Review: riot civil unrest (PlayStation 4)

As the civil crisis deepens and inequality tears the very fabric of society the discontentment of the masses manifests itself in violent public disturbances and civil disorder. Play as the police or the angry horde as RIOT – Civil Unrest places you in some of the world’s most fractious disputes.


  • Pixel art graphics.
  • 3.49GB download size.
  • 3 modes- global, story and vs.
  • Damage control simulator style gameplay.
  • Play as rioters or the police.
  • 10 trophies.
  • 3 difficulties- too easy, challenging and lawless.
  • Command groups and react/prevent attacks.
  • Recreate historical events.
  • Old school text font.
  • Great locations.
  • Only a couple of controls.
  • Can zoom in and out of the action.
  • Events background info.


  • No tutorial at all except maybe a passing pop up but in no way informative.
  • The text can make it hard to read at times.
  • Feels like luck is the key.
  • Not that fun to play.
  • A lot of pressing a button and waiting to see what happens.


Riot civil unrest just doesn’t feel or play like a game. I mean you get no tutorial or explanation. The gameplay is nearly non-existent, your only controls are press a button and maybe the directions every now and then, then it’s just a waiting game to see everything pan out. I wish I could say more but that is really it.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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