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  • Summary: 2069 - No longer governed by politicians, the world is divided into regions controlled by mega-corporations known as Syndicates. These Syndicates have revolutionized the way consumers interact with the digital world. Consumers no longer require a device to access the world's data and control their technology - they can achieve this with the blink of an eye after a neural chip implant. Civilians clamored to be "chip'd" and to enjoy all that their selected syndicate has to offer. Housing, medical, banking, insurance, education, entertainment, and employment. One complete package - one complete lifestyle. In return, the syndicates gained unprecedented insights, and control, over individuals and their behavior. With insufficient government oversight, business has become war. The Syndicates stop at nothing for ultimate market dominance. On the front lines of this war are the Agents, the syndicates' bio-engineered and chip-augmented enforcers. They can breach anything in the wired dataverse including their enemies, their weapons, and the environment surrounding them, making them the most efficient and deadly technological weapons in the world. Assume the role of Miles Kilo, Eurocorp's latest prototype Agent, and embark on a brutal action adventure of corruption and revenge. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Feb 24, 2012
    89
    The separate co-op missions are well worth checking out.
  2. 80
    A solid shooter that feels fresh and original on some points, and succesfully borrows from the best on others. It's not perfect, but it's a title that all shooter fans should take for a spin.
  3. Feb 21, 2012
    75
    A game of thrills and missed opportunities. And so it's important to know what you want from this shooter before you commit. Come to it for the thrills of joining a team and mowing down gunners like so many weeds in a Colorado research facility. Come to it for a chilly vision of the future, where the minds of meddlers can be altered with a simple computer program. There are numerous games better at providing single-player satisfaction, however, and this is where Syndicate falters.
  4. Mar 13, 2012
    70
    The potential of both Syndicate as a franchise and Starbreeze as the developer was not fully used. The co-op mode and the video post-processing are great but the game as a whole is a disappointment. [April 2012, p.52]
  5. 65
    It's too short, too small in many ways and way too conventional in a market oversaturated with AAA alternatives. Alternatives which last longer and offer competitive modes, not just a few dozen hours of co-op runs in which you can't point anything out to your teammates unless everyone has a microphone for the game's VoIP.
  6. May 14, 2012
    60
    An ok campaign with potentially great co-op marred by uninspired design, poor storytelling and glitches. [June 2012, p.76]
  7. Apr 27, 2012
    50
    When it's not going out of its way to be terrible, Syndicate is simply mediocre. [May 2012, p.54]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 97
  2. Negative: 34 out of 97
  1. Feb 21, 2012
    10
    I have to agree with nikmaster. The game play is excellent and the co-op is really really fun with friends. Overall the game challenge your brain even more then other FPS's out there. In few seconds you can change the whole battlefield. Expand
  2. May 25, 2014
    10
    This game has the most realistic depiction of our future I've ever seen in a video game. Really shows where the world goes, because even now corporations like Apple, Facebook and McDonalds have more freedom and power than any government in the world. Syndicate's story is miles better than Deus Ex's outlandish **** Here we have an actual, plausible and very possible vision of the future. This game was prevented from becoming a hit by the corporations, who didn't want gamers to see what the world is really going to be like. Expand
  3. Apr 14, 2012
    8
    I enjoyed the game for what it was. A action packed, futuristic sci-fi FPS. Having not played any of the other Syndicate games I was not sure what to expect but I received a game that looked good, played well, had a compelling enough story to keep me interested and some challenging enough boss battles which provided me with an overall enjoyable experience. Expand
  4. Mar 3, 2012
    6
    It's OK, Simple as that, It runs fine on my i7, nvidia 240gtx. I read that many people had problems with it running poorly, which i'm yet to experience. I will never understand why it's banned in Australia. Stupid. But anyway, it's not worth anything above $50 and I would recommend it only to true FPS lovers and when you can find it on a cheap sale. Expand
  5. Nov 6, 2012
    5
    What can I say? It looks pretty. The hacking gimmick is plain. The campaign is ridiculously short. Despite the hype for the weapons, they are just cookie-cutter guns. Levels are extremely linear, some are simply boring while others are quite fun. The plot is extremely predictable and cliched. As a whole, Syndicate could have been a much better game. Expand
  6. Mar 6, 2012
    4
    The gameplay is quite enjoyable for a linear shooter, one of the better ones in a long time. Had no performance issues, but the over the top use of bloom and very bright lighting at times make this unplayable most of the time. Hopefully this is toned down in patches, until then it will remain on the shelf uncompleted. Expand
  7. Mar 8, 2012
    0
    I don't know how to exactly summarize my impressions of this game but I'll try anyway. The big letdown is the story, the plot and dialogues. I could come up with more bad ass sentences, just believe me, than authors of this game did. The plot is laughable but don't take this the wrong way, I'm a fan of sci-fi, I like any futuristic plot device that features guns, but this plot in Syndicate is just plain ridiculous. It's a big joke, if you want a good story then don't buy this game. Action alone is not that bad, but you know every other AAA game does it better and with a good job on a story side of things. Expand

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