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Written by Shigamoto   
Thursday, 03 February 2005

In an era when game developers truly thought that interactive movies where the way to go SWAT by Sierra were released on four CDs. Sierra needed something new to continue their successful Police Quest series, and what could be better than a SWAT game built up by interactive movies?

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In SWAT you have just been drafted to become a SWAT member. The first day you meet with your endlessly yappy superior and he takes you through some of the basics. Dont dare to press the Esc key or the mouse, the he will become furious but at least you will get through his boring welcome speech.

Im a big fan of the Police Quest series and to be quite frank this game is not that different from the other Police Quest games, you click and something happens either good or bad. However as I have mentioned before the whole game is made out of movie clips, this is definitely something special. The movie clips technique disappeared fast as 3D modelling advanced.

The beginning of SWAT is boring; the training takes a lot of time and so does your superiors briefings in basic techniques. However you will need to listen to most of the stuff at least once since once in the game you wont understand their strange terms for everything. But if you already know what LASH and Slice the Pie is then go for a cup of coffee through the briefings because you cant abort them.

After the initial training period this game quickly chances character, its not as action packed as SWAT 3 but still its an interesting game if you are into law enforcement.

The controls are a bit hard to reach during the most stressful periods of the game, you have to right click through the different alternatives and if you miss an alternative you have to do it again. So if a suspect holds a gun at you and you are browsing through the different alternatives, well you figure the rest out.

SWAT offers a great inside look of how the police works in certain situations, it might as well be an instructional game. It's noticable that Sierra hired LAPD police officer Darryl F Gates as a consultant.

I doubt that this game for everyone, just the ones into law enforcements and that loves to watch Crime Night on Discovery or Cops.

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Developer: Sierra
Website for game: N/A
Publisher: Sierra

O/S: Win 95/98/ME
Cost of Full Game: About $10, Available in the Police Quest Collection.
Year of Release: 1995

Requirements:
N/A
Tested on:
Pentium III Mobile 850 mhz, 384 mb RAM, Windows XP

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