Conclusion: As a full price PS2 title Dark Mirror will struggle but as a budget purchase or rental you might get something from it. The PS2 has had something of a renaissance towards the end of its shelf life with games like Okami, God of War and Shadow of Colossus showing what can be done with the aging hardware, and whilst this game is almost certainly going to sell more then a couple of copies at retail I can’t help feeling it’s a missed opportunity.
Pros: Gadgets aplenty, Simple pick up and play gameplay, Laughably cheesy one-liners
Cons: Graphically lacking, No multi-player, Feels dated, Levels are too short – designed with the PSP not PS2 in mind
Excerpt: Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror places you in the role of Gabe Logan, an elite special operative working for one of those shadowy, super-secret international counter-terrorism so loved by games and action movies. A terrorist organization has begun attacking chemical plants and it soon becomes apparent that this is all part of a plan to build a super weapon. Of course they can’t be allowed to carry out their nefarious plan, and it is up to you to put an end to the terrorists.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Syphon Filter is great on the PSP - personally I'd recommend it. But this is the PS2 version of said PSP game, and it just doesn't work. It's lazy, it's unsuited to the system and it's pointless. Unless you can find it for a tenner, there's no reason to pick it up.
Summary: Gabe Logan goes undercover to infiltrate a
terrorist conspiracy in Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror, a finely crafted stealth
action title for the PSP. While slightly scaled-down, the handheld version
promises to bring everything players love about the series to the system. An
engaging storyline and supporting characters creates an immersive experience
with robust production values.
Excerpt: The days where people can claim the PSP isn't anything but a sales success hardware-wise are behind us. Though it's nowhere near as popular as the rampant, runaway success of the Nintendo DS, the PSP has actually sold more units than either the GameCube or the Xbox last generation. So install base-wise, the thing is an unequivocal success. It's on the front, that things aren't quite as rosy.
Excerpt: The Syphon Filter series has suffered a bumpy ride in contrast with its genre mates, and has never really made it to the cult status many thought it would arrive at. On Sony's first console it was hugely popular and commercially successful, before floundering on the PlayStation 2. Then Dark Mirror arrived on the PSP, to enormous critical success, but despite its brilliance it never seemed to be embraced by gamers or retailers, and finding a copy in a shop was almost as...
Excerpt: While the Syphon Filter series had a great run on the PSOne, the series wasn't well received on the PS2. Released last year for the PSP, Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror managed to not only find an audience where the PS2's Omega Strain failed, but also showed that the system's lack of dual-analog controls wasn't that big of a hurdle if handled right. Although Dark Mirror is really just a port of the PSP version, it is still a fun game for anyone who hasn't played it.
Excerpt: The original Syphon Filter for the PlayStation made quite a splash with its blend of third-person stealth and shooting action. Unfortunately, subsequent games in the series failed to live up to the promise of the original game, with the most recent version on the PlayStation 2 being especially disappointing. That's why it came as a pleasant surprise that the newest version of the game, Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror for the PSP, turned out as well as it did.
Pros: Awesome presentation, with a generous amount of voice acting and cutscenes, Varied and intense campaign, Smooth, well-designed control scheme, Lots of cool gadgets and guns, Eight-player online multiplayer
Cons: Campaign is fairly short, Guns sound like weak toys