Whisper it – now the dust of assorted BioShocks has settled, maybe humble SWAT 4 is Irrational’s finest hour. It still seems strange that the studio behind magical undersea civil war had a crack a straight-down-the-line military sim before they visited Rapture. It’s precisely because more ambitious creative minds are in control of something that seemed destined for ordinariness that SWAT 4 works so well. It’s both a finely-balanced and extremely tense co-op tactics game and one that veers off into America’s darker waters.
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