I did not know much about this game before renting it. I saw some screenshots and got excited about the blade runner feel of the universe. I have to say I was a little disappointed when I played through the first 3 scenarios. It was not what I expected. After letting it sit on the shelf for a week I delved back in a had a good time with it. It's a fun little fps with a somewhat intersting story. Main complaint with the story is that it could have been much more. I expected more from it. i guess they spent too much money on the movie actor voice talent and realized they could only afford 1 days worth of dialogue from them. AI not bad, they flank and take different tactics to your actions. i got destroyed on several parts of the game and I figured I would try a different tactic and the AI responded to that as well. thank god for dart overlay, but that does feel like cheating. but when you are a lone force of one against an army a little cheating never hurts. Also the visuals were beautiful but the glare from your upgrades really hurt the game. Intersting to see what your character sees but when it hurts the visuals of your beautiful game not so much. I did not get into the multiplayer so I have no opinion on that. This game is a great rent and would be a good buy if it was in the $40 range.
Syndicate is a re-boot off an old futuristic PC game (I think), but for me it looked like the new Deus Ex game, minus all of the stealth elements. There is a good campaign and 6 levels of 4P co-op.
The year is 2065, where almost everyone has a chip implanted in their brains. The 2 large corps who make these chips control it all. You are a special agent who works for a corp., with a unique chip that allows you to control other chips, along with having a ton of superhuman like powers.
The concept is really cool, especially when you get to stick this device in some dude's head to extract their chip and steal its powers to upgrade your own. You get to see the device's wires squirm through their brain and rip out the chip... it is sweet. Otherwise Syndicate is a First-Person Shooter with all the bells and whistles including super powers and boss battles.
Half the game you'll press RB to enter a mode called DART-Overlay. It's like Batman's sonar mode, where time slows down a bit and it all looks a diff color. Certain things that you can hack into (known as Breaching) are highlighted blue and exploders/enemies are colored red. You've seen this in a million other shooters before.
You also have 3 unique Breaching moves, used with the D-pad, and they are Suicide, Backfire, and Persuasion. When meters fill you can use Suicide to hack your enemy's chip and force him to shoot himself in the head. Use Backfire to make the guy's gun backfire and stun him. Or persuade your enemy to fight on your side and kill his own men.
These 3 breaching moves make the solo campaign good and there is also online 4P co-op. Co-op can be fun and you can create/join your own Syndicate. But little things like making me button mash X 100 times to open dumb little doors just bug me. And having a bland talkless character with no personality is also depressing. Aside from that, it's a challenging FPS that I would recommend to rent.
posted by insightchapter (HERRIMAN, UT) Mar 10, 2012
Member since Mar 2012
Its definately a different approach, but honestly if you like Deus Ex this game is for you, if you like first person shooters and just want to take some time away from BF3 or MW3 then check it out, it will put a smile on your face.