Syndicate Plus is the perfect example of a game with good intentions and a good idea with only average execution. Basically, the game is a futuristic mob/gang war. In theory, the game sounds like it would be fun and addictive, but it's not as good as it sounds.
The graphics are slightly above average. Good, clean menus that are pretty intuitive, combined with excellent FMV and scenery makes for a asthetically pleasing game. The characters themselves are a little small, but they are still easily to keep track of and move fairly well. It is often hard to pick where you want to go because a lot of buildings look a lot alike. This is more a gameplay fault then a graphical fault, as the game could have solved this by putting in a good map.
The sound is just what one would expect from a game like this. Futuristic, techno chimes populate Syndicate Plus, but never stand out. Good music in video games either stands out immensely or takes its purpose as BACKGROUND music. Syndicate's music does just this, and the sound effects are pretty neat. The guns sound as authentic as futuristic guns can sound, and the flamethrower noise is great.
The problem with Syndicate Plus is that it's not always clear where to go. You can wander around for quite a while in a level before figuring out exactly where you need to go. The problem with that is not only is it boring, but it makes you feel obligated to re-run the level because of all the time spent on it. After finding where to go, and maybe a time-bettering second run, there's no reason to play these levels again.
The game is also too linear for its own good. If the game allowed the player to control more of the corporation's aspects, it would have been more fun and allowed more replay value. Syndicate Plus taunts the user with a possibility of controlling what is basically a futuristic mob, but instead you just get to play with the grunts and not the big boys.
Looking for things is somewhat fun. Walking around killing things, and understanding your objectives is pretty fun. After you've found where you're going and completed the objectives, there's no reason to replay the levels. There are plenty of levels, and Syndicate Plus is a really fun game.. for the time it's being played, which isn't that long.
Graphics: Nice, clean menus and atomosphere, however, the agents are too small.
Sound: The sound doesn't stand out, which is actually a good thing.
Enjoyment: During the time you are playing, Syndicate Plus is pretty fun.
Replay Value: There's no reason to play any level more than twice, and there isn't much of one to play them more than once.
Syndicate Plus is a combination of Syndicate and the American Revolt expansion pack.
In the future, the world is controlled by a handful of global corporations (syndicates). You are the Marketing director (hit man) for one of these companies. It is your job to take control away from the competitors. The job is not one of diplomacy, but one of brute force and physical control. Advance your way to the top of the corporation by successfully completing your missions and managing the money you make from your territories.
The gameplay is visually reminiscent of X-Com, with an angled top-down perspective, but it is real time rather than turn based. You have missions ranging from infiltrate and capture, to seek and destroy. In each of these you direct a team of four agents as they move through the world shooting at anything that gets in their way.
You can upgrade and modify your agents, as well as equip them with tools you have researched or liberated from opposing syndicates. As you complete missions, you gain more funds to use for purchasing agents or researching upgrades and equipment.
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Syndicate Wars, Syndicate, Syndicate, Syndicate: American Revolt, X-COM: Terror from the Deep Collector's Edition, UFO: Enemy Unknown Collector's Edition, Wolfenstein 3D, Thief: The Dark Project
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