Excerpt: In case you didn’t hear the news, the PSP has a problem! It’s not the lack of true killer titles (which, let’s face it, does hurt the system). No, this problem lies within the system’s design which makes controlling certain games more effort than it’s worth. With that said, we put SWAT: Target Liberty into our PSP (collectively, we mean – Team PlayStation Beyond owns more than one system!) expecting the controls to be awkward, rendering the game unplayable.
Conclusion: SWAT's tried and true origins as tactics-based shooter didn't fare so well in their transition from the PC to the PSP. The game's mechanics and design feel dated, as if they tried to pull the gameplay from the 90's and never gave improvement a second thought. The opening thirty minutes is nearly identical to the last thirty minutes, which is a real disappointment for people interested in improvisation or looking to step outside the box.
Summary: SWAT: Target Liberty is set in New York City where the SWAT team is tasked with thwarting an ever increasing number of international terrorist threats. Player’s will take on the role of Kurt Wolfe and his New York City SWAT Team in the only true Tactical Squad-Based Shooter on the PSP.
Excerpt: In SWAT: Target Liberty , you are Kurt Wolfe, a New York City SWAT team leader who gets caught up in a war between two rival Korean gangs. Somehow the gang war leads into a bigger threat and eventually, your team is sucked into a standoff with a group of terrorists with nuclear capabilities.
Excerpt: We've all acted out the fantasy that SWAT: Target Liberty tries so desperately to recreate with authenticity. Perhaps in a trigger-happy daydream, or in an empty corridor when nobody is watching, most of us at some point have probably pretended to burst through a door and sweep the room with a pretend gun.
Summary: If you feel that the PSP is a weird place for the popular PC franchise, SWAT, then you aren't alone. This is a messy game full of small graphics, a boring story and repetitive action. I'm sure there are people out there that will find this kind of thing exhilarating, but even they will be bummed out when the game only lasts five hours. This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.
Excerpt: Tactical shooters are one of my favorite video game genres so I was pretty excited when SWAT: Target Liberty came across my desk. Unfortunately, no thanks to a tricky targeting system, inefficient AI and repetitive mission design, my enthusiasm for the PSP title quickly turned to apathy. SWAT: Target Liberty is a top-down tactical shooter (think Killzone: Liberation).
Summary: SWAT PSP is built upon the classic and highly acclaimed SWAT franchise. Penned by script writer Scott Rosenbaum (The Shield), SWAT: Target Liberty is set in New York City where the SWAT team is tasked with thwarting an ever increasing number of international terrorist threats.