SWAT: Global Strike Team Xbox

Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. The most important thing is that SWAT: Global Strike Team is just a damn fun game to play. I must say that I am a little disappointed about not being able to play online but the extra downloadable content through Xbox Live does help ease the pain.
  2. I had fun playing SWAT: Global Strike Force and though it may not look as hot as some other games out there, it’s worth your time if you prefer strategy over straight action.
  3. The presentation and setting aren't always quite up to par, but that's forgivable when the game's underlying action is so solid.
  4. Despite the straightforward levels, there's a lot of work to be done and when you're finished with the single-player side of the game there's plenty of multiplayer goodness to follow.
  5. The game is literally begging for a random scenario generator. Truth be told, creating one shouldn't be too hard either.
  6. While not the most polished title on the market, there’s plenty between the voice-recognition and the various tactics available to make SWAT: Global Strike Team a worthwhile endeavor.
  7. Official Xbox Magazine
    77
    The AI isn't so good. The perps never move or run away - they just stand and fight to the death or give up. [Dec 2003, p.124]
  8. Game Informer
    75
    Graphically, it's uglier than a backwoods beauty pageant... On the default difficulty setting, the missions offer little challenge and quickly grow boring. The plot doesn't help any either. [Nov 2003, p.166]
  9. netjak
    75
    A solid and entertaining game in its own right. The relatively short single-player game and lack of Xbox Live! support, however, make it hard to recommend the game as anything more than an extended rental.
  10. 75
    The headset is a gimmick, you and your team aren't always on the same page, and the whole thing plays like just another forgettable first-person shooter.
  11. Unfortunately, SWAT: Global Strike Team doesn’t quite capture the true essence of the tactical squad-based action genre in ways other games before it does.
  12. The campaign missions do get a little repetitive.
  13. It’s almost a shame to see such a unique graphics engine go into a game with such a generic feel.
  14. Just plain average. It’s not a terrible game; just that this has been done so much better in many other games.
  15. 66
    The balance of teammate and enemy AI and mission structure just doesn't synch up well enough to keep me interested.
  16. Edge Magazine
    60
    There are neat touches: you've got infinite ammo, brilliantly, and inhaling gas leaves you with a temporary cough that ruins your aim … but it needs a few more tactics to make it more than the sum of its admittedly solid parts. [Christmas 2003, p.116]
  17. Despite the crushing averageness that SWAT displays in the visuals and the by the numbers level design, it's a strange experience to reflect on how much we enjoyed it.
  18. 60
    Looks great and sounds OK. With its decent tutorial and reliable squad mates, it'll help those new to squad-based tactical games feel at home. It's also a pretty linear experience, but has enough environmental variety to justify the price of admission.
  19. Play Magazine
    58
    The most interesting shakeup to the action is the emphasis being placed on incapacitating thugs instead of always going in with guns set on blood-thirsty kill, but this idea works much better in theory, growing old fast and never playing out like you might expect. [Dec 2003, p.82]
  20. Xbox Nation Magazine
    50
    Criminals hide in the same places every time, so players can memorize the trouble spots and restart if necessary. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.89]
  21. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    50
    Shawn's right about the wonky enemy A.I., and SWAT's crude, blocky graphics feel seriously dated. Some exciting teamwork potential exists (especially in co-op missions), but sloppy execution bogs it down. [Dec 2003, p.192]
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. BaronS.
    Jan 21, 2004
    7
    SWAT: Global Strike Team is a game which seems to have been terribly underrated by a lot of reviewers. To call the voice recognition (you can SWAT: Global Strike Team is a game which seems to have been terribly underrated by a lot of reviewers. To call the voice recognition (you can give vocal orders to your cohorts) a gimmick is somewhat unfair as it does help immerse one into the game. Anyway, is a light gun in a game such as House of the Dead a gimmick? It's much the same scenario; something to make a situation you're never going to get into somehow more convincing. It works well. Additionally, the way there are separate missions for co-op and single player is marvellous and entices the player to play through in both modes. Overall, SWAT is probably going to be one of those games which goes pretty much unnoticed but deserves a lot more credit than it will get. Full Review »
  2. SteveE.
    Jan 6, 2004
    7
    O.k. so rainbow six beats this game to a pulp but this game is easier to play and get into and is a great game for beginners in the genre.
  3. IeuanR.
    Dec 11, 2003
    10
    Best game in the world.