SWAT 3 Elite Edition
Genre Action -> Tactical
Today's Rank 0
Date 2000-10-24
Publisher V.U.G.
Date 2000-10-27
Publisher V.U.G.
North America Retail Box ArtUnited Kingdom Retail Box ArtWhen SWAT 3 was first released it faced two major criticisms, namely a short mission list and a lack of multiplayer options. Both of these have been addressed by the Elite Edition, which sports a total of 21 missions and full multiplayer support for up to five players in deathmatch, or co-operative games. Add to this a well-organised mod interface for facilitating further enhancements to the game as they are developed and a fully fledged scenario editor and you can no longer aim a lack of longevity as a fair criticism at this game.With these issues dealt with, you are left with the most impressive portrayal of tactical squad action in the first-person shooter genre to date. Set in the near future in Los Angeles, you are placed at the head of a five-man armed response team of the LAPD. A World peace conference plays the backdrop to justify all the "crazies" coming out of the woodwork, which provides you with a stream of linear missions ranging from hostage situations to disarming missiles; and all set in "real-life" locations.While the likes of Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament offer "all guns blazing" action, subtlety is the order of the day in SWAT 3. A single bullet can put you down and with no health pack round the corner to come to your rescue; you need to employ guile and most importantly teamwork to survive. Unlike games of a similar style, such as Rainbow Six, this teamwork isn't planned prior to the missions, rather it is managed on the fly with a number-driven tiered command system for your two-man teams. It works beautifully for the most part and with a scaleable AI, you can ensure both your compatriots and the suspects put up a convincing display. This, combined with superb audio, that blends information and suspense through radio chatter, well-modelled graphics and tense gameplay, makes SWAT 3 Elite Edition a worthy addition to any gamers collection. --Jason Weston
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