This game hit the market in early 2006. Now it’s 2008, but still SWAT 4 STETCHKOV SYNDICATE is one of the best games available. Please read full review...
SWAT 4 Original game installation required
Windows® 98 SE – Windows® 2000 (w/ SP 3) – Windows® XP (w/ SP 1)
Intel® Pentium® III 1.0 GHz – Intel® Celeron® 1.2 GHz – AMD® Athlon™
1.2 GHz or Equivalent Processor
256 MB RAM
1 GB free Hard Disk space
DirectX® 8.1 – compatible sound card
Nvidia® GeForce® 2 w/ 32 MB (MX 200/400 Not Supported) – ATI™ Radeon™
8500 w/64 MB or Equivalent Graphics Card
Windows® Compatible Mouse & Keyboard
56k Modem for online play
As you can see, the game requirements are very good. All modern computers can take it. Also, most Vista users should be able to play it as well.
I'll start with single player. The expansion pack has 7 single player missions. If you played SWAT 3 that came out back in 2001, you will know what the game is about. Basically in the game you play as Special Weapons And Tactics police officer. You start from simple missions like capturing maniac and rescuing a teenage girl from his house to neutralizing terrorists and disarming a bomb.
Along with primary weapon, officer now can take smoke, flash, sting, and gas nades. In this game there will be suspects and even civilians that will refuse to be aprehended. For situations like that officer is equipped with tear gas spray and taser.
Swat 4 has couple difficulty levels. On all levels suspects and officers have same experience, but the harder level requires better score on the mission. In order to get better score you must make sure you are not losing any officers in the missions, warn suspects before you shoot them, and secure all evidence.
All in all, completing the game was not hard, but keep in mind that once you died or failed any of the main objectives I the mission, you must start the mission over.
Single player missions are very entertaining in the game and every mission map is connected with the mission story, for example, mission with maniac that kidnapped a teenage girl will have a basement full of newspapers, dolls, hands, and other weird sick items.
Swat 4 featuring one of the best multiplayer I ever seen. Stetchkov Syndicate has many interesting game types. Also, in these game types except CO-OP game type, if you get killed you get to respawn within 30 seconds.
Team Death match type lets you play for swat or suspects. Killing player of opposite team gives you 1 point, arresting player of opposite team gives you 5 points, and team killing gives you -5 points.
VIP Escort. If you play for swat, you will have one of two roles. If you play as VIP, you must get to extraction point. You equipped with pistol and tear gas spray. If you play as swat, you must escort VIP to extraction point. Incase VIP get captured, swat has 2 minutes to rescue him. If you play as suspects, you must capture VIP, hold him for 2 minutes, and then neutralize him.
Smash and Grab is a new Swat 4 game type. If you play as swat member, you must protect the case from getting to extraction point. If you play as suspect, you must grab the case and take it to extraction point. The case makes sound so it is impossible to hide it from anybody.
CO-OP type is single player missions, but you play them with people from other computers. Keep in mind that just like in single player, there is no respawning.
In multiplayer you have a lot bigger choice of primary and secondary weapons. You have to chose to get gas mask or helmet (gas mask protects you from gas and helmet protects from flash nades). For body armor you can chose none, light, and heavy. The heavier the armor, the slower you run. As in many modern games, you can voice chat with other players on you team.
Even though the game is two years old now, I never get sick of playing it. Sierra staff did a really good job. You can get original swat 4 game and expansion swat 4 Stetchkov Syndicate for as low as 15$. On my new computer this game flies fast. I am hoping that Sierra will release Swat 5 sometime.
Score for this game is 10/10
Interesting multi player
Only 7 single player missions.