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8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 192 Ratings

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  1. Mar 28, 2013
    9
    The game is called SWAT 4 and is available only on the PC.
    In this game, you lead a team of five SWAT members and you must undertake some complex missions such as stopping a bank raid or arresting a dangerous suspect. In this game, rather than go in ‘guns ablazing’, it pays to take the more stealthy approach. You are expected to give the suspects fair warning by yelling for compliance
    The game is called SWAT 4 and is available only on the PC.
    In this game, you lead a team of five SWAT members and you must undertake some complex missions such as stopping a bank raid or arresting a dangerous suspect. In this game, rather than go in ‘guns ablazing’, it pays to take the more stealthy approach. You are expected to give the suspects fair warning by yelling for compliance before you are allowed to take any lethal action. In general, it’s best to throw smokebombs or flashbangs in order to get them to surrender faster. You can also use the taser or pepperspray but this requires some practice.

    Going into this game thinking it’s like Call of Duty is just going to end up with you getting a lot of penalty points or worse, running out of ammo and becoming a liability to your team. Ultimately this game is about teamwork, fairplay and tactics. You play the leader of your unit. There are also two other teams comprised of two squad members. You can assign each team a different task so while one team is stacking up against a door, the other one is preparing C4 to breach the other door. You can also order them to handcuff enemies or stick by you. The AI isn’t perfect but often does a good job. They’ll often ask you to move out of the way which can be annoying if you like to keep them close (which is a good idea generally).

    The sound effects in this game are spot on. Every gunshot, door opening or explosion feels and sounds realistic. The voice acting is really good. The civilians sound scared and confused and the criminals sound determined and angry. The SWAT team sound cool and calculated and always sound as if they really are SWAT members. The squad leader who briefs you on your mission does an impeccable job of making you feel as if you really are eavesdropping on an important mission briefing. Online play is an interesting diversion that has it’s moments. Your characters are very frail though, so moving slowly and surprising the enemy is paramount.

    Overall SWAT 4 is a very fun game that has a unique approach on making FPS games more intelligent and bringing a more tactical approach to dealing with pesky criminals.
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  2. Sep 11, 2012
    10
    Swat 4 İs Best Tactical Shooter Ever. İt İs Better Than Ghost Recon And Rainbox Six . İt's Very Realistic Game. You Can ''Really'' Command Your Team But People Dont Know The Value Of Swat 4.So Swat 5 İs Never Come But We Still Want SWAT 5!
  3. Nov 18, 2010
    10
    this game is so epic, it is better than rainbow.
  4. Apr 22, 2013
    10
    Tactical. This game has done what none other has, that is simulate real scenarios with real equipment, from opti-wands, door jams, and many less than lethal options. Your goal is to minimize casualties, rather than run around shooting everything you see. This with a realistic rating system makes this a must own. Even missing a suspects gun as evidence, or failing to report a detainedTactical. This game has done what none other has, that is simulate real scenarios with real equipment, from opti-wands, door jams, and many less than lethal options. Your goal is to minimize casualties, rather than run around shooting everything you see. This with a realistic rating system makes this a must own. Even missing a suspects gun as evidence, or failing to report a detained civilian to trailers will affect your final rating. I played the hell out of this game co-op, and still has a very active community. That is saying something. A++ Expand
  5. Sep 13, 2013
    9
    One of the best tactical shooter of all time. Only true defect is the less letal wewapon's umbalancing that ruin a bit the multyplayer experience, otherwise as perfect as no one else. The best epitaph possible for glorious sierra!
  6. Oct 6, 2014
    10
    Simply put, Swat 4 is one of the best tactical shooters i have ever played throughout the entirety of my gaming life. It incorporates real life hostage situations and adds a sense of excitement and Adrenalin into the user as it makes you truly feel as if you are in there shoes. Swat 4 uses very realistic sound effects and animations as well as incorporation of real life SWAT techniques inSimply put, Swat 4 is one of the best tactical shooters i have ever played throughout the entirety of my gaming life. It incorporates real life hostage situations and adds a sense of excitement and Adrenalin into the user as it makes you truly feel as if you are in there shoes. Swat 4 uses very realistic sound effects and animations as well as incorporation of real life SWAT techniques in which are used to give you the full SWAT simulation, Everything about this game is spot on and as real as it comes on the PC. Overall SWAT gives the user a unique approach towards FPS shooters and has taken risk on doing something different and succeeded. I am guessing there is not going to be a sequel to SWAT 4 but if there is i will be highly anticipating it and adding it to my list of games to play. Well done Sierra Entertainment for producing a very entertaining and addictive SWAT team FPS. Expand
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85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 49 Critics

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  1. Positive: 46 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. 90
    There's something compelling about the room-to-room nature of the single-player missions that rarely gets old, even after you've failed a particular mission a dozen times.
  2. 90
    They've managed to make non-lethal tactics both important and fun with great sound bytes, exciting tactics, and a good selection of weapons.
  3. The newest iteration of the series is the best one yet, offering an intelligent and flexible interface, a varied and highly replayable campaign, as well as multiplayer modes that include cooperative play.