Syphon Filter 3

a game by Sony Computer Entertainment
Platforms: Playstation, PSX
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 10.0/10 - 2 votes
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Overview

Gabe Logan is a covert operative belonging to a super secret agency formed to protect the country from any threat that would risk national security. No matter what the assignment, whether it be assassinating an important figurehead or parachuting into hostile territory, he is the man for the job. He fulfills his objectives with the utmost professionalism, keeping his mind on the assignment at all times. However, Logan now has to deal with a threat that he has never had the misfortune of facing before. He is being charged with traitorous acts and must prove his innocence without giving away evidence that he belongs to a top-secret agency. Logan isn’t alone in this endeavor; Lian Xing, communications expert and Logan’s partner in the Agency, as well as Lawrence Mujari, a freelance bio-chemical expert, must also defend themselves or else destroy everything they’ve worked so hard to protect. The Secretary of State, Vince Hadden, is determined to find out the truth and believes that the three individuals are hiding important facts from him. At the same time, the real criminals behind this elaborate plot work to bring together another Syphon Filter virus for their own diabolical ends. Will Logan and his companions be able to prove their innocence in time to stop these criminal masterminds?

Gameplay, Controls, Interface

Once you start on the field, you’ll have to take advantage of all the items at your disposal. One of your more important pieces of equipment is the radar -- without it you’re virtually blind. It will aid you in determining whether a target is hostile or friendly. It can also be used to locate mines, although it has a very limited range so you may find that it is of little help with this task. On every mission you’ll be given a number of different weapons, usually starting with the basic combat knife, a taser for taking prisoners, and either a silenced pistol or silenced submachine gun. If you want more weapons, you have to pick them up on the way or take them off the bodies of your opponents. Remember that you should always keep track of how much ammo you have left or you may find yourself having to rely on your combat knife to finish the job.

Now, if you want to stay alive there are a couple of things you’ll want to pay attention to. First is your armor/health meters. You start off with a certain amount of armor that will be determined by a blue meter. Once you have expended your entire armor, the meter will change to red which will be your health. Once you lose all your health, you die, resulting in mission failure, so you’ll have to restart at the beginning or at your last checkpoint. You can always get more armor by either finding a locker with another vest or by taking a vest off downed enemies.

Another important feature in the game is the danger meter. The danger meter will begin to fill up whenever the agent is in danger of being shot by the enemy. The only way to decrease the meter is to find cover to evade any incoming attacks. The other meter you’ll want to keep an eye on is the target meter. Whenever you press the R1 button to lock onto a target it will begin to fill, determining how high your probability is to hit your target. Later in the game you’ll have to complete a mission within a certain amount of time. When this happens you’ll have a countdown above the screen determining how much time you have left. If the time runs out before you have finished your objectives, you have failed the mission and must try again.

So how easy is it to control your character? I found that it was very easy to keep tabs on all the controls during the course of the game. Targeting your enemies is, obviously, very important. After selecting an enemy to shoot, you will have the chance to target a specific spot on his body, like the head or chest. This is especially useful since some of the bad guys will be wearing flak vests, making them tougher to kill. So that the enemy has a harder time hitting you, there are controls to allow you to strafe left or right, or you can use the forward roll. With all these moves you’ll have loads of fun having your character complete missions with the style and grace of a professional secret agent.

The plot gives the feeling that you are working backwards, since within the storyline you basically start the game after you have done all these missions to prove your innocence in court. There are also a couple of mini-games that you can play to test your skills before you give the overall plot a shot.

Multiplayer

If you’re the type of person who really likes a competition, then you’ll enjoy going head-to-head with a friend in the two-player Death Match. You can choose from up to twenty-seven different characters in ten unique stages in a free-for-all where only one will come out as the survivor. When you start, all you are armed with are a .45 pistol and a simple combat knife. If you want more weapons to use against your opponent you’ll have to run around picking them up, along with extra clips.

Graphics

I was really satisfied with how the graphics in the game added to the secret agent atmosphere. Windows will shatter when you fire your sniper rifle, leaving little shards of glass and even little holes in the walls if you happen to miss your target. If you hit your target there will be a spray of blood and the body will collapse or if you hit someone in the leg they’ll react by grabbing their leg as blood begins to spray out of the wound. The world around you will react to the things you do to it, which is half the fun. If you decide to throw a grenade in the kitchen then you’ll end up with a disaster area, just like you would if you really did throw a grenade in a room.

Audio

I really enjoyed the dialogue -- it had some very intense dramatizations. If you pay close enough attention during the game, you can eavesdrop on some of the things that the enemy says, which in turn may give you some clue as to what really is going on. The music was reminiscent of the sort found in secret agent movies, intent on making you feel as though you’re the center of the world, much like James Bond or Austin Powers. It is your personal theme music that reminds you that your in charge and able to take out the opposition.

Bottom Line

If you're a fan of this genre, then you will probably want to get this game. You’ll feel like you're right there, whether you're trying to help Logan get past an automated machine gun turret or rescue the mayor’s daughter from a group of crazy terrorists. Plus, the controls are simple enough to master that you shouldn't have to pause the game to look at the manual just to figure out how to pull off a stunt.

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Playstation Download

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

PSX Download

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Overview

Gabe Logan is a covert operative belonging to a super secret agency formed to protect the country from any threat that would risk national security. No matter what the assignment, whether it be assassinating an important figurehead or parachuting into hostile territory, he is the man for the job. He fulfills his objectives with the utmost professionalism, keeping his mind on the assignment at all times. However, Logan now has to deal with a threat that he has never had the misfortune of facing before. He is being charged with traitorous acts and must prove his innocence without giving away evidence that he belongs to a top-secret agency. Logan isn't alone in this endeavor; Lian Xing, communications expert and Logan's partner in the Agency, as well as Lawrence Mujari, a freelance bio-chemical expert, must also defend themselves or else destroy everything they've worked so hard to protect. The Secretary of State, Vince Hadden, is determined to find out the truth and believes that the three individuals are hiding important facts from him. At the same time, the real criminals behind this elaborate plot work to bring together another Syphon Filter virus for their own diabolical ends. Will Logan and his companions be able to prove their innocence in time to stop these criminal masterminds?

Gameplay, Controls, Interface

Once you start on the field, you'll have to take advantage of all the items at your disposal. One of your more important pieces of equipment is the radar -- without it you're virtually blind. It will aid you in determining whether a target is hostile or friendly. It can also be used to locate mines, although it has a very limited range so you may find that it is of little help with this task. On every mission you'll be given a number of different weapons, usually starting with the basic combat knife, a taser for taking prisoners, and either a silenced pistol or silenced submachine gun. If you want more weapons, you have to pick them up on the way or take them off the bodies of your opponents. Remember that you should always keep track of how much ammo you have left or you may find yourself having to rely on your combat knife to finish the job.

Now, if you want to stay alive there are a couple of things you'll want to pay attention to. First is your armor/health meters. You start off with a certain amount of armor that will be determined by a blue meter. Once you have expended your entire armor, the meter will change to red which will be your health. Once you lose all your health, you die, resulting in mission failure, so you'll have to restart at the beginning or at your last checkpoint. You can always get more armor by either finding a locker with another vest or by taking a vest off downed enemies.

Another important feature in the game is the danger meter. The danger meter will begin to fill up whenever the agent is in danger of being shot by the enemy. The only way to decrease the meter is to find cover to evade any incoming attacks. The other meter you'll want to keep an eye on is the target meter. Whenever you press the R1 button to lock onto a target it will begin to fill, determining how high your probability is to hit your target. Later in the game you'll have to complete a mission within a certain amount of time. When this happens you'll have a countdown above the screen determining how much time you have left. If the time runs out before you have finished your objectives, you have failed the mission and must try again.

So how easy is it to control your character? I found that it was very easy to keep tabs on all the controls during the course of the game. Targeting your enemies is, obviously, very important. After selecting an enemy to shoot, you will have the chance to target a specific spot on his body, like the head or chest. This is especially useful since some of the bad guys will be wearing flak vests, making them tougher to kill. So that the enemy has a harder time hitting you, there are controls to allow you to strafe left or right, or you can use the forward roll. With all these moves you'll have loads of fun having your character complete missions with the style and grace of a professional secret agent.

The plot gives the feeling that you are working backwards, since within the storyline you basically start the game after you have done all these missions to prove your innocence in court. There are also a couple of mini-games that you can play to test your skills before you give the overall plot a shot.

Multiplayer

If you're the type of person who really likes a competition, then you'll enjoy going head-to-head with a friend in the two-player Death Match. You can choose from up to twenty-seven different characters in ten unique stages in a free-for-all where only one will come out as the survivor. When you start, all you are armed with are a .45 pistol and a simple combat knife. If you want more weapons to use against your opponent you'll have to run around picking them up, along with extra clips.

Graphics

I was really satisfied with how the graphics in the game added to the secret agent atmosphere. Windows will shatter when you fire your sniper rifle, leaving little shards of glass and even little holes in the walls if you happen to miss your target. If you hit your target there will be a spray of blood and the body will collapse or if you hit someone in the leg they'll react by grabbing their leg as blood begins to spray out of the wound. The world around you will react to the things you do to it, which is half the fun. If you decide to throw a grenade in the kitchen then you'll end up with a disaster area, just like you would if you really did throw a grenade in a room.

Audio

I really enjoyed the dialogue -- it had some very intense dramatizations. If you pay close enough attention during the game, you can eavesdrop on some of the things that the enemy says, which in turn may give you some clue as to what really is going on. The music was reminiscent of the sort found in secret agent movies, intent on making you feel as though you're the center of the world, much like James Bond or Austin Powers. It is your personal theme music that reminds you that your in charge and able to take out the opposition.

Bottom Line

If you're a fan of this genre, then you will probably want to get this game. You'll feel like you're right there, whether you're trying to help Logan get past an automated machine gun turret or rescue the mayor's daughter from a group of crazy terrorists. Plus, the controls are simple enough to master that you shouldn't have to pause the game to look at the manual just to figure out how to pull off a stunt.

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