How crap was Syndicate on the PS3? Seriously! As a mature gamer I loved the original (which probably ranked in my top 3 Amiga 600 time-sponges in the early 90s, topped only by Frontier & Civilisation), so to be greeted by a tedious sub-par FPS with delusions of Deus-Ex was a real kick in the teeth. It was therefore with some trepidation that I decided to give this, another re-boot of a 90s strategy game, a try.
Thankfully Fraxis & 2K decided not to take the easy option. The result is a genuinely engrossing turn-based strategy game (never thought I'd use those words in the same sentence) which is challenging but addictive.
The controls, both in battle and pre-preparation are very intuitive and, unlike other recent console attempts at strategy games such as Red Alert 3, don't require hours of tutorials and memorising of which-button-does-what.
Gameplay is very rewarding and you WILL get attached to your fully-customizable squad. Though patience & planning are rewarded the game never gets boring and (like a bag of Pistachio nuts) it's very hard to put down.
Though I've been waiting for years for the latest Hitman (which did take my attention away for a few weeks), this little-known and under-promoted game has got me hooked and is an encouraging reminder that not all developers write off the gaming community as FPS obsessives with the attention span of an N-DUBZ fan and the intelligence of a bagel.