Tensions between the United States and China have worsened, leading to the deaths of many innocent people. Gabe Logan and his partner in crime Lian determine that these events may be linked to the Syphon Filter virus. However, the dynamic duo come to learn that a bounty has been put on their heads and they must now flee for their lives as they have now become fugitives. However, they’re running short on time as Gabe learns that Lian has the Syphon Filter virus.
The graphics aren’t too different from the first “Syphon Filter” but you will notice many improvements in terms of higher resolution and extra detail. The environments of “Syphon Filter 2” will leave you in awe as they appear so realistic and you will be visiting a lot of places in “Syphon Filter 2”, from snowy mountains surrounded by pine trees and a waterfall, nightclubs with strobe lights and the usual club flavor, to the dark and murky sewers. Bits of debris chip when you shoot at your surroundings, feet imprint themselves in the snow, and so forth. The characters are well-modeled from a realism standpoint, sometimes the faces may appear flat but there’s plenty of facial expressions to make up for this.
“Syphon Filter 2” brings back the same kind of adventurous missions from the original that made it so fun. The addition of map navigation saves players from needless backtracking unlike the first game. The missions are varied nicely well, each containing an attractive balance of superb action and stealth. Your tasks range from assassinations, bomb defusing, and all-out shootouts. Many of these levels have anywhere up to ten objectives so take your time.
Many favorites from the weaponry arsenal of the first return here plus some welcomed new additions such as a hand taser, new rifles, a crossbow, and much more. Each level’s weapons and ammo are limited so they must be used wisely. Enemy AI on the other hand responds very well and are now capable of executing head shots. “Syphon Filter 2” also has a cool two player death match mode which has tons of replay value; this mode lets you choose to play as any of the main characters or some unlockable ones.
The control system is set up perfectly, there is absolutely nothing difficult about this game. There’s the directional pad for moving your character, sidestepping is done with the two shoulder buttons, aiming is also on top, there’s a fire button, weapon selection, and so forth. There’s no such thing as difficult combos to perform here, everything is very easy and understandable. The controls of the games in this series remains consistent throughout.
“Syphon Filter 2” builds upon the unique combination of stealth and third person action from the original and pushes it further, delivering twice the dose. The word boredom doesn’t exist in this game as there’s always something exciting to do or witness. I would personally recommend buying this as opposed to renting; if you’re into these types of games and/or loved the first one, then you won’t be disappointed.