Back in the PS one era there was an action game by the name of Syphon Filter. In it you controlled Gabriel Logan on a journey to stop the spread of a deadly virus that threatened the entire world. It was an interesting yet simple plot that fitted the modern spy theme of the game.
There were 3 PS One entries on the franchise, 3 good and fun games that were criticized by being very similar to each other, which they were. Syphon Filter 2 is by far, my favorite and the worst rated one, it required 2 cds (mostly due to the use of long cutscenes) and had the best moments. Truth be told, the games were released in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and were basically the same game with new missions, even the menu’s, sounds and overall feel were the same! Both the second and third game were almost considered mission packs for the first game, but damn were they fun.
From stealth missions to the run and gun shooting mechanics you would never have a dull moment while playing these games. Always looking for the perfect headshot and the opportunity to tase (podes usar electrify porque tase nao é mesmo uma palavra mas usa-se) someone to death (you would be amased by the quantity of people that have found memories of this game due to the silly air taser that allowed you to tase(ver acima) someone from a distance and just let them burn as long as you continued to hold the square button down), there were guns for every taste and a military themed plot where you found yourself in the middle of a conspiration revolving around your secret agency turning their back on you and branding you a terrorist and the journey to clean your name and bring them to justice.
By today’s standards, the game might sound very generic but when it came out it wasn’t, and it didn’t aim for realism, just having fun rolling around and killing hundreds of “baddies”. There was a Syphon Filter game released on the PS2 but it relied heavily on online co-op and we all know that most people did not experience the online world until the current gen of consoles, unless you had a Pc, but then you wouldn’t be playing the game as it was a Sony exclusive. Later, the former developer of the series Eidetic, was renamed to Sony Bend after being bought by SCEA and since then they produced 2 new entries on the franchise for the PSP, Resistance Retribution also for Sony’s handheld and their most recent game Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the Playstation Vita.
All of the titles mentioned above were well received and had decent scores, which makes me wonder why isn’t this once beloved franchise brought back to life? It would be great to see a proper sequel to the third game. It would have to be handled either by Sony Bend or some other FIRST party company, it would be a shame to see some third party making this a PS4 or Vita shovelware game… They could take a more realistic approach or just make it a fun third person shooter. Some people enjoyed the series because of it’s fast style and over the top missions, but whether you were running through the top of a fast moving train or fighting a helicopter head on, there was always a sense of realism, something that managed to make you feel like a badass without making the game so over the top to the point of silliness.
Even if we don’t get a proper PS4 version, there’s a big possibility a new entry will eventually come to the Vita, hopefully with the quality we’ve come to expect from Sony Bend. Despite it not being a title capable of selling consoles in and off itself, it could be a great game, especially if they looked to more successful games for inspiration, like Splinter Cell or even Metal Gear Solid… They could take the franchise in any direction as long as they did treated it with respect, improved on its story and ramped up the gameplay. Online could also be something to look forward as long as they didn’t make a game solely based on it, but rather making it a solid complement to the single player campaign!