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In Syndicate you played as one of many Syndicates who wished to control the world. Since then, one Syndicate has risen to that position - Eurocorp. Through their UTOPIA chips they control the population, or at least most of it. A rival group, The Church of the New Epoch, has risen up to destroy UTOPIA and overthrow Eurocorp. You will take on one of two roles, an exectutive for Eurocorp or a disciple for The Church of the New Epoch. It's time for Syndicate Wars.
The game is played in a similar manner to the original game. You control a team of four cyborgs, and with them, you will take on various missions for your organisation in a number of locations around the world. But as in Syndicate, it is not just the missions that you need to think about. You need a strong team, so it is important to buy improved parts for your cyborg characters. Also, the better weapons they have, the stronger they will be. At the start you have limited knowledge of technology so you must assign funds to research and also pick up any new technologies you find out in the field and send them to your research team. You start with a limited amount of money and the early missions won't generate any real income for you, so be careful with the cash at the start.
This game is darker and even more violent than Syndicate, but falls short of its predecessor in two crucial places. The graphics in Syndicate were excellent for 1996. but you would expect the graphics in Syndicate Wars to be better. Unfortunately, in the quest for more detailed textures, a lot of the surfaces end up looking pretty poor in my opinion. The game has a very similar interface to Syndicate, though naturally darker, but I found it extremely difficult to use at first. Of course that may just be because I had no manual!
Syndicate Wars has a detailed plot and a lot of gameplay so it will involve you for quite a while. If you've played Syndicate and loved it or if you just like games with dark, world-dominating plots and extreme levels of violence, you will enjoy this game. While excellent fun, the game still falls way short of Syndicate graphically and in my opinion that is unforgivable so I'll have to give a very average 3.
If you intend to run this in DosBox, you will need an extremely fast computer else you will be condemned to the even poorer 320x200 resolution!