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Syndicate Review

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Krikkit 21st February 2012, 17:05 Quote
Aww, now that is a shame. It had so much potential from the original theme too, the transition to shooter wasn't necessarily a bad thing, just an opportunity to show off some gritty futurism.
NethLyn 21st February 2012, 17:09 Quote
Depends whether the modders will go to town on the PC version, it's good news that there's co-op. Ignoring the score, I will wait until it's in a sale and still give it a go.
Parge 21st February 2012, 17:18 Quote
As soon as I saw that this was already out, I knew the score was going to be bad.
NethLyn 21st February 2012, 17:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Parge
As soon as I saw that this was already out, I knew the score was going to be bad.

But it's ironic that we're discussing 8/10 in the other thread, since this game is classically average, I will pay a lower price but still buy it. Maybe an American Revolt remake on top as an add-on might breathe life into it.

It's strange that the reviewer is totally non-plussed by the game but I'm optimistic about it. Normally I think a game looks crap and reviewers go wild with high scores :)
steveo_mcg 21st February 2012, 17:23 Quote
This is the first i've heard of its actually being released, with so little hype or interest as Parge said this was only going to be bad.

Its a shame they needed to sully a brand like this, could they not have come up with another suitable generic title for this bland nothingness.
chimaera 21st February 2012, 17:24 Quote
I'm completely unsurprised, but its disappointing nonetheless - I would *love* a good modern version of Syndicate :(
xaser04 21st February 2012, 18:35 Quote
I know this is a review of the Xbox 360 version but it looks ruddy awful.
Pete J 21st February 2012, 19:13 Quote
So...worth picking up for a fiver in the inevitable sale?

I was hoping that this game would deliver more. Having said that, the review isn't damning as such; it's more 'meh'.
Crunchy 21st February 2012, 19:13 Quote
I presumed this game would be mediocre, but really wanted to be proven wrong.
As overworked for me as the FPS's are, I love to see a good example of the genre.
With the back story of Syndicate, one of my most precious Amiga moments, I REALLY wanted Syndicate to shine, but I wanted a 3rd RTS/Shmup in the series even more.
I paid GoG good money to revisit it and the game has stood up to time surprisingly well and I'm enjoying it all over again.
Given that Firaxis has (potentially, but here's hoping the shooter version is awesome) rescued us from X-COM sinking into mediocrity (again, I'm haven't preconcluded on XCOM, just prejudged, my bad) maybe we will get a Syndicate squad RTS. I'd say give it back to Molyneux, but i don't think he's taken his medication for a while...lol
Bede 21st February 2012, 19:38 Quote
This is not providing my deus ex fix :( I was more interested in the world than the gameplay, but they seem to have made that pretty average too.
The_Beast 21st February 2012, 19:43 Quote
So EA rushed another game, I'm so surprised.



/sarcasm
enciem 21st February 2012, 19:49 Quote
Perhaps it could have better portrayed the bleakness of a corporation controlled future if every building was a starbucks. I couldn't see one in the screenshots, just not realistic at all
rogerrabbits 21st February 2012, 20:09 Quote
I always imagined EA was run by syndicate agents.
johnnyboy700 21st February 2012, 20:14 Quote
Bu&&£r it!

I had high hopes for this, aw well I guess I'll download the orginal (saw it on Steam or GoG for a couple of quid the other day) and dream of what could have been.
rogerrabbits 21st February 2012, 20:26 Quote
You should all try Syndicate Wars too if you haven't already.
ec928 21st February 2012, 20:27 Quote
A bit disappointing. This was a classic back in the old days. Shame they seem to have messed it up.
Fizzban 21st February 2012, 21:21 Quote
Sounds like a bargain bin jobby. I so hoped it wouldn't be the case, but it is.
PingCrosby 21st February 2012, 21:37 Quote
Oh well, that's that then.
Kris 21st February 2012, 21:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by rogerrabbits
You should all try Syndicate Wars too if you haven't already.
Syndicate wars was damn awesome, i remember playing it at a friend's place wayy back... I was hoping this could bring some of the magic back, but somehow i was sure it won't, as it was an FPS developed by a random studio.
Like many here have said, no marketing, no nothing etc; I guess they just wanted to "throw it out the door" and hoped that they'll recoup at least some of the investment, while caring nothing for the actual quality of the game.

Damn shame - in a way this could be one of the finest examples of recent years where a game has been made solely because of money, nothing else.

I wonder though, is this the end for syndicate, or could this franchise come back with a blast (as a proper sequel to SW, mind).
Apocalypso 21st February 2012, 22:36 Quote
Now that's a bad score.
Digi 22nd February 2012, 02:48 Quote
What a bloody disaster. Utterly disappointed but not totally unexpected..
Waynio 22nd February 2012, 04:51 Quote
I dunno really anymore with reviews :D some get badly rated & I really like the game, some get highly rated & I think they are garbage, some times I highly agree with the reviews but it isn't so often.

Good to see someones opinion on them though, I just watched a video on this game on youtube & it didn't look so bad but it was just a 12 minute show off for the game so ugh think I'll join the bargain bin folk on this 1 & assume the review is spot on. :D
Jake123456 22nd February 2012, 08:29 Quote
Awww...This has actually made me really sad...:(
CardJoe 22nd February 2012, 08:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Waynio
I dunno really anymore with reviews :D some get badly rated & I really like the game, some get highly rated & I think they are garbage, some times I highly agree with the reviews but it isn't so often.

Good to see someones opinion on them though, I just watched a video on this game on youtube & it didn't look so bad but it was just a 12 minute show off for the game so ugh think I'll join the bargain bin folk on this 1 & assume the review is spot on. :D

Reviews are opinions, so not all of them match everyone else's. In any regard, this isn't a bad review - a 5/10 is average, not bad. Though it is disappointing.

There are some games which get really bad reviews (or which even I have to give bad reviews to because I can see how terrible they are) but which I also really enjoy. Sin Episodes, for example. It's different strokes for different folks.
johnnyboy700 22nd February 2012, 08:57 Quote
Do you suppose that the issue with a game getting a bad/poor/meh review and when you actually try it yourself its not too bad or even quite enjoyable might be a result of the reviewers seeing a lot of similar games?
They then think along the lines of "huh another (insert generic game type) clone, bloody fed up with them" where as the average punter might only pick and choose one or two games of the type and still enjoy them.
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