SWAT 4: Special Weapons and Tactics
It's not just about the badge, it's
about the rush!
The adrenaline is always high as you carry on the legendary SWAT®
tradition — leading an elite squad of tactical experts into hard-hitting
action that delves into every detail of the experience. From authentic
weaponry and tactics to extensive SWAT scenarios you will know what it’s
like to be the ultimate in law enforcement. When SWAT gets the call
there is no other option.
In SWAT 4 gamers are transformed into the
legendary United States SWAT team that is the last option for the police
force when things get out of hand. Your team is consists of a variety of
military-style specialists that include an assaulter, breacher,
scout and non-lethal specialist.
As with all good squad based shooters,
the player has the option of selecting what equipment their team needs
for each mission before they attempt to successfully complete it. The gamer is
also given the hard option
of controlling their team which means you give the commands that is
available through a list of options.
The SWAT Experience - Lead your squad
into fully detailed SWAT scenarios
Weapons and Tactics - Deliver justice
with a full arsenal of official SWAT tactics and weaponry
Multiple Gameplay Modes - Extended SWAT
replayability with Multiplayer and Co-op Modes
Quick Mission Maker - Create detailed
custom missions for yourself and your friends
Options such as "restrain" or "move and
clear" assist you through completing your missions because as this is
solely a team based game, you need to work effectively as a team to
complete the game. Fortunately the gamer can also see what his or her
team members are seeing as each member of your team has a camera
conveniently located on their helmets that also makes it easier to order
your troops around.
What really sets SWAT 4 apart from other
squad-based games is that the fast paced gameplay of the title that
almost makes it real-life. The realism of the title also seeps into the
missions and if you lose a key hostage, the game is over as with your
key team members.
The gameplay of SWAT 4 is brilliant,
although a little on the hard side, even at the best of times but this
is the difference between a realistic squad based shooter vs. a stock
standard first person shooter.
artificial intelligence is rather decent, with the enemy hiding behind
objects in the gaming environment and they even seem to attack the player
when the chances are better for the bad guys. However with that said,
the enemy and your team can perform some strange activities such as
ignoring each other but fortunately this is only happens on occasion.
With that said, SWAT 4 is
a realistic shooter so one gun shot wound in the wrong place could
really be the difference between life and death. Fortunately the player
has access to a plethora of weaponry and even heavy body armour to take
on the terrorists and naysayers of the world.
SWAT 4 also features some realistic weapons
and gadgets to help you through the varied and unique missions of this
title. Probably the most important gadget in this game is the opti-wand
that allows you to slide a small video camera under doors to see
who is on the other side. The weaponry within game range from shotguns
to automatic rifles with a variety of different hand grenades for those
situations that require more brawns then brains.
Although graphically, SWAT 4 isn't as
detailed as the current first person shooters on the market, it actually
holds up quite well, considering that it is based in the "real-world".
All the characters have been professionally designed and move with a
human-like grace and fluidity that can only be found on the top-end
games. Probably the most remarkable aspect of SWAT 4 are the diverse
background environments with a wide gamut of attention to detail such as
rubbish on the streets or even food in apartments.
There are also some
realistic gun flare effects and also Hollywood style explosions that
would not be out of place in those big block buster police movies.
As with the graphics, the sound effects of
SWAT 4: Special Weapons and Tactics are also top class with realistic
sounding weaponry, a very intensive and immersive soundtrack and also
professional voice acting.
With more than 150 characters and an
in-depth multiplayer mode, SWAT 4: Special Weapons and Tactics is a must
have game for your PC that offers great gameplay, realistic graphics and
some of the best damn fun this reviewer has had in a long time. Highly