most refreshing Syphon Filter since the original.
16, 2006 - (This
is StewXX's final review for Cheatcc.com and we'd
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- CCC) Fans of Splinter Cell, Metal
Gear Solid, Mission Impossible and James Bond games
are going to love this first portable version of Syphon
Filter. Dark Mirror is a great game full of shooting,
action and stealth. It's intense, exciting and varied.
Not since the original has a Syphon Filter title felt
and played this good. Welcome back, Gabe.
Logan, (Not Kaplan), once again stars in this cloak
and dagger adventure. He's a secret operative of an
American tactics squad - or a super spy if you will.
The organization's missions are so top secret that
the government denies its existence. Authorized to
use deadly force, Logan infiltrates the enemy's installations
and through the use of weapons, gadgets, intelligence
and his highly trained skills, he targets the heart
of their operation, systematically destroying them
from the inside out like a fast-moving poison.
story is told through various well-produced cutscenes
which include lots of voiceacting which is also well
acted although some of the dialog is action-hero cornball
stuff. From the background music to the realistic
animation, the production values in Dark Mirror do
not go unnoticed. The various locations which range
from the frozen tundra to the South American jungles
are so well rendered and integrated into the missions
that you can almost feel the chill of the arctic air
and the oppressive humidity of the rain forests. Your
travels will also take you to exotic locales in Europe
where you will infiltrate secret bases and explore
sites that most tourists will never see.
Xing is your partner and he will accompany you on
occasion but mostly you will communicate with him
and Teresa as they hang back at the base gathering
intelligence on your immediate and upcoming missions.
There are seven large campaigns each with numerous
objectives to accomplish. Several gadgets such as
radar and various vision goggles will help you assess
your situations. The radar system allows you to locate
the enemy while you remain undercover. The various
vision goggles allow you to see relatively clearly
in low-light situations. There are thermal imaging
goggles that are heat sensitive and will display the
heat generated by the enemy's body. In addition, the
EDSU system lets you discover various hidden switches
and other secret buttons that you will have to press
to gain access to specific rooms. The EDSU will also
highlight dangerously invisible laser grids.
rifles, machine guns and even a tank-mounted rocket
launcher are some of the weapons that are available
to you. They can really do some damage but you can
also employ the use of non-lethal ammunition if so
desired. Gas pellets can be fired as well as electrical
darts which can be used for silent kills. Headshots
are the best way to assure a kill. The sniper rifles
and other guns with scopes can be easily zoomed in
for a precision shot. You can lock-on to other enemies
using the same L shoulder button if you're using a
gun without a scope. The lock-on is also good for
precision shooting but only from a distance. When
you get involved in close-range shooting the guns
are more difficult to aim.
has his back up against the wall in this game - literally.
He can push his back up against the wall and sneak
a peek around corners while remaining out of sight.
It's a great stealth move and it even allows him to
pre-aim his shot. He can move out, take a shot and
then duck back behind the wall before anyone knows
what hit them. By using stealth weapons or silencers
he can make great silent kills this way without alerting
the other guards. For the most part, moving Logan
around with the stick is a pretty smooth affair but
it can be a little tricky getting him to move back
against the wall. It's not a problem when you have
the time but if you've been spotted and you're in
the middle of a shootout this slight glitch can cost
you a life.
can use zip lines but you can only use existing ones.
You can't create your own. It's one of the few imperfections
in the game. It's a little unbelievable that these
lines are already there for you but they are disguised
as power lines so as not to put a wrinkle in the fabric
of this virtual reality.
gadgets, ammo and health are plentiful but not so
much as to not make the game challenging. Some of
these items are hidden in the game and require a little
bit of searching. There are times when you will run
out of ammo or heath before you reach a checkpoint.
Fortunately the checkpoints are well placed and if
you do die, you'll respawn quickly and with full health.
The game loads quickly so you won't be dealing with
a lot of down time. Completing the game will unlock
more missions and playable characters. It's a nice
bonus but there's nothing here as exciting as the
and wireless multi-player modes will extend the replay
value as long as you're interested in frag festing.
These modes will accommodate up to eight players with
voice chat for those that have the headset mic. There
are some objective-based missions but there are only
five maps for the Deathmatch modes which will run
their course rather quickly. The online play is very
smooth with no detectable slowdown or latency.
Mirror is as impressive looking as the gameplay is
to play. It's loaded with lots of background details
and fluid animations. For a game that takes place
in typically low-lit areas, it's not too dark. It
has the right amount of gloom without obscuring your
vision. The explosions are colorful and highly destructive
with bodies and chunks of wall flying in all directions.
My only real complaint is that the sound effects of
the explosions and those of the guns are a little
you're looking for a tactical shooter game that has
it all, you won't find anything better on PSP.
- Utilize deadly force and the most advanced weaponry
and high-tech equipment imaginable.
- Take down hostiles who feature awareness, behaviors
and communications based on player actions.
- Precision aiming, melee attacks and target enhancements
provide plausible deniability to any action.
- Precision strike teams (four-person teams) match
up against each other in a battle for competing