4 Cyborgs Shoot Lots Of People In The Face (Wrongly Entitled Syndicate)


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Whizzo
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Gave the co-op demo a try this evening with Espad and Kotano, while initially confused by the frankly "if you're not a Terminator you may have problems" HUD and the fact it's a "bit tricky" I was left a bit surprised. It was actually rather fun.

It's not really Syndicate but I can see this being a good co-op game, just as long as the colonels are infrequent because they're bastards.

Anyway if you try the demo make sure you do play with some friends and not solo, you won't get anywhere, at least not unless you've done it before and have levelled up your abilities quite a bit.

So in summary, it's not really Syndicate, it's more Deus Ex but with bigger guns and lots more violence and could turn out to be quite good.

Yeah, I'm a bit shocked too.

The mission briefing graphics are rather groovy too.
#1 at 00:49:17 - 02/02/2012
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Write a hands on and I'll kiss you in the face.

Or if you don't I'll kiss you in the face, whatever works.
#2 at 01:55:36 - 02/02/2012
peej
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So not only does it look like Deux Ex, it plays like it?

I'm out...
#3 at 10:00:27 - 02/02/2012
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what whizzo says, there isnt a trace of syndicate there, but it is pretty good fun, hard as nails, but fun.
teamwork is essential.
#4 at 12:37:59 - 02/02/2012
Whizzo
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One thing I didn't mention, this game either requires a set of magnifying goggles packed in with the game or Starbreeze needs to change the text size for console gamers, it's fucking tiny.

I know I'm still only gaming on a 32" set and I'm short sighted but I had to sit nearly as close to the TV as if I was using it on my PC because I couldn't read the words otherwise.

Christ knows what it would look like if you were on an SD TV.
#5 at 13:06:27 - 02/02/2012
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Espad said:what whizzo says, there isnt a trace of syndicate there, but it is pretty good fun, hard as nails, but fun.
teamwork is essential.


That's pretty much what I thought when I had a go at the co-op, it's actually pretty good. Its Starbreeze though, so there were certain expectations. :)
#6 at 16:52:25 - 04/02/2012
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Play on Hard, there's a higher chance of ending up with people who know what to do. Plus you get way more points.

It is significantly harder though. When running into the open it's usually a good idea to have a well covered destination in mind. But then the only way to win on Hard is to play together. The enemy soaks up just as many body shots that a player can, so a little combined fire goes a long way. In an open ground 1 vs 2 situation, the lone gunman will always come out badly, even if they win they will be near death.

1 on 1 with a boss or mini-boss is a no-no. At best you can use cover to kite them but it's just a stalling tactic till help arrives.
#7 at 16:36:06 - 06/02/2012
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peej said:So not only does it look like Deux Ex, it plays like it?

I'm out...


:)

Contrary Mary.

Promise to pass on the review, peej.
#8 at 18:03:07 - 06/02/2012
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Tried this a little while ago - solo.

Fought through to the third area, to be confront with what seems like infinitely spawning enemies and no clear sense of purpose or direction. Gave up after dying at the hands of an invincible enemy, for the third time.

That said, loved the shooting mechanic. Just wish I had a clue what I was doing.
#9 at 01:21:18 - 13/02/2012
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So, anyone picking this up on 360? Always loved Starbreeze games, and the shooting on this is wonderfully tight.

Knowing I had some co-op buds would push this into day one territory (only because everything else I want is bumped to May).
#10 at 19:47:22 - 14/02/2012
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The 360 died, dude, did no-one tell you?
#11 at 01:53:48 - 15/02/2012
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depending on reviews (want to see how varied the co-op is, dont want 9 different looking levels of exactly the same thing!), ill be grabbing this
#12 at 10:23:05 - 15/02/2012
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ilmaestro said:The 360 died, dude, did no-one tell you?


I've had a couple that did that. Right now, it's my launch PS3 that keeps calling for a priest.
#13 at 10:39:06 - 15/02/2012
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Espad said:depending on reviews (want to see how varied the co-op is, dont want 9 different looking levels of exactly the same thing!), ill be grabbing this
Same for me.
#14 at 11:58:35 - 15/02/2012
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Enjoyed the demo and interested in buying but, like others, will need to read reviews to see how much variety and longevity exists in the full game.

The main issue for me however will be if the developers have fixed the freezing bug which occurs far too often in coop and requires a hard reboot (and leads to losing all the experience gained during the level)
#15 at 12:07:21 - 15/02/2012
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The campaign trailer makes it look more and more like Deus Ex rather than Syndicate!

Having Brian Cox in the game is rather good though.
#16 at 12:56:40 - 16/02/2012
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Gametrailers kind of liked it, co-op sounds ok.
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edit: think im gonna pass on this at full price, campaign is short and the co-op doesnt scale, so is hard as nails unless you have a full crew
#17 at 10:50:08 - 21/02/2012
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Espad said:the co-op doesnt scale, so is hard as nails unless you have a full crew

:( Yup, that will push me away, too. I'm sure I would be able to play some of the game like that, but that is just so dumb.
#18 at 17:48:31 - 21/02/2012
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Assuming HMV are going to stock this (don't get me started), I'll be picking it up with vouchers.
#19 at 17:52:29 - 21/02/2012
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ilmaestro said:
Espad said:the co-op doesnt scale, so is hard as nails unless you have a full crew

:( Yup, that will push me away, too. I'm sure I would be able to play some of the game like that, but that is just so dumb.
Blimey that's a schoolboy error to make.

One for the price drop list.
#20 at 20:02:47 - 21/02/2012
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Jeff Gerstmann says:

"Syndicate gives you a great set of tools that make shooting at the world around you a lot of fun whether you're playing alone or with a team. *****"

For me, "agreeing with their tastes in games" is one of the last reasons I go to Giant Bomb, but still.
#21 at 05:26:23 - 22/02/2012
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Metacritic for what I suspect will be the most sold version of the game...

Seems to getting mostly above 70% reviews in general, the biggest complaint seem to be that it's short... :(
#22 at 19:55:59 - 22/02/2012
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20 on zavvi today. More people need to know it. :)
#23 at 18:26:14 - 09/04/2012

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