Syndicate Review (AngryBananas)

Syndicate is principally a first person shooter from Starbreeze Studios, and secondly a re-imaginging of the 1993 tactical isometric game from Bullfrog Studios, both by the same name. The world is one composed of dark cyberpunk motifs, where hyper-capitalist mega corporations- the syndicates the game derives its name from- have replaced contemporary nation states and boundaries. The setting is a believable one, and the different areas within the game help to solidify the themes on display by contrasting level designs like the gritty “Downzones” of the New York streets in 2069, and the ultra-clean offices of the Cayman Global suites in Los Angeles. The dichotomy effectively and subtly weaves in a dark moral tone that carries throughout the game.

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