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Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain – Review
4 April 2005
Excerpt: If the hottest buzzwords at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo were "Action RPG" and "World War II shooter", then "counter-terrorist shooter" (of both the solo and squad-based variety) were probably the shoo-in for third place. The show floor and game store shelves seem to be filled to the brim with games where players take on the role of covert military operatives charged with bringing down the Osama Bin Ladens of the virtual universe.
Excerpt: Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain is one game with two personalities – one online and one single-player, one not too bad and one not so good. What makes for good cooperative multiplayer missions can make for an overly difficult and frustrating single player game. Syphon Filter plays like it was designed with the multiplayer game in mind, so if you don’t have a broadband connection and plan on taking the game online you may want to give some thought as to whether or not...
Excerpt: For its debut on the PS2, SCEA wanted to do something really unique and special for Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain . And, in a way they were able to craft an action game that not only stays true to the game's roots on the original PlayStation, but also manages to bring a few new twists to the genre. For the most part, the experiment is a success, but not completely. The Omega Strain isn't one of the PS2's crowning graphical feats.
Summary: Parents need to know that this is way too bloody and violent for kids. It features a detailed back story concerning international terrorism and large-scale biological attacks on civilian populations. This might be too frightening for younger teens, who are well aware of the threat of terrorism.
Excerpt: To paraphrase an old slogan, “You can’t keep a good biotoxin down.” Five years ago, SCEA introduced PlayStation owners to the deadly Syphon Filter virus, an engineered weapon so destructive that it could turn targeted areas into uninhabitable wastelands. Needless to say, the devastation that could be unleashed by fanatics or terrorists could eliminate all life on earth, were it not for the efforts of covert agents Gabe Logan and Lian Xing.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Gabe Logan's debut on the PlayStation 2 isn't even that, since he's there to advance the story only. And this mildly interesting story is marred by terrible controls and confusing level design. There is admittedly a lot to see here, but only the most masochistic will be able to experience it all. This could have been a good game. It's not.
Conclusion: Control wise, the game is very similar to the Playstation games, which means players need to be prepared to use nearly every button on the Dual Shock 2 to accomplish needed tasks. Though they seem complicated at first, the sheer number of moves that the control scheme allows is impressive and working the controller became second nature by the second time through the pre-release demo (though my hands did cramp up while trying to play Far Cry later the same night).
Conclusion: BMX XXX is not all you probably expected and after playing you’ll realise how sad you were for even getting remotely excited over the screen shots. If you have to, rent it at best. BMX XXX is an amusing concept on paper, but ultimately let down by immature gameplay, frustrating physics and poor game modes.