Syphon Filter 3 PlayStation
  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Nov 5, 2001

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. The graphics may be dated, but it's still an amazing game. [Dec 2001, p.111]
  2. The best PlayStation espionage game since "Metal Gear Solid."
  3. 90
    The gameplay still delivers thrilling combat that’s focused less on stealth and much more on action.
  4. Despite a high level of difficulty, the game is proof positive that the original PlayStation still has plenty of life left within.
  5. The story is as good as ever and backed by some of the best sound of any PSone game and a smattering of smooth FMV scenes the atmosphere is bang up there with the best.
  6. It could have been better in a couple of areas, graphics, and sound. However, I did enjoy the game, and loved the way it was presented.
  7. Graphically solid, slickly presented, and sporting a solid selection of mission types in a complex storyline, SF3 is perhaps the last great PSX action title. [Jan 2002, p.88]
  8. Syphon Filter offers some extremely engaging gameplay, helped by the intriguing plot.
  9. 75
    I'd say this game ranks pretty high. It's no "Metal Gear Solid 2: Son's of Liberty," but at least it's not "Nuclear Dawn."
  10. The controls are simple enough to master that you shouldn't have to pause the game to look at the manual just to figure out how to pull off a stunt.
  11. A general sense of "same-old, same-old" throughout. [Jan 2002, p.146]
  12. The feeling of tension and suspense the player gets while playing through the first two games is strangely absent here. Whereas before I would hug the walls and creep silently through corridors looking for the enemy, now I find myself calmly standing in the middle of a room nonchalantly picking off baddies.
  13. More of the same thing that made the first game good. Unfortunately, what was great almost three years ago doesn't hold nearly as much water these days.
  14. This is basically the same game as the last two – this series just refuses to evolve. [Dec 2001, p.262]
  15. Everyone in general is pretty stiff, and trying to control our hero while dodging the insane amount of enemies is more chore than thrill.
  16. A medium challenge with an all-too-easy ending. [Feb 2002, p.62]
  17. The graphic engine doesn't seem to have been touched, nor does the gameplay engine.
  18. All bloodthirsty primal tendencies aside, the game remains shallow. The storyline is weak and incoherent.
  19. Syphon Filter 3 is a quality film with B-movie gameplay. The visuals, music, and CG are all top-notch, but the chewy gameplay center gets old after a few bites.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jun 16, 2013
    Developers 989 Studios seemed to rest on their laurels when it came to the third game in the Syphon Filter series. With virtually nothing in the way of new ideas it still made for a playable stealth/action hybrid title but it was hard to not feel you’d seen it all before. Full Review »