A great addition to the long-dormant "SWAT" series
This is one great tactical shooter. In SWAT 4, you play as an element leader (team leader) of a police SWAT team in an unnamed metropolis. There is no real "story" to the game, just crimes that occur that need to be stopped by the law enforcement's most elite officers-SWAT. The most unique thing with the game is that unlike many other tactical-action games, you do not simply "shoot to kill". You act like a real policeman, using authentic police-issue weapons and equipment (ranging from tasers, CS gas, and lethal firepower like MP5 submachine guns.) to try and apprehend the thugs and save lives, only using lethal force when necessary. The AI in this game is good for the most part, criminals pull out all the stops to avoid capture, and everyone is simply described as "unpredictable". Your fellow officers have some flaws, but get the job done. One of the things that make this game all the more interesting are how the situations are designed. You first see a narrated briefing, and can even listen in some cases to a '911' (American emergency hot-line) call. The missions are often set in gritty, trashy, urban hellholes. Some of these missions, like busting a serial killer/kidnapper/rapist/all around scumbag or stopping a maniac cult from committing an explosive "human sacrifice" are genuinely creepy, and even rather disturbing. This game is quite challenging, and the action here is brutal and realistic, you might even break a sweat. This is one unique action game that I would recommend to anyone who is interested in SWAT teams or tactical shooters-this is almost more like an experience than a game.
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