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Games I Own: SiN and Sin Episodes

Posted on 29th Jun 2009 at 10:37 by Joe Martin with 12 comments

Joe Martin
I’ve always had a soft spot for the SiN games and it isn’t just because of the boobs in it. The original SiN was released around the same time as I started to move from being regular gamer to a real hardcore enthusiast. I’d been playing games most of my life, but it was around that time that I really started to get involved in games as a serious hobby.

That’s not to say that the original SiN was a great game though, far from it. It was buggier than a hobo’s mattress, uglier than the brown stains there-upon and cruder than the manners of the owner. It did however have an incredibly alluring and bountifully endowed villainess though, plus a lot of swearing and explosions and that was enough for my brother to cave in and buy it.

While the low-poly cleavage definitely helped sustain my attention in the game when I started playing it shortly after my brother the thing that really grabbed my interest was the branching storyline. Every time I played through the game it seemed different and I probably played it a good ten or so times (each time with God mode on though as it was a horrendously difficult game). Levels linked together intricately and by completing optional objectives early in the game you could end up visiting wholly new locations and exposing new plot lines later. One game might see you assaulting Elexis Sinclaire on her off-shore oil rig, or her underground geothermal plant, while others had you storm her house or follow her to an observatory.

Games I Own: SiN and Sin Episodes
Sin Episodes: I love it, but nobody else does

The other thing I loved about the original SiN was the huge number of easter-eggs and secrets hidden throughout the game, as well as the fact that you could interact with the gameworld. Everything from phones to vending machines could be used throughout. It wasn’t a world altering thing, but to me it was a revelation. Most of the FPS games I’d played up until that point had had bland and uninteresting worlds, such as Quake.

I don’t want to give you too good an impression of the game though because, make no mistake, even playing it by the standards of yesteryear was a chore. It was so buggy that I was unable to play it with full sound and had constant graphical issues. Cheat codes were essential and, unless you followed the spiralling plot closely and had a walkthrough to hand, you’d likely never know what the hell was going on in later levels.

I was impressed enough by the game to pick up Sin Episodes when it came out though and, even though the series was quickly cancelled after the pilot, I still have an affinity for that game too. In fact, back when I was a foolish freelancer, I even gave it my vote for Game of the Year at Videogamer.com. Like SiN, Episodes isn’t a perfect game. Again, the graphics are a bit dated, it utterly fails to establish a solid setting and there’s only a handful of enemy types to actually fight.

Games I Own: SiN and Sin Episodes
A lot of content was cut from the full game

On the plus side though, to me at least, the combat feels so finely honed that I’m in constant danger of cutting myself on it. I’ve heard people talk before about certain games that they just innately understand and resonate with on a mechanical level. Like the videos you see on YouTube of seven year old children who just get games such as Guitar Hero and can bust out riffs with very little effort, I just understand Sin Episodes. The guns, the movement speeds, the layouts of the levels, the time delay and way the grenades bounce around – I didn’t need to learn these things, I’ve just always known them. When it comes to Sin Episodes I am the machine.

I fly round corners, pistol in hand, exploding heads like watermelons with single pistol rounds. I pop the tops off of gas canisters and send them flying across the room into enemies before they explode. I love it and as an added bonus I can check out my stats at the end of it all because the game tracks every shot and scales the difficulty to match, adding helmets to counter your headshots and so forth.

Games I Own: SiN and Sin Episodes
Really, a LOT of content was cut

There’s not a lot of reasons to play Sin Episodes. It’s short, plain, immature and the storyline will likely never, ever be completed now that Ritual has been bought out. Still, it’s one of my favourite games and something I enjoy playing whenever I’ve had a couple of beers (typically alone on the Friday nights when my girlfriend is working and when I’m not replaying Hitman: Blood Money) and I want to stretch my gaming legs without engaging my brain. I just skip the intro levels, enable HardCorps Mode (which disables saves) and go. Turns out that being SiNful is a lot more fun than playing Messiah.

Random Trivia: One of the scrolling signs over a weapons detector contains a nod to Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, quoting in order the lines of a guard at the Sherrif’s castle. After telling you not to carry guns it later says “No blades, no bows – leave your weapons here.

Number of Times Completed: Many, many times for both of them. It really is sickening how much time I’ve spent on games that actually aren’t objectively all that good.

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steveo_mcg 29th June 2009, 10:51 Quote
I still have this installed for the arena mode its great fun when you need to pop helmets off bad guys, the balance thing is interesting and frustrating at the same time as it some times makes it just a little too hard and kills that streak you were really enjoying.

Should probably play through the single player again, tbh i found it too hard for my liking and ended up with god mode on. I got it cheap probably just before ritual were bought out so i'm not all that sore that its not getting finished.
CardJoe 29th June 2009, 11:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by steveo_mcg
I still have this installed for the arena mode its great fun when you need to pop helmets off bad guys, the balance thing is interesting and frustrating at the same time as it some times makes it just a little too hard and kills that streak you were really enjoying.

Should probably play through the single player again, tbh i found it too hard for my liking and ended up with god mode on. I got it cheap probably just before ritual were bought out so i'm not all that sore that its not getting finished.

There are points of the SP that are very hard admittedly, especially once you get to SinTower. If you're having trouble though then why not start the challenge slider really, really low? If the difficulty of the game starts off at the bottom then it'll very slowly increase in difficulty until it gets to the right setting...supposedly.

It's important to change between weapons a lot too. If you stick with the pistol into the end of the game for example and keep popping helmets and blowing heads off then the game will start to replace the grunts with more and more chaingunners. The pistol doesn't do anything for them and you'll need to swap to shotgun or SMG alt-fre, but you can keep their numbers a bit more reasonable by using grenades, swapping your arsenal around and shooting gas tanks.
steveo_mcg 29th June 2009, 11:36 Quote
Good advice, i think i'll give it another go over the week instead of my tf2 evening sessions though with the slider right down.

I'll try alternating the guns shame really, the pistol in SiN is about the best fun in any game, right up there with 47's ballers.
Jamie 29th June 2009, 12:02 Quote
Why a spoon cousin?
CardJoe 29th June 2009, 12:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jamie
Why a spoon cousin?

It's dull, you twit. It'll hurt more.

That film is full of material that's oh-so quotable, even though it really shouldn't be.
Blademrk 29th June 2009, 13:42 Quote
Got the original + expansion pak, always meant to pick up sin: episodes too, it's just one of those I games I never got 'round to getting.
philheckler 29th June 2009, 15:39 Quote
Sin episodes was ok - some very nice breasts though! - i did feel a bit ripped off when there were no more Sin episodes , HMMM that reminds me of another episodic game that seems to be M.I.A ;)
goafreak 29th June 2009, 21:46 Quote
Play it, too, and enjoyed it as much as you did!
Snaek 30th June 2009, 01:12 Quote
Sin Episodes was a lot of fun. I was very disappointed when the series was canceled.
bridgesentry 30th June 2009, 03:06 Quote
I had been waiting for this game to come out, but GS (sorry at that time I did know no thing about BT ) review of it disappointed me. I think only if I have a brother who bought it and installed it for me, I 'd give it a try.
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Originally Posted by our Joe:
Every time I played through the game it seemed different and I probably played it a good ten or so times (each time with God mode on though as it was a horrendously difficult game).
I can't remember how many times I have played NOLF2 (not "play through", just beginning levels, I hate boss fight), maybe more than 100, Warcraft3 (single map): maybe more than 1000:)
Hamish 30th June 2009, 10:55 Quote
sin episodes was great
i remember completing it before they patched the broken difficulty system that never ramped the difficulty back down
that made things interesting :p
Snaek 2nd July 2009, 04:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hamish
sin episodes was great
i remember completing it before they patched the broken difficulty system that never ramped the difficulty back down
that made things interesting :p

Oh, yeah. That was... real fun. I just thought the game was insanely difficult the first time I played through.
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