Syndicate is one of the most violent games of its time. Actually, this is how it got most of its appeal back when it was published. The game is set in the future, and not a very bright one. Basically, you are in control of a Syndicate, and your job is to CONQUER THE WORLD! (Evil laugh).
You will do it with the help of androids which you will equip with various big guns. Your arsenal consists of pistols, machine guns, rocket launchers all the way to flamethrowers and similar things that usually cause pain or death. I did say this game was brutal, didn't I?
But there is more to this game than big guns and a bunch of androids. You will also have to research new modifications for your androids and equipment. The modes will allow your androids to move faster, be more precise and have stronger bodies. As for equipment research, it is categorized into heavy, assault and automatic weapons, and miscellaneous stuff.
The game perspective is isometric. From that position, the view of the city and your androids is very good and clear. This will ensure easy navigation and orientation throughout the level map. Missions briefings will usually tell you to kill soldiers, assassinate leaders, persuade people to do stuff, kidnap someone and similar. They can get pretty repetitive and tedious. After all, the world is a big place, and there are lots of missions.
The navigation is simple and straightforward. Left click for movement around the map, right click for shooting a gun (or using whatever you are holding in your hand at that moment). The cities and landscapes are very well done. There will be people walking around, cars passing by on roads (be careful not to get run over), trains etc. It all adds to a very good overall atmosphere.
Graphics are great for the time of release, and sounds are very convincing to say the least. Background music is just fine, and doesn't get in the way of gameplay.
Overall, this game is a definitive must for any DOS gamer! However, I will have to deduct one mark because of its repetitiveness. A 4 mark then!