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One of the first games that I got the PSP, SWAT: Target Liberty is a third person shooting game and is part of the SWAT game series, it is the first one to be released for a handheld console.
Being a big fan of the series I was looking forward to this game coming out unfortunately the game does not work at all well on the console and it seems a poor attempt at a game, it is for the most part fairly dull and repetitive to play and the game itself is short and does not take that long to complete.
You play as the leader of a SWAT unit Kurt Wolf and the game starts with you hunting down gang members and you end the game investigating a nuclear explosion. The story is not very well written and the plot is pretty dull, each level is fairly short, you also have two other members of your team who you can have basic control over but not much.
Each level is based around set objectives and you have to be stealthy to complete the levels and you seem to be constantly doing the same things time and again just in different areas which soon gets pretty dull.
The graphics are probably the best part of the game and they are pretty good and the controls are easy to use and learn. The soundtrack and music in the background gets very annoying after a bit as well and is best turned off.
The game itself is short and even on the hardest level the game is not really that hard, the AI is pretty bad and the game is fairly repetitive.
The multiplayer is not really up to much and it basically is either death match or team death match and the maps you play on are not very good either really.
Value for Money -
If you want a quick and easy game to play with not much depth then this game is for you otherwise the game is not worth buying, it is repetitive short and fairly dull for most of the game. You will probably be able to complete it in a short afternoon.
My rating 5 out of 10
I rented this game after I wasn't sure about how it would be. However, after playing it for awhile, I have to say the game is very good. It is similar to Killzone Liberation also on the PSP. The game has some great features but also has some features that need to be fixed.
The graphics are very good and some of the best on the PSP system that I have seen. The game experiences no slowdown and runs very smooth. The controls are a little hard to learn but will become easier after you get used to them. The sound is very good with some realistic gun sounds. However, the guns aren't very repsonsive and the hit detection is rubbish.
The game has lots of different choices and many different gameplay choices which means you will be able to play it for hours. The game as a great clever AI which will challenge you.
However, the game is very short and doesn't last very long. The game also moves slow meaning you will need alot of spare time if you want to play it. There is no online mode or 2 player mode.
The game doesn't have very good replayability as nothing is gained everytime round.
Overall, it is a great game but not as good as Killzone Libertation.
Before I get into this review, let it be known to actually enjoy this game you need to be a fan of top down strategy games (an example being Killzone Liberation) and partially fond of the history of the SWAT games previous that were released on the PC. This PSP title is an extension of them, and suitable it's a good mix between strategy and those firefights you just can't avoid.
You play as Kurt Wolfe, and with two other SWAT members by your side you go on ever increasing dangerous missions to stop simple thugs from international terrorists. You never feel like you're alone as you're given a few selections of men to bring with you each with their own strengths. Wider line of sight, good when it comes to getting information from enemies, etc. The AI is pretty good at keeping them safe and following orders so they don't seem like drones that just constantly stick to you. With every successful mission so does your score at the end, and the higher this score becomes the better your SWAT team mates become.
You can issue these men commands and the AI does a good job of carrying them out. Say for instance you want them to toss a grenade into a room whilst you enter from another door, or give them orders to just plain shoot to kill. It's your squad, and it's up to you. The game also utilizes an auto-cover system, which means when you lean up against something you can hide behind, the game will automatically put you behind it out of enemy view or fire. There's been a few instances were it's gotten me killed when I didn't realise I'd been stuck to a wall and tried to run, but mostly it does the right job.
It's this mix of action and strategy that makes this a well balanced game, although I do have a few gripes with it that can be offputting (remember when I said you'd need to be a fan to actually enjoy it?). Firstly is the movement speed. It is INCREDIBLY slow. If you're the kind of person that wants to run in with guns blazing, you'll be dead before you know it. By the time you make your way to cover after the initial burst of fire, it'll be game over. If strategy isn't your thing, I can't imagine patience with this is either. I find it's this that destroys the multiplayer also. It's fun when you've got four players all battling it out to rescue hostages, but the movement speed makes the game feel like it's crawling along. You'd not want to play it for a long time.
The story is pretty short, but it's half and half because it is fun. Fun means you'll want to play right through it, which means you'll get less time out of the game and it'll be over before you know it. So as to whether it's a disadvantage or not, well that's up to you. 4 stars.
SWAT: Target Liberty captures the heart-pumping action of real-life close quarters combat of specialized police units. The game is set in New York City where a special weapons and tactics team is tasked with thwarting an ever increasing number of international terrorist threats. Each officer in the unit has a specialty and using a unique skill system, the player can upgrade their individual combat expertise to increase their chances of success. The game also features an ad-hoc multiplayer system which allows gamers to play in a variety of game modes.