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While it doesn't promise the same frantic carnage of VC stable mates like Gunstar Heroes or Contra III/Probotector, ESWAT is still a very enjoyable title. It's a bit more sedate and laid back and is certainly an improvement over the aforementioned arcade original. Sega fans will want to check this out, as will lovers of platform action titles - everyone else might find it a little dry and unexciting when placed side-by-side with some of the more popular shooters currently available on the VC.
In its defence, ESWAT is smooth and playable in that bland sort of way that generic 80s games often are. It's also quite easy, with five hits before you die and enemies that blindly shoot at nothing in the hope that you'll stray into their path. Undemanding retro fans will probably find enough to amuse them (though whether its 800 points worth of amusement is debatable) but you're not missing much if you don't download it.