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SWAT 4 (Windows)

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Description

In the fourth game of the venerable SWAT series, you play as a Special Weapons and Tactics element commander at a fictional police department. Using realistic SWAT tactics, you must command your four man team to deal with high risk situations while minimizing casualties. But this is not a game for the itchy trigger finger. You must follow strict rules of engagement, and shooting a suspect before he or she points a gun at someone will cost you.

Using a variety of weapons, such as standard assault rifles or less lethal weapons ranging from beanbag shotguns to Tazers to modified paintball guns that shoot pepper spray balls, you can maneuver the two man squads that make up your five man (including you) element independently or together, as well as get useful recon from snipers (who you can control through a picture-in-picture interface).

The game has a single player career mode as well as an Instant Action mode that generates a random mission using an existing map. You can also customize objectives for a single player mission. Multiplayer includes team-based SWAT vs. suspects games as well as cooperative play with up to five players.

Screenshots

SWAT 4 Windows Loading screen
SWAT 4 Windows Ordering the use of the Optiward.
SWAT 4 Windows Main menu (Spanish version)
SWAT 4 Windows Entering a room.

Alternate Titles

  • "霹雳小组4" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "迅雷先鋒4" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)

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User Reviews

You're in my way, sir. Kyle Levesque (329) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars

The Press Says

GamerDad Nov 20, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
videogamer.com May 09, 2005 9 out of 10 90
IGN Mar 30, 2005 9 out of 10 90
GameSpy Mar 28, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameZone Apr 25, 2005 8.8 out of 10 88
ActionTrip Apr 05, 2005 87 out of 100 87
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Apr 14, 2005 87 out of 100 87
PC Zone Apr 15, 2005 8.6 out of 10 86
GameStar (Germany) Apr, 2005 80 out of 100 80
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Apr, 2005 80 out of 100 80

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

SWAT 4 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

LAPD

Unlike previous games in the SWAT series, SWAT 4 is not based on or endorsed by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

References

  • Your briefing sergeant, Sonny Bonds, is the protagonist of the Police Quest series, which the original SWAT was a spin-off of.
  • The parking garage level includes an arcade machine in the employee lounge that features Freedom Force vs The 3rd Reich, another Irrational game released at the same time.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #9 PC Game of the Year
Information also contributed by Kasey Chang

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Zack Green (1015) added SWAT 4 (Windows) on Apr 08, 2005