Writer-Richard K. Morgan
Platform-Microsoft Windows,PlayStation 3,Xbox 360
Release date-NA,February 21, 2012,EU February 24, 2012
Rating-ACB: RC,BBFC: 18,ESRB: M,OFLC: R18,PEGI: 18
Media/distribution-Optical disc, download
Syndicate is a science fiction game by Starbreeze Studios, released on February 21, 2012 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms. It is a reboot of the Syndicate series developed by Bullfrog Productions, completely changing the genre from a tactical shooter to an FPS.
2069 - NO LONGER GOVERNED BY POLITICIANS, THE DEVELOPED WORLD IS DIVIDED UP INTO REGIONS CONTROLLED BY MEGA-CORPORATIONS KNOWN AS SYNDICATES. THESE SYNDICATES HAVE REVOLUTIONIZED HOW THE CONSUMER INTERACTS WITH THE DIGITAL WORLD. NO LONGER DOES THE CONSUMER REQUIRE A DEVICE TO ACCESS THE WORLD’S DATA AND CONTROL THEIR TECHNOLOGY, THEY CAN DO THIS AT THE BLINK OF AN EYE VIA NEURAL CHIP IMPLANT.
CIVILIANS FLOCKED TO BE “CHIP’D” AND ENJOY ALL THAT THEIR SELECTED SYNDICATE HAS TO OFFER; HOUSING, MEDICAL, BANKING, INSURANCE, EDUCATION, ENTERTAINMENT AND JOBS. ONE COMPLETE PACKAGE. ONE COMPLETE LIFESTYLE. IN RETURN, THE SYNDICATES GAINED UNPRECEDENTED INSIGHTS, AND CONTROL, OVER THE INDIVIDUAL AND THEIR BEHAVIOUR. WITH LITTLE GOVERNMENTAL OVERSIGHT, BUSINESS HAS BECOME WAR. THE SYNDICATES WILL STOP AT NOTHING FOR ULTIMATE MARKET DOMINANCE.
AT THE FRONT LINE OF THIS WAR ARE THE AGENTS, THE SYNDICATE’S BIO-ENGINEERED AND CHIP-AUGMENTED ENFORCERS. THEY CAN BREACH ANYTHING IN THE WIRED DATAVERSE INCLUDING THEIR ENEMIES, THEIR WEAPONS AND THE ENVIRONMENT THAT SURROUNDS THEM, MAKING THEM THE MOST EFFICIENT AND DEADLY TECHNOLOGICAL WEAPONS IN THE WORLD. TAKE ON THE ROLE OF MILES KILO, EUROCORP’S LATEST PROTOTYPE AGENT, AND EMBARK ON A BRUTAL ACTION ADVENTURE OF CORRUPTION AND REVENGE.
In 2017, the Eurocorp mega-corporation is born after the world's largest corporate merger. Eurocorp releases the DART chip in 2025, a neural chip implant that allows users to access the dataverse and making most electronic devices obsolete. As a result of the DART chip, the world is no longer ruled by governments but by the mega-corporations, known as Syndicates. However, only half the world's population embrace the chip while the "unchipped" are abandoned and denied the same benefits from their chipped counterparts. Furthermore, corporate espionage for dominance between the Syndicates has become the norm that they created Agents, bio-engineered and chip-augmented enforcers who protect their corporate master's interest and steal their rivals.
The game begins in 2069, where the player plays as Agent Miles Kilo, EuroCorp's latest prototype agent who is equipped with the new prototype DART 6 chip created by Eurocorp scientist Lily Draw (voiced by Rosario Dawson). After a successful test run of the chip's abilities, the CEO of Eurocorp Jack Denham (voiced by Brian Cox), who is fond of Kilo like his own son, gives Kilo his first mission to eliminate Aspari Corporation scientist, Gary Chang, after receiving information that Gary has developed a DART 6 chip just like Eurocorp's own for Aspari and Jack wants Gary's chip to prevent Aspari getting a lead in DART chip research despite Lily's worries he isn't ready. Accompanied by his mentor Agent Jules Merit (voiced by Michael Wincott), Kilo and Merit attack the LA branch of Aspari where Kilo kills Gary and retrieves his chip and learns from an encrypted conversation, that Lily has been sharing information with Gary on creating the DART 6 chip. After fighting off the West Meld Solutions security forces and an Aspari agent, Kilo and Merit escape from LA and return to Eurocorp's New York HQ.
While Jack is shocked of Lily's betrayal, he still considers her a vital asset to Eurocorp and doesn't want her to be recruited by the other Syndicates so Jack, Kilo and Merit hide the fact that they know of her association with Gary which Jack has Kilo and Merit spy on her instead. As they observe from her apartment, Lily has an angry conversation with someone she doesn't want to be involve with before she is suddenly kidnapped by the Cayman Global Syndicate. Kilo fights off the Cayman Global forces and follows Lily's abductors by hitchhiking on one of their transports. Arriving at a Cayman Global base in the Atlantic Ocean, Kilo searches for Lily while fighting the base security personnel and finally finds Lily after defeating a Cayman Global agent. As both Kilo and Lily escape the base, they learn Cayman Global is preparing for war against Eurocorp.
Arriving at New York, Kilo and Lily land at the New York slums where the lower class population who refuse to be chipped lives. As both of them head to different directions towards Eurocorp New York HQ, Kilo is attacked by a terrorist group made up of un-chipped who hate the Syndicates and their agents. Suspecting Lily was involved in the ambush, Kilo is given orders to either capture or kill Lily. After fighting off the terrorists, Kilo learns their leader is Lily's ex-boyfriend and the one responsible for the game's trouble. Lily's ex was the one who informed Eurocorp about Gary's DART 6 chip and also inform Cayman Global about Lily being the creator of the DART 6 chip which led them to abduct her and their war against Eurocorp. Lily's ex reveals he started the war so he could get Lily's expertise to hack into the Dataverse and kill the Syndicates and their chipped population as punishment for refusing to help and abandoning the un-chipped population. However, Lily is against the idea as she wants to find a peaceful solution to make the Syndicates care about the un-chipped population. Eventually, Kilo fights Lily's ex before he tries to suicide bomb Kilo. Kilo apprehends Lily but is unable to kill her due to Lily having installed safety protocols in his DART chip to prevent such actions. As he lays stunned, Lily tells Kilo that he is being used and manipulated by Eurocorp and tells him to stop being their slave and think for himself. As Lily is about to escape, she is stunned by a Eurocorp security team led by Merit.
At Eurocorp New York HQ, Jack and Merit believe Kilo is brain dead and send him to be rebooted while they planned to retrieve Lily's chip for any useful information on DART 6. Kilo soon begins to remember his secret past when he learns that Jack led a Eurocorp team to kill his parents when he was a baby and abducted him as he had the perfect genes to become an agent. Now knowing the truth, Kilo escape from his restrains and rescues Lily. As Lily heals Kilo's injuries, she reveals all of Eurocorp's agents like him and Merit were abducted as children due to their genetic compatibility to become agents and had their memories erases and brainwashes to remain loyal to Eurocorp. Lily created the DART 6 chip in hopes of using it to make the Syndicates retain their humanity and care about the chipped and un-chipped civilians who are always the victims of their wars but realize she was naive.
As Kilo and Lily head towards Jack's office to prevent him from activating the kill switch on their DART chips, Cayman Global attack Eurocorp's New York HQ. As Kilo heads towards the top of the tower where Jack's office is located, he has to fight off both Eurocorp and Cayman Global forces including Eurocorp agents. As he finally reaches the top of the tower, Kilo is forced to fight Merit who is under Jack's orders to kill him. Kilo finally overpowers Merit and beats him to death. Kilo heads towards Jack's office where Jack has activated his kill switch which starts to affect Kilo's movements. As a weakened Kilo confronts Jack, Jack justifies abducting him when he was child as he gave him a better life and realize his full potential and how the Syndicates are making the world better. As the kill switch slowly takes over his body while Jack gloats on destroying the slums, Kilo manages to fight back against the kill switch order and pushes Jack off the ledge before Jack says he is disappointed. Lily arrives and reveals to Kilo that she lied about Jack could kill them as she was using him to distract Jack to free both of them from Eurocorp's control. Now a free man and Eurocorp is in ruins, Lily gives Kilo a gun and tells him it's now up to him to decide what he wants to do next, ending the game.
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS-
Intel Core2 Duo (E4600) at 2.4Ghz or equivalent (Athlon 64 x 2) processor
ATI Radeon 4870 or Nvidia GeForce 8800GT (min. 512mb RAM) or better
Windows XP SP2 with 2Gb RAM Vista with 3Gb RAM 7 with 2Gb RAM
Hard drive with 10Gb free space
DirectX compatible sound card
Ripped by: Black_Box
Size: 4.77 GB