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Scheduled release date:

February 21, 2012

Publisher:

EA

Developer:

Starbreeze

Number Of Players:

1-4

Genre:

FPS

The year was 1993. Bullfrog Productions, the group that brought you Populous, delivered a game called Syndicate, an isometric RTS with a great sci-fi flair. Now, Starbreeze Studios (The Darkness) and EA are teaming up to bring you the reboot, which adopts the format of a traditional FPS while tossing in plenty of strategic and role-playing elements. In this way, it should probably remind you of the stellar Deus Ex franchise, another futuristic blend of shooting and RPG that critics and gamers have loved for years.

In the year 2069, “business is war.” …not sure how that’s any different from now, but whatever. Three mega-global corporations seek to monopolize the entire planet, but there’s one final piece of the puzzle: the North American market. Whoever ends up with this final lucrative region might have ultimate control, so corporate espionage hits a fever pitch and stealthy assassinations are the norm.  Also, the sanctity of civilian life is considered old-fashioned. We step into the shoes of Miles Kilo, Eurocorp’s newest prototype agent, who is perfectly willing to do whatever’s necessary to accomplish his company’s goal.

Miles can obtain upgrades – there are 17 character upgrades in total – that will let him be more effective in the field; this involves everything from weapon enhancement to breach abilities, which is similar to mind hacking. This results in some serious Jedi-esque capabilities that are destined to turn the tide in your favor: as a couple examples, there’s Persuade, which forces a foe to betray his side and join your cause (for only a short time), and Suicide, which is exactly what it sounds like. Such skills should really add some spice to the adventure.

We will earn adrenaline by taking out enemies, and that adrenaline is used in our breaching; the more we kill, the more we can breach. We can also breach machines, but we don’t have to use adrenaline; the cost is free. So if you breach a turret, it’s just going to turn and fire on your opponents and it won’t revert to normal status. The weapons look completely bad-ass, too, as we’ll receive everything from pistols to assault rifles, as well as some fancy, fictional guns that reminds me of “Wanted.” Curving bullets, remember?

Yeah, you’ll be able to do that with a certain weapon in Syndicate. Other action features: sprinting, sliding, jumping, and shin-kicking, which sounds like it hurts. For the most part, the screenshots and early media for this game are awfully promising, and I loved Deus Ex: Human Revolution. If it’s like that, only darker, more brutal, and more action-oriented (which I don’t really mind), I’ll be happy. Also, Starbreeze already proved itself with The Darkness, as far as I’m concerned. That game was great.

Look for Syndicate to arrive on February 21 in North America for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, and three days later in Europe.

10/20/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (8 posts)

Snaaaake
Thursday, October 20, 2011 @ 9:35:18 PM
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Looks very very good, another EA-published game.
And let's not forget the awesome music from the trailer by Skrillex.

Is Skrillex doing all the soundtrack for Syndicate?

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Beamboom
Friday, October 21, 2011 @ 3:11:47 PM

I know! That music is just SO totally awesome. Probably the soundtrack alone will be worth this game. :)

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Deano34249
Friday, October 21, 2011 @ 1:00:31 AM
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For some reason Deus Ex didnt look all that great to me, Syndicate on the other hand looks very interesting; perhaps it will steal my eventual pre order for either bioshock infinite or mass effect 3

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Snaaaake
Friday, October 21, 2011 @ 5:00:17 AM

I know this is off topic but damn your avatar is HUUUUUUUUGE!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, October 21, 2011 @ 9:42:59 AM

Avatar is too big. Shrink it, please.

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Beamboom
Friday, October 21, 2011 @ 3:10:51 PM

Dude, those two titles are untouchables. *Nothing* will beat ME3 and BI next year. Better make room for one more game in your budget. :)

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Beamboom
Friday, October 21, 2011 @ 2:18:50 PM
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"In the year 2069, “business is war.” …not sure how that’s any different from now, but whatever." - wonderful quote Ben.

And yeah I totally get Deus Ex vibes from these promos too. Plus they are SO in touch with what's cool right NOW by letting the sound of Skrillex accompany their promos. I just love the entire package. How can this possibly go wrong? It gotta be a safe bet.


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Pyramid
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 11:32:10 AM
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The song from the trailer really grab me. I even download it from Facebook. Please listen with volume at max.

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