Reviews for ESWAT: City Under Siege
Fun but rather limited.Numbi | Sept. 28, 2013 | See all Numbi's reviews »
Back in the day when arcade machines could still be found in almost every corner shop I used to waste a lot of quarters on Eswat. It wasn't the best platform shooter of the time but it was fun and I remember being very impressed with the large character sprites. This is the Mega Drive version of the game and while faithful to the original it is a bit limited. I completed it in one sitting and while it brought back some good memories it also highlighted a lot of the limitations.
This Is Not Proper SWAT ProcedureCrimsonWizard | Jan. 29, 2013 | See all CrimsonWizard's reviews »
E-SWAT was an early game developed by SEGA for the Mega Drive/Genesis in which you play as a police officer fighting the terrorist group E.Y.E. Taking a few pages from Robocop and Terminator however, you're mostly fighting robots and machines in the near future.
While the game plays like a run and gun 2D platformer, unlike Contra and Metal Slug you have to stop to shoot and you have an actual health bar. Thus, ESWAT requires a careful and methodical advance early on with lots of ducking and connecting hits. However something miraculous happens after level 2. You're promoted from being a standard police officer into the ESWAT program and gain a suit of Ice Power Armor, which has no ice powers whatsoever. It does provide many advantages though such as a minigun, an autocharging plasma blast, a ground seeking rocket launcher, and most importantly a jetpack. While it would have been nice for the jetpack to recharge a little faster, it does help give you more mobility in a game that's otherwise has a slow pace.
ESWAT is only 8 levels, but some of the later levels take a while to go through with many enemies and hazards to shoot through. To the game's credit, a few of the levels make use of the jetpack for some interesting platforming, but otherwise you'll be gunning through skyscrapers, a prison, and many secret bases. It could have done a better job with level variety and the music isn't the greatest, neither offering tense ambiance sound nor tunes you can jam to.
All said, ESWAT isn't a bad game. It's a little basic, but it does offer mechanics that differentiate itself from the competition with its jetpack and later weapons. However, it's also slow and less exciting than other games in its genre like Gunstar Heroes also available on GMG. End of the day though, if you're looking for some cheap fun and an excuse to disregard proper police procedure, try ESWAT.
Classic, but good?pauljebe | Aug. 10, 2011 | See all pauljebe's reviews »
Another example of an arcade game brought to the home market during the 16bit console wars to help Sega showcase the abilities of their platform. The concept is solid as you play a policeman who fights bad guys with the use of robotic armor. It’s linear (as were all games from this time period), relatively short, and almost frustratingly difficult at times but older gamers wishing to revisit their past will probably enjoy what it brings to the table.
The Mega Drive Classics interface offers a nice advantage in that it allows you to save your current game state, a feature not present in the original title. This is great for gaming on the go and laptop users looking for some nostalgia will really enjoy this. New gamer should probably pass.
Watch out Robocop there's a new cop in town.GAMERamble | April 11, 2011 | See all GAMERamble's reviews »
E-Swat is a classic side scrolling platform game with shooter elements that started life in the Arcades before becoming a Megadrive hit. Arcade fans will notice that this version has different levels and enemies but the core gameplay remains the same.
The progression from human to cyborg as the game progresses is quite cool and as the plot develops you will go from busting crooks to taking down an evil corporation. E-Swat looks a bit basic when compared to other Megadrive classics but if you are unfazed by dated graphics and can appreciate some old skool gameplay you will have fun with this title.
While it is not an essential game to add to your collection you can do far worse than E-Swat. With only five levels this one shouldn't take too long to complete but at its low price point it is still value for money.