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The A.V. Club
Seven years later, it's still a dumb title, but once more a great game.
Buy. Play. Rejoice. Finally, we can do something with our PSP other than marvel at how sleek and sexy it is.
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is really the complete package. For gamers even mildly interested in the genre, the game should not be overlooked by PSP owners (or those contemplating picking up one). I'm sure no one would complain if the game were a little longer, but with the excellent and addictive online multiplayer mode to fall back on, it isn't much of a complaint. I eagerly anticipate the next Syphon installment, either for the PSP, PS3, or both.
Everything comes together beautifully in Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror. Stealth fans should appreciate it, as should action fans, and there's enough to keep you occupied on both the single and multiplayer fronts. If we had to fault it for anything, it'd be that it might take a little license from games like Splinter Cell or Metal Gear, but so long as it's fun, who cares, right? Do yourself a favor and pick this one up. You won't be disappointed.
Syphon Filter is one of, if not the, best games on the PSP. Developer Sony Bend managed to bring the complexity and the awesomeness of a console game right to the palm of your hands, and it was achieved beautifully, unlike many other companies' efforts. After seeing how a third person shooter really can work in SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo, and now Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror, it truly makes you wonder how a real Metal Gear game could work on the PSP. Until that happens, Syphon Filter should be an excellent alternative.
Mobile Tech Review
I know that a score of 100% may seem overzealous, and I’ll admit that I am a bit apprehensive about giving this score, but not only did I not find anything significantly wrong with the game, but it actually wowed me in many respects. Maybe I’m just a little too happy to have a great shooter/stealth game on the PSP, and maybe I can’t voice every little reason why you should get this game, but trust me – this is the best couple of bucks you could spend on that shiny little handheld. See you online.
Best of all, though, Dark Mirror features the most ambitious multiplayer on the PSP so far, offering a wide variety of game modes to slaughter your buddies, the chance to create online clans, and even view international leader boards to see how your performance measures up against the global competition.
"Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror" é daqueles jogos que só poderiam ser feito no portátil da Sony. Com uma sofisticação que supera a de muitos títulos para consoles, traz diversão para jogadores de todos os níveis, seja em modalidades solo ou multiplayer, ambos robustos e completos. Até mesmo os controles, considerados limitados, foram bem adaptados. Trata-se de um dos melhores jogos para o PSP.
This is a game that excels in everything a PSP game should offer. The presentation is really as good as any other title on the system, filled with smooth menus and interfaces, easing the transition from level to level by giving little tidbits and briefings before you begin your various missions. The game parallels the exploits of the most legendary superspy, 007: crazy terrorists are threatening the world and in order to stop it, the UN sends its most elite operative -- Gabe Logan -- behind enemy lines to ease their woes. This is filled with staples of the superspy genre: gadgets, villains, women, a story that manages to convey an epic feel and a great sense of urgency, and a body count higher than Snoop.
Gabe Logan - the guy people turn to when Solid Snake and Sam Fisher aren't available - brings down yet another terrorist organisation with a briefcase full of WMDs. And he's doing it while you're on the bus.
Mark my words, Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror will be a significant contender of PSP game of the year in 2006. After being a somewhat tarnished series after a string of mediocre games, Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror wipes all the dirt away and sets the standard for portable games to come.
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror for the PSP is the year’s Must-Have portable action game you do not want to miss. Reminiscent of the classic PlayStation originals while adding a healthy dose of fresh stealth and action moments throughout, this game will hook you from start to finish.
A lot of care was put into to Syphon Filter, which, in my opinion, easily makes it one of the best games for the PSP. With a pretty challenging single-player mode and solid online play, Syphon Filter is a worthy challenger to SOCOM for best online PSP game. While many will surely prefer SOCOM, Syphon Filter takes the cake for me.
Syphon Filter has made the transition to portable gaming in a big way. The latest chapter, Dark Mirror, has great graphics, great sound, great gameplay and a very robust multiplayer mode all neatly wrapped up in one big package. A game like this only solidifies what can be done on the PSP, and with the recently released Daxter it is evident Sony is clearly on a roll and the future of their handheld machine continues to look very promising indeed.
It's a rare thing when a game actually defines a system. Not an easy thing to do in any case, but once in a great while a title comes out that sums up the perks and potential of a particular game system. Halo defined the Xbox, for instance, while Final Fantasy X did the same for PS2. Now, Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror has done the same exact thing with the Sony PSP. It exploits just about every technical capability the little system has to offer, and it does so with an extreme degree of elegance and refinement.
While this may be a question of personal preference, it is still hard to deny that Dark Mirror revolutionizes the way games will control on the PSP and will no doubt set the trend for many titles to come. That it also trumps others in term of presentation, voice work and graphics is just a bonus.
Gamers' Temple, The
Dark Mirror gives you a complete action gaming experience in a portable package. The quality of the presentation, graphics, controls, and gameplay put it on par with home console games. Unless you have a dislike for action games or shooters, you’ll love having this game in your PSP library.
Game Over Online
Simply put, Syphon Filter is the best PSP game to date. The singleplayer campaign is diverse and compelling, and what it lacks in terms of length is more than made up for by the equally wonderful multiplayer component. If you’re looking for a game that redefines action on the PSP, look no further, Gabe Logan and crew are back at the top of their game.
Taken as the sum of its parts, Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror isn't just one of the best games on the PSP; it's one of the best games to come out for any platform, period. Somehow, Sony's studio in Bend, Oregon has managed the unthinkable, they've put together an action-stealth game that's simultaneously intricate, cinematic, and fun to play. After the embarrassment that was Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain on the PS2, it's nice to see the franchise back on track again.
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is the game that the PSP has been waiting for - one actually made for a portable that is also fun in long stretches. This game will definitely help to sell systems. If you own a PSP, you owe it to yourself to pick this one up - it is well worth the $29.99 price tag.
Granted, the story is absurd in an 80’s action-adventure sort of way. You reprise your role as Gabe Logan, this time tracking down a rogue terrorist organization named Red Section. They have apparently gotten their hands on something very dangerous that involves flowering plants and you are employed to stop them. Along the way some revelations about Gabe’s relationships with Lian Xing and a woman known only as “???” add a little heat, but not much personality, to the square-jawed dryness of Mr. Logan. The man has friends, but don’t expect any benefits.
Let me know in case some other game exploiting more of the PSP's capacities appears. Guess not! Quite a hit this game. I must say that i never held in my hand such quality graphics and gameplay, all under one name: Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror. This game has a problem: it's so damn good! It was kind of hard to find flaws, but it has its own little bugs and glitches. Control is not as angelic and fluffy as it seems in the first place and the AI is a tough cookie to crack. Asides from floating in mid-air or small lags the game has no major defect.
Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain habe ich nach der ersten Mission entsetzt in die Ecke geworfen - was war aus der guten PS One Serie geworden? Mit Dark Mirror feiert Gabe Logan ein fulminantes Comeback - und dazu noch auf Sonys Handheld, seit Anbeginn ein Problemkind in Sachen Schleichspiel- oder Shooter. Dark Mirror kombiniert beide Genres zu einer perfekten Mischung und beweist nebenbei, dass es auch ohne zweiten Analog-Stick geht. Die Steuerung passt, die Grafik ist ein Traum und das Missionsdesign wurde klasse auf kurze Partien abgestimmt - ohne dabei dem Gesamtspiel zu schaden. Klares Fazit: Wer auf Shooter- oder Schleichspiele steht, der kann bedenkenlos zugreifen!
Armchair Empire, The
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.
Pocket Gamer UK
An action adventure on the most ambitious scale – a stunning achievement, and a showcase PSP title.
The controls are damn near flawless, the visuals are stunning, and the multi-player will have you coming back for months on end. If you only buy one PSP game this year, make sure it contains Gabe Logan and company; I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Highly recommended for all PSP owners.
A perfect merging of sneaking and shooting missions, Dark Mirror’s gameplay flows rapidly from scenario to scenario. The little inventive touches here and there, such as when you use your thermal imaging goggles to spot and shoot thugs hiding in ventilation shafts above you in a computer server room, make ‘Dark Mirror’ the best shooter to hit the PSP yet.
Cheat Code Central
Dark Mirror is as impressive looking as the gameplay is to play. It's loaded with lots of background details and fluid animations. For a game that takes place in typically low-lit areas, it's not too dark. It has the right amount of gloom without obscuring your vision. The explosions are colorful and highly destructive with bodies and chunks of wall flying in all directions. My only real complaint is that the sound effects of the explosions and those of the guns are a little weak.
That sense of design pervades Dark Mirror, making it the best shooter yet released for the PSP. Don't be put off by the learning curve, which demands a bit more effort at the front than most action titles. Once Syphon Filter's rhythms are familiar, you'll find depth and replayability in spades.
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is a very competent action/stealth game. There are plenty of opportunities to sneak around and take the road less travel or simply run in and hope you have enough ammo to clear the place out. The single-player portion is a bit on the short side, though you can unlock additional missions by beating the game. The game’s multiplayer mode adds a lot of replay value, though. This and the excellent presentation make Syphon Filter one of the best games on its series and one of the best games available on the PSP.
While it is still difficult to imagine fast-paced action shooter like the DS game Metroid Prime: Hunters working well on the PSP, with Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror Sony has produced an intense and thrilling experience full of slower-paced heart-pounding action. The combination of excellent story, good controls and robust multiplayer in a package that looks great and has acceptable loading times makes this an unqualified winner for the platform.
Great wireless online play, wonderfull offline missions, a decent story, solid presentation and better-than-PSP-ought-to-have graphics and sound make for one of the best experiences on the PSP yet. Buy this game.
Stealth with a bit more action than the Metal Gear Series, Syphon Filter is back on the PSP. People disappointed with Metal Gear's card games should take a close look at this one.
Game Informer Magazine
In a market that is overflowing with console ports, having a high-profile title like Syphon Filter offer an experience that is unique to the PSP goes a long way. Dark Mirror proves that if developers invest the time, the PSP can easily hang with the consoles in terms of the experience that is delivered.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Easily the best out of all recent PSP offerings and possibly even the overall library, Dark Mirror is a revival of a dead franchise on a system that needs exclusive games this strong. This is undoubtedly going to show up on best-of lists come the end of the year. It's a complete surprise, and a guaranteed classic.
With everything Dark Mirror has to offer, including its great controls, varied campaign, and high-caliber presentation, Syphon Filter is easy to recommend to anyone who likes action games. The stealth in the game isn't as hardcore as something like Thief or Metal Gear Solid, but it's also not forced on you either, so fans of both sneaking and shooting can play Dark Mirror however they wish. Our biggest complaints are with the relatively brief campaign and some hiccups in the sound design, but with the available eight-player online multiplayer modes, we can't complain much about the value. Dark Mirror is easily one of the most surprisingly great games we've played in a while, if not an outright early contender for PSP Game of the Year.
Digital Entertainment News (den)
Syphon Filter Dark Mirror showcases all of the possibilities of the platform and executes them flawlessly. While the single-player campaign could’ve stood to be somewhat longer, it’s fun throughout. With the inclusion of the varied multiplayer, the game has a large amount of replay value. For those looking for a competent third-person stealth/action title on the PSP, they need to look no further.
Hossa, was für ein Feuerwerk! Syphon Filter sieht klasse aus, klingt furios und lehrt der Konkurrenz spielerisch das Fürchten. Nicht einmal die Actionspezialisten vom Fireteam Bravo lassen sich so unkompliziert in Szene setzen, nicht einmal der Stealth-Action-Veteran Sam Fisher geht auf PSP umsichtiger vor. Auch wenn der Schwerpunkt hier auf dem Einsatz mit der Waffe liegt, beherrscht Logan fast alle Tricks eines kompletten Schleich-Agenten. Er umgeht seine Gegner, erledigt sie aus der Ferne und schießt aus allen Kalibern dieser Welt. Wenn er sich jetzt noch durch die Handlung vom Schlage eines Metal Gear Solids beißen müsste, wäre der Traum von perfekter Taktik-Action Wirklichkeit. Die kurze Spielzeit, hölzerne Bewegungen während der Zwischensequenzen sowie der schurrgerade Ablauf in allen Missionen kratzen ebenfalls an der Fassade. Aber das sind Kleinigkeiten. Im Inneren protzt Dark Mirror mit leicht zugänglicher und unglaublich spannender High-Tech-Einrichtung.
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is very surprising. When I saw this game was coming, I was amused. When I saw I was assigned to review it, I was annoyed. I was not expecting such a well-presented game at all, but here it is. This could be the best Syphon Filter game, if not the best action game so far for the PSP. The depth is something out of a console game, but it’s tailored to the tiniest stitch to work best on a handheld – and it does.
I could go on, but everything about the game is top-quality. The artificial intelligence provides plenty of interesting moments, the save points are frequent, the story is more accessible than Splinter Cell's dry politi-babble, the voice work and graphics are the best I've seen on the PSP, and the entire game drips with polish and care delivered by people who know what they're doing. Compared to the competition on PSP, Dark Mirror's Gabe leaves Snake shuffling his cards and puts Sam in the ground with two bullets in his head.
Game Informer Magazine
It definitely does the best job of overcoming the lack of a second analog stick that I've seen on a PSP action title to date, and offers great, if not innovative gameplay for the series' fans.
Dark Mirror didn't inspire any "fling the PSP away" moments of rage, but there's no denying that it's difficult to feel completely immersed in the game when you can't quite control your character correctly. Dark Mirror is the best stealth or shooter game on the PSP and will probably stay that way for some time, but the PSP still needs some help with the genre. Good thing Sony Bend is leading the way.
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is a very strong title for PSP, and a return to form for the franchise following the lukewarm reception given to Omega Strain. Already released in North America back in March, Dark Mirror has been described by some in the US press as even being the best PSP title to date; strong words that will certainly be difficult to live up to, but there's a solid enough experience in Syphon Filter to give it a bloody good go.
Providing you can find yourself a dark and secluded enough place to play it, Dark Mirror is the first great shooter for the PSP and, despite its lack of personality and unremarkable story, arguably one the most consistently enjoyable genre entries of the past year. Don't get me wrong, this is no Chaos Theory, but Syphon Filter does give its only handheld competition (in the shape of Splinter Cell Essentials) a quick, effective neck snap that I'm sure Mr Fisher would be proud of.
Syphon Filter Dark Mirror achieves its goals and more with aplomb. Yes, the controls can be a bit cumbersome at times but such is the enjoyment that this minor irritation is soon overcome. Whilst it might not have the same hype or prestige as the Metal Gear Solid name, or even Perfect Dark, on reflection it deserves every bit as much success. Let's hope Gabe Logan and his team reach this last target.
Add stunning (for PSP) visuals and a compelling story, and Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror stands out as one of the best shooters on Sony's handheld. Its story might spend a lot of time dredging up Gabe Logan's dark, mistake-filled past, but this is the game that finally redeems him.
PSW (Playstation World Magazine UK)
Familiar anti-terror antics, but the feeling of satisfaction and lack of thumb-strain is all new.
I'm hesitant to call this the best PSP game yet because it still carries so many of the flaws of previous games – mostly in terms of control – as well as having fairly trite single-player moments. But I cannot deny that Sony has done their best work from a technical standpoint, hopefully proving that most bigger titles from this generation of releases forward will do away with some of the earlier problems developers had with the platform. Dark Mirror, if nothing else, is a milestone in PSP development.
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is easily one of the best action games on the PSP and great revival for a floundering series.
Syphon Filter : Dark Mirror marque le retour en fanfare de Gabriel Logan et réussit à nous faire oublier le décevant Splinter Cell Essentials. Aucun point n'a été laissé à l'abandon, hormis l'IA lamentable des ennemis, et le résultat est surprenant à plus d'un titre. Profitant d'une jouabilité optimisée et d'un scénario bien écrit, cette nouvelle aventure de Gabe est à ranger aux côtés des premiers épisodes de cette saga qui prend du coup pas mal de galons. Voici donc une occasion unique pour les fans de retrouver le meilleur élément de l'Agence alors que tous les autres trouveront là un excellent jeu d'action, bien pensé, intelligent et foutrement jouissif.
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Despite the difficult control scheme, Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is a gripping title. There’s a lot to do both online and off with this handheld game. And it handles both single and multiplayer gaming masterfully.
De PSP is vanaf het begin gepresenteerd als een soort van mini-PS2. Zo zouden PSP games grafisch niet veel onder doen voor de tegenhangers op de grote broer. Het resultaat is voorspelbaar: talloze ports worden naar de PSP over gezet van de PS2, zonder dat er enige vernieuwing optreedt in gameplay. In de praktijk zijn de graphics ook niet om over naar huis te schrijven. Sony's nieuwe game Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror lijkt echter de uitzondering te zijn op de regel. Het is een compleet nieuw deel in de reeks die speciaal toegespitst is op de PSP.
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is definitely a return to form for the series that hasn’t been all that relevant for several years. The presentation is very well-done and more in line with what you’d expect on the PlayStation 2 rather than the PSP. The new control scheme is great and needs to be implemented for more third-person action games that seem to feel hindered by whatever control scheme they think they should use. The main story mode is very much enjoyable, though the stealth part of the gameplay is closer to Gears of Wars than Metal Gear Solid, and is more reminiscent of the “stealth” you’d see in an action movie. Just don’t think about heading online, as it’s more of a headache than it’s worth.
Après Omega Strain sur PS2, on était en droit de ne plus attendre grand-chose d'un Syphon Filter, mais c'est finalement sur portable qu'apparaît la relève, et on ne va pas s'en plaindre. Même si le coup du vieux briscard parti sauver le monde avec un armement digne de Rambo (sans oublier la collègue experte en piratage informatique et accessoirement en pétage de gueule) n'a plus rien d'excitant, il faut avouer que la mise en scène très dynamique (à ce sujet, les cinématiques sont extrêmement bien foutues) et l'action pétaradante nous font volontiers oublier ce léger défaut. Syphon Filter Dark Mirror est la preuve d'une excellente maîtrise de la PSP ainsi que des jeux d'action, dans ces conditions difficile de ne pas craquer, en solo comme en multi.
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is a title stuffed full of quality. It's a damn good action game for the PSP and quite possibly the best in the genre. It does suffer from familiarity, with objectives, settings and gameplay that we've tackled many times, but it's so well put together that you can't help enjoy the entertainment on offer first and foremost. With so many games promising the Earth and only serving up dirt, it's reassuring to know that good old-fashioned balls-out action, when produced with such care and skill, is still as reliable and thrilling as it should be.
Thankfully, with such a rich offline component, it hardly matters. Levels are well-paced and in bite-sized chunks, full of variety and always coming up with unique set-pieces. It recaptures the spirit of the original games and adds a modern twist. And as a technical showcase for the PSP, this is one title that might just get Gabe Logan the attention he deserves.
Vi har sett det förut. Det har ofta varit bättre. Men det hindrar inte Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror från att vara ett utmärkt tidsfördriv. Knappast nyskapande, men en stabil actiontitel med utmärkt grafik.
Why can't spies and terrorists just bond? The world's in trouble and it's up to secret agent Gabe Logan to use his stealthy skills to save it.