However, Syphon Filter can be the hardest spy game the more you progress, putting your skills to the test. The game is also remembered for it's movie-like storyline, voice acting, gameplay, and graphics. This has to be one of my favorite spy video games next to GoldenEye and Perfect Dark. This is my 100th review.
Plot. Somewhere in Costa Rica, operatives of The Agency Gabriel Logan and Lian Xing are tracking down an international terrorist named Erich Rhoemer. One of their fellow agents was compromised and executed in an attempt to infiltrate Rhoemer's narcotics, and then executed by ex-KGB agent, Mara Aramov. Rhoemer then orders his French henchman, Anton Girdeux, to burn down the plantation, destroying evidence of their project, known as Syphon Filter. Syphon Filter is a deadly virus that can kill millions of people in epic proportions, and it is up to Gabe to stop them all, before this terrorist act triggers World War III.
Concept. Gabe Logan takes on missions from Washington D.C, New York City, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine. The missions depends on completing a set of mission parameters such as: not getting caught, not letting any informants die, and so on. There are also some boss battles such as fighting Girdeux, a rogue agent, a helicopter, and Rhoemer himself.
Design. The game's graphics are rendered in 3D, while characters have polygonal looks. Some stages in the game fit the looks of various places in the real world, which is great. Though there are some semi-realistic scenes, the characters are still rendered in 3D polygons. Gabe Logan is remembered by many fans of the series, and he has been hunting down and killing bad guys long before Sam Fisher ever existed.
Tips and Strategies. At times you will be outnumbered by the terrorists, and rolling can help dodge bullets easily. The L2 and R2 buttons are the best for switching weapons quickly instead of pressing select all the time. And there are some missions that you CAN'T get caught, because if you are, then the mission parameters will fail. There will be enemies wearing flak jackets, so the best way to dispatch them fast, is by shooting them in the head. When they are killed, you can take their flak jackets, whenever yours is about to be taken down due to the many shots you have taken.
In the fight against Girdeux, shoot him from a place where he can't see you, otherwise he will shoot you with his flamethrower. To avoid the flames, roll before they hit you. Aiming, strafing, and shooting his napalm tank in the back can easily kill him.
Rantings. Now the control mechanics of the game can be nerve-wrecking at times, so you have to time your movements carefully. Also, the place I hated the most was the gothic cathedral stage in Ukraine, because the last part requires stealth only, and you never know who is around or behind you. It took me like 10 to 20 minutes to beat, talk about a long, boring, tedious mission. A boss fight I hated was against the helicopter, which bothers me because you waste ammo greatly, especially when the terrorists come down to shoot you.
Good Aspects. The voice acting in the game made it almost like watching the movie. John Chacon was the original voice of Gabe Logan, and to me he is better than James Arnold Taylor (Final Fantasy X), who replaced him in Omega Strain. The gameplay was very good, and it was exciting to play. This game has high replay value, that players will bow in reverence to it's amazing gameplay, storyline and so on.
History. Syphon Filter was so successful that it became one of the best games of 1999. It spawned a second game in 2000, and a third game was released in 2001. Syphon Filter came back with a vengeance in 2004, the game was titled "Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain". In 2006, "Dark Mirror" was released only for the PSP, and also in the following year "Logan's Shadow" was released also on the PSP. If you really think that Splinter Cell is hard, then play Syphon Filter to think differently.
Overall. This game is very nostalgic and a cult classic. This happens to be one of my favorite games in the old days of gaming. I give this game an 8 out of 10