Syndicate Review
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Syndicate Box Art
System: Xbox 360*, PS3, PC
Dev: Starbreeze
Pub: EA
Release: February 21, 2012
Players: 1-4 (Online)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes.

Syndicate features online co-op missions where you'll be playing as a part of a squad, taking on the role of a character that persistently upgrades after each mission. There are nine unique maps and many different goals to complete, and teamwork is required for each of them. Enemy encounters are far more random and more difficult, though defeating enemies allows you to upgrade your loadouts with new weapons and abilities, some of which you can't access in the single-player. You can also resurrect your teammates should they fall in battle, or even heal them if their life is running low.

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Strangely enough, co-op here feels less like a first-person shooter and more like Diablo; you never really feel like your goal is to complete the campaign, but to upgrade your character instead. You'll happily play the same maps over and over again just to gain a little bit more experience. You'll be more compelled to play many of these at higher difficulty settings for the better rewards that come with them. Since the enemies attack with the same health and numbers no matter what party size you bring into the game, bringing in a full four-person party almost feels like cheating, but in a good way. Eventually you'll create the exact class you want, but then you'll then have little reason to play the multiplayer anymore because there is nothing left to upgrade.

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Syndicate is, all things considered, a competent shooter. It has some good ideas that are unfortunately marred by repetitive gameplay and out-of-place puzzle elements. Its true strengths lie in its interesting setting and fast-paced gameplay. I would recommend this game to cyberpunk or sci-fi fans looking for a good shooter to hold them over. Syndicate won't be winning any awards anytime soon, but it's certainly worth its 60-dollar price tag.

By
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: February 21, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.8
Graphics
The augmented reality overlays drive home the sci-fi setting.
3.7
Control
The controls are responsive enough, but the jumping puzzles are still frustrating.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Do you like dubstep? You'll be hearing quite a lot of it.
4.0
Play Value
The RPG elements in this game keep you coming back for more.
3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Chip Enhanced Gameplay: Slow down time, see through walls, and breach your enemy and everything digital in the world with Dart vision, a neural DART6 chip implant that allows you to interface directly with the Dataverse.
  • 4-Player Online Co-op: Assemble your Syndicate for global domination. A 4-player, online co-op experience like no other, with-chip enhanced gameplay and 9 missions re-imagined from the original Syndicate.
  • Visceral FPS Experience: Utilize an upgradable arsenal of futuristic weapons, armor, and gear to annihilate your enemies and harvest their chip technology for personal advancement and sinister corporate greed.
  • Sci-Fi Fiction: Immerse yourself in the world of Syndicate 2069, with a world-class sci-fi story experience, written by bestselling author Richard Morgan.

  • Videos / Game Trailers
    Syndicate - Deep Dive: Agent Tools - click to enlarge
    Deep Dive: Agent Tools
    Syndicate - Co-op Gameplay Video:
    Co-op Gameplay Video: "New England"
    Syndicate - Announcement Trailer - click to enlarge
    Announcement Trailer
    Syndicate - Four Player Co-Op: Hostile Takeover - click to enlarge
    Four Player Co-Op: Hostile Takeover

    Screenshots / Images
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