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Syphon Filter 3
Publisher: Sony Corporation of America, Inc.
Style(s): Third-Person 3D Shooter
Synopsis: Syphon Filter 3 continues the adventures of covert operative Gabe Logan and his team as they try to rid the world of the deadly syphon filter virus. In the wake of the events of Syphon Filter 2, Logan finds himself and his friends under suspicion from the U.S. government for committing acts of treason. As the different members of the team testify, players will reenact missions from times past, including a level that represents the events of the original opening cinema from the first Syphon Filter. As the game progresses, these missions from the past are mixed with present operations. The story continues in this way, and players will receive new information on the government's role in the development of the virus as the plot takes its twists and turns. Players who've experienced the gameplay of the previous titles will be immediately familiar with this game's mix of third-person and first-person perspectives. Along with the single-player game, Syphon Filter 3 offers a number of different multiplayer options. In addition to a basic deathmatch component, in which two players can take on each other in any of the 19 levels, the game also offers a number of mini-games such as Thief, Elimination, and Assassination. These games all have different goals, and when a player beats a difficulty level in one of them, another difficulty level opens up. ~ Jon Thompson, All Game Guide
Package Contents: 8-page Weapons Guide
The instruction manual has all the relavent plot and gameplay information that you would expect. ~ Jon Thompson, All Game Guide
While the game is fairly muddy when it comes to visuals, a number of diverse environments definitely spice things up. ~ Jon Thompson, All Game Guide
Syphon Filter 3 continues the series' tradition of action-packed gameplay and should satisfy players looking for pulse-pounding thrills. There's no question that it's a Syphon Filter game, but it does manage to build upon the gameplay a bit, even if it's not revolutionary in any sense of the word. It sticks to its guns, so to speak, delivering the same reliable gameplay the previous Syphon Filter titles are known for. Syphon Filter 3 will be immediately familiar to anyone who's experienced either of the first two games. In fact, all three games seem to run on an almost identical engine. But the gameplay is very solid, with a combination of third-person movement and first person shooting that flows very easily from one perspective to the other. The ability to sneak past guards, peek around corners and dive one way or the other gives the whole game a great action/stealth feel. Developer Eidetic has made things bit different for this incarnation of Syphon Filter, but these changes really don't have anything to do with the gameplay. Rather, they've set up the plot so that the 19 missions take place over the course of the last 20 years, jumping from locale to locale and character to character. The story jumps from flashbacks to current operations, creating a compelling narrative that tells players more about the history of the characters while furthering the game's plot. And even though the plot starts become borderline ridiculous towards the end, the overall structure is a welcome one. The game boasts an impressive arsenal of weapons, with several new guns for players to use in all their destructive glory. The stages, which are fairly large by PlayStation standards, are varied and dynamic. They include a whole host of different objectives, although these usually boil down to reaching a certain point in the level or offing a number of specific enemies. Still, the different contexts in which these missions take place offer a great sense of variety. The game's visuals aren't really improved from the previous titles in the series -- there's plenty of warping and most of the models are blocky, but the environments are varied enough to at least tell that the developer was trying. And Gabe's famous behind-wiggling has thankfully been toned down, so you can probably get through a mission or two without breaking out in laughter. Syphon Filter 3 is more of the same when it comes to the series, and for action fans, that sincerely isn't a bad thing. ~ Jon Thompson, All Game Guide
The game will take most players a good amount of time to finish, and it's easy yet fun enough to play through again. The multiplayer aspect of the game is extensive, and the mini-games are a fun diversion. ~ Jon Thompson, All Game Guide
The music is almost the same as the other Syphon Filter games, but the voices of the characters are slowly getting better. Perhaps in the fourth installment they'll finally really sound as if they care about what's going on. ~ Jon Thompson, All Game Guide
The gameplay is tight and action-packed, and anyone who enjoyed the first two will certainly get a kick out of it. Players new to the series are also encouraged to give the game a try. ~ Jon Thompson, All Game Guide
the game requires Joystick/Gamepad.