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
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...
Conclusion: While the single player campaign is on the short side and the online mode will get stale after a while, there are so many different things to do here. Each level is scored based on your stateliness and on other factors. Perform well and you’ll be awarded. These awards are one of the key factors that help keep Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror fresh. It adds that old-school feeling of trying to best your own performance.
Excerpt: World War II shooters are a dime a dozen these days, so there's no good reason to waste your time with a game as haphazardly produced as WideScreen Games' Airborne Troops: Countdown to D-Day. Airborne Troops was actually a Europe-only PC game released way back in late 2003, yet it's just now finding its way to US shelves on the PS2, with a silly new subtitle to boot.
Pros: A decent graphics engine., Reasonably adept enemy AI.
Cons: Clunky, obnoxious shooting gameplay., Incredibly unintuitive and frustrating mission design., Lousy voice acting., Exploratory and stealth elements are beyond dull.