Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror Reviews (PlayStation 2)
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Gamers' Temple, The (Sep, 2007)
Owners with a PSP and a PS2 that plan to pick up Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror need to decide whether they want a portable version with a multiplayer mode or if they want the full single player experience complete with enhanced graphics and controls. The camera controls for PSP version are not nearly as bad as one might expect for a PSP game since it uses the face buttons to move the camera, but the right analog still has a more natural feel to it in the case of the PS2 version and it doesn't need an auto-aim whatsoever to compensate for any lack of aiming. Even though the PS2 version drops the multiplayer, the enhanced graphics and (mainly) enhanced controls make the single player experience much better than its PSP counterpart. Whichever version is chosen, Dark Mirror will deliver one of the best action/shooter/stealth experiences out there for either console.
Game Vortex (2007)
If you love action games, and don't own a PSP, Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is a great experience.
GameZone (Sep 25, 2007)
What remains, though, is a solid, fun stealth/shooter experience with plenty of variety. It may not be the longest game ever (it can be completed in 10 hours or so), but hidden unlockables will keep most people busy for a while. Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror represents a successful return to form for the series, and a worthy purchase for fans of the genre.
4Players.de (Nov 02, 2007)
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror hat mich begeistert! Die fordernden Schusswechsel, das gelegentliche Anschleichen, Logans zahlreiche Fähigkeiten - das war im letzten Jahr der spannende Agenten-Thriller, der sich in Splinter Cell: Double Agent nicht recht zeigen wollte. Und dem tut die Umsetzung auf Sonys kleiner Konsole keinen Abbruch. Abgesehen davon, dass sie wie eine Umsetzung auf Sonys kleinste Konsole, sprich die elf Jahre alte PlayStation, wirkt. Denn die originalgetreue Konvertierung wird dem der PSP überlegenen System vor allem grafisch nicht gerecht. Von den ursprünglich großartigen, leider komplett gestrichenen Mehrspieler-Varianten ganz zu schweigen. Stört euch aber nicht, denn ihr könnt detailarme Schauplätze, steife Akteure und die fehlende Möglichkeit, gegen einen Kumpel anzutreten, verkraften? Dann wartet ein nach wie vor spannender Einsatz auf euch!
Norrköpings Tidningar (Oct 30, 2007)
Klassiskt och ganska förutsägbart tema alltså, men ett trevligt återseende och det är alltid kul när något till det lilla görs om för att passa det stora.
videogamer.com (Oct 29, 2007)
There is a somewhat dated feel to the action that will be felt most firmly by those used to elaborate team-based shooters, but for fans of the best of the series, and those who want a shining example of the epitome of first wave third-person-shooters, the latest Syphon Filter is an essential purchase. Dark Mirror is yet another swansong for the PS2, and gives those who have stuck by their last-gen console one more reason to smirk at the PlayStation 3, a machine only just escaping months of neglect with regard to software support.
IGN (Sep 13, 2007)
The PSP version of Dark Mirror was truly an incredible experience, but its port to the PS2 leaves a lot to be desired. Some grainy visuals, removed gameplay elements and easier sections makes the title somewhat weaker. The largest issue, of course has to be the missing multiplayer, which added so much replay value. While it's still an enjoyable title, particularly for the incredible story and the presentation of the game world, this is by no means as solid as its UMD counterpart.
GamingTrend (Oct 17, 2007)
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is a good port of a great PSP game. And the part that was ported over is a lot of fun and is well-done which makes the decision to drop the PSP's great multiplayer baffling. You'll have fun with the campaign, the combat is great and it looks mighty fine on the PS2. There are two groups of people who will buy Dark Mirror. The first will have no familiarity with the PSP version and will enjoy the game for what it includes. The second group will know about the PSP version and will be bothered by what was left out.
Fragland.net (Nov 22, 2007)
Once you’ve finished the single player campaign and got all unlockables there’s little more to do as the replay value is little to zero since everything is scripted. Therefore it’s also incomprehensible why Syphon Filter has no multiplayer. But despite the fact that Syphon Filter looks a bit thin, got censored, sometimes feels uninspired and doesn’t have multiplayer, it does remain a fun shooter when playing it for the first time. Whether that time is worthy of your money is something you’ll have to decide for yourself though, but if you’ve got money to spare then it’s better to buy a PSP Slim and Dark Mirror for the handheld. You won’t only have a lot of fun with that, it also looks ten times better.
Vgames (Dec 09, 2007)
השחרור של דארק מירור הוא צעד לכיוון הנכון בשביל הסדרה, שמעבר לכל גורם לנו לחכות בקוצר רוח לשחרור משחקים חדשים בסידרת סייפון פילטר - אם אפשר עם אופציית אונליין.
Play.tm (Nov 12, 2007)
It's not that Dark Mirror is a bad game; it's not. It's just that it's not as good as the PSP version that's been sitting on shelves for over a year now, which begs the question: why bother bringing it to the PS2 at all? The whole thing has a real air of pointlessness about it, almost like Sony needed to release a new Syphon Filter game and realised it was much easier to port Dark Mirror over, missing out the bits that would have taken any real work, than it was to sit down and design a new game from scratch. If you've not got a PSP and you're a Syphon Filter fan then by all means pick it up, the chances are you won't be disappointed at all. But for the rest of us there's very little here to make you care enough to buy it ahead of pretty much anything else similar out there.
AceGamez (Nov 26, 2007)
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is a good game with decent, no-frills graphics and excellent sound. It offers more action than most third person action games and the explosions are always much more fun than sneaking around corridors in the dark. I can recommend this to fans of the series and those who enjoy a good action game, and I look forward to the next generation edition - with some hope that Gabe Logan and his quantity over quality approach continues to provide enjoyment like it always has.
Gamer.nl (Nov 29, 2007)
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is een PSP-port die je niet continu het gevoel geeft een PSP-game te spelen op een groot scherm. Het spel is uitstekend overgezet en er qua besturing zelfs op vooruit gegaan. Dat het grafisch niet imponeert nemen we dankzij de uitstekende balans tussen stealth en actie, op de koop toe.
This is not your perfect port, and although the PSP version earned an Editor's Choice from me over a year ago, I can't say the same about the PS2 version. After a year you would think that there would be the inclusion of online play, but I suppose the developers just thought it was not necessary. In the end, Dark Mirror is a good solid title that suffers from being a bit dated and missing some key features.
GameDaily (Sep 19, 2007)
Though for $30, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 owners alike should still consider adding Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror to their game libraries. The solid gameplay and mostly satisfactory presentation keep this Mirror from cracking under pressure.
GameSpot (Sep 18, 2007)
If this were the PSP version of Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror, we'd talk here about the awesome multiplayer content. Considering that there isn't any in the PS2 version, we'll instead talk about the fact that the campaign is a little less than 10 hours, and isn't particularly worth replaying. It also isn't worth the 40 dollars the game costs new. The single-player is fun, but it was more fun when it was attached to the superior PSP game.
GameTrailers (Oct 11, 2007)
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror was a great PSP game, but the chop job done to the title on its way to the PlayStation 2 really hurts the product's overall quality. It reduces the whole thing to a rental, rather than a buy. If you need some Syphon Filter action, find Dark Mirror on the PSP. Better yet, grab a copy of the new PSP game, Logan's Shadow.
Gaming Age (Oct 17, 2007)
The problem with reviewing a title like this is that if it wasn't a port, and I wasn't aware of it missing the multiplayer aspect, that I might consider it being worth the price of admission. However, enhanced graphics and the option of a different control scheme don't make up for the missing mode, and the price is hard to swallow, especially if you already own both systems. Basically, give this a go ONLY if you don't plan on owning a PSP anytime soon, and even then, I'd suggest a rental. Other than that, Dark Mirror is an enjoyable title, and worth checking out, but you're better off doing so on the PSP.
NZGamer (Nov 22, 2007)
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror could have been reviewed without mentioning its PSP origins, but the fact that it’s suffered a bad - and unnecessary - transition is so obvious, it would have been dishonest to do so. You’ll probably still get a kick out of the larger-than-life story, the gung-ho pace of gameplay and the ease of control, but if you’re looking for anything more revolutionary than a fairly standard tactical shooter, look elsewhere. Or even better, grab yourself a PSP and play the original.
Cheat Code Central (2007)
It's disheartening that these two PlayStation games are so disparate. Syphon Filter is a great franchise, but the PS2 version of Dark Mirror misrepresents the series in terms of overall quality. The only way to experience the full impact of this title is to play it on the PSP. It's too bad that this version makes PS2 owners feel like third-world gamers.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Oct 29, 2007)
As a conversion of an acclaimed handheld game, Dark Mirror is a touch sloppy. It doesn't feel like much effort has been made to optimise the game for the PS2, either in looks or gameplay, and the omission of online play and crispy-fried taser fun will only annoy fans expecting a full conversion. And yet...I still kind of like it. Objectives are broken down into bite-sized chunks, there's plenty of variety in the things you need to do and the places you do them, and the combat mechanic is robust and blunt enough to keep you plugging away just for a laugh. It's as dumb as a sack of badgers, and noticeably rough around the edges, but that's always been part of the Syphon Filter charm. If you own a PSP, stick with that version. If you own a PS3, download the still-great original from the PlayStation Store. If your only option is the PS2 then this is still adequate entertainment. But only just.
TotalPlayStation (Oct 09, 2007)
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror should absolutely be checked out, either as a PS2 rental or a nice, cheap PSP buy (the game is absolutely worth it, and will serve as a nice intro to the events that take place in the PSP sequel, Logan's Shadow). As a buy, though? Not at this price.
Game Revolution (Sep 18, 2007)
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is a small game with small ambitions. Within that scale, it succeeds admirably. It has too many quirks that clearly show its PSP roots, but if you don’t have a PSP handy, this version is worth at least a few hours of your time. Maybe Gabe just needs a drink.
Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 06, 2007)
Ce portage de Dark Mirror fait froid dans le dos. Bien que cette version conserve les nombreuses qualités du jeu original, son adaptation très je-m'en-foutiste de Sony a de quoi faire grincer les dents. Risible d'un point de vue graphique, expurgé de son mode online, ce Syphon Filter se hisse péniblement au niveau de Omega Strain qui n'était déjà pas bien fameux. Ironique quand on songe que la saga était revenue sur le devant de la scène grâce à ce même Dark Mirror sur PSP.