Syndicate, which is available as of today, is the latest shooter from Electronic Arts. Now I never played the original Syndicate game from long ago, but I did play the demo for this new installment (mutliple times) & it was great.
The whole game seems like a futuristic Call of Duty, something which I was pleased with. In the demo you got to play with 3 other characters in a 4 person Co-Op. What I liked the most about that is that you couldn't go on to another section and leave your teammates behind.
Well, we have compiled a list of the reviews circulating around the web. Judging from most of them, I am guessing the voice talent of Rosario Dawson and Brian Cox were not enough to take this game over the top.
Will this game fill your Call of Duty/Battlefield void? Or should they go back to the drawing board?
The smart players will rise to the challenge and feel like they've been appropriately rewarded for their prowess. The campaign gives you a great look at an interesting world, though its abrupt, too-clean ending feels out of place. It's a somewhat disappointing reward for an otherwise exciting adventure that puts a terrific and fun spin on first-person shooting.
Syndicate has a lot of ideas, but seems unwilling to let some of them out of the bag, instead parading them around at key moments, while some mechanics, like running through weak walls, never amounting to much.
While Starbreeze Studios may have some trouble convincing die-hard Syndicate fans to open their hearts and minds to the series' new style and direction, its multiplayer offering should breach many a gaming session for some time to come.
At certain moments, Syndicate was a beautiful, engaging shooter that had me on the edge of my seat, but there were just as many phoned-in, shoot-by-numbers sequences that left me feeling that it's bound a bit too tightly by a set of conventions that lead to an unfortunately predictable experience. Starbreeze definitely knows its way around the genre, but I can't help but wish that they would've strayed a bit farther from the script with this one.
It's a videogame about guns that pretends to be something deeper while striving for nothing more. If you keep that in mind, and you're happy to play along, you'll get what you paid for...But you won't get anything else.
It's the supreme joke, in a way: Syndicate is a game about huge corporations and has been published by one of the biggest in the business...and it fails because nearly every element of it feels designed by committee. The shooting is competent, the co-op fierce, but in a saturated market where consumers are spoiled for choice those two plus points aren't enough to recommend the entire game on.