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Police Quest: SWAT 2 (Windows)

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More of a game than an actual police simulation, which is not necesarilly a bad thing. Ruben van der Leun (11) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Too far ahead of its time to be fun, even with the simplified procedures Kasey Chang (3652) unrated

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Overall User Score (23 votes) 3.2

Critic Reviews

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Game Revolution
I cannot rave about this game enough! What is not to like about this game? Well, that is a question I thought long and hard about. If you are a gamer bent solely action games then Swat 2 may not appeal to you. Otherwise, if you're open to something new, with a little more depth than "point at snarling cyber-demon and fire BFG", then Swat 2 is a great alternative and a game worth having. If you've never been a fan of action sims, or never tried them, then you should try Swat 2. It is a game that will deliver the depth that a seasoned action sim fan is looking for. Yet, Swat 2 can also be played by someone trying the action sims for the first time. Lock and load.... hut hut hut hut hut hut
All Game Guide
What could be better than playing "good-cop/bad-cop" except playing cops and terrorist in a 3D overhead setting? In Police Quest: SWAT 2, from Sierra-Online, players can play cops (we'll assume they're good cops) as well as terrorists. Rob a bank or foil a robbery, it is all in a day's work. SWAT 2 was created with the assistance of former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates and the designers have striven to create a truly realistic simulation (it is so realistic that the game may be used as part of future SWAT training!)
Power Unlimited
Liefhebbers van het serieuze politiewerk kunnen hun hart ophalen. Shoot'em up-fanaten zullen naar mijn mening minder aan hun trekken komen. Al met al is SWAT 2 erg compleet, realistisch, leuk, spannend maar wel vreselijk moeilijk. SWAT gonna make you SWET.
Gaming Entertainment Monthly
There is a lot of different strategies that can be used in this game and they are a real asset because games that can be finished a lot of different ways are usually a lot more fun than games that have a specific way to finish them. Overall I think Sierra has done a great job producing this game and it is most certainly something you want to spend your money, it will offer you hours, maybe even days of challenges.
Gameplay (Benelux)
Als je dacht even snel al die Amerikaanse politiefilms vol actie en schietpartijen op je PC terug te beleven, dan zal je een beetje bedrogen uitkomen met SWAT 2. Het verloop van de missies is wel zeer gevarieerd, waardoor je steeds opnieuw uiterst voorzichtig moet werken. Iets voor de echte strateeg dus. Hierdoor wordt SWAT 2 betrekkelijk moeilijk en is het misschien begrijpelijk dat men in Amerika overweegt dit 'spel' in de opleiding van Swat agenten te gaan gebruiken.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
SWAT 2 is exciting, challenging, and different front any other real-time strategy game on the market. Although its flaws are significant, SWAT 2 is the best law-enforcement sim yet.
PC Player (Denmark)
Efter de første par missioner, der efterlod mig ret uimponeret, begyndte spillet langsomt at fænge. Selvom jeg ikke var imponeret, var jeg alligevel spændt på at se, hvad næste bane bragte, og netop den store variation i opgaver er SWAT 2's væsentligste styrke.
Personally, I think that this game sacrifices some fun for realism. However, I have plenty of friends who think that realism IS the fun, so I can't really shoot the game down for accuracy. I have to admit, though, that once I finally figured out what was going on, the game became more enjoyable. I certainly had a better appreciation of the hard work and skill of the S.W.A.T. teams around the country.
PC Player (Germany)
Die Kampagnen sind schnell durchgespielt, und der Replay-Faktor ist nicht dolle: Zwar verhalten sich einige Figuren zufällig, aber der grundsätzliche Charakter der Missionen bleibt gleich. Trotz vieler guter Ansätze ein Programm, das sich mit solchen Schnitzern selber ein Bein stellt. Tolerante Echtzeit-Taktiker sollten aber ruhig mal einen Blick riskieren.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
I remember reading somewhere that the LA police department was so impressed with SWAT 2, they were planning on using it as an instructional aid. Therein lies the biggest problem with this game — it feels too much like an instructional aid. SWAT 2 is extremely realistic, and the player controlling the SWAT forces must adhere to strict police procedure in order to successfully complete the different scenarios, most of which are based on actual SWAT cases. But while the game is indeed an accurate representation of SWAT operations and procedures, it seems to fail on the most basic level of computer gaming — it’s just not that much fun. If you’ve got a genuine interest in SWAT team procedures or law enforcement in general, you may find Police Quest: SWAT 2 quite interesting. If you’re looking for a fun and exciting solo gameplay experience, I hesitate to say you’ll find it here.
Attack Games
Swat 2 faller på det den själv skryter om. Spelet är inte realistiskt. Strategidelen funkar endast så länge ingen börjar skjuta. Så fort du måste agera snabbt faller hela din planering i småbitar. Med bättre kontroll kunde det ha blivit ganska bra. Nu blir det mesta bara jobbigt.
Overall, this game was a decent game. While not boasting anything very impressive in the way of graphics or sound, the strategy and scenario of the game where the things that seemed to be appealing the most. With an average mix of action and strategy, the game is not that great for a real time simulation because it acted rather slowly at times. The main point about the game though, is not really the coding, but rather what is involved. Playing as SWAT or the terrorists is just fun in itself, and there are not too many other games out there that play on the same premise. The simulation aspect is rather good, but the graphics taken it a down a notch or two. Bottom line - if you like strategy and cops and robbers, buy it, but if you hate average graphics and limited action, walk away.
SWAT 2 could have been filled with nail-biting intensity and adrenaline-pumping action; instead, it's composed of a frustrating command system and messy gameplay. The designers of SWAT 2 really missed the boat by choosing to use real time. As a turn-based game it could have been a winner. If nothing else, at least it would have lasted longer.
GameStar (Germany)
Taktische Gangsterjagd und kriminelle Vorstöße – was so spannend klingt, verhunzt Sierra durch gravierende Mängel im Spieldesign. In den Terroristenmissionen verhindert ein Pulk herumeilender Polizisten sinnvolle Planung; trotzdem schaffe ich jede Mission, weil meine Leute ungehindert an den Cops vorbeilaufen können. Als Gesetzeshüter beende ich die Einsätze, indem ich Gangster ohne große Taktik einfach niederschieße – weshalb dann noch Erstürmungspläne aushecken? Das alles ist doppelt schmerzlich, weil mir die unverbrauchte Thematik von SWAT 2 prinzipiell sehr gut gefallen hat. Ein rundenbasiertes Spielsystem wäre den komplexen Handlungsmöglichkeiten aber viel eher gerecht geworden.
PC Action
Wirklich schade um dieses Spiel! Die einzelnen Missionen bieten eigentlich recht interessante Aufgabenstellungen, die es einem ermöglichen, sich richtig in die Welt der L.A.-Cops hineinzuversetzen. Bei der praktischen Umsetzung hapert es jedoch an allen Ecken und Enden, wobei besonders die „eigenwillige“ KI, die Unübersichtlichkeit und die schwerfällige Steuerung negativ ins Gewicht fallen. Wer nicht unbedingt Polizist spielen will, sollte lieber zu Commandos greifen.
Svenska PC Gamer
Spelet borde, med sitt omständiga system för orden, inte spelas i realtid. Den klumpiga uppbyggnaden passar bra i spel där tiden inte är en viktig faktor. Spelare som är intresserade av SWAT och liknande styrkor, bör hellre satsa på Rainbow Six.
Computer Games Magazine
The idea behind SWAT 2 is sound and does not succumb too much to the Clone & Conquer mentality pervading the market. However, the poor plot line and number of flaws soon crop up, hindering the value of this product. This game is a mediocre one; its somewhat unique nature give it a certain appeal, but most mainstream gamers may want to look elsewhere.
PC Games (Germany)
Als prinzipieller Freund von Strategie- und Actionspielen hatte ich eigentlich mehr erwartet. Aus dem Spielkonzept hätte man bei weitem mehr herausholen können. Wie man knifflige Taktik und spannende Action in Echtzeit umsetzt, haben erst kürzlich die Designer von Commandos bewiesen. Wer das Genre mag, sollte sein Geld lieber in den Taktikknüller von Eidos investieren oder auf das im Herbst erscheinende Jagged Alliance 2 warten. SWAT 2 kann eigentlich nirgends überzeugen, zu viele logische Fehler und das teilweise sehr undurchsichtige Interface sorgen für Frustration. Dauerhaft kann dieses Spiel leider nicht motivieren.