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  • Summary: Crime is on the rise. More guns and drugs are appearing on the streets and the city is in crisis. SWAT is called in to take on a series of disturbances that eventually lead them to the root of the problem, an eastern European crime family that has taken up residence in the city. A final showdown will place legendary SWAT tactics against the most dangerous and ruthless criminals yet, the Stetchkov Syndicate. New features for SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate include: 7 new single and multiplayer player levels; Voice over IP - Built in voice communication between teammates; 10 Player Coop - Up to 2 teams of 5; New multiplayer mode - Smash & Grab; New weapons and equipment for both SWAT members and suspects; Stat tracking and ladders and rankings for multiplayer; Held commands - Orders can be held in single player until the leader gives the GO command; Unique Leader in Coop - Option to have only one person issue commands and lead the team. [Vivendi Universal] Expand
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  1. Although it's short, the high replayability factor and some brilliant additions to both equipment and gameplay, make this is one of the best solider-sim expansion packs ever released. Period.
  2. If you're looking for a smart game that doesn't require the patience of Job or the genius of Einstein, but a little more intelligence than a monkey with his hand on his joystick, then SWAT 4 and The Stetchkov Syndicate expansion pack are definitely for you.
  3. 85
    With challenging content, expanded multiplayer, enhanced single-player, and more weapons, there's plenty of game to be had.
  4. It may seem like a small thing but bringing an over-arcing storyline really knits the action together quite nicely, although it would have been even better if there were more than just the seven missions.
  5. Even for those people who hated the previous generations of the strategic break and enter, I suspect you'll come away loving this.
  6. The multiplayer portion of the game is where Swat 4 shines and it is no different with the expansion pack.
  7. With the Stetchkov Syndicate, the bar continues to plummet in terms of how much we can expect in our expansion packs. [May 2006, p.46]

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  1. JayK.
    Mar 11, 2006
    This was quite possibly the best expansion ever made. I loved the original and this expansion really adds to the realistic SWAT experience. You have to check out the grenade launcher, it totally changes the way multiplayer is player. And the new game type "Smash and Grab" is cool! Expand
  2. MattN.
    Apr 11, 2006
    Excellent addition to a brilliant game. Doesn't add anything new or mess up any of the original goodness and the few extra new weapons don't really change the gameplay in any meaningful way. Though I'll probably have to play through again with sniper rifle just for the challenge. On the down side is it's very short and really could use a decent selection of weapons. If you loved the first game you'll love this too. Can't wait for next part. Expand
  3. RichL.
    Mar 21, 2006
    Excellent expansion to one of the most innovative FPS games out there. My biggest complaint is that it left me wanting more! Fortunately the new levels are challenging to play over again at higher difficulty levels. Oh the new weapons are really nice too. Expand
  4. LauriS.
    Mar 1, 2006
    Too little equipment (and lot of it useless) and only 7 levels with opponents more suitable for rainbow six than SWAT makes this expansion a somewhat dull experience. Expand
  5. ChrisS.
    May 29, 2006
    Awesome game for tactical co-op gameplay but multiplayer gameplay is riddled with bugs and technical glitches. Player viewpoints don't match the ingame models so in the game players apear to be completely behind cover where from the other person's perspective they are completely looking over or around an object. Multiplayer is riddled with cheaters and no anti cheats on the horizon. Sounds in game are a joke. While in multiplayer matches someone can be 20 feet away from you and you will never hear the gun fire. This game has so much potential I would gladdly pay 2 times the price if only the game were complete. Single player and co-op play are excellent (because the bots dont cheat or exploit the deficient game engine) and the basis for a multitude of online gaming clans. Multiplayer sadly leaves the community thinking that at least half the players are cheaters either because they hack or because they know how to work in the SWAT 4 game engine environment in their advantage. Expand