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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The original syndicate fans won't be very pleased with this title, but if you are looking for an excellent FPS with a good story and a great co-op, this is your game. In some ways, the game reminds me a lot Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Syndicate runs very well with low end machines, with my dual core and ati 5770 it is fantastic. Very recommended!
As a fan of the original Syndicates, I had high hopes for this game. The game is very linear, forcing the player to follow very specific routes as they go through the game. The action is fast paced however, and there are very few moments where the player has the time to take a breather, which kept at least my attention away from this fact until I had played it through and thought about it. The combat in the game is very brutal and graphic, which surprised me, as I had been expecting something at the level of the new Deus Ex - not the old Soldier of Fortune where you blow and tear people apart with gunfire. This is not necessarily a bad thing, if you can stomach it. Yeah, if you're seriously going to play through this game, I recommend you play it on hard from the start to get the maximum challenge and excitement, as I doubt you'll be playing through the single-player campaign through more than once. As for the plot, it is very cliché and unsurprising - which is all I will say about it lest I spoil it to someone who wants to play through this game - and the ending is very predictable once you get to the halfway of the game. Still, the voice acting was far above the average, and the dialogue was well written, so much can be forgiven, unless you're really expecting to have several exciting plot twists and surprising ending. You won't find one here. All in all, my end verdict is that this is not a bad game, but neither is it a good one either, which is a pity, because it could have been a great one, had the developers bothered to put some more effort into it. It could have been so much, much more than what it is. And it shows as you play through it. Still, this is one of the best shooters I've played in a while. If you enjoyed playing through the Crysis games, you'll probably enjoy this one too.
Syndicate is totally awesome. The co-operative mode is amazing, the graphics are of a great quality, and the game-play remains fun while slightly challenging. The single player campaign offers a huge variety of guns, abilities and other little bits and bobs. It seems to have everything, and turned out to be a very understated game. I highly recommend it.