10 Hidden Gaming Gems That You Totally Missed Out On
Chronicles of Riddick developers Starbreeze Studios had another foray into a dark sci-fi universe with 2012's Syndicate, a reboot of the 1993 title of the same name, albeit changed up towards of a more initially generic-space shooter than the isometric plan-every-move concept of the isometric original. Telling the story of the an agent betrayed by his own agency, the reason Syndicate stands out amongst its peers is the fact it is just DRIPPING with style and flair. Not only is the graphics engine sumptuously gorgeous to look at, but your main character is Matrix'd up to the nines, allowing you to relive that incredible lobby fight through sprinting towards guards - arm outstretched, pistol arched slightly to the side - as the incredible sound design does the rest. That's not to mention main protagonist Miles Kilo's embedded mind-control chip that allows you to tinker with the environment and your enemies; getting doors to open, cover to emerge shielding you from incoming fire, and even convincing enemy goons to blow their own brains out after shooting their comrades. When the whole dance of death is going down, with lens-flared explosions and the entire sci-fi aesthetic topping everything off nicely, it can be practically balletic, but in the most satisfyingly grisly of ways.