31 October 2014 | WakenPayne
It's like Deus Ex! Just... without the interacting with the dystopia, a defined character to play as and with a much more dumbed down story
Okay, I was around 15 or 16 at the time, back in 2012. I have just finished one of my favourite games - The Darkness. I found out that they're making a new game called Syndicate but this time I couldn't get my hands on it no matter what I did. I found it about a few months ago at a used video game store and I seized my opportunity to buy it (because I found it harder to find games on the PS1) and... It is disappointing.
In the year 2069, corporations are literally at war with each other, having more power then The government. You are one of the assassins who tries to do what your boss (Brian Cox) tells you to do, maybe alongside a fellow Agent (Michael Wincott). However you soon begin to doubt your allegiance with Eurocorp as a scientist tries to show you that you are more then a tool.
Well the plot works in theory but in order to get to the point of "Wait a minute! What we're doing is... bad!" comes about three or four hours before the end. So what you're left doing over and over is that you go to a place that's important to a rival company, you walk in - shoot everyone and then maybe face a faceless boss, you then go back where Eurocorp congratulates you - then you have to do it again! And on this it's not hard to question your decisions when you are FORCED to watch your in-game FRIEND shoot up a train full of innocent people.
Oh and the graphics... they usually are pretty good, except in the lighting. This game has by far and away the worst in-game lighting I have ever seen, It's so bad. Usually it's extremely bright, giving the whole game an ugly look. So, naturally you may ask "Why don't you just lower the settings" because unless you are about half-way across in both brightness and blackness level (and believe me when I say you WILL want to turn it down to the lowest it can go) then you will sometimes face areas so dark you'll barely see anything.
Oh and I have to say something because I hate it every time I see it - silent protagonists. I get the whole "It's meant to be you!" that made Doom popular but this is a story where offering the lead character's insight to what he himself is going through would add a whole lot more in depth.
So what do I like about this game. Well I do like the plot once it gets going (just be patient) and also despite the silent protagonist. I also think the gun play and the tutorials on the abilities you're given work well too. Basically the whole game-play, while for the most part generic - it does make the game fun when you use your abilities, harming your enemies from 30 feet away.
So do I recommend this? Well I haven't played the original Syndicate but I know it's not an FPS. I think if what you're looking for is a literal turn off your brain video game then this is perfect. I just thought after playing The Darkness that Starbreeze would make a game probably just as good or even better. I did like it but it was disappointing in comparison with what it could have been.