Sunday, May 31, 2009
Police Quest: SWAT 2 (1998)
Police Quest: SWAT 2 (1998) was an isometric view, team-based RTS game in the line of the classic X-Com or Jagged Alliance games, but with a more tactical component. The game takes place in real-time, with the player issuing orders to individual SWAT team members from a three-quarter overhead view of the level. Many of the game's missions were based on real life events, such as the North Hollywood shootout.
The game's story revolves around a conflict between SWAT and an emerging left-wing domestic terrorist group called "the Five Eyes". The game features two separate campaigns, one in which you control SWAT and another in which you take the role of a lieutenant in the Five Eyes terrorist organization.
As a homage, Sonny Bonds, the protagonist of the original Police Quest series, is one of the SWAT officers available for you to send into missions during the SWAT campaign. Sonny is an element leader and has some of the best stats in the game.
With much more positive reviews than the previous two games, it still had several flaws, such as the overly complicated interface and imperfect AI.