EA released this bit of in-game footage for their FPS revamp of the classic PC strategy game Syndicate. The good news is that it looks like a pretty damned good first-person shooter. The bad news is that it looks even less like Syndicate than I had anticipated. Obviously it’s early, but the focus seems solely to be on shooting, with the cyberpunkery only coming in as it affects combat, not any kind of strategy. This is best encapsulated by the chip in your agent’s head — what let;s him hack everything and everyone, I presume — running off adrenaline, i.e., killing people. So really, shooting people in the face is the sole name of the game, which is a bummer. I was looking forward to hacking into camera systems to sneak in undetected, into computers to access areas, and people heads to make them jump off ledges — everything but shooting people, really. Again, it’s early, and it’s only one trailer, but I’m not nearly as excited as I was after the first trailer.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.