Swat 4

“SWAT 4” is a single-player/multiple-player, first-person, tactical shooter game. The player leads a five-member SWAT team in resolving various scenarios. Scenarios include hostage situations, robberies, and the apprehension of dangerous individuals. “SWAT 4” was developed by Irrational Games, and published by Vivendi Universal Games, in 2005. The game was created using Irrational Games’ “Vengeance Engine,” which was created with “Unreal Engine 2” technology. “Unreal Engine 2” was the 2002 version of the gaming engine. The “Unreal Engine” was primarily developed for first-person shooters.

Previous SWAT games took place in actual cities, such as Los Angeles. “SWAT 4” takes place in the fictional East Coast city of Fairview. In the single-player campaigns, the player leads a five-man SWAT team through multiple missions. In “SWAT 4,” you are a police officer and not a soldier. Because of this, you can’t just charge in and kill everyone in sight. SWAT members can only fire on someone if they fire at you. Missions are a sure failure if you kill a suspect who is in the process of surrendering. Use a variety of equipment, armor, and weapons to clear rooms and apprehend suspects. Players must evaluate situations, use SWAT tactics to engage suspects, and protect the innocent.

“SWAT 4” uses a point system. Every choice the player makes will earn or lose points. For example, handcuffing a suspect increases the player’s score, but killing a suspect will reduce the player’s score. In order to advance during earlier levels, a player needs to score 50 out of a possible 100 points. Higher levels require an even higher score. Every player’s choice can lead to mission failure or success, which makes for a very edge of your seat game. “SWAT 4” also features randomized suspects, which make each mission completely different. Where other games allow the player to memorize suspects, locations, etc., so that the player can repeat the level until completed successfully, “SWAT 4” changes the suspect each time making the SWAT team leader figure out the situation and how to deal with it.

In single-player mode, the player’s team is computer controlled, but will follow orders given by the player. In multiple-player mode, the player’s team is controlled by other players. “SWAT 4” tries to simulate realistic police procedures. The game encourages the use of non-lethal force instead of incapacitating or killing suspects. Non-lethal weapons like the taser and the beanbag shotgun must be used to capture suspects.

In 2006, an expansion pack entitled “SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate”, was released. In January 2017, “SWAT 4: Gold Edition” was released for digital download on GOG.com. “SWAT 4: Gold Edition” includes the original “SWAT 4” and the “SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate” expansion pack. The “SWAT 4: Gold Edition” includes 21 missions to complete. Digital downloads from GOG.com also include the previous SWAT games: “SWAT 1,” “SWAT 2,” and “SWAT 3: Tactical Game of the Year Edition.”