|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Hudson Soft||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Hudson Entertainment||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Jun. 9, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Beyond these brief moments of intense activity and long bouts of menu clicking, much of the interactive portion of Miami Law comes in the form of branching option trees like a choose your own adventure book.
Often during tense points in the plot, youll be forced to make split decisions about whether to trust certain characters, whether you should take certain actions, and what you should say in specific situations. Sometimes your selection doesnt seem to really have much of an impact either way, besides tweaking how the story branches slightly, but there are frequent instances where picking the wrong choice leads to a hard and fast game over. While youll usually start back up at the point just before you made the bum decision, its irritating to have to go back because you arbitrarily picked a wrong choice.
Miami Law has a major quirk in its presentation that will either enhance or detract from the experience, depending on your individual tastes. Oddly, almost all of the male characters, including Law, have a distinctly feminine look to their appearance. Its not the fact they look like ladies in drag thats the main issue; its that this visual inconsistency occasionally hampers the otherwise spot-on cop drama vibe. Beyond that, the game generally does a decent job of immersing you in the admittedly outlandish plot with sound storytelling, swanky music, and well-timed action-heavy twists.
Breaking Miami Law down into its individual parts reveals minor design flaws across the board that whittle away at its overall stability. Some players will take issue with a few of the more glaring deficiencies, but the game as a whole isnt a complete throwaway. The plot delivery is paced perfectly with a good mix of action and mystery to keep you interested and plodding through the slower moments. Miami Law isnt the best cop drama gaming on tap. However, it does the trick after a while.
CCC Staff Contributor