I Have Good News About the New Syndicate Game and Bad News

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.