Level-13, is a map pack which contains 'updated' versions of official (MP) maps created by Irrational for SWAT 4. But not only official, any user created maps are also supported (SP/MP).
Professional players will find updated spawn points, level design and lightning in all maps provided. There are some minor weapon tweaks, but nothing that will change damage or recoil of any weapon unrealistically. Minor changes with weapons like a little more realistic recovery rate for crosshair, improved zoom, more clip counts (only those that require) increased grenades affect (CS lasts longer and has larger radius, same goes for bangs, stinger do a little more damage). Difference between which grenade affects which armor type to helmet type is now more visible. On most part, I think you will see weapons almost similar to default SWAT-4 ones. I don't want any balance issues.
Also, now the spawns/re-spawns cover 'larger' area. More realistic. For example, in Courthouse level, I am sure some of you have experience spawn campaign in the parking area a lot. Sometimes suspects can win the game by camping at parking area. To counter any kind of camping, now SWATS spawn all over the parking strategically in small group behind some cover (like car, or pillar). This will not only give SWAT an edge when countering any spawn camping, but will surprise any suspect trying to hide and camp there.
These updates were done mainly keeping in mind VIP Escort. But other modes will work just fine (with updates) and I will update them as I get more feedback from community.
UPDATED OFFICIAL MAPS
'Official Maps' are what originally came with SWAT 4 created by Irrational. These maps have been changed/updated keeping in mind the 'balance' issues in most of them because of bad spawn points, unrealistic lightning to some irregular level design. These maps will be updated regularly according to input received from the community.
Following official maps are available right now:
USER CREATED MAPS
These maps have been created by modders. These aren't official maps. Following is the list of maps (official/unofficial) available in LEVEL-13 (latest version):
Modes: BS | VE | RD
* MP-DesertOpsVillage (user map, created by NSB)
Don't worry, these updates don't affect damage or recoil or any default setting set by Irrational. So there is no balance issues. Only thing updated for weapons are the weapon attributes related to reticule (cross-hair) update rates. In real life, I doubt it that a professional SWAT officer will shoot so badly when walking or running. Though my updates won't make weapons perfect and most of you will see the changes almost non-existent, there are few main updates (details in the Readme).
Profile updated with proper details. There is a FAQ for Lvl-13 if you wanna know more about it. This project is now officially done as it's obvious that SWAT 4 is not going to be further updated or supported by the developers themselves.
Not to mention the support for modding community is terrible in SWAT community. So just enjoy the game, and use LEVEL-13's latest version (works just fine) without any problems for your clan or regular hosting needs.
PS: LEVEL-13 websites are always there for info on this (or contacting me).
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