Syndicate Xbox 360

Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 65 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 65
  2. Negative: 1 out of 65
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  1. Mar 8, 2012
    74
    Syndicate has flashes of brilliance, but these flashes are just that... flashes. The game has a great look a vibrant feel and strong shooting mechanics. However it doesn`t always click into the super-polished AAA title it wants to be.
  2. May 5, 2012
    70
    Syndicate shows a lot of potential, but never seems to come out of its shell. For that, it just feels all too familiar. It delivers on a delightful atmosphere though, and the coöp mode will keep players busy for a couple of intense hours. A fine snack, but definitely not the cult classic the old Syndicate was.
  3. Apr 2, 2012
    70
    A complete overhaul of a remake that might disappoint fans of the original series. With that said, it's in no way a bad game. The setting, the weapons and the hacking mechanics provides a fun experience. Especially in the cooperative online mode.
  4. Mar 13, 2012
    70
    While Syndicate has a great premise and story, the story telling is paced too slow to keep interest high, a plot twist you'll see coming because it's been done many times before, and sadly the ending is very disappointing and unsatisfying. Syndicate in the end felt very mediocre aside from a few of the weapons and the boss fights. I know I'll forget this game in a short time, and if it wasn't for the interesting co-op, it probably would have been scored lower.
  5. Mar 12, 2012
    70
    Challenging enemy AI and a bag of cyber tricks aren't enough to make up for weak atmosphere and story.
  6. Mar 12, 2012
    70
    Although the new Syndicate has very few to no ties with the legendary game from the '90s, it's a solid FPS, with great atmosphere and some very interesting gameplay mechanics.
  7. Mar 9, 2012
    70
    Looking past the glorious environments and solid four play co-op, Syndicate is mostly a technically competent shooter lacking the edge to truly stand out in the homogenous climate of its genre.
  8. Feb 21, 2012
    70
    While Syndicate's campaign lacks emphasis, playing the cooperative mode more than satisfies anyone's needs for challenging squad-based gameplay.
  9. Feb 21, 2012
    70
    Just one warning: The co-op missions do not scale with player count at all, and they are definitely designed to be tackled with four players. Three players? You'll probably do fine, if you're careful. Two? Really stretching it. And solo? You'd have to be a masochist to even try.
  10. Feb 21, 2012
    70
    Starts off brilliantly, but after a while the futuristic shooting gets just a bit boring.
  11. Feb 21, 2012
    70
    Syndicate is a game struggling to be all things to all people and underselling its strongest points in the process. The story is a perfunctory thing, worth playing once for the robust gunplay, but it fails to make Syndicate stand out from the cyberpunk herd.
  12. Feb 28, 2012
    68
    The co-op is actually very fun and leaves more room for tactics and combat variation, unlike the single-player segment. This may be enough to warrant a purchase or a rent for gamers who appreciate that type of entertainment. Those seeking a deeper experience with a richer story and generally more content will be sorely disappointed.
  13. Feb 28, 2012
    67
    But the reality of a game in this class is that gamers may leave the whole thing to die, waiting for price drops or getting their fill of it over the course of a weekend rental.
  14. Feb 22, 2012
    66
    EA's try to reboot the Syndicate franchise didn't succeed. Although the shooter offers some interesting ideas they are overshadowed by a feeble story and lackluster mechanics.
  15. Feb 21, 2012
    65
    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.
  16. Games Master UK
    Mar 14, 2012
    60
    Despite lush visuals Syndicate doesn't have what it takes to compete with modern shooters. [Apr 2012, p.82]
  17. Mar 8, 2012
    60
    This is a title that jumps back and forth from great to average and back again, and though it's far from perfect, it's worth experiencing.
  18. Feb 28, 2012
    60
    Syndicate is a decent albeit uninspired shooter. While there are a few highlights, it mostly feels bland and homogenized from other games and cyberpunk fiction.
  19. Feb 24, 2012
    60
    Syndicate offers a multi-tasking challenge that will appeal to shooting games aficionados, with brutal and overwhelming ennemies to dispatch both with skills and brains, but its poor story and average level-design have a tendency to nullify its better qualities. It's pretty, dynamic and even nicely polished in some regards, but fails to fully capture interest and immerse the player in its cyberpunk world.
  20. Feb 23, 2012
    60
    It's not a bad game, but a reasonable one. There are much better proposals in the market if you're looking for science fiction.
  21. Feb 23, 2012
    60
    It's good shooting, of course, pulled off with the studio's signature style, but it's come at the cost of Syndicate's imagination and ambition.
  22. Feb 22, 2012
    60
    Syndicate is by no means a bad game, many of its elements work perfectly fine - the problem is that they don't work that well when combined, resulting in a grinding of the individual cogs rather than a smooth clockwork motion.
  23. 60
    Syndicate feels like a deeply average game in a cunning, expensive disguise. Stare at the screenshots and you'll wonder how something that looks so slick can be as disappointing as it is.
  24. Feb 21, 2012
    50
    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.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 173 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 56
  2. Negative: 5 out of 56
  1. Feb 21, 2012
    10
    I was a little hesitant picking this one up after reading some mixed reviews, but I was pleasantly surprised when I put it in. I loved theI was a little hesitant picking this one up after reading some mixed reviews, but I was pleasantly surprised when I put it in. I loved the style of Deus Ex, but longed for a little more action and not quite as much sneaking around, and this game totally scratches that itch. Being able to hack into enemy's brains and make them commit suicide or take out their buddys is a riot. Haven't played online yet except for when I had the demo, but a lot of reviews say that's the best part, so I'm looking forward to it. Full Review »
  2. Feb 21, 2012
    10
    The game is very fun to play because it isn't like the other FPS's out there. This one deliver a very cool "breaching" system so you can makeThe game is very fun to play because it isn't like the other FPS's out there. This one deliver a very cool "breaching" system so you can make the enemy work with you instead or make them commit suicide. It has the right blend of action and strategy like Xboxn74 wrote below and I think it's crucial for FPS today to have that. The Co-op works fine even though you play with random people. Even though it's hard directly, other players get the point almost instantly. Full Review »
  3. Feb 21, 2012
    8
    Has the theme, features and graphic elements of the old PC games, but in a First Person Shooter approach this time: it's a good TacticalHas the theme, features and graphic elements of the old PC games, but in a First Person Shooter approach this time: it's a good Tactical Shooter, with a nice blend of action and strategy needed to pass the stages. Visually, all things remind me very much the Syndicate original games, but vastly improved, and in a 3D world: as you play, and gain more abilities, the game gets more fun. Full Review »