Rough Justice: ’84 from Daedalic Entertainment and Gamma Minus is a retro-infused board game-inspired game worth checking out on PS5. Find out why in our Rough Justice: ’84 review!
Rough Justice: ’84 from Daedalic Entertainment and Gamma Minus is a retro-infused board game-inspired game worth checking out on PlayStation 5. As the name suggests, this one is set in the 1980s and has a cast of characters and a UI to match. The game also features a synthwave soundtrack to match the sounds and visuals of the era. You’ll be taking on the role of a police officer who was one of the good guys in the police force. I say was because he was framed and sent to jail for something he most certainly didn’t do.
The years go by, and after an investigation, you end up being cleared of all charges. After being released, you’re invited by your old partner Hank to join him at a private detective agency. As one of the few clean cops in the city, and with a ton of experience under your belt, you’re more than ready to take on this new journey. It seems that after you were sent to jail, crime rates skyrocketed, which is why the SEA was approved – that would be the Seneca Enforcement Act. This pretty much removed the red tape on private agencies’ regulations so that anyone could go private and help out in solving the hundreds of pending cases up for grabs.
You’ll be dealing with things such as fugitive recovery, repossession, security, and more as you decide what’s best for the agency. You won’t be able to take care of all of this on your own, so you’ll have to hire the right agents to get the job done. You’ll also need to pay attention to what needs to be done for each job since each agent will need to take the matching equipment that can maximize their odds of success. To be able to take on a case, you’ll need to talk to Case Officers at the agency.
Cases are tied to caseloads, which consist of several cases that you have to complete within a limited time. Each of your agents will also have a set of skills that will help them complete their assignments: Strength, Intelligence, Perception, Reflexes, and Empathy. These are very important since skills and their values will be put to the test by way of dice rolls – see how this one is inspired by board games?
Some cases need to be solved with dice rolls, while others will require you to take on logic-based puzzles. As you complete each contract, you’ll be able to use the funds you obtain to hire more agents and decide if it’s time to give your agents a raise or purchase new, more efficient gear. Oh, and you’ll also have to spend some of your budget on paying informants! Since agents are pretty much freelancers, you won’t always have the same agents available to be hired since they’ll be taking on any jobs that any agency has for them.
The higher an agent’s tier, the better stats it will have, but the higher the hiring cost to consider. An agent will have Action Points (AP) for you to consider. AP are like a character’s stamina and will be spent in order for them to perform an action. Depending on an agent’s value for a stat, it will get X number of dice to roll when confronted with a stat check. An agent will also have two gear slots for you to add some equipment, and you’ll be able to purchase more as needed if you have the funds to spare. You should also save up for unlocking additional agent slots so that you can have more agents out on the streets at all times.
As your agents go and complete contracts, they will be rewarded with experience points. Once they obtain enough, they will be able to level up and unlock new traits that will help them in subsequent jobs. These traits can include, for example, Pro 5’s, which makes triple 5’s reward you with a critical success; Day Shift Empathy, which will add a temporary bonus to Empathy during the day shift – that would be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; or Smarty, which will give that agent a 1 AP refund when getting a successful intelligence-based roll.
And now, let’s talk about the trophies! The game has a full trophy list with a Platinum for you to work on, with 40 Bronze trophies, 9 Silver trophies, and one Gold trophy to pop before adding a new shiny Platinum to your collection. You’ll have to hire a ton of agents in total – 100 of them to be precise – as well as complete a ton of security cases, recovery cases, repossession cases, pay hundreds of informants, complete each story chapter, boost your agency’s capital up to $250,000, complete 250 puzzle challenges in total, max out each stat on one agent, and more. It won’t be a short Platinum run, but it will be a fun one to take on!
Rough Justice: ’84 is a retro-infused board game-inspired game worth checking out on PS5. As one of the few clean cops in the force, you tried to help the city by exposing corruption… which led to being framed for a crime you didn’t commit. After being released years later, everything has gone down the drain, and the Seneca Enforcement Act had to be passed so that private agencies could pick up the slack due to the huge explosion in crime. Will you be able to lead your agency to new heights while cleaning up the streets? Rough Justice: ’84 is out on PlayStation 5 with a $19.99 price tag.
This Rough Justice: ’84 review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Daedalic Entertainment.