Sisters of Mercy Hostel

796 Newbury Street: I had this game scheduled to be played on 7/26 as part of a weekly series and it took me all of two days and probably 20 plays to achieve a score of 95 to pass this mission on Elite Mode. Of the entire SWAT 4 mission selection, this one has to be one of the toughest to complete. I have no delusion of replaying this for a perfect score of 100. I'll take the 95 and call it a day.

The problem on Elite Mode is you basically have to arrest every suspect on the map, which inadvertently neuters your sniper(s) if they have a shot. If they do take the shot it will be a legal kill in game, but you will not be able to complete the mission and pass on Elite Mode.

From the Wikipedia entry: On the most difficult level, Elite, players need a 95/100 to pass, and will fail for killing even a single suspect, losing more than two team members without committing an infraction, or committing any infraction in addition to being injured.

I wish I would have known that early on as I took several sniper shots and completed the mission, only to be presented with scores that did not pass. The most aggravating was when I had a 93/100 and would have passed had I not taken out a suspect in a hallway with a sniper.

The other part of this equation is that in taking all of the suspects alive, you essentially are limited to non-lethal weapons and flash bangs. You do not want to kill a hostage with a shock from a stinger grenade, and you don't want multiple lawful kills on suspects (or any kills).

Those factors make SWAT 4 a bitch to play and also a very enjoyable tactical game. While there are some issues with the game itself, it is one of the most playable tactical shooters out there and would be tough to beat in terms of content by anything out their currently.

Other thoughts: It is better to have your teams covering a door, while you open it from the side. This lets them see inside the room and call out targets (and they will auto-engage/pursue) without you risking them on a breach/bang/clear scenario.

1 comment:

  1. This campaign was abandoned due to the files being lost during a system upgrade: I intend to re-launch this campaign in the future with short consolidated posts to cover those missions already blogged about, and to pick up where I left off with full blog installments.


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