Summary: Much to the chagrin of oldschool gamers, the new Syndicate shrugs off its PC strategy game roots and returns in the current genre du jour, a first-person-shooter. We aren't bothered by the change - it was 20 years ago, get over it - and instead embraced Syndicate for what it is rather than what it isn't.
Excerpt: Back in 1993, Peter Molyneux (of Fable fame) produced a game with Bullfrog Productions called Syndicate. The idea was simple: in the not-too-distant-future you control a squad of four super-soldiers called “agents” whose goal was to sabotage rival mega-corporations, all the while upgrading your team to make them more competitive.
Conclusion: Overall, Syndicate provides a great shooting experience with solid guns, fun hacking abilities, and a great co-op campaign. The story had potential but it never engages the player the way a better, more detailed story could have. We recommend this as a weekend rental with some friends, but you will probably forget about it later on in the year.
Summary: Syndicate delivers a unique and brutal sci-fi FPS experience set in a not too distant future, where business is war. Players take on the role of Miles Kilo, Eurocorp's latest prototype agent, and embark on an epic action adventure full of corruption and revenge.
Excerpt: Remaking a property long after its popularity has vanished can be a delicate ordeal. Using the name means the designers are looking to recapture the audience once had by a license while simultaneously making it accessible to new players, generally in a video game climate very different from when the original was launched.
Conclusion: There really isn't a lot more to say about this game. Although it has an interesting visual style, the graphics are generally pretty standard. The soundtrack is cool, as are the sound effects and the voice talent of the game features the authoritative presence of Brian Cox and the sexy Rosario Dawson. Still, even their voice acting doesn't help salvage the game from a completely crappy and underwritten story.
Pros: Challenging firefights, a few cool weapons and some attempts to add a unique flavor to FPS combat, solid multiplayer co-op experience;
Cons: Little to keep you engaged in the single-player campaign, good voice talents wasted on a game with a flimsy story.
Conclusion: Syndicate isn’t just your run-of-the-mill shooter – which is hardly surprising since Starbreeze is behind it – instead what you have is an empowering shooter set in a far from idyllic futuristic world that puts the power of technology at your fingertips. Once you’ve finished with the relatively short single-player campaign, prepare to lose a lot of time in the game’s addictive and surprisingly deep co-op.