SWAT 4 Reader Review
It seemed to take forever, but finally the sequel to one of the best tactical games ever has arrived. Irrational Games have taken over production and boy have they done a good job!
Once again you take control of the leader of 2 teams of 2 men in the fight against crime. You’re team’s AI is superb. They do exactly as you say, but don’t be surprised if not all of them come out unscathed; remember it’ll be your own fault! Enemy AI is also well implemented. Some won’t hesitate to shoot on sight while others would rather give up at the sight of 5 SWAT officers pointing SMG’s in their face. They’ll even take hostages at gunpoint in drastic situations.
You control your 4 man team with a simple, yet effective, point and click system. Point at a door for instance, right click and you’re given a menu of all the things you can tell your team to do. You can even give different orders to your different teams. However if you want to, you can select to use the old SWAT 3 interface, which is a nice feature.
Unlike SWAT 3, 4 doesn’t follow a set storyline and the game no longer takes place in Los Angeles, instead favouring a make believe city. Missions range from raiding a small Chinese restaurant to saving hostages in an office building. Every mission feels fresh, varied and most importantly, fun!
SWAT 4 doesn’t have the best graphics but certainly gets the most out of the Unreal engine. Everything has great detail and ragdoll physics add that little extra realism. Take the Serial Killer mission as an example. You really get the feeling of how sickening this man is, there are papier maché’s of his victims littered throughout the basement.
Sound effects don’t come in to play as much as other games, but they are used well here. Your fellow officers will shout “GET YOUR ASS DOWN!” at the first sight of a suspect. You even hear TV and Radio reporters in some missions.
Multiplayer also plays a big part in the game. All multiplayer games take on a SWAT vs. Criminals format, similar to Counter-Strike’s CT’s vs. Terrorists but with more emphasis on tactical gameplay rather than shoot to kill. Co-op even lets you play through the single-player missions with you’re mates.
So if you haven’t already got yourself a copy of SWAT 4, go get it…NOW!
9 / 10