Invasion Of The Body Snatchers: S.W.A.P. Is A First-Person... Something
"First-Person Body Snatcher" (FPBS) doesn't really roll off the tongue, though "FPS" doesn't seem totally accurate either. You do "shoot" people in S.W.A.P., a new game from Chaos Theory Games, but not to harm them -- instead, you swap bodies with your target.
S.W.A.P.'s single game mode is a form of capture the flag, naturally made all the more chaotic by the fact that you don't just steal the flag from other players -- you steal the other players themselves. It's a cool concept, and sounds like the kind of FP(S) innovation that we got from a game like Portal, where the "shooting" mechanic involved a fundamental shift in how you control your character's movements, rather than simply a way to mow down enemies.
Chaos Theory Games obviously doesn't have Valve's budget, and the game is a bit of a "visual mess," as some have referred to it. And making money isn't CTG's plan for S.W.A.P. The game's totally free, though there's a petition on the site to help raise money for a crowdfunding campaign to remake the game in a more complete form. Whether CTG or some other company capitalizes on the idea, it's an innovative approach that we'd like to see more of.
About the Author
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.
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