SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate Expansion Pack (PC)

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SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate Expansion Pack (PC)

Crime is on the rise. More guns and drugs are appearing on the streets and the city is in crisis. SWAT is called in to take on a series of disturbance...

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Review of "SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate Expansion Pack (PC)"

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Pro new weapons, missions, tools, items, improved AI, highly replayable
Cons only 7 missions added
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"New life to the good old SWAT 4"

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The Stetchkov Syndicate is an expansion pack for the game SWAT 4. This expansion adds extra missions, new weapons and more. If you are reading this review you probably are already familiar with the game SWAT 4. The Stetchkov Syndicate requires the original SWAT 4 game to play.

When I first saw this expansion I had no idea of its exsistance. It came out in 2006 but I had never heard of it and since I liked SWAT 4 quite a lot as a time-filler shooting game I decided to try its expansion too. Actually I was pretty excited to have it because I had played the old SWAT 4 missions till boredom and I couldn't wait to see what new stuff was added and I have to say it didn't disappoint me. There are several missions which have been added to the main game with their own plot which revolves around the Stetchkov mobsters. Also new weapons and so on, but I'll write about that later.

First of all the price of this totally justifies the purchase of this title if you already enjoyed SWAT 4. On ebay it can be found for very little prices. I'm sure there is also a version of Swat 4 with the expansion already included. This new expansion pack offers more difficult missions, thanks to more aggressive, unpredictable artificial intelligence AND larger scenarios. A new array of additional weapons has been added and it includes a subachine gun (modeled after the real-life FN-P90), a grenade launcher (less exciting than it sounds), a desert eagle gun (unprecise but powerful), and loads of new extras such as pouches for carrying extra bullets, additional taser with a longer range and so on. You'll also be able to deploy glow sticks to mark off rooms that you've cleared, as well as use night-vision goggles.. The multiplayer mode has also been enhanched, and cooperative play for up to 10 players this time. The suspects also carry new weapons.
The new missions are seven, they can be finished in a few hours of gameplay but they are fun and challenging, enough to make you play them over and over again. Enemies are never in the same place and reacts always in different ways, sometimes they run, some other times they charge! What makes the game very captivating at first is also the new idea of making available new weapons or tools at the beginning of each new mission.
I cannot say much about the multyplayer part of the game because I had not tried it yet. I have read that there is a new game type called smash and grab.but I'm sure that the cooperative play is still the heart of SWAT 4 multiplayer. You can design your own quick missions for co-op play based on any of the seven expansion pack maps or the original SWAT 4 maps.

Sound effects for weapons are excellent and the voice acting is pretty impactful when you're yelling at suspects or civilians to surrender. Dynamic music spools up when the gunfire starts or when a grenade goes off. New action musics have been added since the original SWAT 4.
Visually SWAT 4 is still decent although a few years old now. I shot it at 1280x1024 pixels and at highest details and I must say it's looking good for a 2006 game. I believe the graphics have been "spruced up" from the original but nothing extraordinary. They have also added more interactive environment. When you shoot at object, these are sent in all directions... more than in the original game. This improved interactivity adds a lot to the realism of the experience.

Overall the game is worth being played if you liked SWAT 4. If, like me, you can't get enough SWAT 4, then The Stetchkov Syndicate should definitely sate your thirst for new content. The new weapons, scenarios, items and Artificial Intelligence add a lot more longevity to the original game and it will keep you entertained for a while longer... awaiting perhaps for SWAT 5.

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  • TheHairyGodmother published 03/10/2009
    Fab review, well written and informative :)
  • loveofnight published 04/09/2009
    nice presentation and detail
  • pennywa published 08/08/2009
    Fab review xxxxx
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Product Information : SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate Expansion Pack (PC)

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Crime is on the rise. More guns and drugs are appearing on the streets and the city is in crisis. SWAT is called in to take on a series of disturbances that eventually lead them to the root of the problem, an eastern European crime family that has taken up residence in the city. A final showdown will place legendary SWAT tactics against the most dangerous and ruthless criminals yet, the Stetchkov Syndicate.

Product Details

Age: 16+

Publisher: Sierra

Genre: Shooter

Sub Genre: Tactical Shooter; First Person Shooter

Release Date: 10th March 2006

EAN: 3348542200739

Operating System: Windows XP

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