|For Gabe Logan the battle to rid the planet of nefarious organisations has become too much work for one man. Setting up an elite agency to train operatives in terrorist suppression, Gabe takes a breather from bullet-dodging to concentrate on overseeing the rookie recruits on their missions.|
As with Gabe's three sorties on PS one, you can embark on a solo journey to rid the globe of deadly commandos dedicated to their chosen cause. This time, however, you assume the guise of a fully customisable agent who can also cooperate on missions with up to three other rookies online.
In keeping with the series' theme, The Omega Strain places you in the thick of things, with a lethal virus outbreak occurring simultaneously in locations across the world. With none of the known terrorist organisations claiming responsibility for the attack, the origins of the virus are a mystery. Whoever is behind the release of the 'Omega Strain' though, it's up to you to locate the source and neutralise the risk to the populations threatened by the strike.
Fans of previous Syphon Filters will be reassured to hear that this mostly involves traipsing around the globe and unloading the contents of a pleasingly large array of weaponry on wave after wave of terrorist goons.
As one of the chosen few trained by Logan's agency, you'll be sent on a variety of missions which will require a careful combination of strategy and teamwork when out in the field. But before you can begin tracking down the virus' origin, you'll need to kit-out your agent using the detailed customisation feature. Choose your recruit's facial features, hair colour, uniform and accessories, then get down to business in your snazzy new military get-up.
Once you're dressed for action, you can opt to join your pals online for a bout of cooperative four-player terrorist termination, which allows for some interesting tactical and strategic decision making and even gives you access to otherwise locked areas. Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain is USB headset compatible too, making online excursions even more immersive.
Whether you decide to embark on virus-suppressing endeavours alone or with your compatriots, you'll still have access to over 100 unique pieces of cool gadgetry and weapons. Only four can be carried at any given time, however, so you'll need to get your pragmatic head on.
There are 17 intense missions to battle and strategise your way through, each set in huge, diverse environments, including Yemen and Chechnya. The outcome of each mission affects the storyline, so you'll definitely want to enter the fray more than once.
"Straightforward run-and-gun action gets the blood pumping... Electronic Gaming Monthly
"Omega Strain stands as an accomplished shooter. Games Domain