tends to portray police as incompetent (and highly corrupt). Not only can they fail to capture the player despite supposedly being better armed and in superior numbers, they can't hold him for any time and use capture tactics that would be more dangerous to themselves and the innocent civilians than suspects. That, and they're even less likely to go after [[NonPlayerCharacter NPC]] criminals. That said, police are more effective in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' and especially ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV V]]'' than in other installments; in a shootout with your average street thug or gangster, they usually win.
2nd Jun '16 7:09:23 PM DarkHunter
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* Played with in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. The police haven't gotten anywhere with the string of deaths surrounding Hinamizawa, but this turns out to mostly be due to their investigative efforts being stifled by local government authorities (some of whom are in on Hinamizawa's secret). The main police character, Kuraudo Ooichi, is frustrated by this and is acting against orders in order to actually ''do his job'', and while the main characters are off-put by his attitude, he does become a valuable ally in many different scenarios.

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* Played with in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. The police haven't gotten anywhere with the string of deaths surrounding Hinamizawa, but this turns out to mostly be due to their investigative efforts being stifled by local government authorities (some of whom are in on Hinamizawa's secret). The main police character, Kuraudo Ooichi, Ooishi, is frustrated by this and is acting against orders in order to actually ''do his job'', and while the main characters are off-put by his attitude, he does become a valuable ally in many different scenarios.
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