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->''"Is it a challenge from man to space? Or a challenge from space against mankind?"''
-->-- Tagline

SpiritualSuccessor to HideoKojima's interactive cult classic ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'', ''Policenauts'' is basically what you get when you let {{Konami}}'s resident sci-fi author retell the story of Rip Van Winkle using the characters from Lethal Weapon... then [[NoExportForYou forget to tell America]] for about a decade until [[LetsPlay Comrade]] LetsPlay/{{Slowbeef}} [[http://policenauts.net/english and pals]] whang the fandom upside the head with [[FanTranslation the digital equivalent of the Rosetta Stone]].

[[{{Zeerust}} In the year 2010]], the United Nations handpicks five police officers from around the world to undergo astronaut training and become [[TitleDrop Policenauts]], specially trained to bring law and order to Earth's first orbital colony Beyond Coast. But tragedy strikes in 2013, when LAPD representative Jonathan Ingram (above, with mullet) has an accident with his "Yuri" spacewalking vehicle and spends the next 25 years drifting in low Earth orbit thanks to his suit's [[SuspendedAnimation emergency cold sleep system]]. Upon finally being recovered by the probe ''Propaganda'', he returns to Earth and sets up a floundering PrivateDetective agency after developing a severe case of cosmophobia.

Fast forward three years after ''that'', to 2040. Jonathan's ex-wife Lorraine, having exhausted all her options on Beyond, turns to him for assistance in finding her new husband, high-ranking Tokugawa Pharmaceuticals scientist Kenzo Hojo. Shortly after bequeathing to him the only clues to his absence - a cut leaf and some pills with a defaced watermark - Lorraine is killed by a white-bleeding motorcyclist's [[ExternalCombustion car bomb]]. Convinced that this is much more than a simple missing persons case, Jonathan must put aside his cosmophobia and return to Beyond - a radically changed place where the Policenauts are a faded memory, their BCPD replacements utilize PoweredArmor and in-vitro-fertilized "Frozeners", and the Tokugawa conglomerate runs enough of the show that Ingram can only draw upon the resources of the long-obsolete Vice unit, headed up by fellow ex-LAPD ex-Policenaut Ed Brown (above, without mullet). The good news is, the Vice unit also includes [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Meryl Silverburgh]], temporary FOXHOUND tattoo and all.

Building on many of ''Snatcher'''s strengths (the VisualNovel interface with shooting segments sprinkled in for good measure), ''Policenauts'' was first released for the [[{{PC98}} NEC PC-9821]] computer platform in 1994, with console ports for the [=3DO=], {{PlayStation}}, and SegaSaturn following soon after. Konami announced an English localization of the Sega Saturn version in 1996 (two years before ''Metal Gear Solid''), but ultimately choose to cancel it when the developers allegedly (according to an interview with Kojima in the official strategy guide) found themselves unable to properly sync the English dialogue to the game's pre-animated FMV cutscenes. The FanTranslation linked above is actually of the PS version - an ordeal in itself, voice recording notwithstanding, as translators ran up against a variety of oddly compressed graphics and sequences that would go outside the grain for only one or two parts of the game. The patch finally came out on Hideo Kojima's 46th birthday (August 24, 2009, which is also the date of Jonathan and Lorraine's wedding in the story), though, in what SomethingAwful forumer LetsPlay/{{slowbeef}} (the "Comrade" part was appended following a Russian site catching wind of the project) calls a Beta release: aside from the Japanese-only audio, the game is not only completely playable in English but is polished enough to be considered as good as any official release could have been.
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* AdventureDuo: Following the lead of Gillian and Metal, Jonathan is the ChivalrousPervert and Ed is the straight man.
* AlienBlood: The "Frozeners" carry white blood, which accounts for their green-skinned appearance.
* AllThereInTheManual: The translation project's website features a massive compendium of glossary terms gleaned from the [=PlayStation=] release's omake disc. Strangely enough, there's a mode DummiedOut here but available by default in the Saturn copy that allows players to call up the EncyclopediaExposita on the fly.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Jonathan Ingram.
* AuthorFilibuster: [[spoiler: Gates']] monologue at the very end is (possibly) Hideo Kojima's indictment of outer space research as an excuse for neglecting Earth's problems.
* BadassBeard: Gates Becker sports one.
* BadassMustache: Ed.
* BestHerToBedHer: If you're able to beat Meryl's high score on the shooting range, she'll let you grope her breasts. Kind of subverted in that the person she eventually reveals real interest in is her friend Dave, who could never outshoot her.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled / DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Redwood]].
* BigBadDuumvirate: [[spoiler: Gates]] and Tokugawa.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Jonathan leaves his friends and his daughter on Beyond to go back to his sad, lonely life on Earth. Many people that Jonathan and aforementioned friends cared about are dead. Beyond's future is uncertain with the exposure of Tokugawa]]
* BlandNameProduct: Jonathan's favorite brand of cigarettes, "Moslems", are sold in a Marlboro-style red box.
** [[AluminumChristmasTrees Moslems are (were) real,]] and they are (were) 'break' cigarettes; required no lighter, but had a sulfuric compound in the tip that activated when you broke the end.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Chris, Karen, and Meryl.
* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler: Dave]] and [[spoiler: Redwood]].
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:Ed shoots Gates right between the eyes, just as he's about to kill Jonathan. A fairly blatant ShoutOut to ''Film/DieHard'' and ''LethalWeapon 2'''s ending.]]
* BuddyCopShow
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive
* CasualInterplanetaryTravel: Jonathan gets to Beyond Coast on a commercial shuttle with even less hassle than one would get on an international flight circa 2011.
* ChaseScene: A ''very'' lengthy chase with a motorcycle gunman. Twice.
* ChekhovsGun: Various.
* CoincidentalBroadcast: Karen's BBC news reports.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Tokugawa.
* CowboyCop: Guess.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Beyond Coast.
* CreatorCameo: Kojima himself, along with programmer Hiromitsu Yamaguchi, provided the voices of the AP soldiers.
* CyberPunk: Borderlining on PostCyberPunk, as most of the action takes place in the super-efficient environment of Beyond Coast.
* DaChief: Gates.
* DarkenedBuildingShootout
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler: Chris]] admits to aiding Tokagawa because of crippling financial debt.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: Take everything you know about [[VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}} Gillian Seed]] hitting on women. Now ramp it UpToEleven with a mouse pointer that allows you to LOOK at women in specific spots. In fact, groping a woman is [[ButThouMust integral to advancing the plot]] at one point.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Ed can't bring himself to draw a gun anymore because of -- in true ''Film/DieHard'' fashion -- a [[MyGreatestFailure traumatic moment]] in his past.
* DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: This seems to be the case with Karen, whose resemblance to her mother Lorraine does not go unnoticed by Jonathan, while Karen herself tries to make a move on Jonathan, much to Jonathan's confusion. [[spoiler:This is subverted at the end, when Karen is revealed to Jonathan's daughter, having been conceived before Jonathan's accident.]]
* TheDragon: [[spoiler: Redwood to Gates and Tokugawa.]]
* DueToTheDead: Nearly everyone who dies in the game is shipped off to BCCH, [[spoiler:where their bodies are put into SuspendedAnimation while their organs are sold on the black market.]]
* DummiedOut: The aforementioned EncyclopediaExposita, along with extra firing range targets depicting Snatcher heads (oddly, with green eyes vis-a-vis the international releases of that game, rather than the original {{Terminator}}-esque red ones). The patch actually also dummies away graphics that just didn't want to cooperate with the new code offsets, rerouting to displaying new, uncompressed images rather than slogging through Konami's proprietary compression code.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Tokugawa's secret warehouse on the moon.
* ElevatorActionSequence: Jonathan's shootout with an EMPS while climbing Tokugawa's H.Q.
* EngineeredPublicConfession: [[spoiler: Gates Becker's recorded "confession" at the end of the game.]]
* EveryoneIsRelated: Ho boy. [[spoiler: Chris is the mother of Redwood, whose brother Ridley was Marc's father -- making Redwood his uncle. And of course, Jonathan is Karen's father]].
* [[spoiler: EvilBrit / MoleInCharge: Gates]]
* EvilGloating: [[spoiler: Redwood. Dear fucking god, ''Redwood'']].
* EvilLaugh: As Jonathan is being framed for murder, [[spoiler: Gates]] and Tokugawa chortle amongst themselves.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: Tokugawa H.Q. (leading into a ClimbingClimax).
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Redwood]] and [[spoiler: Gates]].
* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: [[spoiler: Chris admits she is Redwood's mother, probably his only sympathetic moment in the game]].
* FantasticDrug: The opium/pharma-hybrid Narc, whose 33% per-capita usage on Beyond Coast is rivaled only in America, where "[[MoralGuardians the War on Drugs is still being fought]]." (BTW, that's a ShoutOut to the tacked-on Ivan Rodriguez/Liquid Sky miniplot in ''Snatcher''.)
* FieryRedhead: Meryl.
* FlashbackEffects: When referencing a character's backstory or an earlier event in the game, the cutscenes are DeliberatelyMonochrome. The flashbacks to [[MyGreatestFailure Ed's Greatest Failure]] are shown in stark blue.
* {{Frameup}}: Hojo's body is uncovered right in the middle of a police raid. And wouldn't you know it, Jonathan Ingram's shell casings are conveniently littered around the corpse, how strange!
* TheFuture
* GagBoobs: Jonathan finds [[{{Fanservice}} a myriad of excuses]] to touch womens' breasts, complete with [[JigglePhysics jiggle animations]] and a sound effect (Meryl's twins [[FanDisservice sound like elephants]]).
* GeneralGamingGamepads: The [=PS1=] version is playable with the Playstation Mouse, while the shooting sections of the Saturn version can be played with a LightGun.
* GenreDeconstruction: Not so much the [[BuddyCopShow buddy cop]] angle -- in which Kojima [[{{Clichestorm}} embraces every cliché in the book]] -- but space exploration in general. Beyond Coast's residents are overcrowded, overworked, overmedicated, have to keep a close eye on their calcium intake (thanks to the weightless environment), and have basically recreated the same banal conditions of urban Japan.
-->'''Website/HardcoreGaming101''': ''Of course, just as ''Metal Gear Solid'' was screaming "[[NuclearWeaponsTaboo NUKES ARE BAD]]" at the top of its lungs, the prevailing theme in ''Policenauts'' is "[[{{Anvilicious}} SPACE IS BAD]]", which is pounded into your head on several occasions.''
* AGodAmI: at least one of the villains has developed a God complex, as evidenced by his HannibalLecture near the end of the game.
* GogglesDoNothing: Dave.
* HeWasRightThereAllAlong: [[spoiler: Ishida/Redwood]] in the astronaut spacesuit.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Ed & Jonathan.
* HisNameIs: [[spoiler: Chris]] gets shot before she can spill the beans on Tokugawa's operation.
* HotScoop: Karen Hojo.
* HumanShield: [[spoiler: Redwood]] takes Chris hostage onboard a moving train.
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Kid]]: [[spoiler: Redwood kidnaps Marc]] in order to lure Jonathan and Ed out into the open.
* IllGirl: Lorraine and Kenzo's daughter, BBC (not [[{{BBC}} the British one]]) news anchor Karen Hojo. Thankfully while she's waiting for a bone marrow transplant, she can phone it in via CG duplicate.
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: Before she dies, Lorraine hands Jonathan a black poppy leaf.
* ImportantHaircut: Karen, [[spoiler: after Jonathan's bone marrow transplant saves her life]]. On the flight back to Home, Jonathan watches a BBC newscast and sees that Karen has cut her hair short.
* {{Incest Is Relative}}: [[spoiler:Karen starts to put the moves on Jonathan; later, it's implied that Karen is actually Jonathan's daughter.]]
** Tokugawa's "Rebirthers" are clones of celebrity women throughout history, existing solely to have sex with him and his clientèle. More disturbingly, they're also registered as [[{{Squick}} legal blood relatives]] of Tokugawa himself.
* ItWasHereISwear: Ed & Jonathan uncover a massive Narc factory inside BCCH. When the cops raid it the next morning, however, all the evidence has disappeared. Well, [[{{Frameup}} almost]] all of it...
* JapanTakesOverTheWorld: The Japanese-bred Tokugawa is the biggest employer on Beyond, so much so that his employees have taken on the {{Salaryman}} mindset.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Toscanini.
* KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade: Hojo.
* LaughingMad: [[spoiler: Redwood]] in [[DieLaughing his final moments]].
* LetMeAtHim: Jonathan ''really'' wants to get his hands on Tokugawa.
* LockAndLoadMontage: Jonathan before setting off to Tokugawa's tower for a final showdown.
* LukeIMightBeYourFather: [[spoiler: Jonathan's bone marrow is compatible with Karen, making it ''highly probable'' that they're related. Karen seems prepared to draw that conclusion, even addressing Jonathan as "dad" in her letter at the end]].
* TheMafia / TheTriadsAndTheTongs: In SPAAAAACE!
* [[MarthDebutedInSmashBros Meryl Debuted in Metal Gear Solid]]: Here, she's less of a rookie, more of a KnifeNut. In fact, Policenauts Meryl is a combat veteran, having supposedly been part of FOXHOUND; the idea was that Kojima had a role within the game in mind for Solid Snake of ''Franchise/MetalGear'', but then decided to [[DistaffCounterpart turn him into a woman]] for it.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Dave and Meryl.
* AMechByAnyOtherName: The police mobile suits (EMPS).
* MegaCorp: Tokugawa and its various branches.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot
* MsFanservice: Too many to list.
* MysteriousInformant: Nine Stars ([[spoiler:aka Ishida]]).
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Jonathan bears a suspicious resemblance to Mel Gibson in ''Lethal Weapon'', complete with shaggy mullet and baseball jacket. The similarities between Ed and Danny Glover are also hard to miss.
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler: Ishida]].
* OldSaveBonus: If you happen to have a ''[[TokimekiMemorial Tokimeki Memorial : Forever with you]]'' save completed with at least one girl in the same Memory Card as your ''Policenauts'' save, an additional dialogue [[ShoutOut spoofing]] ''TokimekiMemorial''[[WorldTree 's Legend of the Tree]] [[ShoutOut and commenting on the girl you completed]] will appear at one point of the game.
* OnlyAFleshWound: [[spoiler: Gates']] EMPS riddles Jonathan with bullets, but avoids hitting any vital organs ([[YouWillBeAssimilated No sense in wasting those]], eh?)
* ParentalSubstitute: Ed gunned down Marc's biological (and AxCrazy) father while on the job. Guilt-ridden, he took in the orphaned boy as his own.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish
* PeekABooCorpse
* PerpetualSmiler: Dave. Even [[spoiler: getting shot]] doesn't dampen his mood!
* PoliceAreUseless
* {{Portmantitle}}
* PoweredArmor: BCP's "EMPS" suits, designed to quickly patrol the entirety of the colony.
* ProductionForeshadowing: If you have the ''Pilot Disk'' for the [=3DO=], or the ''Private Collection'' disc for the PS (doesn't matter which), you can see early concept of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' (back when it was titled ''Metal Gear 3'') if you look up FOXHOUND in the glossary.
* ProductionThrowback: The game is filled with several ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'' and ''Franchise/MetalGear'' references. From cameos by Randam and Napoleon, to the presence of a 2042 ''Snatcher'' calendar in Dr. Ishida's office.
* TheProfessor: Victor.
* PropheticName: Plato Crater is a location on the moon where Tokugawa keeps his [[OrganTheft organ farm]]. As Toscanini points out, if you change one letter, you end up with "Pluto" -- the [[ClassicalMythology gateway to the underworld]].
* RecycledInSPACE: Sure enough, as ''Snatcher'' was ''Film/BladeRunner'' [-WITH ROBOTS INSTEAD OF CLONES!-], this is ''Film/LethalWeapon'' [-IN AN O'NEILL CYLINDER!-].
* {{Retirony}}: [[spoiler: Dave gets shot before ever getting a chance to visit Home]].
* ReversePsychology: [[spoiler: Redwood warns against cutting the red wire of an explosive, as only a [[GenreBlindness Genre Blind]] fool would rig a bomb like that. Guess which wire you need to cut during the bomb refusal sequence?]]
* RipVanWinkle: Jonathan Ingram.
* SacrificialLamb: Lorraine.
* SaltAndPepper: Jonathan and Ed.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: An [[ObstructiveBureaucrat extremely rude cop]] manning the BCP front desk.
* ScienceMarchesOn: While examining a {{Hologram}} of Earth's solar system, Ed notices something ain't right:
--> '''Ed:''' There's an extra planet here. I count [[PlutoIsExpendable 10 planets]].
* SecretKeeper: While visiting Karen at the hospital, her doctor recognizes Jonathan as a wanted fugitive. Luckily, he's a nice fellow and decides not to turn Jonathan in.
* SexyStewardess: Zero gravity has ''many'' advantages.
* ShoutOut: Ishida's [[VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}} 2042 calendar]] [[{{Feelies}} that he got from a video game]]. [[LampshadeHanging It's even mentioned by one of the characters]] that, given a haircut and a trench coat, [[{{Expy}} Johnathan would look just like the guy in the middle]].
** The Metal Gear series, from Solid onwards, feature various shout-outs to Policenauts in turn.
** HeyItsThatSound: The shooting range's combat mode lifts several distinct sound effects from ''VideoGame/LethalEnforcers''.
* ShoutOutThemeNaming: [[spoiler:The Redwood siblings are named after Tony and Ridley Scott.]]
** The original EMPS prototype is named Yuri Gagarin, named after the first man in space, while the three later models (Goddard, Oberth, and Von Braun) are named after real rocket scientists.
* ShownTheirWork: Kojima pulled together a lot of conjecture about the effects of zero gravity and cosmic radiation on space-bound humans, along with the rigid environmental conditions needed to keep an O'Neill Cylinder running...then capped it off with [[AuthorAppeal his own speculation]] about what zero gravity and virtual reality could do [[PowerPerversionPotential for sex tourism, legal or otherwise]].
* SickbedSlaying: [[spoiler: Chris]] tries to kill Ed while he's unconscious in the hospital, but gets caught in the act.
* SmokingIsCool: Jonathan, noting how smoking is frowned upon in the future, tends to use a "smokeless" brand of cigarettes but prefers the old kind, specifically stating he liked the second-hand smoke. That said he always keeps one in his mouth that he doesn't smoke, and he only lights it once. Even that isn't enough for Ed, who constantly reminds Jonathan that ''all'' smoking is outlawed on Beyond.
* SnowyScreenOfDeath: When [[spoiler: Ed gets shot]] on-camera, Jonathan's monitor briefly turns to static.
* TheSpeechless: Marc watched his father get gunned down, and was rendered mute by the trauma. He communicates mostly through drawing pictures.
* StormingTheCastle: [[spoiler:The final assault on the Tokugawa building.]]
* {{Streetwalker}}: Hanging out at the BCP's front desk.
* SwissCheeseSecurity: BCCH.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Subverted. A key MacGuffin is stored on a CD-ROM, precisely ''because'' it's an "archaic format" which nobody would look twice at.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil:
** [[spoiler:One of the big giveaways that Kenzo Hojo won't be showing up alive is the fact that he's the only main character without a credited voice actor.]]
** The cover illustrations for the [[spoiler:[=PS1=] and Saturn versions don't make any attempt to hide the fact that Redwood isn't exactly a friendly character.]]
* {{Transplant}}: Meryl, into MGS.
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: Anna Brown. ''Good lord'', Anna Brown.
* WaitHere
* WeHaveBecomeComplacent: This is the gist of [[spoiler: Gates']] MotiveRant.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Space?]]: Jonathan's spacewalking accident 25 years ago left him riddled with cosmophobia.
* WhyWontYouDie: Nuthin's gonna break [[spoiler: Redwood]]'s stride. No matter ''how'' many bullets Jonathan seems to put in him.
* WireDilemma : The bomb planted inside an Elles designer bag -- which is stashed inside a [[NeedleInAStackOfNeedles counterfeit Elles bag store]]. Jonathan suggests they use Anna's bag as a litmus test, but the plan goes sour when Ed confides that the bag (a birthday gift from him) is [[OhCrap yet another fake]].
* WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied: [[spoiler: Redwood]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Jonathan literally has blue hair, along with Tokugawa (whose hair is green) and Ed's children. Redwood's hair is purple, although in that case it's a side-effect of his biology.
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