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The main goal of the "Swat 3 Last Resort" mod is to upgrade Swat 3 to take advantage of modern video cards and monitor sizes. When the game was first released 800x600 was the standard resolution and most video cards only had 16mb of video memory.

The Last Resort mod is completely transparent and won't damage your Swat 3 install. You can easily restore your game back to default Swat 3 by clicking the on/off button on the Last Resort Launcher. The installer will also automatically make backups of all your main Swat 3 files for safety.


Download Swat 3 - Last Resort v0.8.5

Zipped File Size: 289 MB
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Download Swat 3 - Last Resort v0.8.5

(Mirror at Mod Database)


  • The installer only places files inside the Swat 3 folder (except for desktop shortcut).
  •  It is spyware and malware free.


version 0.8.5 - December 22, 2023:
- Added new textures for missions B, F, K, T, U, Z.
- Changed to a sliding door texture mission B
- Fixed mission B textures not canon to 2005 story lore
- Copied the upgraded identical textures to other maps
- Fixed Mission U backwards textures
- Fixed Mission U rug decal falling on chair
- Fixed Mission U university name in textures
- Fixed Mission F, T backwards textures
- Disabled the server tab in LR launcher
- Added check if Swat 3 already running in launcher
- Added additional game .exe check to prevent error

version 0.8.4 - December 22, 2021:
- Fixed Debrief-COOP-Elem_bgrnd.bmp - thanks sw3lrfan
- Fixed missing mirror tool texture - thanks Perlmutter
- Fixed Sewer map spawn points - thanks lunamonkey
- Started to add AI upgraded textures for maps. Mission H, S, V, X

version 0.8.3 - April 19, 2021:
- No menu option only works properly in single player
- Added Help screen tab in launcher
- Added Swat 3 server status tab in launcher
- The installer offers Mpeg-4 re-encoded Swat 3 movies
- Fixed "save and quit" duplicate .exe error
- Added new HD textures for Import Store map

version 0.8.0 - January 19, 2021:
- LR Launcher code completely re-written in Visual Studio 2019
- Added NeuWon multiplayer support
- Added support for maximum 1024x1024 pixel Targa files
- Added 1366x768 2D menus
- Added ability to turn off custom menus with mod activated
- Removed some old resolutions (some possibly temporarily)
- Added double the view distance of original Swat 3
- Modified click sounds for LR Launcher
- Removed obsolete files needed to run the LR Launcher
- Re-organized the folder structure of LR mod files
- Fixed game executable checking and restoring
- Added startup suggestion of 32-bit colours
- New high resolution textures in Mission M (Phoenix Club)
- New high resolution textures in Mission Y (LA Convention)

version 0.7.4 - March 25, 2017:
- Fixed installer bug if multiple copies of Swat 3 were installed

version 0.7.3 - February 19, 2017:
- Fixed LR Launcher rejecting low refresh rates

version 0.7.2 - January 26, 2017:
- Fixed installer failing if path to Swat 3 not in Windows registry
- Fixed installer not checking properly if correct Swat 3 directory chosen

version 0.7.1 - January 22, 2017:
- Fixed new icons being too large causing Last Restort Launcher crash on some Windows 7 machines
- Moved LR icon back to main Swat 3 folder

Last Resort Launcher Changes and Fixes:
- Fixed crash of Launcher if no 16-bit colour modes available (Thanks Windows 8/10)
- Moved LastResort.ini to AppData folder
- Added custom chat support in Last Resort
- Modified Launcher mod list background
- Added blinking arrows on Launcher mod screen
- Fixed text error on Launcher 2D menu screen
- Launcher now replaces corrupt Swat.cfg and CustomChat.dat after a Swat 3 crash
- Launcher tabs now "roll over" with mouse to give feedback to user
- Fixed Launcher not updating proper screen resolution info
- Added feature to only show resolutions with same aspect ratio as desktop
- Launcher itself now changes website URL in Swat.ini instead of LR installer
- Update link to LR website that explains the command line arguments
- Added link to LR website under Version number
- Added to Launcher backup/restore buttons for Swat 3 config file
- Launcher now ghosts out any missing 2D Last Resort .RES files
- Added more error reporting routines to Launcher code
- Added button to backup/restore your Swat.cfg file
- Added tick box to show 32bit colours (for Windows 8/10 16bpp emulation)
- Fixed bug with radio boxes not turning off on 2D tab
- Fixed frame rate bug caused by shims in Windows 10 only working on swat.exe
- When Last Resort mod is turned off the 2D tab is disabled on LR launcher
- When Last Resort mod is turned off the chosen 3D resolution works properly

Other Changes and fixes:
- Added 1920x1080 2D menus
- Modified bitmap graphics on LAN MP screens
- Added new flashbang 3D model by [BBE]Drummer
- Added Stockholm mod by Furrycat (minus the Priest skins)
- Removed Furrycat's modified menu because it caused CLEAR bug in single player
- Fixed Career screen graphics across all resolutions
- Fixed texture priority bug caused by re-used texture names in some missions
- Misc minor fixes and changes that I forgot about in many years since last release

Mission fixes and changes:
- Fixed lighting error in mission A on porch
- Fixed decal placement bugs in mission A
- Fixed dialog.dat file error in mission A
- Fixed wrong textures on porch in mission A
- Fixed kitchen cabinet knob shadow mission A
- Fixed missions R, F, S corrupt entities in .SCN files
- Fixed missionI (TV station) sprites placed badly and thus never appeared in game
- In Mission D made glass in doors less transparent
- LightOn sound effect missing from mission L .Dat file
- Fixed missing wallcrack in Mission L
- Fixed missing brass plates in display case in Mission L
- Fixed shadow box outside import store (mission L)
- Fixed angle of Swat start (mission L)
- Fixed window decal entities spilling onto curtains in mission N (church)
- Added new high resolution replacement textures for several missions


Windows 7/8/10/11 Installation tips for best performance:


  • If this is a fresh install of Swat 3 (or repaired/verified with GOG Galaxy or Steam client) run the game once before installing the Last Resort mod. This ensures that the game is running properly and generates a full proper 'Swat.cfg' file that is unique to your system.  The Last Resort installer will make a backup of this file for safety.

  • To get the best frame rate with modern versions of Windows it is recommended you install dgVoodoo. Alternate methods can be found on that page also.




Swat 3 - Last Resort Launcher Tutorial


The Last Resort mod doesn't work like other mods. You must use the Last Resort Launcher to turn on/off the mod and to launch Swat 3. The best way to think of the Last Resort Launcher is that it works much like the old Sierra mod manager.  In fact it is recommended that while you have the Last Resort mod installed don't use the old Sierra mod manager.

Why is the Last Resort Launcher necessary? The Launcher will automatically make minor changes to the Swat.ini file and to the Swat.cfg file. These are necessary to run the mod and to use the new resolutions. The Launcher will automatically run the proper modified Swat3.exe depending on your choice of screen resolution.

The Launcher also gives you the ability to turn off the Last Resort mod and restore your Swat 3 game completely back to normal. You can easily switch between "vanilla" Swat 3 and Swat 3 - Last Resort depending on what your friends are using.

 You can read a more complete tutorial about the launcher here.