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Platform

PSP

 

Genre

Action

 

Publisher

SCEA

 

Developer

Sony Bend

 

ESRB

M (Mature)

 

Released

Q1 2006

 

 

- Great graphics

- Addictive gameplay

- Online Play

- Great sound

- Good selection of arsenal

- Neat gadgets

 

 

- Could have been a bit longer

 

 

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Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror

Score: 9.0 / 10

 

There are still a lot of people bashing the PSP for not having any good titles that aren’t ports of a console game, however they seemed to have overlooked some great recent releases such as Pursuit Force, Daxter, and Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror. With a game like Dark Mirror, players on the go will have a blast shooting down bad guys for hours on end.

 

Gameplay is executed very well thanks to the geniuses at Sony Bend. What I really like about Dark Mirror is that it gives the players the choice of being stealthy or going all-out, exposing yourself to the enemy and taking them out Rambo style. I would certainly suggest approaching the game with mixture of the two because every once in a while players will have to protect people or escort them (depending on the situation). So, even if you like to play like a maniac, you're advised that some self control will come in handy.

 

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Although I do play Metal Gear Solid, I am personally not a big fan of stealth games. However, the option of going out into the open for a nice firefight in Dark Mirror is a lot of fun. I even had fun sneaking around when I got a bit tired of just killing everything in sight.

 

This game offers more than simply going up and shooting every enemy in the game. Some enemies require strategy. Early in the game you face a man with a flame thrower and he is wearing a bullet proof suit. You must try to sneak by him and gain a fair distance before zooming in with the sniper rifle and shooting the tank on his back.

 

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Weapons are multifunctional which can come in handy, such as single shot or automatic fire. This really helps for ammo conservation. Some guns also have the ability to use completely different ammo types. For example: If you are using the sniper rifle, you can shoot regular bullets at your enemies, or if you prefer, electric darts that give your enemy a high powered shock. I never really understood the point of different sniper ammo, but I guess this is a handy little tool if your aiming just plain sucks and you need to take somebody out.

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The game’s controls only take a little while to get the feel of it. Once you have the hang of it, then it becomes second nature. The D-pad is used for various things such as crouching, using special goggles, zoom-in with a sniper rifle, etc. The analog stick is used to move Gabe around the screen. You can make Gabe lean on a wall simply by pressing against it, Solid Snake style. Getting from one place to another is not always done by walking along paths or climbing ladders. Sometimes, the player needs to use a zip line, often while blasting bad guys. The zip line is a cool gadget, but I also like the EDSU goggles which allow you to see some interactive objects in case you can’t figure out what to do next. Can’t find a switch to boot up a security computer? Use the EDSU goggles and you’re guaranteed to find it.

 

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Dark Mirror is not a long game, so it’s nice to have the online option. Sony Bend put a lot of effort into the multiplayer. I assure you that your options will not feel limited just because this is a handheld. Players can create their own clans and buddylists which they can appreciate for tracking down a friend. There are 4 games types available for online play. We got the choices of Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Objective mode, and Rogue Agent. Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Objective mode are pretty self explanatory, while Rogue agent has everyone starting on the same team. In the mission, a player can find an object that will give them “Rogue Agent” powers (the ability to kill other players). When the rogue agent is killed, the player who killed him/her will now become the Rogue Agent.

 

The sound is phenomenal, just like the graphics. The music is certainly above par, especially when you compare it against most game soundtracks. Sound effects are realistic and voice acting is really well done. Gabe’s voice is suited to the character, and some other characters actually sound natural when they talk and don’t try to sound too “badass” like some voice actors do.

 

If you are thinking about buying a PSP and want a good shooter, pick up Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror. Do not hesitate, take out your wallet and pick up a copy. I highly recommend it.

 

- J’Tonello

(June 27, 2006)

 

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