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SWAT 4 (Windows)

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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.


SWAT 4 Windows Armory example of primary weapon: Colt M4A1 with FMJ bullet
SWAT 4 Windows Spying a counter.
SWAT 4 Windows Title screen
SWAT 4 Windows Planning how to enter.

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 (621) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars

The Press Says

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 2005 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Jolt (UK) Apr 25, 2005 9 out of 10 90
PC Action Apr 29, 2005 86 out of 100 86
PC Powerplay Apr, 2005 86 out of 100 86 Apr 05, 2005 17 out of 20 85 Jun 03, 2005 84 out of 100 84
PC Games (Germany) Apr 12, 2005 84 out of 100 84
GamePro (US) Apr 08, 2005 4 out of 5 80 Apr 15, 2005 80 out of 100 80
1UP Apr 13, 2005 8 out of 10 80


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1001 Video Games

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


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


  • 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.


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

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Zack Green (1013) added SWAT 4 (Windows) on Apr 08, 2005