Developer Mopeful Games and publisher No More Robot’s humorous retro-inspired first-person shooter Fashion Police Squad arrives on consoles soon.
The unique first-person shooter Fashion Police Squad is on its way to Switch, Xbox, and PlayStation consoles. Originally released on PC in August 2022, console players can take the fight to poor fashion by downloading the retro-inspired FPS starting next month.
Developed by Finnish indie game studio Mopeful Games and published by No More Robots, players take the role of Sergeant Des as he fights crimes against fashion. Armed with apparel-themed weapons like the Belt of Justice and Tailormade Sewing Machine, players will save the city from fashion faux pas like socks with sandals and ill-fitting suits. The PC version of Fashion Police Squad saw “Overwhelmingly Positive” reviews on Steam but a decidedly mixed reaction overall, with a mediocre score of 69 on Metacritic. Fashion Police Squad’s Metacritic user scores were also middling, with an average of only 7.4/10.
Polarizing or not, Fashion Police Squad found an audience on PC. Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, and PS5 users can play it for themselves when the console ports launch on February 2. Publisher No More Robots announced Fashion Police Squad’s console port with a new trailer uploaded to YouTube on January 19. While the console release trailer doesn’t have many views yet, time will tell if this cult hit finds success on new platforms.
The roughly one-minute trailer gives viewers a good idea of what to expect from the kooky retro-inspired FPS. Inspired by old-school shooters like Doom and Duke Nukem 3D, Fashion Police Squad players speed across intricately crafted environments strafing enemies and dodging projectiles. The difference, of course, is that Sergeant Des’s weapons spit style instead of lead, and enemies get better dressed instead of dead. The game’s combination of 2D sprites, pixelated textures, and 3D models also gives Fashion Police Squad a unique visual aesthetic to go along with its unusual premise.
Fans of Fashion Police Squad praise the shooter’s fun gameplay, creative presentation, and deep combat. While some issues are holding the game down, and not everyone thinks Fashion Police Squad compares favorably to other retro-throwback shooters like Dusk, Fashion Police Squad absolutely has its fans. It also contains plenty of internet in-jokes that some fans will appreciate, even if the humor might end up dated within a few years.
Of course, Fashion Police Squad is not without its critics. Some players felt that the game has unfair difficulty spikes or criticized the repetitive environments and tedious combat encounters. The fact that it needs to compete with a new generation of retro-inspired shooters also puts Fashion Police Squad in a tough spot, and not everyone thinks the game is up to the task. However, console players can decide for themselves when the game comes to Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox next month.
Fashion Police Squad is out now on PC and launches for PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on February 2, 2023.