• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Sep 18, 2007
Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Dark Mirror has its ups and downs with the transition over to the PS2, but that still can't change what a solid action game it truly is.
  2. While it’s nothing groundbreaking, the action is solid, mission objectives are varied and interesting, and the enemies are intelligent enough to make for some intense sequences.
  3. There is a somewhat dated feel to the action that will be felt most firmly by those used to elaborate team-based shooters, but for fans of the best of the series, and those who want a shining example of the epitome of first wave third-person-shooters, the latest Syphon Filter is an essential purchase.
  4. 80
    While it's still an enjoyable title, particularly for the incredible story and the presentation of the game world, this is by no means as solid as its UMD counterpart.
  5. A good port of a great PSP game.
  6. Stick to the PSP, and Dark Mirror won’t let you down.
  7. A good game with decent, no-frills graphics and excellent sound. It offers more action than most third person action games and the explosions are always much more fun than sneaking around corridors in the dark.
  8. In the end, Dark Mirror is a good solid title that suffers from being a bit dated and missing some key features.
  9. On PSP it set new standards but this port, enjoyable spy romp that it is, simply seems a bit dated when brought to the PS2. [Sept 2007, p.82]
  10. The lack of the PSP's brilliant multiplayer mode hurts. Still, if a PS2's all you have, by all means, snag it.
  11. It might not have the depth of Solid Snake or Sam Fisher's adventures, but if you love sneaking up behind enemies and murdering them with hi-tech gadgetry (who doesn't?), then take a look into the Dark Mirror. [Nov 2007, p.95]
  12. This port of the excellent PSP game filters out online play and much of the fun that comes with it.
  13. 70
    It's not that Dark Mirror is a bad game; it's not. It's just that it's not as good as the PSP version that's been sitting on shelves for over a year now, which begs the question: why bother bringing it to the PS2 at all? The whole thing has a real air of pointlessness about it.
  14. There’s more substance behind Syphon Filter than in most of the style-obsessed trash-talking third-person shooters out there. Dark Mirror is thankfully without agenda, unfortunately without a bit of much-needed fine-tuning, but comes with a whole bag full of good intentions.
  15. Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror was a great PSP game, but the chop job done to the title on its way to the PlayStation 2 really hurts the product's overall quality.
  16. More like a third-person shooter and this works to its benefit. [Nov 2007, p.83]
  17. Enhanced graphics and the option of a different control scheme don't make up for the missing [multiplayer] mode, and the price is hard to swallow, especially if you already own both systems.
  18. 65
    Possibly the most detrimental aspect of the PS2 port is the stuff they’ve taken out of the original PSP version. The visual gore is gone, which is odd considering you can still hear the crack of a bad guy’s neck being broken (it still retains its R16 rating). The ability to taser is gone, and most noticeably, the much lauded multiplayer is gone.
  19. The only way to experience the full impact of this title is to play it on the PSP. It's too bad that this version makes PS2 owners feel like third-world gamers.
  20. As a conversion of an acclaimed handheld game, Dark Mirror is a touch sloppy. It doesn't feel like much effort has been made to optimise the game for the PS2, either in looks or gameplay, and the omission of online play and crispy-fried taser fun will only annoy fans expecting a full conversion. And yet...I still kind of like it.
  21. Paying a full $40 for something that should realistically been $20 at most is pointless, and why the hell Sony priced the game so high is beyond me.
  22. Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror was made for the PSP, and it is there that it succeeds. In trying to take the game and slap it onto the PS2, they've thrown away or lost everything that made it special to begin with, and are actually trying to charge $20 more for it. Where I come from, that's what we call a "rip-off."
  23. Syphon Filter will absolutely please fans of the series, but also everyone who wants a good action game for Sony’s old-gen machine.
  24. Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is a small game with small ambitions. Within that scale, it succeeds admirably. It has too many quirks that clearly show its PSP roots, but if you don’t have a PSP handy, this version is worth at least a few hours of your time.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. MichaelR.
    Jan 22, 2008
    1
    It was pure crap and a waste of time no where near as good as SF2 & 3.It seems that after the third one the game just gets even worse.
  2. PaulS.
    Sep 24, 2007
    9
    It's exactly what I was expecting. I absolutely loved this game on PSP, and this gives me more of what I love plus a control scheme that I found more comfortable. My one complaint about the game (I had the same complaint on PSP) is that you can no longer manually restart a mission at the last checkpoint as you could in SF2 and SF3. If you blow your cover in a stealth mission and want to start from the last checkpoint, you either have to restart the entire mission, or allow yourself to be killed. It's a minor complaint, but it does become aggravating at times. I'm not at all interested in online play, so not having that feature available means nothing to me. While this is a great game, I think that the $40 price tag is a bit much for a port of year-old PSP game. All things considered, it's a worthy addition to any PS2 collection. Full Review »
  3. MikeG.
    Sep 19, 2007
    7
    6.9 / not bad ,better then the gta port.i play my 360 of course,once and a blew moon ill pop on ps2 but i like the syphon series since ps1 and had to try it .saw some post were people said demo was good , and im not dissapointed in purchase 29.99 would of been fair .and i got for singleplayer only so online is no big deal.unless if you only have a ps2. but thers always sfomega strain,but controls were not the greatest.anyway if your a fan of the series .tryout and if new to it play the first 2 on playstion 1 best ones by far. wonder what its gonna be like on ps3. Full Review »