Article written by Kris Lipscombe.
Published on 24/04/2012 at 01:00 PM.
Right, lets make this clear from the start. I’m not interested in what you have to say about Syndicate from 1993. It may well have been a good game, I don’t know given that was six at the time. And no, I don’t want to hear about Syndicate Wars either.
What I do want to hear about is that Syndicate game EA put out back in February of this year, the reboot that seemed to make people a little concerned when it was announced. The real question is was that concern warranted, or did developer Starbreeze manage to pull off something special when EA tasked them with bringing the IP back from the dead.
Back in our review of the game’s single player campaign Dan wasn’t all that sure that Starbreeze had really pulled off a successful resurrection of the series. Whilst he was impressed with the enemy manipulation options presented by the game’s DART 6 system, he felt that it struggled to stand out in an increasingly crowded FPS genre. In particular the linear nature of the game and the extreme repetitiveness left a lot to be desired, even when measured against other FPS titles with their increasingly linear structure. In summing up his single player review he had the following to say:
The Syndicate single player campaign feels wasted as a FPS. Forgive me if that sounds elitist, it’s not meant to be, but the potential is there for something in the vein of Mass Effect, where you travel to different locations, recruiting agents and taking down corporations. As it stands we have a solid FPS game that, although bringing a couple of nice ideas, struggles to rise above average.
So with Dan’s disappointment dealt with it’s time to turn things over to you; just how did you feel about the game? Did you love the DART 6 system? Maybe the game’s DART Overlay, with its enemy highlighting and time slowing abilities, appealed to you. Of course it’s equally possible that you swung in the complete opposite direction and failed to be impressed by the title. Did you feel that Dan got it spot on when he said the game was wasted as an FPS, would you have preferred a more open title?
No matter where you fall on the spectrum of feelings towards that Syndicate reboot we’d love to hear what you think of the game. All you need to do to share your thoughts is drop a comment below containing your thoughts on the FPS. Whether you love it, hate it or are simply indifferent towards it we want to hear from you.
Once you’ve got your thoughts on the game written out make sure you attach a rating to it. Rather than a numerical rating all you need to do is pick on of the following categories: Buy It, Bargain Bin It, Rent It or Avoid It. Just select one of those ratings and attach it to your comment.
If you’re taking part make sure you get everything done by Sunday afternoon, because at that point I’ll start writing Monday’s verdict article.