Riot: Civil Unrest - PS4

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Riot: Civil Unrest (PS4)
Also for: Switch
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Strategy: Management
Media: Blu-Ray Arcade origin:No
Developer: IV Productions Soft. Co.: IV Productions
Publishers: Merge Games (GB)
Released: 8 Feb 2019 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+
Features: 1080p, 720p, 1080i


When Leonard Menchiari experience first-hand what it's like to be in the heart of a riot at the NoTAV protests in Italy, he decided to do something unusual with the experience. Rather than turning it into social media content or yet another thinkpiece on popular uprisings, he made a game.

RIOT: Civil Unrest might be the first riot simulator ever to grace a games console. It takes players into the heart of some of the world's tensest clashes including Indignados (Spain), Arab Spring (Egypt), Keratea (Greece) and NoTAV (Italy).

What triggers a crowd to behave with such anger? How does it feel to be standing against such a tide of aggression? Who is right and who's wrong? These are some of the questions that RIOT: Civil Unrest seeks to answer. It doesn't just hold you to one side or the other - it invites you to explore both sides of the conflicts as either police officer or rioter.

The game plays out in a way that will be familiar to fans of real time strategy games. As rioters, for example, you choose between violent and non-violent protesters, while on the police side you have units that will charge forward in an assault or trudge forward doggedly, shields aloft. The two sides play quite differently, each offering their own perspective on the violence. At its heart, that dichotomy is what RIOT: Civil Unrest is all about.