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Calling All Cars! is a downloadable game on the PlayStation Store[1] created by David Jaffe. It was released in 2007. It was also included for free with a 1-year subscription to Qore.

Calling All Cars!
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Developer(s)Incognito Entertainment
Publisher(s)Sony Computer Entertainment
Designer(s)David Jaffe
Artist(s)Eugene D. Martin
Platform(s)PlayStation 3
Release
  • NA: May 10, 2007
  • JP: May 25, 2007
  • PAL: June 22, 2007
Genre(s)Car combat
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

GameplayEdit

Calling All Cars! is similar to Twisted Metal, although one critic suggested that an early demo version of the game seemed to have "more in common with NBA Jam than it does Twisted Metal."[2] It employs a top-down 3rd person perspective and cel-shaded graphics. There are bonus vehicles that can be unlocked through the completion of certain tasks, e.g. winning a tournament at Captain difficulty.

The object of the game is to capture escaped convicts while battling against three other bounty hunters who are also trying to capture the criminals. Points are awarded for captured criminals, and the bounty hunter with the most points wins. The game features online multiplayer and split-screen play.

The criminals in question have escaped from a local high-security prison by tunneling out. Criminals emerge from the ground somewhere on the current level and begin to walk around.

To capture a criminal that has just emerged from the ground; the player must follow an above-car arrow to the criminals location, and ram into the criminal. Upon ramming the criminal is launched high into the air, and upon coming down will be captured by the nearest bounty hunter. A targeting reticule appears under the criminal and turns green if the bounty hunter is in the correct position to collect and red if they are not. If there are no bounty hunters present the criminal will continue walking until rammed again. Once a criminal has been captured by a bounty hunter the objective is to take it to one of 6 available incarceration facilities. In order of points these are: 1 point - Police Station, 2 point - Jail, 3 point - Maximum Security, Blue Paddywagon, 4 point - Police Helicopter, 5 point - Red Paddywagon. Once a bounty hunter has captured a criminal, the other bounty hunters objective changes to try to claim the criminal for themselves. This can be done in multiple ways: a high-speed collision, or using one of the three power-ups. These power-ups include a homing missile, a large, front-mounted mallet and a front-mounted magnet. The homing missile and the magnet both have lock-on capabilities, the homing missile emits a sound as it nears lock-on and the magnet's "beam" turns red to indicate successful lock-on. The mallet shows a radius around the bounty hunters vehicle that will be effected. If hit by the mallet or homing missile the criminal launches into the air from the previous bounty hunters car, much akin to if it had been rammed for the first time. If hit in a high-speed collision or caught using the magnet the criminal is transferred directly to the bounty hunter.

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic74/100[3]
Review scores
PublicationScore
1UP.comB+[4]
Edge6/10[5]
Eurogamer6/10[6]
GamePro     [7]
GameSpot6.7/10[8]
GameZone8.4/10[9]
IGN8.5/10[10]
OPM (UK)8/10[11]
PSM7/10[12]
X-Play     [13]

The game received "average" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[3] GameSpot said the game is "a frantic good time that's cut short by a serious lack of content. You can finish the single-player game in about 20 minutes."[8] IGN, however, said that the multiplayer more than makes up for the single player flaws.[10] Some critics slammed the game, which in turn drew a vitriolic response from David Jaffe, stirring up a bit of controversy. Jaffe specifically deemed GameSpot's review to be unfair and does not make sense. However, he later went on to call Calling All Cars! a "mistake," specifically in regard to his choice of giving the game a cartoon look which clashed with the "hardcore" style of gameplay.[14]

ServersEdit

On January 14, 2010 the servers for Calling All Cars! were taken offline.[15]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Calling All Cars". PlayStation.com. Sony Interactive Entertainment. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  2. ^ Smith, Luke (January 19, 2007). "Calling All Cars (Preview)". 1UP.com. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on August 25, 2012. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Calling All Cars! for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  4. ^ Pfister, Andrew (April 27, 2007). "Calling All Cars". 1UP.com. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on June 13, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  5. ^ Edge staff (September 2007). "Calling All Cars!". Edge. No. 179. Future plc. p. 96.
  6. ^ Leadbetter, Richard (June 4, 2007). "Calling All Cars!". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  7. ^ Ouroboros (May 14, 2007). "Review: Calling All Cars!". GamePro. IDG Entertainment. Archived from the original on December 16, 2007. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Mueller, Greg (April 27, 2007). "Calling All Cars! Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  9. ^ Lafferty, Michael (April 30, 2007). "Calling All Cars - PS3 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on January 25, 2009. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Roper, Chris (April 25, 2007). "Calling All Cars! Review". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  11. ^ "Calling All Cars!". PlayStation Official Magazine – UK. No. 8. Future plc. July 2007. p. 104.
  12. ^ "Review: Calling All Cars!". PSM. Future US. July 2007. p. 84.
  13. ^ Mastrapa, Gus (June 2, 2007). "Calling All Cars". X-Play. G4 Media. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  14. ^ Kennedy, Sam (February 17, 2010). "David Jaffe Says Calling All Cars Was a Mistake". 1UP.com. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on March 11, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  15. ^ "PlayStation Support Guides- Support for online game features". PlayStation.com. Sony Interactive Entertainment. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. Retrieved April 12, 2019.

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