There is an old saying out there that goes something like this:
“If you are going to remake an old game, don’t balls it up.”
When I saw the first trailers for Starbreeze’s Syndicate, I felt a funny feeling in my abdomen that approached my brain at lightning speed. It was excitement and joy. The images of an old classic, remade into a Deus Ex-style shooter with real-time hacking and glorious weapons. There was even a four-man-team co-op mode that made you have to work together.
In short, this promised to be amazing. I played the Co-Op demo and I felt that the excitement would never end. The feeling was about to pop out of the top of my head when I remembered that games always look better in hindsight and nostalgia. Would this really be a trip back to glorious memory town, or was Starbreeze about to take a dump on my early gaming years?
Tomorrow sees the US release of EA and Starbreeze’s FPS reboot of the isometric classic, and with it comes a spanking new launch trailer, which, much to my confused tiny mind looks rather compelling.
I’m optimistically (naively?) hoping that a decent pace of story will give some atmosphere and immersion to the single player campaign instead of what we saw in the disappointing co-op demo: a shallow, frantic race to the next area with at least one comrade going AWOL, consistently and repeatedly running ahead into the nearest shower of bullets. Hero.
As always, thoughts welcome below or via that there twit-thing: @TbWblog.
The more observant among you may have noticed that I haven’t posted a “This week on Twitter” feature in a while (or much else). Normal service will be resumed this week but for now, how about some great videos that cropped up this week?
I’ve been waiting an age for some development of what is undoubtedly one of the shiniest gems in Bullfrog’s defunct tatty crown. As smug wise man say however: be careful what you wish for. EA & Starbreeze recently announced that they would be releasing a reboot of the epic Syndicate franchise as a First Person Shooter. A four player co-op one, but a stinking FPS nonetheless. Continue reading →