Players take the role of rookie cop Katrin to step into the brave new world of 2170, where the power of law may be used as shield of protection or a tool of violence. Katrin comes to understand this for herself as she joins with a squad of fellow officers for a variety of dangerous missions. The tactics-oriented action of COPS 2170: The Power of Law is set in an uncertain society, where only the ingenuous are blessed with contentment and fateful decisions are made behind the closed doors of corrupt corporate boardrooms.
The futuristic "cyberpunk" 3D city where COPS 2170 takes place is brought to life with detailed textures, vivid, comic-book colors, and creepy, dark shadows. The stealth missions, skirmishes, and large-scale battles that take place here may be viewed from nearly any perspective. Katrin can draft a team of up to seven other police officers and lead them into battle, making good use of their diverse talents and abilities. In many situations, strategic teamwork is required for the squad to emerge victorious -- or even alive.
The game is designed with many possible solutions to any situation, however, and the player's particular choices may have long-term consequences. An interesting feature of COPS 2170 concerns the way its plot develops. As players make their way through the missions, their actions and selections can affect other people and places in the game world, even though they may not be aware of their influence at the time. Seemingly trivial decisions can spark chains of events that lead to significant results. This system is designed to create a living, interactive game world, which may develop quite differently each time the game is played. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide