My wife wants to buy me a game for Valentines Day. I can't decide between these 2. They are both squad based FPS, & have multiplayer online. I am a Star Wars fan, but if it is not as fun as Swat 4 I would get that one. Please recommend ..
GF's Cognitive Psychologist
13th April 2004
Well as you noted multiplayer online I guess you like playing it. And having played both games online I recommend SWAT 4. Lots more game modes, weapons and lovely gfx. And what a kind wife.
17th June 2002
Wow. If only all women were as understanding as your wife, eh? SW: Republic Commando is a brilliantly atmospheric squad-based shooter. The second the game starts on Geonosis, you're "in" the SW universe completely. The music, the graphics, the scripted sequences all combine to make a pretty convincing scene. The only thing missing is smell, but you can imagine that for yourself. It's not pretending to be realistic. It's based on Star Wars, for crying out loud. In comparison to SWAT 4 squad commands are limited and fairly limited, but they are also a lot easier and fairly effective. The basics are all there, from blasting open a locked door and tossing a grenade through it, to taking up a sniping position, from hacking a computer console to holding position to defend a target. Most of the orders rely on map 'hot spots', but you don't really think about it while you're in SW mode. There are three main campaigns -- Geonosis, an old Republic warship and Kashyyyk. All three of them actually expand upon what was hinted at in the movies, and show some behind the scenes fighting by 'real' soldiers. You'll really feel like you're helping a war effort as a whole. The missions contained within each are linear but varied and enjoyable. It's not a 'hard' game (nor too easy), but when you're fighting a horde of battledroids with authentic and appropriate SW music playing you won't really care. It's a little on the short side and the ending isn't so good, though obviously leaves room for a sequel. SWAT 4 is a completely different style of game. It is atmospheric, but it is very gritty and 'real'. Some of the missions can deal with particularly disturbing concepts, such as securing hostages from a paedophile and seeing all his 'fetish' paraphernalia in the process. The graphics aren't the best in the world, but they are used very well to create a convincing and atmospheric environment. Combat is handled in less of an arcade style. You will die very quickly if you go Rambo-style. It's fairly realistic from what I can remember, such as slowing down if you are wounded. Squad command is what this game is all about. I won't go into too much detail. All the usual commands are there, such as 'breach, bang and clear', 'mirror under the door' and so on. My favourite aspect of the game is the ability to split your five-man squad (five inclusive of you, at least) into two groups -- red team and blue team. You can then use their helmet cameras (displayed in neat small windows at the side of your screen when activated) to give each team separate sets of orders, without even needing to be with them at the time. This allows for some extremely strategic fights as you come at groups of enemies from two sides, or whatever you choose to do. It's very enjoyable, but it's not a fast-paced action shooter like Republic Commando. It's just as much of a thrill to plan an elaborate strategy, gather intel to support it, and then see it through to a successful conclusion. You certainly feel like part of an elite team as you play. I will say that the style of squad control, though easy and intuitive and definitely an improvement over SWAT 3, does detract from the atmosphere sometimes. But, I can't think of a better way of implementing it considering how much control you have over your squad. It's up to you, anyway. I would strongly advise you try them both out before-hand, either by playing demos or whatever. They're both great games in my opinion, but they're completely different styles of play and hard to directly compare. It depends on what style you prefer really.
I appreciate your reviews of both games, Mr. Matt. I tried both demos last night & liked both. SWAT 4 played like Rainbow 6. I like the more intense style of Republic Commando. I will tell her to get the latter. Oh, by the way, my wifes HATES gaming. She does love me & respects that I like playing. But she is no different than most females, hates hates hates it.:confused: Thanks guys..:)
The Internet ends at GF
18th November 2005
SW: Republic Commando Don't doubt
Master of my own domain
18th July 2003
Swat 4 Here's my review. Eat up! http://gadgetgaming.com/?pageid=reviews&reviewid=1
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11th June 2005
carrying on from Mr matt: SWAT 4 has alot more replayability and content, you can pick up any mission, all completely seperate, get scores, try it again in tons of different ways. Republic commando is one long path, just like 3 seperate missions (kashykk, take part in the battle at end of episode 2 and a abandonned starship) so bad replayability, just straight foward game to go through again and again. Also SWAT 4 has mods and big online community, also has Co-op which is brilliant fun doing the single player missions with other people, giving orders, alot of people work like a team well, coimng up with plans lots of people playing online. Republic commando has rubbish, simple multiplayer modes and virtually no one playing online, infact the few times I tried to play online there was 1 or 2 empty servers. Also Republic Commando has no mods and such. You want a arcade shooter with storyline and a adventure, with lots of stylish animations and good gunfights and a squad of 3 behind you - get Republic Commando You want replayabilty, challenge, something involves strategy and using your mind while at the same time good reflexes and quick trigger finger for brutality realistic gunfights. but huge lack of stylish animations and all the cinematic gunfight style non-existent - get SWAT 4
Wow, King, You got me perplexed. I had made up my mind for republic commando, but you make a good arguement. I honestly don't know when my wife will want to get me a game again. Best to go the distance. Hmmmm.....:uhm:
20th April 2005
Sounds like he already made up his mind.
I tried Swat 4 demo and diddn't really like it. But Republic Commandos I have and I love. Great game.
No! I'm Spamacus!
17th June 2003
Both had very convincing atmospheres. They weren't merely "good", they were pretty close to the best you can find in a game. If you want a change from your average fps that has a modern setting, I'd suggest RC. However, I think SWAT 4 has much more in the terms of replay value. They're getting "old", so why not buy the other sometime later? Shouldn't be too hard to find one or the other for about $20.