Syphon Filter

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8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 155 Ratings

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  • Summary: While it may not be an original concept, the game is truly greater than the sum of its many parts.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    The atmosphere is captured perfectly, the cinemas are perfectly interleaved with the action, really drawing you into Gabe's chaotic world.
  2. 95
    The stealth aspect of Syphon Filter is fantastic. Pure bliss. "Metal Gear Solid" and "Goldeneye" fans will absolutely dig the many mission objectives just within a single level, which are sometimes split up into two or three different parts.
  3. A wonderful game that manages to combine the action/mission based elements of "Goldeneye" with the military overtones of "MGS" into one slam blam package.
  4. Graphically this game is really well done. The PlayStation probably isn't going to get much better at this point.
  5. This is easily the sleeper hit of the year with action that rivals the highest grossing action flicks. Mel Gibson watch out!
  6. Despite the slight lack of originality and a couple of minor problems, Syphon Filter grabs you and doesn't let go.
  7. It's derivative, yet brilliant; intrinsically flawed, but fantastically playable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Aug 5, 2019
    10
    It was an amazing game.Easy controls, nice missions and locations, variety in weaponary and the AI was challenging.This game had a nice storyIt was an amazing game.Easy controls, nice missions and locations, variety in weaponary and the AI was challenging.This game had a nice story with good characters and voice acting.The soundtracks were fabulous as well. Expand
  2. Aug 19, 2020
    10
    My all time time fav series. Syphon Filter is the game that put me into a great action movie and a very good story. Gabriel Logan is my hero.
  3. Apr 25, 2012
    10
    It's One Of The Best Game I Played On Play Station 1 And Great Story Lines . And The Graphics Are Good In 1999 , Really Good Game .
  4. Jan 7, 2015
    9
    A beautifully well written game that has missions split between heavy action and stealth. The weapons were varied and it was a thrill makingA beautifully well written game that has missions split between heavy action and stealth. The weapons were varied and it was a thrill making my way through its tense and challenging levels. Let’s hope that we receive a new Syphon Filter game in the future. Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2018
    8
    This is really a great game, there is so much to love about it, must play for sure!
  6. Oct 7, 2015
    8
    Ever wanted to be a spy in a game? Then Syphon Filter on the PlayStation is the game for you. It's better than Mission Impossible and MetalEver wanted to be a spy in a game? Then Syphon Filter on the PlayStation is the game for you. It's better than Mission Impossible and Metal Gear Solid (the most overrated game on PS).

    The graphics are very simple but the gameplay and action is spot on. Also the music and sound in general is good. When i was first playing this game i thought the actor who did the voice for Gabe Logan was Alec Baldwin, he has the same smooth and cool way of talking (or should I say: whispering).

    The shooting in this game is very satisfying, there is a lot of action but also stealth in the game. It's all very compelling and the whole game feels like you're in an action/spy movie.

    Of course the graphics are very dated by now and the characters look more like Playmobil toys than real persons, but the gameplay is still good and I had a lot of fun playing this game.

    I rate Syphon Filter 8 out of 10.
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  7. Feb 26, 2020
    6
    Despite the sluggish controls and awkward movement, there is a lot of fun to be had with Syphon FIlter. The large range of weapons and tools,Despite the sluggish controls and awkward movement, there is a lot of fun to be had with Syphon FIlter. The large range of weapons and tools, interesting level layout and progressive mission objectives and criteria make for an intersting experience. Voice acting is surprisingly good and some of the weapons sound fantastic for the time.

    Boss battles are the only thing that bother me, to be honest. Enemies shooting you from beyond the draw distance is some grade A crap, but is easily subverted in the end.
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#14 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1999
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#6 Most Shared PS1 Game of 1999