Syndicate is the revamped edition of the original Syndicate series from 1993, both of them brought to you by Bulldog Productions. As opposed to its predecessor which was a tactical shooter, this is a futuristic first person action shooter that treads heavily in the science fiction genre, and was written by the best selling author Richard Morgan.
It is the year 2069, and the world as we know it is now completely digitally connected due to the neural chip implant the DART, with which all civilians have willingly been “chip'd”. Left with no government, the world has been divided into regions, with corporations known as Syndicates battle for control of the American market and the general population. Three of the main corporations are Eurocorp, Cayman Global, and Aspari; business is war, and each Syndicate is fighting with their own Agents (bio-engineered chip-augmented enforcers). You are Miles Kilo, a prototype Agent for the syndicate Eurocorp, and you are about to start your adventure in this gritty and corrupted sci-fi world.
You have been implanted with DART 6, the weaponised version of the neural chip implant that is given only to Agents. Your mind is now a weapon, as this device enables you to slow down time, see through walls, and breach the digital world with the various upgradeable hacking mechanics that you possess. Using the DnDP (Direct Neural-Disruption Protocol), you can get inside your enemies minds by linking chip to chip through the interface. You can persuade your foe to become your ally, as long as the breach subroute can be sustained through the hacked system, making them attack any enemies within the area and terminating themselves when you're done with them. There is also a backfire attack, which causes your opponent's weapon to backfire on them, wounding them and also leaving them vulnerable to taking double damage for the next three seconds. As you are working for Eurocorp, you will also be harvesting your enemies chip technology for your own personal advancement.
Syndicate also boasts a brilliant co-operative mode that supports up to four players, with its own innovative storyline. As opposed to working for one of the major corporations, your team has formed their own Syndicate, and have set out to try and achieve world dominance for themselves. There are four standard classes to play, each with their own specialised class skills and technical elements, and with all the futuristic weaponry and breach technology you would find in the single player campaign. You and your team mates will also gain perks and kill-powers with every enemy soldier you breach and defeat. As is evident, this futuristic first person shooter offers a wide variety of adrenaline packed action, and is a revolutionary addition to the critically acclaimed arcade franchise. Enjoy. (Cat Emerson)
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Syndicate has some quirks, rough edges and the single player campaign could be more creative but at the core, it is a great shooter experience with a few quite original and most important, fun mechanics. If anything, buy this game for the amazing 4 player online co-op mod, which is nothing like the single player campaign. It's hard, requires real team work and it works beautifully reminding me a lot of Valve's L4D series. Thankfully there are no online passes required. Any FPS enthusiast should give this game a try, hopefully it sells good enough to spawn a more refined sequel.
Syndicate released with little to no fanfare and obviously performed accordingly. The developers saw huge layoffs because the game didn't sell well at all. That doesn't mean it's a bad game in any way though, I'd actually say it's quite the opposite. Syndicate is an extremely solid first person shooter with a few interesting, slightly gimmicky mechanics that set it apart from most B-tier shooters. The aesthetics range from inoffensive to stunning, the story stays pretty interesting from start to finish and there really isn't anything that jumps out as bad. The single player could've been an hour or two longer, but this is a perfect bargain bin game. There's also co-op multiplayer which is tons of fun. I had no trouble finding other players.
A futuristic FPS (set in year 2069) with an intense storyboard, rich of turnups, like a movie plot. Graphically spectacular with a realistic use of lights. The weapons use is very well concepted and early to approach, good the use of perks to spend during the develop of the game, to adapt it to your priorities and style of fighting. The Single Player Campaign may result in short duration for someone, but contains various locations and it's a pleasure to re-play it making different choices on use of weapons and perks. The Multiplayer Campaign is fun and stimulating to play, up to 4 players like Borderlands. The Missions are various and well concepted, you may belong not only to the Eurocorp Corporation (about our single player hero) but also to the competitors Co. All science fictions fans will love the futuristic aspect of the product, and i advise them to buy it, but the actually form and realistic storyboard may convince the others too.
Syndicate is actually a solid shooter with some great ideas that are just not implemented properly. The game has a solid setting, but the story is predictable, unoriginal, and short, as the characters it is impossible to feel any connection. In this title we would expect something more innovative and more weapons, but we can at least boast of its energetic pace and aggressive AI. Definitely not a bad game, but the potential could be better used.