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Syphon Filter 2

by Sony Computer Entertainment
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B00004R9IG
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 5 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,429 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Syphon Filter's balance of an intriguing storyline and thrilling mission-based gameplay rightfully earned the game lots of critical acclaim and a position on the 1999 bestsellers chart. Syphon Filter 2 introduces a new set of objectives requiring smarts, stealth, and a steady aim while running (and kneeling, crouching, walking, rolling, climbing, jumping) through multiple levels.

In the game, players assume the roles of secret agents Gabriel Logan and Lian Xing. Framed for a crime they did not commit, the two must race against the clock in order to prevent the sale of the Syphon Filter virus to a terrorist nation. Played from a third-person point of view, the story takes gamers from the streets of Moscow to the Agency's secret Syphon Filter lab. Such a dangerous mission requires effective weapons and gadgets; naturally, the agency provides an arsenal of more than 25 enemy-stoppers, including a cross bow, a sniper rifle with a night-vision scope, tear gas, binoculars, and other goodies. New to the series is a two-player, split-screen mode featuring fast head-to-head combat action in 20 arenas. --Eric Twelker

Although it's not nearly as well crafted as Metal Gear Solid, Syphon Filter 2 will definitely appeal to those looking for something more than your basic shoot-'em-up. The gritty espionage plot here is a continuation from the original game, with players once again controlling Gabe Logan and, for the first time, Lian Xing, two operatives on the lam from their former outfit, the Agency.

Syphon Filter 2 is broken up into missions bridged by cinematic story sequences; players must successfully complete each mission's objectives in order to progress to the next one. While gameplay is rigidly linear, there's great variety in the mission objectives, 3-D environments, and weapons/equipment of each mission.

Not a game for the easily frustrated, Syphon Filter 2 involves a lot of trial-and-error replay, along with the requisite cursing and throwing of the controller. While each mission objective is clearly stated, many of them aren't as straightforward as one would think. A vague control scheme--your character can jump, but there's no jump button--along with the fact that it's really easy to die add more fuel to one's ire. --Joe Hon


  • Gritty espionage plot
  • Variety of mission objectives, 3-D environments, weapons, and equipment
  • Frustrating trial-and-error gameplay and vague control scheme
  • Poorly designed two-player split-screen mode

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please, quit your whining. March 20, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
It is increasingly difficult to read the reviews on this page, mostly because they are absolutely inane. When looking at a review, I want to know if the game was fun, if the gameplay was tight, how good the story was, and whether or not the graphics and sound added to the game. Since I have played Syphon Filter 2, I will let everyone out there know that yes, this game is fun. The level of difficulty is fairly high, and many times you will have to go through a level a number of times to pass it. But really, would you want to spend your money on a game that you can take out in one night? The story is very effectively laid into the game with in-game movies and voice-overs. The graphics, while not the best on the market, are very solid and add to the feel of the game. The sound, including the great soundtrack, is wonderful. And the controls, which can take a while to learn if you didn't play the original (I didn't), are solid. All in all, this is a fantastic game that will be challenging for anyone who is looking for an exciting game to play.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Newcomers need not apply. March 26, 2000
By A Customer
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
A warning: If you haven't mastered the first Syphon Filter, this game will prove an extremely difficult one.
Syphon Filter 2, both in terms of story and gameplay, doesn't pretend to be an independent game from the original. In fact it has the feel of a mission pack -- the story picks up exactly where the original left off, and the level of difficulty of Syphon Filter 2 (somewhere in the stratosphere) goes beyond the toughest levels of the original.
A couple of weaknesses about Syphon Filter 2 stems from this. First, even the first levels are intensely difficult -- there are no relatively easy levels where you can hone your controls and reflexes; if you haven't played Syphon Filter and cut your teeth on how to strafe, aim a two-handed weapon while running, reload, roll, manoeuvre, use explosive weapons and pull off split-second headshots, you won't get much breathing space here to practise it. Syphon Filter 2 is VERY DIFFICULT. What bugs me more than the difficulty is that most of the missions (especially stealth missions) are dependent not on wits and skill, but on familiarity -- for example, if you don't know already where the G.I.s in the exhibition center are, you won't be able to avoid being detected. The result is that it's nearly impossible on most levels to finish on the first try, which is a bummer in terms of story continuity. The save-game system is a slight notch above the original but still flawed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As much fun as the original April 2, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The original Syphon Filter is probably one of my all-time favorite PlayStation games, so I had really high expectations for this sequel. In general, I wasn't disappointed.
The new weapons were neat, and I got much more of a feeling of really being in the game than in the first installment. A few things, like seeing "Head Shot" next to *my* head, really got my adrenaline going.
As others have pointed out, this is a TOUGH game, and some levels are just impossible to survive in the first pass. I found I had to repeat several of them, and it got tedious in some spots. More "Checkpoints," where gameplay resumes, would have been nice.
It also runs beautifully on the Connectix Virtual Game Station 1.2, a PlayStation emulator for the Mac. I love being able to play this on an airplane on my laptop.
I highly recommend Syphon Filter 2, but definitely cut your teeth on the first game before you jump into this one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best Game Sequel of the Year April 5, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
When I learned Syphon Filter 2 was in the stores, I instantly put up my Dreamcast and pulled my Playstation out of retirement. I was not disappointed! The enemies soldiers are more ruthless, and the storyline is more polished. What I loved most about this game is that I'm able to use my honed skills from Syphon Filter 1 to move through the levels. A lot of people who said the game was difficult probably tried to outshoot their way through scenes and got drop to their knees. This game requires you to use your head more than the weapons at your disposal. I strongly suggest buying Syphon Filter 1 and finishing before you play number 2. Both are excellent games from 989 that helps Playstation be the best game console on the market.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game has some flaws but overall it is a very good game that surpasses other games in this genre. This game can be almost impossible to beat if you have not played the first one. As in the first one some of the missions could have more direction. It seems once the action gets started I get stuck in a situation that can be difficult to beat. But as you learn quick in the first one you learn quick that there is some trick to it and figure it out alot quicker.
There are not alot of let downs in this one as in the first. This usually takes up a good portion of my weekend even if it is just playing the game through again. Some of my favorite levels are the bridge and train and I must of played these at least 6 or 7 times each. This game combines action and stealth in the same level instead of just action or just stealth. Like in some levels where you must avoid a certain group of people and conflict with the other. This game lived up to all of my hype and what I have heard it is getting great reviews and many people seem to love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars syphon filter 2
kids love the game
Published 1 month ago by Janet Gwynne
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it
a true masterpiece buy it
Published 1 month ago by travis
5.0 out of 5 stars Two discs. Double the fun!!!
Lian makes her playable debut here!! This is no doubt my favorite Syphon Filter game of the 3 from the PlayStation One era. You got Lian to play in edition to Gabe. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Yaunnis G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad
My husband is very glad that he realized there was a Syphon Filter 2 for his Play Station 1. He had been playing SF1 for a few years now.
Published 14 months ago by Juanita M. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars fun to play
this game comes with two disks. and you can play against your buddy in the game. something like James Bond.
Published 17 months ago by al
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best on PS1
This is one of the classics here. I loved this game 12 years ago and I wanted to buy it and play it again. It's fantastic with the rollings and all the weapons.
Great game!
Published 22 months ago by Maxime Manuel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel and Way Better than Syphon Filter 3
GRAPHICS: Certainly not the BEST graphics ever seen on a PS1 game, but you have to admit, this game looks a lot better than most other PS1 games. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Zane Hasan
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
This items comes in mint condition, two discs, in its original casing, and as fun as any old Playstation game that takes you back to awesome times.
Published on February 11, 2013 by Montori
4.0 out of 5 stars Only one problem.
Well I got it on time and it was still in it's new packaging and everything. The only problem is that the in-game voices skip and cut out. The cut-scenes are fine. Read more
Published on February 5, 2013 by A man
5.0 out of 5 stars stephi
Thanks! It shipped in fast and it plays very well, barely a scratch. My little brother loved it, he plays it everyday now :)
Published on January 7, 2013 by steph
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