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MobyGames Classic: Syndicate

MobyGames Classic: Syndicate Classic returns with Syndicate, the 1993 PC game by Bullfrog with a corporate-cyberpunk storyline, RPG elements, and frantic real-time combat.

Shack Staff

Shack Staff

February 8, 2012 11:00 AM2

Syndicate garnered a lot of respect among gamers and critics alike when it was released in 1993, thanks to its blend of deep strategic choices and real-time tactical combat. Similar in many ways to X-Com: UFO Defense, players of Syndicate could customize their squads in an RPG-like fashion, using the money they earned on missions to upgrade their agents, tools, and equipment. Syndicate presented players a memorable world: a vision of a dark future, in which all-out corporate warfare was the norm.

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Syndicate was quite impressive when it was released, providing players with a robust and immersive interface. “As a matter of fact,” says Mobygames reviewer saladpuncher, “I have never seen another control system that makes you feel like you are IN the game as much as this one. Every action is controlled through a holographic computer aboard your luxurious corporate blimp high above the city,” he explains. “This gives a logical reason to why the action is presented from a third person view from above. Selecting your team, arming them, setting up research options, paying for hints from informants, and taxing the local populous are all done though this virtual computer and it really makes you feel like you are using a state-of-the-art OS from Blade Runner or Neuromancer.”

MobyGames reviewer phlux touches on the game’s variety of different mission types, and how they keep the player engaged. “The missions are suspenseful and you really got many different tasks to master. Rescuing some professor, killing the other syndicate’s agent teams or just gathering some innocent people as new recruits are just three of the diverse missions you can encounter,” he explains. “The mission descriptions are always informative and sometimes even downright funny. With the huge arsenal of weapons and other stuff to research, you really have something to do even outside the combat action.”

Tell Us Your Stories! We want to hear about your experiences with Syndicate. Tell us your stories. Why did you love it? What drove you crazy? Remember it fondly with us in the comments below. We’ll select some of your thoughts and memories and add it to a Weekend Update to this feature.

MobyGames Classic is our chance to look back at the games that helped shape the video game industry with the help of our sister site It combines a short history lesson on the title and anecdotes from the Shacknews community.

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