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Today we carry on our light hearted culinary exploration and take a look at other games set in a cyberpunk universe, whether they are RPGs, straight up shooters or even 100% Multiplayer goodness, if it smells of Cyberpunk, we’ll look at it!
We will talk about a classic, single player, British dish. A recipe produced by a good friend of mine: Peter Molyneux*; a dish that most people must have tried (or heard of) whether or not they were old enough to play it when it came out back in 1993.
*We’ve never met; he has no idea who I am.
Cyberpunk is served – bon appétit!
I am talking about Syndicate (senior), of course!
3 ingredients that make it excellent:
1 – Cyborg Agents
You are in control of a bunch of cold blooded killers; four threnchcoat-loving cyborg agents, to be precise. With little to no backstory, other than the rather disturbing intro depicting a man having his limbs pulled out and replaced by bionic ones; the fantastic four will be yours to customise like the Cybernetic Mr Potato Head ™that they are. You spend money on them and look after them after each mission, and you eventually start getting attached to them, despite the clear lack of love in their cold eyes. They are cool, they are badass and they are yours to command and customise.
2 – The Research/Upgrades/Customisation
One of my all-time favourite ingredients is the ability to spend your hard earned cash on weapons or modifications research (<3 XCom). The surprise of unlocking a new upgrade, or a new weapon for your agents, will make you want to play “one more mission”, just to see what sort of super cool toy you will receive next turn. This sort of reward system is highly addictive.
Throwing money at science will let you customise your own team, with sexy new weapons that will turn your agents into the killing machines these androids always dreamt of becoming. It’s just as well since most missions will involve bullets meeting at least one unlucky person’s face – Which leads us to our last and most spicy ingredient.
3- The Violence
Whilst I very much condemn violence in real life, I certainly don’t when I play video games or cowboys and Indians with my nephew. Any decent Cyberpunk world out there absolutely has to be a ruthless, violent environment, with angry punks and corporations fighting each other. Syndicate is no exception.
You start off by creating your own corporation (a sign that you may not be the good guy here – just sayin’) and, as mentioned above, you will use your bff agents to complete various missions in order to take control of the world, one territory at a time. Those missions often include: killing people, kidnapping escorting people, killing bystanders bad guys, blowing up cars that were probably owned by bad guys, killing people by accident and shooting bad guys in the face. Make no mistake; violence is often an abused and overused ingredient. It will ruin your meal if it becomes meaningless or simply doesn’t fit with the world you have created – In the case of Syndicate, it totally does and it tastes great.
Next week we will pick your best comments and discuss what YOU want from a Cyberpunk game.
Many of you mentioned other great games set in Cyberpunk universes like the Deus Ex series or even Hard Reset from the guys at Flying Wild Hog; so why don’t you post the name of your favourite Cyberpunk themed game, followed by the one ingredient that makes it your favourite Cyberpunk game of all time!
Who knows, we may even have some more giveaways for the most interesting posts!
Damien “Chef Du Jour” MonnierTweet