The Portable Project 12 – Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow
11 July 2008
Excerpt: Sony Bend has done it again. The first handheld Syphon Filter was a powerhouse, and its sequel, Logan's Shadow is no different. Series star Gabe Logan may not have the personality of Solid Snake or the instant recognition of Sam Fisher, but he's got them both beat by a country mile when it comes to portable action. Without a doubt, this is the small-scale action franchise to beat.
Excerpt: Poor old Gabe Logan is one of Sony's most underrated stars. The gadget-obsessed action-hero with the voice of the Marlboro cowboy has always lived in the shadow of a certain Solid Snake. In fact, the pair's careers of late have followed rather similar paths. After some fine appearances on the first PlayStation, and a couple of rather less impressive sequels, gaming's most hard-boiled good guys have enjoyed a return to form in with their recent PSP performances.
Excerpt: After a rough time on the PS2, Syphon Filter came to the PSP and immediately wowed just about everyone who played it. The game not only managed to squeeze in excellent visuals that showed what the system could do, but it also managed to put together a great control setup that was able to bypass the system's lack of dual analog control.
Excerpt: By Kevin "Berserker" Hall Player(s): 1-8 Memory: 624 KB Wi-Fi Compatibility: Ad Hoc, Infrastructure Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow is the follow up to last year's Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror that ushered in a new camera and control system for the Syphon Filter series in order to fit the PSP control setup. Dark Mirror was received with much praise and helped to showcase the way a third person action game should be controlled with the lack of a right analog.
Excerpt: Developed by Sony Bend and published by Sony Computer Entertainment America, Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow is the sixth game in the Syphon Filter franchise. The franchise has come a long way since its early offerings on the PSone. Now considered a third person action game; Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow arrives on the PSP with big footsteps to follow.
Conclusion: There are reasons some people are calling Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow the best game of 2007 for the PSP. With a good storyline and controls that don't make you want to throw your system once you get used to them, this game makes a gread addition to your PSP library and is yet another reason the system is great for people over the age of 15. If you're getting tired of all of the awesome RPG's out for the PSP, give this one a try. You won't be dissapointed.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Logan's Shadow isn't worth it as a full price release, as it is basically the same game as its precursor Dark Mirror. That isn't to say it's a bad game however, it just smacks of laziness and there isn't much point in a purchase unless you're obsessed with the series, have so much money you're named after a bank or if you're stupid. I'm torn. It's good, it's too similar... Hmm... Call it a... 6? Just because it's such a rehash.