DescriptionIn the sequel to the dark isometric action / strategy game Syndicate, you control either Eurocorp Syndicate or Church of the New Epoch. These two sinister forces are battling for world domination. You must help them dominate the world across 60 violent missions spread through 30 cities - you receive e-mails containing the mission plans.
After selecting a squad of four men from your roster, you direct them through the rotatable 3D city views, shooting foes as the situation dictates. Nuclear grenades and psycho gas are among the new weapons. Tubes, a monorail system and unimpeded Antigrav vehicles give a futuristic feel to travel. In the PC version, 8-player battles over modem and network are available.
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|Computer Games Magazine||DOS||1996||100|
|PC Games (Germany)||DOS||Sep, 1996||85 out of 100||85|
|NowGamer||PlayStation||Jul 31, 1997||8.5 out of 10||85|
|Pelit||Windows||Oct, 1996||84 out of 100||84|
|Mega Fun||PlayStation||Jun, 1997||80 out of 100||80|
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)||DOS||Feb, 1997||80|
|Video Games||PlayStation||Jun, 1997||79 out of 100||79|
|GameStar (Germany)||DOS||Mar, 1998||70 out of 100||70|
|High Score||DOS||Dec, 1996||3 out of 5||60|
|Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)||PlayStation||Sep, 1997||5.4 out of 10||54|
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1001 Video GamesSyndicate Wars appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
DOS version installerThe installer of the DOS version was apparently rushed, as it has some odd quirks. For example, when it asks for the language, it always shows all languages the game was released in, but you can only click on those that are actually available on the disc. Second, while you can set up a device for music, covering everything from Adlib to General MIDI, and even test your settings by hearing a song from the game, the game itself doesn't support any music source apart from CD-DA.
German versionIn the German version, all blood and the civilian's cries of fear were removed.
Prime numberOn the CD is a file MISC\PRIME1.TXT which is ~260KB. It starts with: "The Largest Known Prime, 2^859433-1 (258716 decimal digits) = 129498125604[...]". This was the largest prime number at that time. The largest prime number found in 2008 is 50 times longer, so this file would have been around 13MB!
ReferencesSome vehicles (such as the car and the truck) are based on the designs of Hi-Octane, a little known racer also released by Bullfrog a year before.
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