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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 Gas grenade (also the sniper vision that informs about a room)
SWAT 4 Windows Armory example of primary weapon: Colt M4A1 with FMJ bullet
SWAT 4 Windows Entering the offices.
SWAT 4 Windows Armory: C2 for a fast closed door opening.

Promo Images

SWAT 4 Magazine Advertisement


Alternate Titles

  • "霹雳小组4" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "迅雷先鋒4" -- Traditional Chinese spelling

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User Reviews

You're in my way, sir. Kyle Levesque (935) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars

Critic Reviews

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 2005 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Pelit Apr, 2005 90 out of 100 90
IGN Mar 30, 2005 9 out of 10 90
ActionTrip Apr 05, 2005 87 out of 100 87
PC Zone Apr 15, 2005 8.6 out of 10 86
PC Action (Germany) 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
Factornews Apr 27, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Games TM May 19, 2005 7 out of 10 70


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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 (1184) added SWAT 4 (Windows) on Apr 08, 2005