Police in Georgia are offering open arms to virtual crime fighters, thanks to a new game that lets citizens gun down bank robbers as the mighty law enforcement agency of the former Soviet Union state. The country (not the state known for its delicious peaches, game industry tax credits, and the wonderful city of Atlanta) revealed late last year that it was working on the game, much to the chagrin of critics who thought it was simply a way for the Georgian Interior Ministry to gain favor with citizens and shed a good light on the police force.
The game, which some have described as "violent," lets players jump into the boots of Georgian police as they fight bank robbers. Players engage in "shoot-outs with criminals, high-speed car chases, and hostage-taking scenarios."
The game is also meant to highlight the reforms that the Georgian police force has experienced since 2003.
"We are proud of our police reform and the game is aimed at advertising it," said Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili.
The former Soviet state has been widely praised for eliminating graft in the police force, and for creating what some have called "one of the most trusted state agencies" since the pro-Western administration of President Mikheil Saakashvili came to power in 2003.
While several news reports claim that the game is available free at the Georgian police web site, we could not find a working link at the time of this writing.